Crouch's Efforts To Avoid GARA Don't Fly With 6th Circ.

Law360, New York (June 5, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT) -- In a recent opinion, Crouch v. Honeywell International,[1] the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed three important holdings regarding the applicability and scope of the statute of repose set forth in the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 (GARA).[2]

First, the court held that when aircraft or component manufacturers issue maintenance instructions (in this case, an overhaul manual), they are acting in their capacity “as manufacturers” within the meaning of GARA and are thus entitled to the statute’s protections.

Second, maintenance manuals are not “parts”...
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