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ARSA: Government Affairs Conference Call and Presentation
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Please join ARSA for a short Government Affairs conference call and presentation on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. (EST) to brief you about our new industry economic data and provide an update about what is happening on Capitol Hill, including FAA reauthorization legislation. The session will last no more than 30 minutes. All are welcomed to join.

To join the web presentation and conference call, follow these directions:

1.    Go to
2.    On the left-hand side of the page, under "Attend a Session" click the "Live Sessions" link
3.    Click the link for "PPC & GAC Update Conference"
4.    In the "Join Session Now" fields, enter your name and e-mail address
5.    If prompted for a session number:
•    Session Number: 730 965 045#

To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-866-469-3239
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
Access code: 730 965 045

If you will not have access to the internet and can only join the conference call, dial 1-866-469-3239 and enter access code: 730 965 045. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Fisher, ARSA's Legislative Counsel,at

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New Study: Aviation maintenance industry is major employer
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With the national jobless rate front page news, the aviation maintenance industry continues to be a major employer around the country and an important economic contributor in many states.

For the first time, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has provided a snapshot of the industry's state-by-state footprint. The study, prepared by AeroStrategy, based on 2009 government and industry data, pegs the U.S. civil aviation maintenance workforce at 274,634. The industry's direct and indirect impact on the U.S. economy is $39 billion.

NORDAM's Barimo elected to ARSA Board of Directors
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Basil Barimo, vice president of global engineering and quality for NORDAM Repair Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA).

"Basil is well recognized in the aerospace industry and has a strong commitment to aviation safety," ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod said. "As a member of our governing body, he’ll provide valuable insights and guidance to support ARSA’s advocacy on behalf of repair stations."

Prior to joining NORDAM, Barimo was vice president of operations and safety at the Air Transport Association of America (ATA). In this role, Barimo was responsible for representing member airlines’ collective interests and providing strategic direction to member air carriers in order to improve operations, maintenance, engineering, safety, and airspace management.  In his distinguished career, Barimo has also served in various positions at Avborne, Inc., US Airways, and McDonnell Douglas.

Barimo was elected by ARSA's Board on April 28, 2010 to serve an initial term running through 2011.

Fees and charges levied by the European Aviation Safety Agency
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According to the Official Journal of the European Union, on June 1, 2010 all fees and changes indicated in Part I, II and III of the Annex to Regulation 593/2007 will be indexed at the rate of 1 percent. For more information see Part V of the Annex to Reg. 593/2007. More

Rules eased for labor organizing at airlines
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Labor unions will have an easier time organizing workers at airline and railroad companies after the Obama administration on Monday changed a 76-year-old rule on union elections. More

Eclipse aircraft maker opens Fla., service center
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A New Mexico based aircraft manufacturer has selected a site in Florida as a service center for the Eclipse 500 light jet. Eclipse Aerospace says Boca Aircraft Maintenance in Boca Raton, Fla., will provide maintenance services, parts distribution and inspections on airframe, engines and avionics systems for customers in the southeastern United States. More

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics to open school at airport
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The Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics plans to open a school at Hagerstown Regional Airport in Washington County, Md., early next year to train a local workforce for aviation maintenance technician jobs, PIA director James Mader said Tuesday. More
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Aviation: U.K. reduces ash cloud safety rules—again
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Until yesterday, air traffic controllers operated a "buffer zone" of 60 nautical miles around the areas of ash known to be too dangerous. The buffer zone was important for several reasons including that there remains considerable difficulty in seeing and identifying the dust.

Lockheed Martin wins FAA supply chain IT contract
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Global security company Lockheed Martin has won a five year $28 million contract with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to design and integrate a supply chain software platform used throughout the nation’s National Airspace System (NAS) to maintain, repair and track a variety of aviation equipment. More

FAA Safety Briefing, May/June 2010
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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.

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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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.

ARSA Members in the News

Boeing plant could boost local economy
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Boeing's plans to build a second manufacturing plant in South Carolina has several Grand Strand businesses and leaders excited about the possible economic ripple effects. Aviation experts at AvCraft, a Myrtle Beach, S.C., based airplane maintenance and repair company, say Boeing's investment in the Palmetto State could lead to several other big name companies doing the same.

Honeywell names air works first authorized service and support center for India
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Honeywell has announced India based Air Works as a regional forward-stocking location partner for key mechanical and avionics parts. "This agreement allows Honeywell to expand its support capabilities for Gulfstream and Dassault operators in India and the Middle East regions by positioning line replaceable units (LRUs) intended for aircraft on ground (AOG) support in Bangalore, India," said Paolo Carmassi, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Honeywell Aerospace. More

Small Business Administration honors S3 International, LLC as Wisconsin Small Business Exporter of the Year
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S3 International, LLC, Milwaukee, Wis., recently announced that it has been named "2010 Wisconsin Small Business Exporter of the Year" by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  S3 International provides aircraft spare parts and repair management services to military and commercial aerospace customers. "We are thrilled and honored to be selected as the 2010 Wisconsin Small Business Exporter of the year.  It is very rewarding for every one of us at S3 International to be recognized for the hard work accomplished over the past several years.  We thank the SBA for protecting, supporting and promoting the interests of small businesses," said Aksel Sidem, general manager of S3 International.

Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services expands its CAMO approval
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Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services GmbH (LBAS) has attained the highest level for continuing airworthiness as a certified Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO). LBAS has received its CAMO approval by EASA, the Bermuda CAA and Cayman Islands CAA, the three authorities requiring CAMO compliance by aircraft operators. The CAMO certificate allows for LBAS to manage the continuing airworthiness of aircraft, including the privilege to issue recommendations and/or airworthiness review certificates after an airworthiness review as specified in M.A.710 under the CAMO+ approval for EASA aircraft. More

Lufthansa successfully speeds up aircraft maintenance with UPM Raflatac's RFID tags
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Lufthansa Technik, a global provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has been successfully using RFID technology in tracking aircraft components for the past two years. Lufthansa Technik Logistik (LTL), the logistics service provider of LHT, was one of the first companies to use RFID technology in aviation. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site 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.
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