Obama to tap FBI deputy director to run TSA
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President Barack Obama plans to nominate the current deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be his third choice to head the Transportation Security Administration, the White House recently said. Obama's two prior nominees withdrew their names from consideration after questions arose about their background and what critics say were stall tactics by Republican senators. More
AAMS launches Safety Management Training Academy
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Making air and critical care ground medical transport as safe as possible through a systemic, scientific approach is the primary aim of a new Safety Management Training Academy being launched this summer by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). The five-day AAMS Safety Management Training Academy is set for June 13 - 17, 2010, at Oglebay National Training Center and Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., and will include a special emphasis on safety management systems (SMS), patient safety, aviation/vehicle operational safety and workplace safety. More
EASA: Review of the rulemaking process
A new working group has been set up by the Rulemaking Director, to review the rulemaking process. As requested by the Management Board, its task is to identify areas where rulemaking can be processed more rapidly and efficiently. Members of the working group come from the aviation community and national authorities, who have considerable experience in rulemaking.
Something we all have to do
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Administrator Randy Babbitt's emphasis on professionalism among the ranks of aviation professionals received a big sounding board recently when Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood wrote about the subject in his official Fast Lane blog. More
Airplane design could use 70 % less fuel
Researchers at MIT say they have come up with designs for a new generation of commercial aircraft that could use as much as 70 percent less fuel than today's airliners. As part of a $2.1 million NASA grant, the MIT-led team said that its designs for a so-called "N+3" airplane — meaning three generations beyond today's airplanes — could leverage new technologies like advanced airframe configurations and propulsion systems and could deliver the 70 percent fuel savings by around 2035. More
AVS work plan for NextGen 2010 is released
AVS plays an integral role in NextGen by setting, overseeing and applying safety standards for the aviation industry. The AVS Work Plan for NextGen 2010 explains how AVS is organizing to support NextGen. It also charts the course for AVS involvement, and lays out major deliverables AVS will contribute toward the successful implementation of NextGen. More
Legends of flight
Filmed in 15/70 3D for IMAX® theaters and other Giant Screen venues, Legends of Flight is a visually captivating presentation that explores the relationships between natural flight, advanced design, innovative assembly techniques and operational technologies that have brought us to the dawn of a new era in aircraft design. Profiling milestone aircraft having influenced later aeronautical design and performance criteria, Legends of Flight is the latest Giant Screen feature film from acclaimed Canadian filmmaker, Stephen Low. More
CAAC notification of MOC renewal audits (on-site audits; CCAR 145 approval)
Information regarding upcoming Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Maintenance Organization Certificate (MOC) renewals is available at the following links:
CCAR-145 training course — Year 2010
Information regarding Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) "CCAR-145" (repair station regulations) training courses scheduled for 2010 is available at the following link:
FAA seeks input on aircraft design rules
The FAA is mulling over major changes to the rules for certifying small aircraft, and the public is invited to chime in at a meeting to be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., June 8 and 9. "Specifically, we would like feedback from manufacturers, pilots, owners, mechanics, instructors and anyone else with an interest in the small airplane industry," the FAA said. The Scottsdale meeting is one of several that will be held around the country, and follows a similar event in Wichita, Kan., in February. More
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
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.
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Erickson Air-Crane Inc.: Going public
A Southern Oregon helicopter manufacturer is going public. Central Point based Erickson Air-Crane Inc. plans to sell an estimated $75 million worth of stock in an initial public offering. 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.
GE prepares to roll out smart wrench
GE's Quality Technology Center is preparing to roll out to maintenance shops and manufacturing plants a "smart" torque system that will ensure technicians correctly assemble key hardware components on aviation and industrial equipment. More
ATS, Sojitz ink maintenance pact
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Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has signed a five-year agreement to collaborate on heavy maintenance and modification services for Japanese-registered jets in North America. The companies will use the ATS facilities at Paine Field (PAE) in Everett, Wash., and the Sojitz site in Japan which is a Boeing International Services contractor, to target mods on Japanese-registered aircraft coming off the assembly line. The aggrancement also covers Sojitz sponsoring an ATS bid to obtain Japanese JCAB certification. More
Mid-Continent Instruments Promotes Marissa Reddick to purchasing supervisor
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Mid-Continent Instruments announced today the promotion of Marissa Reddick to purchasing supervisor. Reddick’s primary objective in her new position is to ensure that all parts received meet Mid-Continent’s best cost, quality and delivery standards; these benefits are directly passed on to all Mid-Continent customers. Reddick began her career at Mid-Continent Instruments in February 1997. She brings a broad knowledge base to the purchasing department, including an in-depth understanding of the lean manufacturing process, material resource planning and inventory management. 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