FAA reauthorization should fly through in June, says Oberstar
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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn., predicted that a multiyear FAA authorization bill will be signed into law by July 4. House and Senate aides are informally meeting to clear out the underbrush in a bicameral deal, but discussions have not yet started on the contentious items. This includes House language making it easier for FedEx workers to unionize, which Oberstar strongly backs. More
Administrator Babbitt at the Aviation Week and Space Technology NextGen Forum: "NextGen is Happening"
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The question that's put to us goes something like this: Is NextGen real? Yes, NextGen is quite real. It really can happen. It really is happening. The uncertainty surrounding NextGen is due in large part to the memories of the historic steps and missteps we've all made as we've tried to modernize the system. Goodness knows, it's not easy to get pilots, controllers, engineers, the airlines and manufacturers to agree on anything. If you take a look at the history of the FAA, you can see as far back as the 1960s arguments were heating up between the engineers who could create automation systems and the controllers who had to use those systems and that equipment. Keep in mind; this was taking place at a time when a mainframe took up an entire floor. More
Dispatches from the road: Administrator's recent trip to China
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During the week of May 10, Administrator Randy Babbitt traveled to China and South Korea to discuss aviation issues with representatives of their governments. He took with him members of his management team, among them, Kate Lang, acting associate administrator for airports, and Di Reimold, acting assistant administrator for international aviation, each of whom sent Focus FAA dispatches giving a snapshot of their experiences on the trip. More
General Aviation Awards website
The General Aviation Awards Committee has launched a new website that is devoted exclusively to the General Aviation Awards program.
In addition to containing the application/nomination packet and other information, the website also profiles the four 2010 National Award winners: MCFI Jeff Moss, Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) of the Year; Neil Nederfield, Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) of the Year; Kirk Peterson, Avionics Technician of the Year; and MCFI Tom Turner, FAASTeam Representative of the Year. Links to all sponsoring organization are posted as well.
Developing the new site has been a collaborative effort that included funding from the National Aviation Safety Foundation (NASF) and Rich Stowell Consulting LLC, design work by 2007 National FAASTeam Representative of the Year Cheryl DeFilippo Hardy, and web hosting by the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA). Future plans include the addition of photos, awards presentation videos, past news releases, and a list of all past national winners.
The General Aviation Awards program has been in existence for 47 years and is a joint effort of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry to recognize aviation professionals for their contributions to aviation, education, and flight safety. Each year, a small group of professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety are recognized at the local, regional, and national levels.
The selection process begins with local FAA Safety Team managers at Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) and then moves on to the eight regional FAA offices. Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners.
For more information, visit the new website at
NTSB investigates 757 in-flight cockpit fire
United Airlines Flight 27 diverted to IAD and landed safely, but the NTSB is investigating the fire that broke out May 16, on the flight deck of the Boeing 757, absorbed two fire extinguishers, and ultimately cracked the captain's windshield. Early investigation shows the fire consumed elements associated with the windscreen's heating system. The NTSB reported that the captain and first officer were about 30 minutes out of JFK for LAX,at approximately 9:17 PM, when they noted a "strong acrid smell and observed smoke from the Captain's lower front windshield." The aircraft, with 112 aboard, was level at 36,000 MSL at the time. The crew told the NTSB they immediately donned oxygen masks and smoke goggles and segregated tasks, turning control of the aircraft to the first officer as the captain addressed the fire. Smoke and fire dissipated after the captain emptied a halon extinguisher into the flames, but the fire reignited. More
NTSB offering rotorcraft accident investigation course at training center near Washington
The National Transportation Safety Board has developed a five-day course in rotorcraft accident investigation that will be delivered at its training center near Washington in August.
The course, which has been in development for more than a year, was designed to provide investigators from regulatory authorities, investigative agencies, private industry, and potential parties to an NTSB investigation, an overview of the procedures, methods and skills required to perform a comprehensive rotorcraft accident investigation.
The training will be offered August 16-20, 2010, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va.
Examples from recently concluded investigations will be used to illustrate particular aspects of the investigative process. Case studies may include midair collisions, in-flight fires, in-flight break-ups, and weather-related accidents.
Those interested in learning more should see the complete description of the training, registration information, and cost to attend at:
The NTSB Training Center provides courses that promote independent, objective, and technically advanced transportation accident investigations. More information about the Training Center is available at
Work pays off for EvCC students
Imagine getting only four hours of sleep nightly. That's the schedule Jennifer Wahl has kept for nearly two years. The 27-year-old attends courses at the Aviation Maintenance Technology school at Everett Community College. She also works an average of 56 hours weekly at the Boeing Co. "I'm always tired," she said. But Wahl's hard work is about to pay off. In three months, she'll wrap up her college courses, which are designed to prepare students to obtain Federal Aviation Administration ratings as airframe and powerplant mechanics. Wahl expects to have passed the FAA exams by the end of the year. More
FAA featured on FedNews Radio: John McGraw
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Federal News Radio this week features John McGraw, deputy director of the Flight Standards Service, who discusses how the FAA helps keep the nation's airlines safe, and how our efforts have produced the safest period in commercial aviation history. More
Aviation company to bring 120 jobs
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A Canadian aviation company will bring up to 120 jobs to Jacksonville International Airport when it begins operations late next month. Avmax Group Inc. will handle repairs, maintenance and overhauls of regional jets and large turbo propeller planes, said Jacksonville Aviation Authority spokesman Michael Stewart. The company based in Calgary, Alberta, will lease about 50,000-square-feet of hangar space from Signature Flight Support, a fixed-based operator. More
FAA Safety Briefing, May/June 2010
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
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Secretary Clintons' remarks during visit to the Boeing Maintenance Facility at the Shanghai Airport
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I want to thank Bernard Hensey and Shep Hill from Boeing for welcoming us here, and I want to thank China Eastern Airlines for providing a perfect backdrop to the event, that wonderful plane, a Boeing 737 in Shanghai Expo regalia, it is a great example of American and Chinese companies working together in the spirit of the Expo.
I know that representatives from many of the American companies that helped sponsor the USA Pavilion are with us today. And I am very appreciative of your support and commitment. I know we have some distinguished representatives of both the Chinese Government, the airport authority, and the airlines, and I thank each of you for being here, as well.
Greater economic engagement here and across Asia by U.S. companies - and especially rising exports - help create jobs for American workers, and also for workers in China and throughout Asia. These jobs also contribute to higher standards of living for Asian consumers, and a more balanced global economy, which is good for everyone. That's one reason that President Obama launched the National Export Initiative to support the goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years and support two million American jobs. More
LiveTV to develop aviation antenna based on Iridium OpenPort®
LiveTV and Iridium Communications Inc. have entered into an agreement to develop an aviation antenna based on the Iridium OpenPort® high-speed communications service, which launched in the maritime market in 2008. LiveTV is displaying a prototype of the antenna, developed for a LiveTV Iridium OpenPort-based system enabling cockpit-to-cabin connectivity services, this week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2010 in Hamburg, Germany, May 18-20, 2010. More
B&S Aircraft celebrates 45 years of overhaul and repair services
B&S Aircraft Parts & Accessories, an AMETEK company, celebrates 45 years of providing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for aircraft accessories, parts and components. The list of aircraft flying with B&S overhauled components includes virtually every type from the legacy Cessna 100-series up to the B-1 Lancer bomber. B&S plans to celebrate this milestone with numerous events through internal commemorations, and with its customers. 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 (provided in blue) 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 (FR) publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars (ACs), 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