FAA reauthorization easily passes Senate, sets up conference showdown
On March 22, the Senate approved, 93-0, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (HR 1586) to reauthorize the agency until Sept. 30, 2011. The House and Senate must now meet to reconcile considerable differences between HR 1586 and the House-passed FAA reauthorization bill (HR 915).
While neither piece of legislation is "user-friendly' to the aviation maintenance industry, the Senate legislation is preferable to the House bill in several areas. More
House passes three-month FAA extension
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The House recently passed a bill to extend aviation programs and excise taxes through July 3. The House approved the measure by a voice vote. More
FAA bill will hurt U.S. exports, ARSA warns ITC
Legislation pending on Capitol Hill threatens the United States' $2.4 billion positive balance of trade in the aviation maintenance services market, a leading aviation industry group recently told the International Trade Commission (ITC).
Testifying at an ITC hearing on export activities by small and medium-size companies, Christian A. Klein, executive vice president of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), warned that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation passed by the House of Representatives and being debated by the Senate would lead to the collapse of international agreements that allow U.S. aviation companies to serve foreign customers. More
Pioneering pilot Elinor Smith Sullivan dies at 98
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Elinor Smith Sullivan, 98, a record-setting aviatrix who was named by fellow fliers the 1930 female pilot of the year over Amelia Earhart, died of kidney failure March 19, at a nursing home in Palo Alto, Calif. More
2010 ATA e-Business Forum
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The next ATA e-Business Forum will be held May 17-19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. 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
The future of flight
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The federal government is spending billions to equip the nation's airports with the Next Generation Air Transportation System, known as NextGen. This satellite-based technology will make air travel faster, safer and greener. Yet some airlines are balking at having to pay for their end of the upgrade. But they will benefit from the implementation of NextGen and should ante up. More
FAA to develop general aviation service difficulty database
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it plans to select a contractor to develop a web-based service difficulty reporting system that could be used by pilots flying small general aviation aircraft in clubs. More
Fate of 41 firms hinges on airport suit
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The 41 aviation businesses at City Centre Airport in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, are on a wing and a prayer as they await the verdict in a civil suit that could force the city to keep it open. Especially Jeff Foster, who says he'll move his maintenance company to Calgary's Springbank airport if he has to leave city centre. 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.
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Increased revenue and global market share for Lufthansa Technik
In 2009, Lufthansa Technik Group, one of the world's leading providers of technical services for the aviation industry, recorded a small increase in revenue and stable profits in spite of the decline in demand and earnings in the airline industry as a whole. Revenue increased by 6.6 percent to EUR 4.0 billion. More
Million Air Dallas receives FAA Diamond Award for fourth year in a row
Million Air Dallas received the Federal Aviation Administration's Diamond Award for Excellence for the fourth consecutive year. The Diamond Award, the FAA's most prestigious Maintenance honor, signifies Million Air Dallas’s ongoing commitment to aircraft maintenance training and safety excellence.
TIMCO Aerosystems to provide engineering & certification services for MD-80 series fleet reconfiguration
Leading aircraft interior engineering and products provider, TIMCO Aerosystems, recently announced that it has been chosen by a major global airline to provide engineering and certification services on over one hundred MD-80 series aircraft interior reconfigurations. TIMCO Aerosystems has already begun engineering preparations, and work on the first aircraft is scheduled to begin in mid-June of this year. More
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