The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today refused to provide a timetable for completing long-delayed security rules that would allow the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to certify foreign repair stations.
Speaking at the International Aero Club in Washington DC, TSA administrator John Pistole says only that his agency has made recent "progress". He adds that he would not have been able to make the same claim as recently as last year.
But he declined requests by an audience member to specify a specific date for publishing the new rule-making.
TSA was required by Congress in 2003 to develop security rules for foreign repair stations by 2004, but the rulemaking process has languished for several years.
The delay has prompted repeated complaints from the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, which said in August that the lack of certification process has hampered US aerospace companies from tapping into overseas markets.