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The Price of Success
ARSA’s competent team has many talents. As a result, both our members and industry allies have high expectations about what the association can accomplish. We appreciate that confidence and will continue to work hard to pursue international “good government”; at the same time we beg our members and the industry to understand the drain on available time and energy.
Don't Take ARSA's Word for It — Legislative Day & Symposium
The association’s Legislative Day and Annual Repair Symposium is the brightest spotlight for ARSA’s good work as well as valuable resource for the repair station community. You’ve heard plenty about the engagement and access provided during the event, but you don’t have to take ARSA’s word for it — the feedback from attendees is pretty clear.
2016 Member Survey — Thank You
The 2016 member survey is officially closed. The association is thankful to each of the nearly 100 individuals who took the time to submit a response on behalf of their member organization.
Rep. Foxx Visits with N.C. Repair Stations
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), a senior member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, participated in an ARSA-organized facility visit in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
ARSA at MRO Americas — MacLeod on Buying, Selling
Continuing their discussion from ARSA’s 2016 Annual Repair Symposium, on April 6 Sarah MacLeod once again joined Al Givray of Davis, Graham & Stubbs and Seabury Group’s Brian Karpiel to explore the nuances of buying or selling an aviation maintenance operation.
To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit the ARSA Works page.
New AD Legal Interpretation Draws Ire from Maintenance Industry
On April 27, the FAA responded to public comments — including ARSA’s — on a proposed legal interpretation that further defines the nuances of complying with an airworthiness directive. Unfortunately, the proposed interpretation continues to reiterate that AD’d products will never be able to re-enter a traditional maintenance program.
FAA Policy Jeopardizes AD Compliance
On April 29, ARSA requested the FAA revise a legal interpretation regarding second and third-tier documents that are purportedly incorporated by reference in an airworthiness directive. ARSA’s letter points out that the legal interpretation — and existing guidance — violate the Administrative Procedure Act and force maintenance providers to divine what is required to comply with the AD.
ARSA to FAA: Starting on the Same Page Through Training Access
As part of the association’s continuing effort to access the Safety Assurance System training provided by the FAA to its ASIs, ARSA submitted a letter to the directors of the Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification Services. The letter reminded the FAA that implementing a new process for conducting oversight means ensuring certificate holders understand that system and know where the boundaries lie.
It's Time to Audit the FAA's Quality Manual
The FAA has paraded the Quality Management System as the way it will interact with the public and hold itself accountable. Much as the FAA doesn’t take a repair station’s word that it follows its quality manual, the public should not be forced to take the agency at its word that it follows its own.
Laundry List Compliance: An Unsafe Approach to Issuing and Enforcing Airworthiness Directives
In ARSA’s renewed challenge to the FAA’s position on second and third-tier documents incorporated by reference into airworthiness directives, the association addresses each argument provided by the agency in defense of its policy’s dubious legal foundation.
It is an Investment!
The aviation industry and lawmakers rely upon ARSA for its expertise and savvy. While the broader community is willing to support its campaigns, ARSA is expected to carry the water ... and the association does it on a shoestring budget.
Senate FAA Bill Passes, McCaskill Amendments Defeated
On April 19, the Senate approved an 18-month FAA reauthorization bill with overwhelming bipartisan support. ARSA and its members succeeded in keeping two amendments filed by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) out of the approved legislation.
MAG Change 5: FAA, EASA Confirm 8130-3 Requirement Extension
On April 20, ARSA received a letter from the FAA and EASA confirming the postponement of the "new" parts documentation requirement imposed on U.S.-based production approval holders by change 5 to the U.S.-EU Maintenance Annex Guidance. The letter recounted months of action by a coalition of aviation groups led by ARSA and recognized the implementation of the new § 21.137(o) was taking much longer than expected.
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. To view the list, click here.
Export Compliance: Challenges for Repair Stations
Thomas McVey, attorney at Williams Mullen and resource for ARSA members, continues his series on imports and exports with a review of ITAR requirements. Due to the large number of aerospace products subject to ITAR controls, repair stations must clearly understand the business implications.
The association's training program is provided through Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C., the firm that manages ARSA. To go directly to OFM&K's online training portal, visit PotomacLaw.inreachce.com. To learn more about the association's training program and check course availability, visit arsa.org/training.
Instructions for Continued Airworthiness
Join ARSA’s Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall S. Filler for a three-part series on instructions for continued airworthiness. ICA has been a key focus of ARSA’s work on behalf of the maintenance community for decades — turn that experience into your benefit.
Proper maintenance demands proper documentation. Join ARSA’s Executive Director Sarah MacLeod and Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall S. Filler and learn how to “finish the job with proper paperwork.”
This three-part series on the regulations and guidance for public aircraft operation provides in-depth analysis and case-study review of various requirements.
Learn how to establish a proactive approach to audits. Get tips on how to manage an audit process that ensures responses are appropriate, timely and effective.
Regulatory Compliance Training
Test your knowledge of 14 CFR § 43.2 — Records of overhaul and rebuilding
Member Spotlight — Aeroman
Established in 1983 and an ARSA member since 1998, Aeroman has become a trusted provider of maintenance services to customers across the Americas.
Have You Seen This Person? John Thune (R-S.D.)
In recent weeks, Thune has loomed large in the aviation world, successfully shepherding an 18-month reauthorization of the FAA through the Senate.
A Member Asked ... Another MAG CHG 5 "Quandry"
Q: Our company is an OEM of power supplies and also a repair station for our articles. Even with a six month extension we do not know how we will totally comply with the MAG 5 8130-3 requirement except to hire a DAR.
ARSA strives to provide resources to educate the general public about the work of the association's member organizations; should you need to provide a quick reference or introductory overview to the global MRO industry, please utilize AVMRO.ARSA.org.
Industry and International News Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play globally by providing jobs and economic opportunities, as well as through civic engagement. You can explore these stories through ARSA's Dispatch news portal.
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