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FAA Administrator Huerta to address Symposium
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
ARSA is pleased to announce that FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta will address members during the Association's Annual Repair Symposium on Friday, March 22 at 8 a.m. (EDT). Huerta was sworn-in as administrator on Jan. 9 shortly after the U.S. Senate approved his confirmation.
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EASA appoints new chief
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
On March 13, the European Aviation Safety Agency announced the appointment of Patrick Ky as its new executive director effective Sept. 1, 2013. Ky will replace current EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou, who has been with the organization since its inception in 2003.
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FAA, TSA sequesters could impact repair stations
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
On March 1, the automatic spending cuts known as "sequestration" took effect, cutting billions of dollars from federal spending. While a few programs including the Airport Improvement Program are largely exempt, the majority of government investment accounts will suffer cutbacks of nearly five percent.
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House appropriations bill cuts FAA budget
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
On March 6, the House passed a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government at current spending levels through the end of the fiscal year. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, the CR would avert a government shutdown set to occur on March 27.
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Check out the new 'Resources' page!
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
In Oct. 2012, ARSA launched a new, more user-friendly website. Since that time, the Association has been working to continually update the site with useful content to help guide you through the complex maze of regulations.
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Delta TechOps recognized for innovations in nondestructive testing

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September 27, 2012—At an Airlines for America (A4A) Nondestructive Testing forum in Seattle on Sept. 27, Delta TechOps Nondestructive Testing (NDT) team was presented with the 10th Annual A4A/FAA “Better Way” Award. Led by Product Line Manager Alex Melton, the team’s award recognizes a government-industry team that has developed and applied a technology, technique, process, or policy that advances inspection or test of civil/commercial aircraft structure, aircraft components, or aircraft systems. Our NDT team was chosen for their active participation in the development of Acoustic Thermography inspection of critical rotating engine parts. This award also recognizes Delta’s unending commitment to safety and highlights our culture of leading innovation.
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Final documents/Your two cents
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its website. By accessing the links, provided in blue, 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, or FR, publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars, or ACs, 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.

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FAA Safety Briefing March/April 2013
Federal Aviation Administration
The March/April 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on the themes of the 4th Annual FAA Safety Standdown: building a safety community, human error, and loss of control — the leading causal factor in general aviation accidents. Articles explore each of these critical areas and provide important insight, tips and resources for improving GA safety. Among the feature articles in this issue include how to avoid get-home-itis, a review of FAA's WINGS pilot proficiency program, and a look at the importance of setting priorities and avoiding risk.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Vector opens PT6A overhaul in Australia
AIN Online
Vector Aerospace has announced the grand opening of a new Vector Aerospace Engine Services-Atlantic PT6A engine MRO facility in Brisbane, Australia.
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Thailand repositions itself to become full-service regional aviation hub
PRNewswire
Bangkok, Thailand is aiming to become center for the regional aviation which will provide full-service for aircraft repair and maintenance, as well as training center for regional pilots and air crew. Strategically located within the region along with strong supporting industries on aviation, the opportunities for growth and improvement are very high. The Boeing forecasts there will be 8,960 new airplanes in the period from 2009 to 2028 for Asia-Pacific region in response to growing travels volume within the region.
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Snap-on debuting the William O'Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance and the advanced technology lab at AviationPros LIVE conference
AviationPros
They are unlike any other, and they'll both be on display at the AviationPros Live conference, March 13-14, in Las Vegas. At the conference Snap-on is unveiling the inaugural William O'Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance, as well as the one-of-a-kind Advanced Technology Lab, a high-tech product demonstration on wheels.
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Etihad opens first US line maintenance base
Air Transport World
Etihad Airways has opened its first U.S. line maintenance base at Chicago O'Hare Airport. The base will perform all scheduled and non-scheduled line maintenance for Etihad Boeing 777 aircraft flying daily service from Abu Dhabi.
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Indian MRO industry gets much-needed boost
Aviation Week
India's burgeoning Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul industry got a much-needed boost when the government announced tax concessions on imports of spare parts and testing equipment for aircraft repair work. The Indian government also extended the time period for consumption or installation of the parts or equipment from three months to one year.
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Alaska: 727 landing puts spotlight on UAA's aviation technology programs
AviationPros
The FedEx Boeing 727 will live out its senior years as a training tool for UAA aviation maintenance students at the school perched on the airfield's edge.
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India to replace DGCA with more powerful CAA
Air Transport World
India will replace its Directorate General of Civil Aviation with a Civil Aviation Authority, according to Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh. He said the CAA would have greater financial and operational authority than the existing DGCA. Its main functions would be to regulate and better manage civil aviation safety through safety oversight of airlines, airports, air navigation services and providers of civil aviation services. It will also be responsible for licensing, environmental regulation and consumer protection.
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