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Court Says “Drop Your Pants”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently denied a challenge to the new direct observation drug testing regulations issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT) in June 2008. The court ruled that the rule was neither arbitrary, nor capricious and that despite the intrusive nature of direct observation testing, it did not violate employee’s rights against unlawful searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The new rule will require employees participating in return-to-duty and follow-up testing to raise their shirt, blouse or dress above the waist and lower clothing and underwear to prove they are not wearing a prosthetic device. After this show is over, an observer must watch the individual actually fill the cup.
The DOT has yet to issue a notice outlining the new rule’s effective date and implementation schedule. In the meantime direct observation for return-to-duty and follow-up testing will continue to be an employer option, rather than mandatory. ARSA will provide its members with more information as it becomes available.
A copy the final rule may be found here.
To read the court’s decision click here.
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What is “Essential Maintenance”
The Federal Aviation Administration issued two draft Notices concerning air carrier essential maintenance providers. Draft Notice 8900.D091 revises operations specification (OpSpec) paragraph D091 to address the change in terminology and meaning from the previously used term “substantial maintenance” to the new term “essential maintenance.” The agency also removed the listing of maintenance providers from the OpSpec paragraph D091. The listing of maintenance providers remains in the manual as required by Title 14 CFR § 121.369(a).
Draft Notice 8900.EMR provides details on the revised surveillance requirements for essential maintenance providers before and after issuance of an OpSpecs paragraph D091.
Comments on both Notices are due June 22, 2009 and may be sent here.
A copy of Draft Notice 8900.D091 may be found here.
Draft Notice 8900.EMR may be found here.
Lost Jet Data 'May Not be Found'
Aviation May be Included in Infrastructure Bank
CryptoFirewall Designed to Prevent Counterfeiting
There is no better advertisement than a satisfied customer. Members are the best people to get others to join — we have made it simple for you to help and are providing a monetary incentive for you to do so! Here is a letter for you to use — place it on your letterhead and send it to all your maintenance providers. Information about ARSA to include in your letter along with an application for membership may be found here. Be sure to include your name on the application so that you can obtain the monetary incentive. Now for the rules:
Check Your Composites
The Federal Aviation Administration issued draft Advisory Circular (AC) 20-107B, Composite Aircraft Structure, for comment. The AC sets forth an acceptable means to show compliance with 14 CFR parts 23, 25, 27 and 29 regarding airworthiness type certification requirements for composite aircraft structures, involving fiber reinforced materials (e.g., carbon and glass fiber reinforced plastics). It also provides guidance on closely related design, manufacturing and maintenance.
Comments are due June 25, 2009 and may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the draft AC may be found here.
Satellite-based Navigation Avionics Could Help Save 10 Billion Gallons of Jet Fuel Each Year
The Proliferation of Aircraft Maintenance Outsourcing in the United States Provides Reliable and Cost-Effective Services
OEMs and Small Firms Take Maintenance Services Mobile
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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