Part Markers Take Notice
Notice 8900.74, Parts Marking, was recently issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agency clarifies how operators and maintenance providers should treat parts whose identification information becomes missing or illegible during the normal course of operations and maintenance. The Notice stresses that when identification data for a component is compromised it does not automatically mean the part or aircraft is not airworthy. The FAA identifies other methods, such as visual inspections, operational or functional checks and reference to illustrated parts catalogues or component maintenance manuals as possible alternatives for determining an article’s identity and airworthiness.
A copy of the Notice may be found here.
Reciprocating Engine Parts Policy
A draft policy on determining the appropriate certification procedure for externally-mounted reciprocating engine accessory replacement parts is open for comment. This policy describes how to determine compliance with the either the Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) procedures or Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) procedures.
Comments are due July 24, 2009 and may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the draft policy may be found here.
Performing Maintenance for the Public
The Federal Aviation Administration issued draft Advisory Circular (AC) 91-PMA, Maintaining Public Aircraft. The AC recommends practices for maintaining aircraft that are operated for public use. While there are no regulatory requirements pertaining to the maintenance of aircraft operated as public use, the guidance provides recommended practices for continued airworthiness. These recommended practices are beneficial from a safety as well as economic perspective in that safety benefits are outlined and adoption of these practices can aid in the transition from public to civil use.
Comments are due July 10, 2009 and may be sent to here.
A copy of the draft AC may be found here.
FAA Chief Faces Test on Commuter Safety
from The Wall Street Journal
The Federal Aviation Administration's new chief, Randy Babbitt, will face his first major test today when lawmakers question him about whether the agency has adequately policed safety at commuter airlines -- until recently one of the industry's fastest-growing segments.
Feeder Airline Growth Breeds Corner-cutting
ARSA Members Getting Members Program
from The Buffalo News
The Feb. crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, N.Y. with the loss of 50 lives, revealed what pilots call a dirty little secret about the way America’s aviation industry has evolved in the last decade.
There is no better advertisement than a satisfied customer. Members are the best people to get others to join — we have made it simple for you to help and are providing a monetary incentive for you to do so!
Here is a letter for you to use — place it on your letterhead and send it to all your maintenance providers.
Information about ARSA to include in your letter along with an application for membership may be found here. Be sure to include your name on the application so that you can obtain the monetary incentive.
Now for the rules:
Questions? Contact Ronda Wilder in our Membership Dept. at 703 739 9543 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
- For each membership referred by an existing member in good standing, the referring member will receive a credit of 10 percent of the applicant’s dues on its forthcoming member renewal. The maximum credit will be 100 percent of the member’s renewal amount. For example, if you refer a $1500 member, you will receive a credit of $150 towards your next membership renewal.
- The applicant must clearly indicate on its application the name of the member company that referred it for membership.
- The applicant must pay its membership dues before credit is applied to the referring member.
Electronic Repair Administration Project Launch|
The ATA e-Business Program is launching a new industry-wide project to develop a suite of electronic messages (XML) to automate the component repair order process. The scope of the project includes electronic messages for part quotation, work scope, repair purchase order, shipment, teardown report and invoicing.
To participate and ensure that your business needs are considered, join the ATA e-Business Program!
Learn more at www.ataebiz.org.
Critical Parts Cleaning
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advising registered owners, operators and maintenance providers of turbine aircraft engines of the potential for uncontained failure of critical rotating parts due to aggressive grit blast cleaning during routine maintenance. Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2009-10-08 was issued May 4, 2009, to address an uncontained engine event that occurred on a Pratt & Whitney PW2000 engine that was attributed to aggressive grit blast cleaning of a turbine disk. Further FAA review determined that the problem may also exist on other turbine engines if proper cleaning procedures are not followed. At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant issuing an AD.
A copy of the SAIB may be found here.
FAA AMT Awards Renamed in Honor of Bill O'Brien
from U.S. Deptartment of Transportation via AMT
From the AC:
1. Purpose. This advisory circular (AC) outlines the participation requirements for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William (Bill) O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards Program. This revision to the AC provides instructions for AMTs and the employers of AMTs participating in the online William (Bill) O’Brien Awards Program and addresses all the changes to the program.
2. Effective Date. The effective date is 06/03/09.
3. Cancellation. AC 65-25D, Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program, dated 02/07/07, is canceled.
To view the full AC click here.
Top 10 Airframe MRO Providers
from Aviation Week
Singapore Technologies Aerospace again sits atop our charts with more than eight million man-hours amassed in 2008, but O&M's biennial survey of the airframe MRO market reveals burgeoning competition in the lower ranks and changes in the middle ground.
Airline Industry Eyes Emissions Standards
from The New York Times
A group of foreign airlines will propose a plan today to curb the aviation industry's emissions, hoping to help negotiators reach agreement on one of many friction points in global climate change talks.
U.S. Aerospace Trade Surplus Grows, but Competition Looms
from Seattle Post Intelligencer
The U.S. trade deficit is notoriously large -- it's up to $277 billion so far for 2009. That number means that the U.S. imports billions more in goods than it exports.
FAA to Take Closer Look at Regional Airlines Following Buffalo Crash
from The Albany Business Review
Federal Aviation Administration inspectors have been ordered to scrutinize training programs at regional airlines to ensure the companies are complying with federal regulations, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said yesterday.
American Flight to Test Fuel Saving by Using Direct GPS Route
from The AP via USA TODAY
American Airlines (AMR) will test fuel-saving technology and tactics on a Paris-to-Miami flight this week that the carrier and federal aviation officials hope will help make the case for a new navigation system.
ARSA Members In The News
from ARSA (Source: Aviation Week)
Ron Utecht Interview with Aviation Week
Ron Utecht, CEO, President and COO of the MRO, talks about his pet peeve, growing globally and offering customers more choices. Before joining TIMCO in 2003, he was with United Airlines for 39 years, lastly as senior VP of maintenance and engineering.
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site http://www.arsa.org/FDYTC. By accessing the links (provided in blue) you will find a complete list of items the Association has noted as important to aviation design, production and maintenance activities.
Final Documents: This list includes Federal Register (FR) publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars (ACs), Orders, Notices, policy statements and related material of interest to ARSA members. The date shown is the date of FR publication or other official release.
Your Two Cents: Provides you with the opportunity to provide input on rules and guidance that will affect you. Agencies must provide the public with notice and an opportunity for comment before their rules change. Your input matters. Comments should be received before the indicated due date; however, agencies often consider comments they receive before drafting of the final document begins.