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ARSA Dispatch
April 22, 2009
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ARSA Members Getting Members Program
There is no better advertisement than a satisfied customer. Members are the best people to get others to join — we have made it simple for you to help and are providing a monetary incentive for you to do so!

Here is a letter for you to use — place it on your letterhead and send it to all your maintenance providers. Information about ARSA to include in your letter along with an application for membership may be found here. Be sure to include your name on the application so that you can obtain the monetary incentive.

Now for the rules:

1. For each membership referred by an existing member in good standing, the referring member will receive a credit of 10 percent of the applicant’s dues on its forthcoming member renewal. The maximum credit will be 100 percent of the member’s renewal amount. For example, if you refer a $1500 member, you will receive a credit of $150 towards your next membership renewal.

2. The applicant must clearly indicate on its application the name of the member company that referred it for membership.

3. The applicant must pay its membership dues before credit is applied to the referring member.

Questions? Contact Ronda Wilder in our Membership Dept. at (703)739-9543 or via e-mail at

Wages and Benefits Survey Opportunity
from ARSA
The University of Oklahoma Aviation Department is currently conducting a survey for all MROs. It will analyze industry wages, salaries, and benefits of MROs. Much of the survey’s success will depend on the level of participation they receive. The results of the survey will provide an accurate picture of current wages and benefits for all participating MROs. Upon completion of the survey, the results will be e-mailed to the participants. The survey must be completed by April 28, 2009. The survey may be accessed here.

You’re Being Watched
from ARSA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking continued approval of an information collection activity on air carrier’s leading contract maintenance providers. The FAA seeks this information in an effort to identify the contractors with a higher risk level that would in turn warrant increased agency surveillance. Comments on the proposal are due May 20, 2009 and may be sent to: A copy of the FAA’s request may be found here

Casa Grande Airplane Mechanic Indicted for Falsifying Inspection
A Casa Grande, Ariz., airplane mechanic was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 14th for falsely claiming to possess a required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificate. Wesley Glen Forsyth, 43, has been charged with five felony offenses, all stemming from an inspection he claimed to have performed on a private aircraft in July 2008. More

EPA Clears Way for Greenhouse Gas Rules
from The New York Times
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that endanger public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that will lead to the regulation of the gases for the first time in the United States. More

New Airline Fees: The Sky’s the Limit
from The Las Vegas Sun
When it comes to fees and charges airlines assess their passengers, it seems the sky’s the limit. A panel discussion at the recent Phoenix Sky Harbor International Aviation Symposium addressed issues associated with airline ancillary revenue, the cash generated when passengers pay for products and services beyond passenger safety. More

Intercontinental Jet Service Corporation Awarded the FAA Diamond Award
from AMT
Intercontinental Jet Service Corporation (IJSC) President Dennis Braner and the entire IJSC team announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has presented IJSC the "Diamond Award" in recognition of its maintenance training program. More

Electronic Repair Administration Project Launch
The ATA e-Business Program is launching a new industry-wide project to develop a suite of electronic messages (XML) to automate the component repair order process. The scope of the project includes electronic messages for part quotation, work scope, repair purchase order, shipment, teardown report and invoicing. To participate and ensure that your business needs are considered, join the ATA e-Business Program! Learn more at

Aircraft Mechanics Compete in 2009 AMTSociety Maintenance Skills Competition
from AMT Society
AMTSociety hosted its second annual Maintenance Skills Competition (MSC) at this year’s Aviation Industry Expo in Las Vegas from March 10-12. Fifteen teams of aircraft maintenance technicians pitted their skills against each others' in 12 different skills categories. More

Sky's the Only Limit for Local Aerospace Industry
from The Winnipeg Free Press
The Canadian aerospace industry is celebrating 100 years of flight this year, and next month, the Western Aerospace Alliance will hold its conference in Winnipeg touting the theme Proud Past: Strong Future. More

ARSA Members In The News
from ARSA
Columbia Helicopters Already Attacking 2009 Fire Season Columbia Helicopters’ fire season began early this year, with the deployment of three aircraft to Texas under U.S. Forest Service Exclusive Use contracts for initial attack aircraft. More

TIMCO and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited From Aircraft Maintenance Joint Venture TIMCO Aviation Services (TIMCO), North America’s largest independent aircraft maintenance provider, and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), one of Asia’s largest aeronautics manufacturing and repair companies, have entered into a new joint venture agreement focused on developing comprehensive airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to commercial air transport operators in India and the neighboring region.

The partners plan state-of-the-art airframe MRO facilities at HAL’s Bangalore airport and manufacturing complex. In this relationship, HAL brings its broad manufacturing support infrastructure and stature to the JV to compliment TIMCO’s proven heavy maintenance experience and operational expertise. The JV’s efforts will be focused on providing scheduled C-checks and heavy maintenance services for operators of narrowbody Airbus and Boeing commercial aircraft. The parties have fully ratified their JV relationship and are assessing ground breaking schedule alternatives with a focus on the shifting growth outlook for the Indian and regional fleets.

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has 19 production units and 10 research and design centers in 7 locations across India. The company manufactures 12 types of aircraft developed in-house, and has produced another 14 under license. Its extensive MRO capabilities support a wide range of military and civil fleet types, and cover everything from engine overhauls to state-of-the-art composite repairs. HAL has manufactured over 3,550 aircraft and 3,600 engines, and it has overhauled over 8,150 aircraft and 27,300 engines.

TIMCO provides fully integrated MRO services for commercial and government aircraft operators at its corporate complex in Greensboro, North Carolina as well as at facilities in Macon, Georgia and Lake City, Florida. Through its TIMCO Aerosystems division, the company provides fully integrated aircraft interior design, manufacturing and certification services. TIMCO’s Brice Seating company designs, engineers and produces a full line of aircraft seating and PMA parts. Customers are also supported by an engine MRO center and a line maintenance operation at airports throughout the United States.

For more information or to speak directly with R. Gene House, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, call 1.336.668.4410, ext. 3016 or e-mail him at:

Chromalloy To Invest $16.5 Million To Expand Turbine Engine Component Casting Capability at Tampa Operation
Chromalloy, a supplier of components, PMA parts and specialized component repairs for turbine engines in aerospace and land-based applications, today announced a $16.5 million investment to expand its Tampa engine component production to offer additional casting capabilities. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
from ARSA
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site 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 (FR) publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars (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. More

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