FAA reauthorization update
As Congress returns from recess they must quickly draft another temporary extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) because the current one is set to expire at the end of the month. They must then make a decision on how to best move forward with a conference for a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill. The goal is to have a conference completed on the bill (HR 1586) before the Fourth of July recess. Republican Senators have already shown that they are opposed to naming conferees. As reported previously, numerous provisions contained in both the House and Senate versions will complicate reaching an agreement on a final bill. More
Small business receives major NextGen engineering contract
NextGen technology is not just giving a boost to the National Airspace System. It's also helping small business. With today's award of a $280 million contract today to CSSI, Inc., a woman-owned small business, the FAA has opened a line of NextGen funding that is expected to reach billions of dollars. More
T60 linear actuator packs more power in less space
Thomson has extended its range of ball screw linear actuators with the particularly compact, yet powerful T60 Precision Linear Actuator (PLA). The key feature of the new T60 is its compact dimensions, which enable installation even when the available space is extremely limited. The width and height of the linear unit measures a mere 75 x 60 mm so the unit can be easily installed in smaller machines and units - for example to activate valves, push or pull components or to precisely position ducts.
Air technicians play vital role on HMCS Fredericton
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Captain Rene LaPorte, Air combat systems officer, writes in The Daily Gleaner, "It's always interesting when I meet someone for the first time and we talk about what I do for a living. As soon as the subject comes up and people find out that I fly in the CH-124 Sea King, the first thing that generally comes out of their mouth is, "Aren't you scared? You must be crazy." This is clearly making reference to the stereotype that the Sea King has a reputation of being untrustworthy, unreliable and dangerous to fly. Given the age of the Sea King, I can understand why people would have this attitude at first glance. However, taking a closer look at how well the helicopter is maintained, this isn't the case." More
TRX and OAG to provide industry's leading airline carbon emissions reporting service
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TRX, Inc., a world-leading provider of travel technology, process automation, consulting and data services; and OAG, the global leader in aviation intelligence, providing products and services to the global aviation community, recently announced a worldwide reseller agreement to provide access to the leading carbon emissions calculator, the TRX Airline Carbon Emissions Calculator. More
DHL issues statement on Bahrain engine blowout
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Thousands of passengers were delayed by the temporary closure of Bahrain International Airport recently, after the engine of a DHL cargo plane experienced a "blowout" on the runway. An investigation is expected into the incident, which sources claim was the result of a bird-strike to the Airbus A300's engine.
Egypt Air Maintenance & Engineering enjoys double celebration
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At a special event at the Ministry of Civil Aviation Club in Cairo recently, Egypt Air Maintenance & Engineering was given full FAA approval for it maintenance and repair activities. Meanwhile the EgyptAir Training Academy became the first in Africa and the Middle East to receive full JAA approval as a TRTO. Chairman of the EgyptAir Holdings board, Eng. Hussein Massoud said this was a great achievement and that all Egypt should be proud.
A330-200 freighter receives type certification from EASA
The European Aviation Safety Agency granted type approval for the Airbus A330-200F recently, following a 200-hour flight-test campaign. Airbus performed the trials with two aircraft, covering both engine types on offer: the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 and the Rolls-Royce Trent 700. More
FAA Safety Briefing, March/April 2010
John M. Allen, Director of Flight Standards Service, comments in FAA Safety Briefing, "Juliet in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" didn't think a name made much difference when she asked, "What's in a name?" In love, a name may matter little, but as aviation saftey proponents we feel strongly that a safety publication should strontly signal its contents. While this publication has traveled for many years as FAA Aviation News, we realize the moniker "aviation news" can cover a lot of territory. Starting with this issue, we are clearly broadcasting our intent and changing the name to FAA Safety Briefing to accurately reflect the publication's mission: safety." More
Reports: VIPs may have pressured flight crew in Russian crash
Investigators so far have found no mechanical problems with the Tupolev 154 that recently crashed, killing the president of Poland and 95 others, but they are now looking into reports that various VIPs, either on the airplane or elsewhere, may have put pressure on the flight crew to attempt a landing despite the weather. More
MTU finishes first PurePower low-pressure turbine
Germany’s MTU Aero Engines has finished building the first high-speed, low-pressure turbine for Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1524G, the engine destined for the Bombardier C Series aircraft. In a ceremony recently held in Munich, MTU CEO Egon Behle, MTU COO Rainer Martens and Pratt & Whitney vice president of next generation products Bob Saia jointly tightened the last bolt.
2010 ATA e-Business Forum
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Early bird registration has been extended – register before April 16 and save $100!
You are invited to attend the 2010 ATA e-Business Forum to be held May 17-19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. This event will provide a high level overview of the latest developments in information exchange for the commercial aviation industry to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations. Learn about the industry's most widely accepted e-business specifications for data exchange (iSpec 2200, Spec 42, Spec 2300, Spec 2000 and S1000D) and how the industry has attributed significant savings and operational efficiencies to the use of these global specifications. For more information and to register, click here. 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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Aerosource Inc. receives Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award
Aerosource Inc. recently announced that it has received a 2009 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Aerosource Inc. maintained a Gold composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009. Aerosource is one of only 128 suppliers to receive the Gold level of recognition. More
Gulfstream Long Beach receives FAA honor for 10th consecutive year
The Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. service center in Long Beach, Calif., has received the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Employer Diamond Award of Excellence. It is the 10th straight year the facility has been honored with the achievement. "Each year, our Long Beach facility invests in hundreds of training hours to ensure its technicians are highly qualified, efficient and safety-minded," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Product Support. "Our customers reap the benefits of this investment with the assurance of a well-trained and customer-focused team providing maintenance on their aircraft. We are very proud that the FAA continues to recognize Long Beach year after year." More
Pratt & Whitney enters into collaboration agreement with FlightSafety
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Pratt & Whitney Canada recently announced a long-term collaboration agreement with FlightSafety International (FlightSafety) to expand the company's global training network capability and enhance the customer training experience for all P&WC customers around the world. P&WC customers and employees alike will have access to FlightSafety's world-class learning facilities and a strong technology-based training curriculum for the full range of P&WC engine products. More
Boeing completes first 787 Dreamliner maintenance class
Boeing recently announced that it has completed the first maintenance training class for the 787 Dreamliner. The class consisted of 10 mechanics from 787 launch customer All Nippon Airways (ANA) and two regulators from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). More
Mid-Continent Instruments receives TSO for lithium emergency power supply
Mid-Continent’s cutting-edge lithium battery, the MD835 Emergency Power Supply, recently received TSO certification from the FAA. Rigorous RTCA DO-160 environmental testing and DO-311 testing for Rechargeable Lithium Systems was conducted to receive TSO approval. More
Qantas commences A330 Maintenance at Brisbane
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Qantas recently formally welcomed the commencement of A330 heavy maintenance at its Brisbane operation and introduced 21 new apprentice engineers who will join the 450-strong engineering workforce in Brisbane. Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Alan Joyce, said the announcement delivered upon a commitment made by the airline last year to establish an A330 heavy maintenance base in Brisbane. More
GE Aviation commits to new investment in Quebec
GE Aviation plans to spend $63.5 million over the next six years to diversify its product line at its manufacturing plant in Bromont, Quebec, GE Canada recently announced.
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