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ARSA Challenges FAA Information Collection
On Jan. 14, ARSA challenged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the unnecessary reporting requirements of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) requiring the inspection and replacement of cylinders used in certain engines manufactured by Continental Motors, Inc.

ARSA's comments rebuke the FAA for failing to abide by the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act in the agency's submission to the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) seeking approval of the information collection.

The association emphasized the FAA inaccurately portrayed the time burden associated with each step, didn't explain why it needed the information and failed to provide a practical utility for the data, and didn't outline the purpose for which information is being collected and how it should be used once obtained.

ARSA also highlighted inconsistencies between the FAA's justification to the OMB and the NPRM, including missing Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis, blatantly false assertions that the FAA had no other way of acquiring the information, and disparate statements about the number affected by the proposed rule.

Lastly, the association stressed the reporting burden would take far greater than five minutes, as the FAA proposed, and would more accurately approach anywhere from five to nine hours.

ARSA's complete comments are available at http://arsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ARSA_OMBComments_DASAD-20140114.pdf.

Stay tuned to ARSA as the story develops.
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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 by Feb. 7 to Craig Holmes at craig.holmes@faa.gov. Stay tuned for further ARSA analysis, commentary, and guidance on this draft revision.

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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!

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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 cortinaec@comcast.net 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.

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MacLeod Kicks Off AMT Society Seminars
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.burnett@cygnus.com or calling 1-800-547-7377 ext. 2104.

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:
  • 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
For more information, visit https://www.natacs.aero/ARSA or call 800.493.9707.

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:
  • 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
Click here to visit the ARSA Career Center.

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Budget Plan Protects GA
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
The House and Senate have passed a spending bill that preserves many key general aviation programs. The omnibus spending bill for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year is expected to be signed by the president in the coming days.
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The Waddington Effect
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
In 1943, a British scientist named Conrad Hal Waddington made a remarkable discovery about aircraft maintenance. He was a most unlikely person to make this discovery, because he wasn't an aeronautical engineer or an aircraft mechanic or even a pilot.
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Ramco Strengthens Its Hold in the Europe Market with Its Cloud ERP and Aviation MRO Offering
AviationPros
Ramco Systems, an enterprise software product company focused on delivering ERP, HCM and Aviation MRO on Cloud, Tablets and Smart phones has witnessed good traction in the Europe region. The company has announced five new wins in Q3 of FY 2013-14.
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Governor Praises Local Leadership for Landing Aviation Repair Facility
Dothan Eagle
Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and several other local and state dignitaries were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for Alabama Aircraft Support, a helicopter repair and overhaul company. Its parent company is Brightwater Aviation Lender LLC of Chicago.
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Gulf Air to Extend Rolls-Royce TotalCare
AviTrader
Gulf Air is to extend Rolls-Royce TotalCare service support for Trent 700 engines on six Airbus A330 aircraft. Globally, more than 90 percent of Trent engines in service and on order are covered by TotalCare.
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Aero Gulf Group Is Set to Power Up Its Specialist CFM 56 Engine MRO Facility in Sola, Norway
AviationPros
Designed specifically for CFM 56® engine maintenance, it is approved to EASA 145 and FAR 145 standards with competitive TAT guaranteed by knowledgeable and highly skilled engineers.
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Vx Capital Selects AEI's B737-400SF for SPEC Conversion
AviTrader
Aeronautical Engineers reported that Vx Capital Partners have selected AEI to provide their first B737-400SF passenger to freighter conversion.
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Dean Baldwin Painting Puts Its Money Where Its Facility Is
AviTrader
Dean Baldwin Painting reported that the construction to upgrade the Roswell facility is underway. Plans to improve and upgrade the facility were a year in the making and included erecting six walls of steel and girder construction to replace the curtain dividers, new air handling and heating equipment in the B767 bay and a new waste water treatment plant.
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