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MAINTAINING MOMENTUM IN 2016
As we begin 2016, ARSA invites you to see just what it did over the past year. This edition of the hotline will present — after a few current updates — the most-read items from 2015 across every regular section. Each captures an important moment for the industry and illustrates how this association works every issue on behalf of the maintenance community.
ARSA Symposium — First Set of FAA Speakers Announced
Now that the aviation world has turned its calendar to 2016, two FAA officials have ARSA's Annual Repair Symposium on theirs. Peggy Gilligan, associate administrator for aviation safety, and Tim Shaver, acting manager of the Aircraft Maintenance Division, have officially taken their places on the 2016 agenda.
Capital Investment Incentives on Fast Track
After a long wait, the aviation industry can look forward to some much-needed certainty on bonus depreciation, Sec. 179 expensing and the research and development (R&D) tax credit.
Late on Dec. 15, House and Senate leaders released the details of a year-end tax and budget deal that accomplishes several of ARSA’s policy priorities.
Every Student Succeeds with Technical Skills
On Dec. 10, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act after it passed both houses of Congress by overwhelming, bipartisan majorities. The new law places high value on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs — an important development for the aviation maintenance industry.
To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit the ARSA Works page.
Christmas Came Early for § 21.137(o) Compliance
On Dec. 17, the Federal Register published a correction to an Oct. 1 final rule that amended certification procedures and marking requirements for aeronautical products and articles.
ARSA Calls Out 'Outrageous' Housing Requirement
On Dec. 8, ARSA requested the FAA’s chief counsel clarify the applicability of 14 CFR § 145.103 housing requirements. The association questioned the agency’s position that a repair station must have a hangar to enclose the largest aircraft listed on its operations specifications – even if work is limited to airframe components and no aircraft is ever housed.
FAA Publishes, Extends Comment Period for AC 43-210A
The FAA has published draft Advisory Circular (AC) 43-210A, “Standardized Procedures for Requesting Approval of Data for Major Repairs and Major Alterations.” ARSA worked in concert with Airlines for America to immediately extend the original comment deadline to Feb. 7, 2016.
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
This list includes Federal Register publications, such as final rules, Advisory Circulars and policy statements, as well as proposed rules and policies of interest to ARSA members. To view the list, click here.
You Can't Fly Without Us — The World of Aviation Maintenance
A short documentary overview of the aviation maintenance industry. Meet the men and women who keep the world safely in flight. For more information, visit AVMRO.arsa.org.
Each story will take you to the hotline in which it appeared. Peruse those editions and see what 2015 really meant for the men and women who keep the world safely in flight every day.
May 8: WAR: What is it Good For?
The next time you catch yourself dancing to Edwin Starr’s “War,” imagine that you are celebrating the promulgation of world aviation regulations. This “WAR,” unlike Starr’s topic, could unify the aviation world.
May 8: "Directly in Charge" of the New Contract Maintenance Rule
In April 2015, Legal Briefs introduced readers to the congressionally-mandated final rule on air carrier contract maintenance requirements. The regulation was the result of a decades-long battle over the safe and efficient practice of contracting air carrier maintenance.
July 2: Reauthorization Update: Everything Old [and Bad] Is New Again
Whenever Congress considers the FAA’s authorizing law, amendments hostile to the aviation maintenance industry and its customers will once again percolate to the surface.
March 6: One Size Doesn't Fit All
Look around you; you likely see different people, with different roles and specialties working together on a civil aircraft or component. To the federal government, though, you’re all the same.
June 5: "Recreational or Medical" Marijuana vs FAA/DOT Drug Testing
Nearly 50 percent of the United States currently has laws legalizing marijuana in some form. How does this impact your repair station? Technically it doesn’t, if your operation performs maintenance on commercial aircraft operations including air tour for hire.
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April 2: Personal Development — Motivation
In his TED talk, career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
November 6: MAG Change 5 — Briefing & Listening Session Recap
On Nov. 3, ARSA’s regulatory team hosted a discussion — headlined by Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall S. Filler — of Change 5 to the U.S.-E.U. Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG). The session engaged members in order to complement the association’s assistance to industry as the FAA and EASA work to effectively implement the change.
October 2: Online Training — Parts in Three Parts
Access the on-demand sessions and gain the tools to understand the rules and requirements impacting civil aircraft parts in maintenance operations.
February 5: Regulatory Compliance Training
Test your knowledge on § 145.205 — Maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations performed for certificate holders under parts 121, 125, and 135, and for foreign air carriers or foreign persons operating a U.S.-registered aircraft in common carriage under part 129.
September 3: Member Spotlight — Advantage Aviation Technologies, Dallas, Texas
Advantage Aviation Technologies is a certified woman-owned business that has been serving the aviation community for more than 25 years. An ARSA member since 2004, the repair station holds both FAA and EASA certifications and provides solutions for manufacturers and operators, including Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Airbus Eurocopter and Gulfstream.
September 3: Have You Seen This Person? Lee Ann Shay
As chief editor MRO, Lee Ann Shay directs Aviation Week’s coverage of the aviation maintenance industry. For repair stations, building relationships with media figures like Shay is a key first step to a positive image — which can be invaluable for both business development and political influence.
August 7: A Member Asked ... Inspected, Repaired or Overhauled?
Q: Can you please clarify when to use inspected, repaired or overhauled on maintenance records?
ARSA strives to provide resources to educate the general public about the work of the association's member organizations; should you need to provide a quick reference or introductory overview to the global MRO industry, please utilize AVMRO.ARSA.org.
Industry and International News Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play globally by providing jobs and economic opportunities, as well as through civic engagement. You can explore these stories through ARSA’s Dispatch news portal.
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