GARA Exceptions And Aircraft Maintenance Manuals

Law360, New York (July 9, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT) -- In a recent opinion, Rogers v. Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.,[1] the California Court of Appeal held that because aircraft maintenance manuals cannot be considered “parts” of an aircraft, they are not subject to the statute of repose set forth in the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 (“GARA”)[2].

This holding is contrary not only to the plain language of the statute but also to a clear line of authority holding that, because aircraft manufacturers issue instructions for continued airworthiness in their “capacity as manufacturers,” allegations against...
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