Another short-term FAA extension
With the prior one-month continuation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs expiring at the end of April, Congress was forced to once again extend the current authorization (Vision-100). This is the 13th time a temporary extension of Vision-100 has been necessary since its original expiration in September 2007.
On April 28, the House unanimously approved the Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 5147), which continues FAA policy, funding levels, and tax authority through July 3. The Senate took up the measure shortly thereafter.
In the meantime, the House and Senate are negotiating differences between the two versions of a new FAA reauthorization bill with the hopes of completing legislation before July 4th congressional recess. The majority of the discrepancies between the two pieces of legislation are easily workable. However, several hot-button issues, including FAA inspection and drug and alcohol testing at foreign repair stations, easing of unionization rules at Federal Express, and the revocation of antitrust immunity granted to certain airline alliances are going to prove more difficult to reconcile and could be detrimental to passage of an FAA reauthorization bill this year.
ARSA asks OMB to review process on QUR
Although it appears the FAA "cancelled" the quarterly utilization report (QUR), ARSA submitted a request for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to visit the issue and review the OMB process of originally approving, and continually renewing, the QUR data collection. In its April 30, 2010 letter, ARSA pointed out that: no documentation exists to show that applicable law was followed in issuing QUR approval; the practical application of the QUR is unclear; and the current and future status of the QUR is uncertain.
To remedy those issues, ARSA asked the OMB to: determine that the QUR approval process complied with applicable law; make the underlying documents used in QUR approval available to the public; and clarify whether the QUR is still available for use by the FAA or "cancelled." On that last point, the letter suggests that if the QUR is still "active" then its scope should be clearly defined (i.e., who is covered; is reporting mandatory or voluntary), and if the QUR is in fact cancelled, then OMB should immediately rescind the approval.
Aftermath of ash cloud: Clogged airlines air conditioning systems, warn experts
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Airlines may not have seen the last of the ash cloud crisis, experts recently said. The impact of ash on aircraft air-conditioning systems could be serious, warned aviation lecturer Stephen Wright of Leeds University. More
Accident underscores importance of tire mx
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The fatal runway overrun accident of a Learjet 60 on Sept. 19, 2008, in Columbia, S.C., has generated a flood of information about the dangers of low tire pressure and aborted takeoffs. According to the NTSB, "The probable cause of this accident was the operator's inadequate maintenance of the airplane’s tires, which resulted in multiple tire failures during takeoff roll due to severe underinflation, and the captain's execution of a rejected takeoff after V1, which was inconsistent with her training and standard operating procedures." More
Base has openings for 200 more maintenance workers
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Robins Air Force Base plans to hire an additional 200 workers to maintain the Air Force's fleet of F-15, C-130 and C-5 aircraft. The base recently announced that it intended to hire 400 to 500 for the 402nd Maintenance Wing. The wing is charged with maintaining the aircraft. The Macon Telegraph newspaper reports that the base now plans to hire 700 new workers for the unit by the end of the year. More
Aircraft maintenance work backlogged
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A backlog of aircraft maintenance work has accumulated at the Air Force's maintenance installations, a product of the frequent overseas deployments, a spokesman recently acknowledged. "The Air Logistics centers do have more work than originally planned—predominantly in the Airframe and Engine commodities," wrote Air Force spokesman Gary T. Strasburg in an e-mail. More
Airbus aims to break even in 2010
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European commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus is aiming to break even this year after incurring an operating loss of $1.82 billion in 2009, the company's chief operating officer Fabrice Bregier recently said. More
Bombardier revamps worldwide bizjet service
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Bombardier Aerospace has embarked on an aircraft service program in which it will invest some $35 million over the next five years to structure a worldwide service and maintenance network centered on three major hubs. Recently, the Canadian airframer officially opened its new wholly owned service center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where some $8 million has already been invested.
FAA Safety Briefing, May/June 2010
In his book The Next Hour, pilot and former editor of Flying magazine Richard L. Collins writes about flying safely the next hour, which, he says,is the most important hour in any pilot's logbook. Collins stresses the importance of understanding and managing the risks inherent in flying. And, to the theme of this issue of FAA Safety Briefing—the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen—from his perspective of 50-plus years of flying, Collins looks ahead. He is confident better things will come and writes, "for general aviation, today's headwind can and will be turned into tomorrow's tailwind." More
2010 ATA e-Business Forum
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Register before May 14 to attend the 2010 ATA e-Business Forum!
You are invited to attend the 2010 ATA e-Business Forum to be held May 17-19, 2010 in Seattle. 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.
Pledge your support here.
Boeing to provide India's Blue Dart Aviation with maintenance productivity tool
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Boeing and Blue Dart Aviation, India's largest and only dedicated domestic freighter airline, recently announced that Boeing Commercial Aviation Services will provide Maintenance Performance Toolbox for the airline's Boeing 757-200 Freighter fleet.
Boeing selects Monarch Aircraft Engineering as a GoldCare partner
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Boeing recently announced London-based Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ltd. as a maintenance, repair and overhaul partner for the aerospace company's GoldCare service offering for the 787 Dreamliner. Under the agreement, Monarch will provide scheduled maintenance operations in support of the 787 fleet. More
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Boeing recently announced that it chose S.C., as the location for fabrication and assembly of airplane interior parts for the Charleston 787 final assembly line and delivery site. It is still reviewing potential sites for the Boeing Fabrication Interiors S.C., facility and plans to make a decision by midsummer. 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