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DOT OIG Report Highlights Opportunities to Improve Oversight
The Federal Aviation Administration has been too slow in shifting to risk-based oversight of the aviation maintenance industry, a report released on Monday by the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General found.
The OIG prepared the report titled "FAA Continues to Face Challenges in Implementing a Risk-Based Approach for Repair Station Oversight" at the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Aviation. The OIG investigation focused on "(1) determining whether the FAA's oversight includes accurate and timely risk assessment of repair station, and (2) evaluating the effectiveness of the FAA's oversight of foreign and domestic repair stations."
Read ARSA's response to the OIG report by clicking here.
ARSA Blog: DOT OIG Report: More of the Same
This week, ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General’s audit report on the FAA's handling of oversight for repair stations.
To read Fisher's blog and other ARSA commentary, please visit
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New ARSA Webinar Program Announced; Navigating Online FAA Resources Today at Noon
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.
The association is offering weekly webinars with experts from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein to address a variety of business and compliance issues confronting the aviation industry. Instructors will work off a PowerPoint presentation that will be provided to participants.
The next webinar, titled "Navigating Online FAA Resources," will take place at 12:00 noon (eastern) today.
Please click here to register for today's webinar or to learn more about ARSA's online training offerings.
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ARSA Members: Take Action Today on Four Important Legislative Issues
The association is encouraging all members to take a few moments to complete four grassroots alerts important to the aviation maintenance community. Each of these alerts is easy to complete and only takes a minute to send. So please take a moment today to lend your voice to the political process!
Appeals Court Unpins NLRB Poster Rule
On May 7, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., Circuit struck down a court case affirming the legality of a 2010 National Labor Relations Board final rule requiring most private-sector employers to post a government-drafted notice of employee rights.
The court found that the NLRB rule would violate employers' first amendment rights by forcing the display of language that favors unionization. Employers that failed to follow the ruling would have been charged with committing an unfair labor practice.
ARSA joined its allies at the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace in opposition of the NLRB rule, arguing it would require nearly six million businesses to post notices amounting to little more than advertisements for union membership while inappropriately coercing free decisions about association in the workplace.
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.
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ATLANTA, April 18, 2013 – Delta TechOps will expand its engine maintenance, repair and overhaul capability to include the CF34-8 engine type, as announced by Delta’s CEO Richard Anderson this week at the Aviation Week MRO Americas conference in Atlanta.
“This is an investment in the future of Delta TechOps,” said John Laughter, senior vice president – Technical Operations. “As Delta reduces the number of 50-seat regional aircraft and increases the number of 76-seat aircraft, it’s an ideal move to introduce this engine line to support the future composition of our fleet.”
May/June 2013 Issue of FAA Safety Briefing Now Available
The May/June 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on environmental advances in general aviation. Articles explore ways we can "fly green" through new technology and by following environmentally sound practices. The feature articles in this issue include how to be a noise-friendly neighbor, the future of electric aircraft and a look at FAA's avgas initiative. The online edition is available here.
Purchase Your Compliance Publication Today
ARSA provides some of the most comprehensive compliance publications in the aviation maintenance industry. All members also receive special discounts, so take a moment to review the association’s list of publications today.
Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues by Utilizing ARSA's Members Getting Members Program
The best form of advertising is word of mouth. Use the Members Getting Members Toolkit to recruit an ARSA member and your company will receive a discounted membership rate for your next membership term.
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.
Regional Carriers Mixing Up MRO Models
Regional airlines are undergoing a period of change in everything from ownership and partner relationships to route systems and aircraft fleets, and this is helping trigger a shake-up of maintenance models.
West Star Aviation to Expand Current Full-Service MRO Facilities
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West Star Aviation recently announced its plans to consolidate and expand the service capabilities at East Alton, Ill., Grand Junction, Colo. and Columbia, S.C.
British Airways Engineering Expands Commercial Training Capabilities
British Airways Engineering, a leading Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul provider, has announced that it is expanding its commercial Learning Academy to help customers as they bring Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s into their fleets.
Etihad Airways Opens Line Maintenance Base at Singapore's Changi International Airport
Equipped with the latest technology, the new facility will perform all scheduled and non-scheduled line maintenance for Etihad Airways' daily flights operating to Singapore from both Abu Dhabi and Brisbane.
NBAA's Maintenance Management Conference Attracts Record Number of Exhibitors, Attendees
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The exhibit hall at the Fort Worth Convention Center has sold out and will feature 140 exhibits, a 24 percent increase from last year's tally of 113. More than 675 professionals involved in managing the maintenance of business aircraft will be attending, up more than 15 percent from last year.
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