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Jan. 13, 2010
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ARSA 2010 Annual Repair Symposium: Registration Open
from ARSA
Come one, come all! Registration for the 2010 ARSA Annual Repair Symposium is now open. Join aviation professionals from around the world for in-depth seminars, frank discussions with top FAA officials, meetings with key legislators and valuable training in human factors and international compliance.

Listen to officials from the Federal Aviation Administration as they provide updates on the regulations, policies and procedures that govern the maintenance industry.

See industry and agency representatives discuss the proposed repair station security issue and provide advice on complying with the new rule.

Take part in the ARSA Casino night and find out if you have what it takes to be a high roller!

To register for the Symposium, click here.

The Symposium agenda may be found here.

If you would like to gain some recognition for your company by sponsoring a Symposium event, go here.

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Mx Industry Weighs In on Thorny Issues for 2010
from AIN
"The most significant issue facing the maintenance community in 2010 is financial sustainability," Aaron Hilkemann, president of Duncan Aviation, told AIN. "As demand decreased this past year, additional incentives were provided to operators. These incentives have reduced or eliminated already low profit margins for many maintenance providers. At the same time, increased regulatory burdens imposed by the FAA and EASA have increased administrative overhead costs for repair stations." More

An Airline Report Card: Fewer Delays, Hassles Last Year, but Bumpy Times May Be Ahead
from The Wall Street Journal
The past few years have been pretty miserable for fliers. But it turns out that there was a lot of improvement in 2009. And for that we can thank, in part, the recession. More

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Fighting Closure in Connecticut
from CBS News
When the Boeing Estella and Mike Pesapane have been punching the clock at the Pratt and Whitney engine center in Cheshire, Connecticut for 30 years. Until very recently the Pesapane's figured they had their financial future mapped out. Their self-built home is nearly paid off. The only modest extravagances are the colorful plaques, sculptures and posters Estella collects of crescent moons. Retirement looked like it was only a decade away. But last July, Pratt and Whitney announced they were going to close their repair facility in Cheshire and a smaller repair center in East Hartford. More

Latest Feedback Issue and Aviation Safety Letter Available
from Transport Canada
Feedback is published quarterly by the Continuing Airworthiness Division of Transport Canada, informing the aviation community of reported day-to-day problems that affect aircraft airworthiness in Canada. The articles contained in Feedback are derived from Service Difficulty Reports (SDRs) submitted by Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs), owners, operators and other sources in accordance with Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) 591. More

DAE Industries

DAE Industries manufactures, sells and leases engine transport stands to fit P&W, RR and GE engines. DAE manufactures maintenance docking systems and access stands for regional, commercial and military airframes. DAE provides special engineering and design services. Visit our Web site:

Aviation College, Pentastar Host Detroit-area Students
from WMU News
A flight in a business aircraft, discussions with aviation professionals and a presentation from a U.S. Air Force legend are just some of the planned activities when Western Michigan University and Pentastar Aviation team up to showcase aviation careers Jan. 13 for 50 Detroit-area high school students. More

New European Technical Standard Order
from EASA
The ETSO (European Technical Standard Order) authorization represents one way (and not the only way) to have parts and appliances approved. This is an optional step which ensures that a part or appliance complies with a minimum performance standard. More

Safety Officials Order Boeing Jet Inspections
from The Wall Street Journal
Federal air-safety regulators have ordered enhanced structural inspections of more than 130 older Boeing 737 jetliners, six months after a Southwest Airlines Co. plane developed a one-foot-wide hole in its main body in midflight. More

Amended NTSB Rules
from FAA
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) posted a final rule in the January 7, 2010 Federal Register amending its notification and reporting regulations regarding aircraft accidents or incidents. The rule becomes effective March 8, 2010. Notable changes include new subsections that require operators to: report failure of any internal turbine engine component that results in the escape of debris other than out the exhaust path; release of all or a portion of a prop blade from an aircraft, excluding release caused solely by ground contact; complete loss of information from more than 50 percent of cockpit electronic flight displays; damage to helicopter tail or main rotor blades, including ground damage, that requires major repair or blade replacement; certain collision avoidance system advisories; and certain air carrier runway incursion/incorrect runway events.

ATA New Generation Aircraft Information Security Webinar
Securing the Electronic FAA Form 8130-3 - A Case Study
from ATA
The Air Transport Association (ATA) invites you to the next in our series of “New Generation Aircraft Information Security Webinars” to raise awareness among airlines about the unique information security requirements needed to support the next generation of e-enabled applications and services for commercial aircraft.

The topic for this webinar is "Securing the electronic FAA Form 8130-3 - A Case Study". This event will explore one airline's experience in developing the capability to securely exchange the electronic FAA Form 8130-3, Authorized Release Certificate as per ATA Spec 2000 Chapter 16.

