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Sarah Says: Never Again
After ten years, the Transportation Security Administration finalized rules for repair stations; the congressionally mandated ban on international business expansion can lift. The repair station community must pledge never to be the victim of bad politics again—support of this trade association is essential to that effort.
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Ban Lifted: TSA Releases Repair Station Security Rule
Nearly a decade after the original congressional mandate, the Transportation Security Administration's final repair station security rules were issued on Jan. 13. This action brings an end to the Federal Aviation Administration ban on certificating new foreign repair stations.
TSA Begins Foreign Repair Station Security Audits
The Transportation Security Administration is currently delivering questionnaires to Federal Aviation Administration-certificated part 145 repair stations operating outside the United States.
TSA Contacts Repair Stations about Security Rules
The Transportation Security Administration is in the process of delivering letters to part 145 repair stations that must comply with the aircraft repair station security rule's new security measures.
FAA Responds to AMOC Interpretation Request
On Jan. 27, 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to the ARSA request for legal interpretation. ARSA had previously questioned the inclusion of a particular question and answer in the appendix of Order 8110.103A.
ARSA Challenges FAA Information Collection
On Jan. 14, ARSA challenged the Federal Aviation Administration on the unnecessary reporting requirements of a notice of proposed rulemaking requiring the inspection and replacement of cylinders used in certain engines manufactured by Continental Motors, Inc.
Draft Revision to Order 8130.2 Released
On Jan. 6, the Federal Aviation Administration 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.
New Guidance Available
In response to concerns that the Federal Aviation Administration 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.
The Customs Agent's Always Right?
Does your company have a "best practice" for navigating the customs process? If so, ARSA would like to hear your story.
Compete at the AMC in Las Vegas
On March 25-26, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition will be held in Las Vegas for aviation maintenance professionals to test their abilities.
An Overview of the FAA — In the Beginning
A core Federal Aviation Administration mission is safety oversight — the process of ensuring individuals, airlines, aircraft designers, maintainers and manufacturers perform aviation safety requirements within the proper standards. It took several re-organizations, some prompted by tragedy, and many decades, for the agency to develop its current role.
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.
This month, ARSA's Daniel Fisher discusses the efforts of the association and its allies on Capitol Hill to pressure the Transportation Security Administration into finalizing the repair station security rule. He also highlights the legislative team's preparations for the next Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — Tech Outpaces Law
This month, Steven Pazar discusses the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their place in the national airspace system. Whether it's delivery of medicine to remote locations, inspecting hard to access bridges, or assisting first responders in emergencies, the manufacturers of UAVs are turning concepts into reality.
Member Spotlight: Aerosource, Inc. — Somerset, New Jersey
Aerosource Inc. is a Federal Aviation Administration-certificated part 145 authorized repair station with a long history in the OEM and MRO industries. Established in 1987 in Long Island City, N.Y., and later relocated to Somerset, N.J., in 1991, Aerosource boasts a variety of custom design capabilities and in-house engineering services.
Have You Seen This Person?
Each month, the hotline spotlights key regulatory, legislative, and business leaders making important contributions to the aviation industry. This month we look at Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security.
A Member Asked ...
Q: If a Federal Aviation Administration-certificated part 145 repair station is at an airport [domestic or foreign] with no scheduled air carrier service, is the repair station exempt from the new aircraft repair station security rule?
Check Out ARSA's Library of Recorded Webinars and Online Training Classes
ARSA's online training classes and webinars are now available for member purchase. Check back often as courses will be continually added.
Take Advantage of ARSA's Members Getting Members Program, Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues
The best form of advertising is word of mouth. Use the Members Getting Members Toolkit to recruit an ARSA member and your company will receive a discounted membership rate for your next membership term.
Target Your Message: Advertise in ARSA's Newsletters and Website!
ARSA recently updated its menu of advertising opportunities for arsa.org, the hotline and the ARSA Dispatch. Take advantage of these great opportunities today to showcase your company, a new product or event.
Exhibit, Sponsor the 2014 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA.
AVMRO Industry Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play in their communities by providing jobs and economic opportunities and in civic engagement. These are some of this month's top stories highlighting the industry's contributions.
To provide more international coverage, ARSA presents a monthly roundup of world events pertaining to the industry
India Takes Steps to Boost MRO Industry
In early January, the Indian government granted infrastructure status to maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations in an effort to streamline borrowing from other countries. The move will allow India's MRO sector to be a part of the country's airport infrastructure and is expected to generate infrastructure growth as well as a more favorable tax environment for the industry.
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