If you still haven’t made your reservations at the Ritz-Carlton for the ARSA Annual Repair Symposium, you are in luck! The hotel has extended the special room rate through today—
Reserve your room now with the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. Call the hotel for rates and availability.
The special ARSA room rate is $229.00/night for single (or double) occupancy,
• If you call the hotel, mention the group code "ASNASNA" when registering.
• If you register online, use the group code "ASNASNA" on the registration form.
To get the special rate, you must make your reservations by Wednesday, February 17, 2010. Room availability is limited.
A Sad Announcement
ARSA is sad to announce the death of its former Managing Director, Anthony (Tony) J. Obadal. He passed peacefully surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Over the course of a legal career spanning more than four decades, Mr. Obadal held a variety of positions in government, non-profit organizations and the private sector.
ARSA 2010 Annual Repair Symposium: Registration open
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.
Reports: Safety regulators looking at American, Southwest; FAA may be cited too
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Both American and Southwest are facing scrutiny from federal safety regulators, according to reports from The Associated Press. As for Southwest, AP writes "federal officials are investigating Southwest Airlines over the way it handled structural repairs on dozens of jets, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating whether Southwest followed safety orders dealing with the maintenance of older planes. Inspectors believe Southwest and a repair shop near Seattle conducted body repairs on 44 jets without getting FAA approval first.
Pratt & Whitney donates engine to Columbus State
Columbus Business First Share
Christmas comes early this year for Columbus State Community College’s aircraft maintenance program. The school said officials will be accepting the donation of a $65,000 aircraft engine from manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Canada. Columbus State said Richard Smith, a retired executive at Columbus-based fractional aircraft business NetJets Inc., helped arrange the gift. More
MTU sets up Shanghai repo office, eyes China expansion
China Knowledge Share
MTU Aero Engines, Germany's leading engine manufacturer and the world's largest independent provider of commercial engine maintenance services, officially opened a representative office in Shanghai. he move is part of the German company's effort to further solidify and enhance its position in the Chinese engine industry. More
EASA newsletter published
2010 will see the European Union taking new steps to improve aviation safety at the global scale. At the heart of three key initiatives, the European Aviation Safety Agency is adopting a decisive and proactive approach to promoting safety. More
Empire Aero looking for buyer
Utica Observer-Dispatch Share
Empire Aero Center dropped a double bombshell: To avoid closing, a buyer for the company is being pursued, and a number of layoffs are expected in May. “I think they’re actively looking to try to stabilize the operation and look at all options,” Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steven DiMeo said. “I think the problem is you go anywhere in the world and the aviation market is deeply impacted. This is far worse than 9/11.” More
Uniflight expands helicopter maintenance operations into the northeast
Vertical Magazine Share
Uniflight, LLC, a leading Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility (CSF) and American Eurocopter Customer Service Center, has launched new operations to serve fleet operators in the Northeastern United States from its location at Reading Regional Airport (RDG). More
Aviation Institute encourages students to work the friendly skies, explore airline industries
The University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute wants students to know there's more to its programs than graduating airline pilots. The Institute was founded by Omaha business leaders and philanthropists Charles Durham, Walter Scott and Mike Harper. Initially focused on flight training aspects, over the years the Institute has adjusted to the demand for air transportation jobs, said Scott Tarry, director of UNO's Aviation Institute. More
Safe Air to cut 100 staff
Air New Zealand engineering subsidiary Safe Air in Blenheim is planning to reduce its workforce by around 100 positions with advice to staff on Feb. 16. Air New Zealand Group General Manager Technical Operations Vanessa Stoddart said consultation has began with staff on reducing the workforce of 351.
ARSA Draft Comments on TSA NPRM Available
The comment period for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) proposed rule covering repair station security closes on Feb. 19. This rulemaking will impact all part 145 repair stations, both foreign and domestic. In preparation for the closing of the comment period, ARSA is making available a draft version of the Association’s comments to the docket. While this is not ARSA’s final submission, it provides key points that members can incorporate into their respective submissions.
Click here to read ARSA’s draft comments.
The TSA notice of proposed rulemaking is available here.
2010 ATA e-Business Forum
The next ATA e-Business Forum will be held May 17-19, 2010 in Seattle. 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
Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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.
FAA safety reforms finally going to Senate
The Buffalo News Share
Key aviation safety reforms will come to the floor of the U.S. Senate in March, after Sen. Charles E. Schumer persuaded Senate leadership to move ahead with legislation that had been bottled up for six months. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Schumer recently that a week of Senate floor time would be scheduled for a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that includes the safety provisions. More
FAA takes first step toward stricter commercial co-pilot licenses
The Wall Street Journal Share
Seeking to improve the qualifications of airline crews, federal aviation regulators recently took the first official step toward creating a new commercial co-pilot's license that could mandate tougher academic requirements and enhanced flight-training for high altitudes or bad weather.
Airbus, Boeing begin testing Koito seats
Aviation Week Share
Airbus and Boeing by late February expect an update on the safety of Koito Industries’ seats after the Japanese supplier confirmed it breached safety rules over several years. The airframers also are witnessing tests by Koito that include crashworthiness and flammability. If negative, as many as 150,000 seats on 1,000 aircraft could be affected, according to data released by the Japanese government. More
Surprise checks reveal varied violations
Surprise checks by India’s civil aviation watchdog, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), reveal more than a dozen pilots and cabin crew tested alcohol positive before taking their flights last year. That’s among the more innocuous of safety protocol violations airlines and charter plane operators seem to routinely indulge in. More
Nancy Lematta Named Chairman of Columbia Helicopters
Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce that the company’s Board of Directors has named Nancy Lematta as Chairman of the Board.
She assumes the role held by her late husband, Wes Lematta, until his passing in December, 2009. Wes Lematta founded Columbia Helicopters in 1957, and served as president and Chairman of the Board until 1992 when he chose to relinquish the day-to-day control of the company to Roy Simmons. Wes then continued his role of Chairman of the Board.
"I am honored to be able to continue Wes’ legacy with Columbia Helicopters," said Nancy Lematta. "Wes and I were married for 47 of the 52 years he ran his company, so I feel comfortable in knowing how he would have wanted his company managed in the future. I am also confident that I can help to direct this company in such a way that it continues to grow and will be a positive lasting legacy to Wes."
In speaking to the company’s employees shortly after Wes' passing, Nancy explained that there would be no changes to the company operations. "Except that from now on, all work stations will be pink!"
"Our Board of Directors and management team could not be happier that Nancy will take up the reins and provide direction as Columbia Helicopters moves forward," said current Columbia Helicopters’ President, Mike Fahey. "Nancy has been a member of the Board of Directors for several years, and she has accompanied Wes to our weekly management team meetings and periodical planning sessions for quite some time. Wes and Nancy always stood as one when it came to pointing us in the right direction, and we are pleased that she will continue to work to expand Wes' vision for his company."
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site http://www.arsa.org/FDYTC. 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