FAA - FO N 8900.592
FAA-Certificated Repair Stations and Revised OpSpec A449, Drug and Alcohol Testing Program
|Publication Date:||13 August 2021|
Purpose of This Notice.
This notice announces revised guidance to clarify the codification (A-codes A1, A2, A3) used in operations specification (OpSpec) A449 for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 145 repair stations. This revised guidance aims to improve the appropriate A-code entry, which is utilized by the Office of Aerospace Medicine, Drug Abatement Division (AAM-800) to determine the number and relationship of facilities with drug and alcohol testing programs, and determine which of these need to be inspected. The revised guidance emphasizes the importance of collaboration between the Flight Standards Service (FS) and AAM-800. This notice also announces a nonmandatory revision to OpSpec A449 for part 145 repair stations, replacing references to the "Antidrug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program" with the "drug and alcohol testing program" to align with the regulatory requirements of 14 CFR part 120. This notice also provides factors to consider for management position candidates having a finding of material contribution related to the revocation of a certificate under part 145 and clarifies appeal rights for denials of part 145 certificate applications.