We would like to invite you to join us for this timely and informative event. Please pass this invitation on to others in your organization who you think would be interested in these topics.

The Webinar will take place on February 10 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am Eastern Time. Please click the link below to register.

Register here.

2010 ATA e-Business Forum
from ATA eBusiness Forum
The next ATA e-Business Forum will be held May 17-19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The ATA e-Business Forum is the industry's premier event to learn about the latest developments in information exchange standards to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations. This educational forum provides a high level overview of the ATA e-Business Program and the many specifications and industry initiatives underway to facilitate effective and efficient information sharing between airlines and their trading partners. In addition to learning about the industry's most widely accepted e-business specifications for data exchange (iSpec 2200, Spec 42, Spec 2300, Spec 2000 and S1000D), learn how the industry has attributed significant savings and operational efficiencies to the use of these global specifications. More

Awards Nominations Deadlines Approaching
Securing the Electronic FAA Form 8130-3 - A Case Study
from ATA
Flight Safety Foundation annual safety awards program recognizes individual and group achievements in aviation safety. Recipients of these prestigious international awards are selected by independent selection boards from among candidates nominated by aviation professionals, like yourselves, and organizations worldwide.

Please submit a nomination for these important awards. If you would like to learn more about a specific award or its past recipients as well as the nomination deadline and download a nomination form, please click on the links below:

FSF-Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award

FSF–Airbus Human Factors in Aviation Safety Award Nomination Form

FSF Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award

FSF Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award Nomination Form

For more information, please contact Ann Hill at or by phone at 703 739 6700, ext 105.

HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 Pilot of the Year Award
from Vertical Magazine
Alexandria, VA, January 11, 2010 – HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 Pilot of the Year Award recipient, Earl S Palmer; Chief Pilot, Hillcrest Aircraft Company, Lewiston, Idaho.

Earl S Palmer’s versatility and quest for professional excellence has been evident in a career spanning nearly 50 years. In 1962 Palmer enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Caribou mechanic, and after flight training was assigned to the 118th Assault Helicopter Company in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for participation in a night re-supply of a besieged outpost under heavy enemy fire. Following active service, Palmer taught pilots to fly the venerable Bell "Huey." More

FAA: CVR/FDR Upgrades Delayed
from AVweb
The FAA says it has delayed until December a deadline originally set for April 10 that requires manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus to install upgraded cockpit voice and flight-data recorders, because manufacturers failed to plan ahead. More

FAA Aviation News
from AVweb
The latest issue of FAA Aviation News focuses on the critical role human factors play in aviation safety. Articles address fatigue, decision making, aircraft design and technology, and more. More

Attention Current and Prospective Aviation Technology Students!
from AVweb
AEA administers the largest scholarship program for avionics and aircraft maintenance technicians in the world.

With nearly $100,000 in award money going to more than 25 students each year, there is no better way for students to get a jump-start on an avionics or aircraft maintenance education and career.

If someone you know is already in school or just getting started, have him or her apply today. Scholarship awards are for the 2010 -2011 school year. Current students are eligible to apply if they have a year or more of school remaining. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2010. Download application here.

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
from ARSA
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!

ARSA has contracted with AeroStrategy, an aerospace consulting firm, to:

  • Develop an economic profile of the global MRO industry;
  • Assess the economic impact of US-EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (which is threatened by
  • the hostile language in the pending FAA reauthorization bill); and
  • Determine the industry’s economic footprint on a state-by-state basis

  • The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign.

    For more details, click here.

    Pledge your support here.

    ARSA Members in the News

    AAR Strengthens Relationship With Sikorsky and Provides Manufacturing and Machining for S-92(R) and H-60 Helicopters
    from PR Newswire
    PRNewswire-FirstCall recently announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation under which the two companies will work together to identify opportunities to expand their business relationship. More

    Airbus to Add 80 Wichita, Kan., Jobs
    from The Wichita Eagle
    Airbus North America will add 80 new jobs in Wichita over the next three years, the company recently said. More

    Canadian Aircraft Company Bombardier Brings Global Outlook to Macon, Georgia
    from Trading Markets
    The Canada-based company that is taking over a commercial airplane maintenance facility at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport brings a long, varied and global background to Macon. More

    Associated Air Center Receives Organization Designation Authorization
    from AMT
    Associated Air Center, the completions center for transport-category VIP aircraft, and a key business unit of StandardAero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Company, has successfully transitioned its Designated Alteration Station (DAS) to Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) at its Dallas, Texas, location. More

    Final Documents/Your Two Cents
    from ARSA
    ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site By accessing the links 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 publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars, 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. More

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