SMS ARC Submits Recommendations to FAA
The Safety Management System (SMS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) submitted its Recommendations Final Report to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on March 31, 2010. The report relied upon the expertise of the ARC Working Group members, and was centered upon public comments that were submitted to the July 23, 2009 Advanced Notice of Public Rulemaking (ANPRM). The report is the first deliverable under the ARC’s charter (FAA Order 1110.152).
Essentially, the ARC supported future SMS regulations, but tempered that support with specific issues and conditions that should be addressed. Included in that list are: the protection of SMS safety information and proprietary data; alignment with the International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO) framework; phased promulgation and implementation (over a 7 year period); recognition of existing systems, processes and regulatory requirements; accommodation for scalability; consistency for multiple certificate holders; and an FAA plan for consistent oversight activities.
The ARC also suggested that 14 CFR part 91 subpart K operators be covered by any rule, in addition to the organizations listed in the ANPRM (part 21, 119, 121, 125, 135, 141, 142 and 145 certificate holders). The first certificate holders to be affected would be part 121 air carriers and their related service providers.
No recommendation was given regarding implementation; whether any rule should stand alone or be incorporated into existing regulations. The group did not reach consensus on that issue, finding that while a single rule may promote consistent requirements and facilitate interoperability, an embedded rule would remove potential redundancies and reduce undue burden, particularly in smaller organizations.
To read the full SMS ARC Recommendations Final Report click here.
SURF-IA provides safety net for pilots
FAA and industry officials are developing application standards for a future aircraft system that will warn flight crews about potential runway accidents. The Surface Indications and Alerts (SURF-IA) system—an application under the Surveillance and Broadcast Services Program – will use Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data to present information about runway traffic on cockpit displays to help pilots detect and avoid potential incursions and collisions. More
Air Transport Association congratulates Annual 'Nuts and Bolts' Award winners
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The Air Transport Association (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, recently congratulated the recipients of the 43rd annual ATA Nuts and Bolts Award. More
European safety standdown set for May 2 and May 3
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Bombardier Aerospace, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and NBAA recently announced that the fourth annual European Safety Standdown will be held on May 2 and 3 on the eve of this year's EBACE show at the Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel in Geneva. Practical workshops, a staple of the North American Safety Standdown, will be introduced to the European seminar this year. More
New orders tumble 1.3 percent on plunge in aircraft
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Demand for U.S.-made durable goods dropped for the first time in four months as orders for new aircraft plunged 67 percent, but, excluding transportation, orders rose at the fastest pace in more than two years. More
Growing a greener FAA
As the nation celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the FAA is announcing a new agency-wide initiative to encourage employees to make their workplace more environmentally friendly. The agency's Greening Initiative aims to promote employee-driven environmental measures, including the prevention of pollution, electronic stewardship, energy efficiency, water resources, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable acquisition, and high-performance buildings.
Climate backers try to regroup
Backers of a bipartisan climate change bill are scrambling to revive efforts to pass legislation before the November midterms—even as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sticks by plans to slow-walk the measure behind immigration reform. More
Airworthiness directives; The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes
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Looking for MRO deals
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Probable recovery of aviation maintenance markets is within sight, even if not experienced yet. That usually means some reshaping of the industry through mergers and acquisitions. Acquisitions of aftermarket firms come in two kinds. Manufacturers or shops already in the business can make strategic or "bolt-on" acquisitions of firms that complement their existing capabilities. And private equity or venture capital firms can buy shops purely as financial plays, seeking to profit, grow the business and gain on ultimate resale. More
A hash of the ash?
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Up to teatime recently, the consensus among those charged with maintaining aircraft safety across Europe was that there was simply no "safe" threshold for the ingestion of volcanic ash into aircraft engines. David Learmount, Flight International magazine’s safety editor, described the danger: "The concentrated ash clogs the hot section and abrades the cold section of turbine engines, stopping them or dramatically reducing available engine power. Engine core repair following this damage is usually infeasible, making replacement the only option." In other words, if the aircraft doesn’t drop out of the sky, the engines—which are more than half the cost of any aircraft—will be damaged beyond repair. More
Key lawmaker upbeat on FAA bill
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A key lawmaker Wednesday predicted that Congress would soon resolve its differences over aviation legislation, including key safety measures—but he then insisted that the bill include a union-backed provision—unrelated to safety—that could lead senators to block the bill. More
John Bahrenburg awarded Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic" Award
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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
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
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Columbia Helicopters to deploy two additional Chinooks to Papua New Guinea
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Delta TechOps named Aviation Week 'MRO of the Year - Outstanding Maintenance Group'
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Delta Air Lines' maintenance division, Delta TechOps, was recently named the Aviation Week MRO of the Year – Outstanding Maintenance Group. More
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Boeing's elite repair team travels the world
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They’re like first responders, but their patients aren’t people. Their patients are airplanes. When an airline needs to get a damaged aircraft back in the air, it makes one call: to the Boeing Company’s airplane on ground team. More
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Website 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