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Sarah Says: Building a Legacy
This week, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod discusses the importance of investing in your employees. To read MacLeod's blog, as well as other commentary issued during the month of April, please visit blog.arsa.org.
New ARSA Webinar Program Announced; Navigating Online FAA Resources Next
ARSA's online training courses are open to anyone interested in learning more about the business of aviation, particularly on regulatory safety subjects. The association revises these courses often, and they are accessible through the WebEx platform.
ARSA's offering weekly webinars with experts from Obadal, Filler, Marshall & Klein to address a variety of business and compliance issues confronting the aviation industry. Instructors will work off a PowerPoint presentation which will be provided to participants.
The Association Praises European Legislators' Efforts on ICAs
On April 19, ARSA sent a letter to two members of the European Parliament commending their recent inquiries to the European Commission regarding original equipment manufacturers making maintenance manuals available to MROs.
ARSA Launches Repair Station Security Rule Countdown Clock
On March 15, during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Security Subcommittee, Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole confirmed that the final repair station security rule is being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.
The Association Educates Congress on Economic Impact of MRO Industry
ARSA told Congress in a letter about the significant economic impact the aviation maintenance industry has in communities throughout the country and urged lawmakers to keep the sector's contributions and safety record in mind when considering legislative proposals.
ARSA Releases New State Data Fact Sheets
ARSA recently announced a new report that provides a comprehensive economic review of the maintenance, repair, and overhaul marketplace. As part of its ongoing efforts to educate political leaders, the association has developed fact sheets highlighting the economic impact the aviation maintenance community has on each U.S. state.
The Association Urges House Ways & Means Committee to Simplify Tax Code
Aviation maintenance companies need a simpler tax code and greater tax certainty to continue to grow and create jobs, ARSA told the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means.
Senate Committee Studies Aviation Safety
On April 16, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Technology held a hearing titled "Aviation Safety: FAA's Progress on Key Safety Initiatives" to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration's headway in implementing aviation safety programs.
Obama Signs Legislation to End ATC Furloughs
On May 1, President Barack Obama signed legislation that permits the transfer of up to $253 million from the FAA's Airport Improvement Program or any other agency "program or accounts" to its operations budget.
Obama Administration Releases Budget Proposal
On April 10, the Obama administration unveiled its fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, which contained several policies strongly opposed by the aviation industry.
House Members Write White House in Opposition to User Fees
In April, 223 members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote President Obama in opposition to the administration's continued efforts to support a $100 per flight fee on commercial and general aviation.
Air Carrier Repair Station Interface
With the vast majority of air carrier maintenance today being performed by repair stations, it is time for the FAA to recognize these regulatory features in its guidance. The agency should make distinctions between "administrative" and "technical" program requirements to recognize the role of repair stations and emphasize the work performed.
In April, ARSA's legislation team continued implementing its "lift the ban" lobbying effort and worked with congressional leaders to ensure legislation is ready for introduction by June 14.
Final Documents/ Your Two Cents
This list includes Federal Register publications, such as final rules, Advisory Circulars and policy statements, as well as proposed rules and policies of interest to ARSA members.
Flow Down/Consequential Damages Case Study — Costa v. Brait
The "flow down" provision is a common tool used by a prime contractor to simplify the preparation of a subcontract agreement. Rather than repeat and revise the provisions of its prime contract in the actual subcontract document, the prime contractor uses a flow down clause to protect itself from a drafting gap between the two documents.
Deadline is May 7 for New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Forms
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services revised the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. All employers must complete the Form I-9 to verify the employment eligibility for every new hire. The USCIS made the new I-9 forms available for use as of March 8, 2013. In order to accommodate employers who needed more time to make the necessary modifications, especially those who are using Electronic Form I-9, the agency extended the final date for implementation for 60 days. That deadline is now upon us.
Member Spotlight: Barfield
Founded in 1945 by James W. Barfield and acquired by Sabena Technics in 2007, Barfield Inc. has served the aviation industry for more than 65 years. Barfield has complete capabilities to test, repair and/or overhaul avionics, instrument and electronic components in excess of 25,000 part numbers that span all aircraft markets, including commercial, corporate, regional helicopters and general aviation. It serves as an authorized warranty repair station for 15 European and three U.S. original equipment manufacturers, as well as six ground support OEMs.
Have You Seen This Person?
Each month the hotline spotlights key regulatory, legislative, and business leaders making important contributions to the aviation industry. This month we look at Peggy Gilligan, associate administrator for aviation safety for the FAA.
A Member Asked ...
Question: We are planning on performing repairs to components that are only installed on military aircraft. What are the FAA requirements for a repair station doing this work?
Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues by Utilizing ARSA's Members Getting Members Program
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Advertise Today in ARSA's Newsletters and Website!
ARSA recently updated its menu of advertising opportunities for arsa.org, the hotline and the ARSA Dispatch. Take advantage of these great opportunities today to showcase your company, a new product or event.
Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring the 2014 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA.
Regulatory Compliance Training
Test your knowledge on §145.3 Definition of terms.
As part of ARSA's ongoing Positive Publicity Campaign, the association is actively working to enhance the media's understanding of our $65 billion industry and its vital importance to global civil aviation. To accomplish this goal, ARSA monitors media coverage about aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations provide their communities in jobs, economic opportunities and community involvement. These are some of this month's top stories highlighting the industry's contributions..
Welcome New Members
- A&R Aviation Services, Inc., Tumwater, Wash.
- David Hall, Jacksonville, Ark.
- Falcon Crest Accessories, Houston, Texas
- Icon Aerospace LLC, Monroe, N.C.
- Master Air Parts, Inc., Santa Maria, Calif.
- Sargent Aerospace and Defense, Miami, Fla.
- Skytech Aviation, Inc., Oakland Park, Fla.
Blue Ridge CC's Dyen Awarded Instructor of the Year
On April 15, the Aviation Technician Education Council presented Blue Ridge Community College Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Associate Professor Fred Dyen with the Ivan D. Livi Aviation Maintenance Educator of the Year Award at the annual ATEC Conference. The award recognizes long-term outstanding performance of an aviation maintenance technology instructor who has had a direct impact on students.
Malaysian MRO Industry Emerging as Regional Leader
This year, Malaysia's aviation maintenance industry is poised to emerge as one of the Asia-Pacific region's leading airframe and engine overhaul markets.
To provide more international coverage, ARSA presents a monthly roundup of world events pertaining to the industry.
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