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Ban Lifted: TSA to Release Repair Station Security Rule
Nearly a decade after the original congressional mandate, the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) final repair station security rules were issued on Jan. 13, 2014. This action brings an end to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ban on certificating new foreign repair stations.
The final regulation will be significantly narrower in scope from the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) TSA issued on Nov. 18, 2009. In a call with industry stakeholders, agency officials outlined the final rule, which will be implemented within 45 days and doesn't mandate any new security programs or plans. Highlights include:
"While ARSA commends TSA for heeding industry input and narrowing the scope of the regulation, it's a shame the agency took so long to issue what appears to be straightforward," ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod said. "The association looks forward to immediately working with the FAA to begin the process of certificating new foreign repair stations so aviation maintenance companies can continue to create jobs and expand markets."
- A shift from process-based to outcome-based security. The focus is on the risk of stealing an unattended, large (over 12,500 pounds) aircraft capable of flight.
- The rule applies only to repair stations with large aircraft under their control "on or adjacent" to a "commercial" airport already under TSA regulation. "On or adjacent" means the repair station is within the fence line, part of the fence line, or otherwise has access to a runway.
- Securing a "flyable" aircraft could include blocking, defueling, or locking it in a hangar. If the aircraft is undergoing repairs that would render it "unable to fly," no further "security" would be needed.
- For those part 145 certificated repair stations to which the rule applies, a designated point of contact (POC) with knowledge of individuals responsible for securing the aircraft will be required. The POC and persons responsible for securing the aircraft must have undergone a background check; including a five year verification of employment (individuals with gaps of six months won't be "verifiable"). It's unclear whether these persons must be certificated under part 65 (be a mechanic or repairman), but in any event if the individual is certificated, verification of that certificate must be verified. A security identification display area (SIDA) badge will suffice for compliance.
- TSA has inspection authority without advanced notice and can issue security objectives.
ARSA will review the rule in detail as soon as it is issued and will provide updates at www.arsa.org.
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2014 Symposium Agenda Takes Shape
On March 19-21, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) 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 (FAA) 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 federal 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. The tentative agenda is available here.
Register today for this exciting opportunity to gain valuable intelligence on what's happening in our industry!
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for either Legislative Day or the 2014 Symposium, click here for sponsorship opportunities or contact Jennifer Kitching.
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Draft Revision to Order 8130.2 Released
On Jan. 6, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a draft revision to Order 8130.2. This draft proposes changes to the current order, 8130.2G Change 1, which established procedures for accomplishing original and recurrent airworthiness certification of aircraft and related products and articles. The procedures apply to FAA manufacturing aviation safety inspectors (ASI), to airworthiness ASIs, and to private persons or organizations delegated authority to issue airworthiness certificates and related approvals. Public comments on the proposed changes are due to the FAA by Feb. 7, 2014. Stay tuned for further ARSA analysis, commentary, and guidance on this draft revision.
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New Guidance Available
In response to concerns that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspectors were not uniformly auditing repair stations, standardized checklists have been developed. These documents are not being used by the FAA workforce yet, but will be officially introduced in the near future. It behooves repair stations to incorporate the concepts into their own quality systems to ensure successful audit results. The checklists reference the applicable regulations and internal FAA guidance for research and applicability.
The checklists are available to the public here under AFS-300 Job Aids; Part 145 Repair Station Checklists.
ARSA is reviewing the material for correct regulatory references, consistency, and uniformity; members are encouraged to review and provide comments to the association for transmission to the agency.
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The Customs Agent's Always Right?
Customs duties are tariffs or taxes imposed on goods when transported across international borders. According to the Customs and Border Patrol, the purpose is "to protect each country's economy, residents, jobs, environment, etc., by controlling the flow of goods, especially restrictive and prohibited goods, into and out of the country."
The government claims duties are for the public good; however, we all know the primary reason for their existence — revenue. While tariffs and taxes won't go away, ARSA members are increasingly complaining about interactions with customs and freight forwarders, resulting in increased expenses and time wasted.
Is your company having problems dealing with customs? Did you have difficulties, but switched freight forwarders, and reduced costs and time spent on importing and exporting? Does your company have a "best practice" for navigating the customs process? If so, ARSA would like to hear your story. Please email ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher.
Survey to Collect Data on Halon Reserves
Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reserves Working Group developed a survey to solicit information on halon reserves and the service and repair of aviation halon systems and cylinders. The survey will be the basis for recommendations the group will present to the FAA on Feb. 6.
ARSA is asking its members to complete the survey, available here, and email it to Tom Cortina at firstname.lastname@example.org who will analyze the results and present a summary.
To ensure confidentiality, responses should not include company name, address, or any other identifying information. Completed surveys must be received by Jan. 31.
ARSA Blog: The Worst Thing You Can Do Is Nothing
This week, ARSA VP of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses the recently issued foreign repair station rule from the Transportation Security Administration.
MacLeod Kicks Off AMTSociety Seminars in Houston
Last November, 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. 27, 2014, in Oklahoma City. 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 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.email@example.com or calling 1-800-547-7377 ext. 2104.
Click here to learn more about the AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium.
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 .
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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- 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
Sky-High Opportunities Take Off at Oakleaf
The Florida Times-Union
The aeronautics academy prepares students for careers as pilots, jobs in general aviation maintenance, and as air traffic controllers. The program's instructors say they expect 38 students to obtain Federal Aviation Administration Ground School pilot certification when the burgeoning program's first cohort of students completes the four-year program in June.
Duncan Aviation Begins Working in Part of New Maintenance Facility
The hangar is one of two housed in the new 175,000-square-foot facility, and it is the only part that has received occupancy permits so far. The rest of the building is set to be completed in June.
ATR and Royal Air Maroc Sign a Global Maintenance Agreement
The European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft ATR and the national Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc announce the signature of a Global Maintenance Agreement for the airline's new fleet of ATR '-600' aircraft. Signed for an initial period of four years, the contract covers the four ATR 72-600s already owned by the airline.
Darwin Airline Awards Maintenance Contract to Volga-Dnepr Technics in Germany
The contract provides for the use of Volga-Dnepr Technics' hangar facilities and equipment to carry out maintenance checks on the SAAB 2000s aircraft operated by Darwin Airline as well as the provision of certified personnel.
FL Technics Jets Adds Bombardier CL-600-2B19 Family Aircraft to Capability List
FL Technics Jets, a global provider of tailor-made maintenance, repair and overhaul services for business aviation has been granted certificate of approval to provide line and base maintenance services for Bombardier CL-600-2B19 family aircraft.
Delta Aircraft Maintenance in Denver Designated OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs Star Site
Occupational Safety & Health Administration today recognized Delta Air Lines' Technical Operations in Denver as its newest Voluntary Protection Programs Star site. Delta — the first major airline participant in the VPP program — now operates 15 airport and aircraft maintenance locations across the United States with the Star site designation.
Air Service Basel Gains Chad Maintenance Approvals
Corporate Jet Investor
Swiss FBO and maintenance company Air Service Basel have gained approvals from the authorities in the Republic of Chad to complete maintenance on Chad-registered aircraft.
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