ARSA urges EASA to clarify and adjust
On April 20, 2010, ARSA urged the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to clarify, and adjust, its part documentation requirements for EASA Part-145 approval holders in the United States and FAA part 145 certificate holders in Europe. Topics addressed in the letter include tagging requirements for: the new and maintained parts supplied to an FAA/EASA Part-145 repair station in the U.S.; the transfer of a new part from the production approval holder division to the FAA/EASA Part-145 repair station of the same company in the U.S.; a recovered or “robbed” part from within the same FAA/EASA Part-145 repair station in the US; and new parts from a U.S. production approval holder received by a European FAA/EASA Part-145 repair station in Europe (that is not located in France, Germany or Ireland – the U.S. has a bilateral aviation safety agreement with maintenance implementation procedures in place with those countries). The letter also asks EASA to conclude that parts are not exports if immediate physical transfer to the European Union does not take place.
ARSA’s letter may be found here. More
The next generation
In March of this year ICAO released a summary of a five-day meeting it hosted regarding the challenges relating to an anticipated shortage of skilled aviation professionals. The article spoke about the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals Taskforce, which consists of 29 representatives from industry, education and training providers, regulatory bodies, and international organizations. More
Air Transport Association partners to redevelop the 'ATA Aviation Marketplace'
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The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, recently announced that it is partnering with Patni Computer Systems, a leading global information technology and Business Process Outsourcing services provider, to develop, implement and maintain the next-generation ATA Aviation Marketplace.
2010 ATA e-Business Forum
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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
NTSB: Let pilots check tires
Pilots as well as maintenance workers need to know that the tires on transport-category aircraft require careful monitoring, the NTSB recently said. The board released a list of safety recommendations (PDF) stemming from its investigation of a fatal Learjet 60 crash in 2008. More
HAI's Operator Safety Award is open
HAI's Operator Safety Award annually recognizes operating members for safe operations during the previous year. HAI provides one engraved commemorative plaque and year-date medallion at no cost to first time recipients who qualify. Members who renew their membership to the Operator Safety Award will receive a 2009 year medallion to place on their plaques. More
MRO USA: Operational gains from connectivity hindered by choke point on the ground
As airlines across the globe move to equip their aircraft with passenger connectivity systems, the discussion is heating up about how to achieve operational gains from these higher-bandwidth pipes. More
Mubadala quits engine servicing talks with Rolls-Royce
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Mubadala, the strategic investment arm of the Abu Dhabi Government, has called off a joint venture with Rolls-Royce after more than a year of discussions about forming an equal partnership to service aircraft engines. More
Composite repair training
The use of composite materials in the construction of aircraft components and primary structure is nothing new to the aircraft industry. Most of today’s aircraft technicians have some level of exposure to advanced composite parts and structures, and some may be routinely faced with making large repairs to advanced composites. Like everything the aircraft technician does these days training plays a huge role in accomplishing composite repairs. 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
FAA proposes more light jet testing
The FAA has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (PDF) that could significantly complicate the certification process for several small jets currently in development and future aircraft weighing less than 6,000 pounds with turbine engines. The FAA is proposing that all turbine-powered aircraft be put through function and reliability tests. 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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Test flights show no damage to planes
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Two comprehensive test flights by aircraft-manufacturer Airbus have shown no damage to aircraft or pilot's visibility, a company spokesman recently said, suggesting the danger in volcanic ash-affected European airspace is lower than thought. More
TIMCO Aviation Services forms TIMCO LineCare
TIMCO Aviation Services, one of the largest aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul providers in the world, recently announced that it has transitioned its line support operations into TIMCO LineCare—a stand-alone business unit dedicated to offering world class line maintenance and cabin refurbishment services. More
Honeywell to provide fuel-efficient Auxiliary Power Unit for the C919 commercial airliner
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Honeywell recently announced that it has been selected by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. to supply its 131-9[C9C] Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and associated equipment for the C919 single-aisle commercial airliner. More
GE Aviation launches M601 line maintenance training courses at CTEC
GE Aviation's Customer Technical Education Center (CTEC) is now offering courses on the M601E turboprop engine and will serve as the North American training center for M601 and H80 engines. CTEC is located near GE Aviation's headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. More
Workload at Boeing is climbing
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The lumbering, gray aircraft that landed recently at Boeing Co.'s aviation center in San Antonio looked no different from others that had landed there before, but it carries the promise of more jobs and increasing plant prosperity, officials said. 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