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On March 19-21, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association will hold its Legislative Day on Capitol Hill and Annual Repair Symposium in Arlington, Va. Join aviation professionals from around the world to connect with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and other aviation authorities as well as key members of Congress and your colleagues in the industry.
The Symposium will include a variety of sessions designed to help you stay compliant with the ever-complex maze of aviation regulations. Legislative Day informs you about critical issues in Washington and provides the opportunity to arrange Capitol Hill meetings with your representatives, senators, and congressional staff.
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Florida Rated Best State for Aviation
On Dec. 30, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) announced that his state ranked first overall in U.S. aviation manufacturing attractiveness in a PricewaterhouseCoopers report titled "Aviation's Second Golden Age: Can the U.S. Aircraft Industry Maintain Leadership?" The study put Florida's talent in first place, its industry ninth, and its cost of doing business sixth for an overall ranking of first in the nation. The PricewaterhouseCoopers report used a weighted average of the following variables: costs, workforce, and number of aerospace companies. Texas was ranked second and Washington ranked third.
Manufacturing accounted for 93 percent of Florida's exports in 2012, with the sector comprising more than 17,500 manufacturing companies employing 311,300 workers.
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This Time Last Year: FAA Responds to ARSA Protest
A year ago in what was a major victory for the aviation industry, the FAA withdrew its faulty legal interpretation of maintenance duty time limitations prescribed in Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) section 121.377.
Specifically, the agency reversed course on its May 18, 2010, legal interpretation meant to clarify the application of the rest provisions and equivalency standards under the regulation. However, the FAA erroneously concluded that the rule rigidly required one day off out of every seven days.
A December 2010 complaint from ARSA prompted the agency's reevaluation. The association noted that the agency's interpretation overlooked the plain language of the rule and presented an impermissible deviation from longstanding FAA construction and application. The rule clearly states the period of required rest is "24 consecutive hours during any seven consecutive days, or the equivalent thereof within any one calendar month." (Unfortunately, the FAA interpretation conditioned operation of the underlined phrase to emergency situations).
In response to ARSA's complaint, the FAA published a notice in the Federal Register on April 15, 2011, requesting comments on its interpretation. On June 14, 2011, ARSA's comments reiterated its assertion that the interpretation changed the plain language of the regulation without following the Administrative Procedure Act and must therefore be rescinded.
After two years, the agency finally agreed with ARSA's position. In a Dec. 26, 2012 response to ARSA, the FAA acknowledged its error and stated, "The requirement for equivalency lies in the amount of rest given, not in the way the schedule itself operates or is developed."
This regrettable delay imposed serious consequences on the industry. Air carriers, and their maintenance providers, rewrote schedules at significant cost in order to accommodate a wrongheaded bureaucratic action. It is notable that many other groups including Airlines for America, the Transport Workers Union of America, and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association joined ARSA's position in their comments to the regulatory docket.
This important victory last year clearly establishes the value of actively engaging with the FAA when it strays from its regulatory boundaries.
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MacLeod Kicks Off AMTSociety Seminars in Houston
Last month, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod kicked off a series of aircraft maintenance educational seminars known as AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium. The next seminar, featuring Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Managing Director & General Counsel Marshall Filler, will take place on Jan. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. Presentations during these seminars will address topics including maintenance regulations, major/minor, and maintenance recordkeeping. Seminars will continue through April 2014. Event dates and locations are:
January 8, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
January 27, 2014 – Oklahoma City, Okla.
February 12, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
March 5, 2014 — Aurora, CO
March 25 & 26, 2014 — Las Vegas, NV
April 5, 2014 — San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with 2014 ATEC Conference
ARSA members can attend the next series of AMTSociety Education/IA refresher events without being an AMTSociety member. Registration is $42 in advance and $62 at the door. ARSA members are encouraged to preregister by contacting Jill.firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-800-547-7377 x2104.
Click here to learn more about the AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium.
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Check Out ARSA's New Drug Program Management Service Benefit
ARSA, in partnership with NATA Compliance Services (NATACS), is pleased to announce a new drug program management service that provides accurate, fast, and reliable solutions for a safe and compliant drug-free workplace. NATACS is a "one stop" solution providing policy templates, plan setup, regulatory assistance, and program administration. Benefits include:
For more information, visit https://www.natacs.aero/ARSA or call 800.493.9707.
- Laboratory and collection site setup and coordination
- Medical review officer services
- Random drug and alcohol list generation
- Substance abuse referral
- Audit preparation
- Rules and regulations update notifications
- Federal Aviation Administration Drug Abatement
- Division liaisons
- Testing requirements coordination (pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow up)
- Training materials
- Online document management
To review ARSA's Drug & Alcohol Resource Page, please click here .
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Take Advantage of ARSA's Career Center Today!
Looking for positions in the aviation maintenance industry? The ARSA Career Center has jobs specific to what you need, posted by ARSA members as well as members of the Aero Job Board Network. There are many ways to get started:
Click here to visit the ARSA Career Center.
- Browse job listings to see what jobs are available now
- Upload a resume to let employers find you based on your skills and qualifications
- Set up Job Alerts and receive emails with jobs based on keywords you select
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- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Marshall Filler presenting) – Atlanta, Ga. – Jan. 8, 2014
- AVM Summit, Europe – London, U.K. – Jan. 21-22, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – Oklahoma City, Okla. – Jan. 27, 2014
- MRO Middle East – Dubai, UEA – Feb. 5-6, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – Kansas City, Mo. – Feb. 12, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – Aurora, Colo.
- ARSA Annual Repair Symposium and Legislative Fly-In — March 19-21, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – Las Vegas, Nev. – March 25-26, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – San Antonio, Texas – April 5, 2014
Honda Aircraft Customer Service Facility Receives Part 145 OK
Honda Aircraft has received FAA Part 145 certification for its customer service facility located at the company's world headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.
Rockwell Collins Completes Arinc Acquisition
Rockwell Collins completed its acquisition of communications and systems integration specialist Arinc. The avionics company, which paid The Carlyle Group $1.4 billion for Arinc, said the integration of its new division should be complete within 6 to 9 months.
Hartzell Engine Technologies Purchases the Jasco Alternator Line Formerly Held by Skytronics, Inc.
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The Jasco Alternator line will enable Hartzell to begin offering high-quality products to new segments of the general aviation markets including classic and agricultural aircraft and piston helicopters.
Ethiopian Aviation Academy Graduates 124 Aviation Professionals
Ethiopian Airlines has graduated 52 aviation maintenance technicians, 47 marketing and 25 finance trainees on Dec. 26 at a graduation ceremony held at the airline's headquarters.
Cessna Aircraft Parent Textron to Acquire Beechcraft for $1.4 Billion
Textron and Beechcraft Corp. announced late yesterday that Textron has agreed to acquire Beech Holdings, LLC, the parent of Beechcraft Corp., for approximately $1.4 billion in cash.
Boeing Changes 737 Wiring, Checklists after Airspeed Incidents
Boeing has made changes to its Boeing 737 pitot tube heating systems and checklists following an incident report by the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit.
Airline Industry Marks 100 Years of Commercial Air Travel
The Associated Press via CBS News
Jan. 1 marked the 100th anniversary of the first commercial flight: a 23-minute hop across Florida's Tampa Bay. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line was subsidized by St. Petersburg officials who wanted more winter tourists in their city. The alternative: an 11-hour train ride from Tampa.
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