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“Current” Inspection Program Guidance Issued
In a recent letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ARSA suggested the agency adopt guidance on the use of a “current inspection program recommended by the manufacturer” under Title 14 CFR § 91.409(f)(3). In response the FAA issued an Information for Operators (InFO) that clarifies what happens when an owner/operator does not select an inspection program or does not identify it in the maintenance records.
When a proper selection or identification is not made the maintenance provider is required to use the program recommended by the manufacturer at the time of the inspection. Further the InFO states that owner/operators cannot retroactively select an inspection program and must provide maintenance facilities with properly selected programs that are different from the program recommended by the manufacturer at the time of the inspection.
A copy of the InFO guidance may be found here.
EASA Issues Second Denial of ICA Complaint
In a November 6, 2008, letter to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), ARSA requested the agency recognize that component maintenance manuals (CMM) are part of the complete set of Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) and must be made available to appropriately rated repair stations. The Association also sought clarification on the extent to which its members must go to show no agreement can be reached with type certificate (TC) holders to make the instructions available.
EASA responded on June 8, 2009, stating that remove and replace instructions are enough to satisfy the ICA content requirements and actual repair instructions in the CMM are not needed. The agency also states that ARSA’s complaints failed to show that repair stations are even eligible to receive ICA from the TC holder. EASA claims that a facility must have concluded a work order or contract with an aircraft owner or operator before it can request the ICA needed to perform the maintenance.
The agency goes on to say that because such contracts are of a commercial nature a TC holder’s refusals to make ICA available to appropriately rated repair stations once or twice does not endanger aviation safety. Therefore, repair stations also need to show a refusal to make the ICA available is endangering aviation safety before EASA will take action to enforce its regulations.
The Association is currently planning its response to this latest refusal and will keep its members updated on any future developments.
A copy of EASA’s denial letter may be found here.
For more information on ARSA’s ICA efforts, including links to all complaints and correspondence, click here.
Support ARSA’s Positive Publicity Campaign
Help ARSA with its public relations initiative to improve the legal, regulatory, and business climate for contract aviation maintenance companies!
Phase One, Step Two to quantify the economic impact of the aviation maintenance industry, nationally and internationally is currently underway, but we need your assistance!
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Congressmen Act on Non-English Speaking Airplane Mechanics
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:
Town Hall Meetings
A successful advocacy program depends on the involvement of ARSA members. Attending town hall meetings in your hometown is an excellent opportunity to get face time with your members of Congress, and to help the Association develop a strong grassroots program.
In an effort to help members get more involved at the ground level, ARSA will update this web page weekly with upcoming town hall meetings in your area.
If you decide to attend a town hall meeting in your area, tell us about it! E-mail Matt Hallett at firstname.lastname@example.org or Crystal Maguire at email@example.com and let us know how it goes.
To view upcoming meetings, click here.
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