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Sarah Says — The Balancing Act
The world is served by aviation; indeed, some areas are only accessible by air. That means civil aviation designers, manufacturers, operators and maintainers have to be aware of the international market (or be forever beholden to the whims of "local" customers).
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Getting ARSA Off the Hill
There is no stronger or more effective advocate for your company and industry than you. By hosting lawmakers (or candidates), you show them why your business is an essential part of the local economy and your employees are valuable members of the community. "All politics is local" and nothing shapes national policy as effectively as showing its impact back at home.
Showing Appreciation for Bonus Depreciation
On May 29, the House Ways & Means Committee approved legislation (H.R. 4718) to make permanent 50 percent bonus depreciation for capital investments, such as equipment purchases. ARSA joined a cross-section of industry groups endorsing the legislation introduced by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio).
Technical Data Final Order Fails to Bring Clarity
Last June, ARSA submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) draft order 8300.X that provided guidance for the approval of technical data associated with major repairs or alterations. ARSA's comments pointed out the order's inconsistencies with Advisory Circular 120-77, the FAA's response to a letter submitted under the Consistency and Standardization Initiative (CSI) by Erickson Air-Crane, Inc., and Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
ARSA Soliciting Input from Global Community
On March 17, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to collect information to draft regulations regarding controlled substance and alcohol testing of part 145 repair station employees located outside the United States. To help in the preparation of comments as well as to gather information about current industry practices, ARSA is soliciting input via a survey of potentially affected repair stations.
CASA Resources: "Human Factors"
ARSA staff continually search for resources, guides and tools that might be useful for our members as they work to ensure global aviation safety. This installment comes from the Land Down Under via the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
ARSA's MacLeod Engages International Audience
Executive Director Sarah MacLeod joined other international aviation stakeholders at the 2014 Global MRO Procurement Expo. MacLeod participated with panelists from the Royal Aeronautical Society, the WMG Academy for Young Engineers and Rolls-Royce to explore the topic: "furthering the role of women in the commercial aviation after market."
ARSA Remembers: Jim Oberstar (1934 — 2014)
ARSA was sad to learn of the passing of former House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) on May 3.
Showing You How ARSA Works
If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The infamous brain teaser has given many would-be philosophers headaches. At ARSA, there is a more important question: If a trade association works on behalf of its members every day, but doesn't show them how to make the most out of their membership, is it really working?
Back to ARSA's Future
There was a popular movie released in 1985 about time travel; you might remember it. While the film didn't choose to address aviation — a flying car in the last sequence doesn't count — its year feels like a fitting destination for some ARSA time traveling. Let's take a peek back at this very publication in December of 1985.
How We Stand
ARSA has a proven track record of standing up and zealously searching for the right answers — be that from the government or from industry. Unfortunately, it's easy to misinterpret our engagement as opposition instead of what it really is: equal accountability for aviation safety.
ARSA Keeps on FAA for Parts Identification Guidance
On May 21, ARSA submitted a follow-up letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting guidance regarding the identification that should be referenced in maintenance records when more than one production approval holder number is applied to a part. The association first contacted the FAA about this matter in October 2011.
ARSA Demands Further FAA Scrutiny of Housing Requirements
On May 19, 2014, ARSA received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) response to the letter jointly submitted by ARSA and AJETON, Inc. under the agency's Consistency and Standardization Initiative (CSI). The CSI requested the FAA clarify that repair stations seeking or holding a limited airframe rating with only a line maintenance authorization are not required to provide "exclusive" hangar access.
FAA Final Inspection Guidance Needs Further Review
On May 14, ARSA submitted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting it correct parts of Order 8900.1 that purportedly requires persons performing final inspections be certificated under part 65. This guidance is incorrect and fails to recognize the regulatory distinction between performing a final inspection and approving the work on an article for return to service.
New Technical Data Final Order Fails to Bring Clarity
ARSA joined Metal Improvement Company LLC, in submitting a letter under the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Consistency and Standardization Initiative (CSI) regarding (1) a repair station's ability to develop and use work instructions and (2) the exact requirements for accessibility of relevant maintenance data during the performance of maintenance functions.
International Resources: Advocate Global Growth
Regardless of your location, international aviation issues impact your business daily. Gone are the days where maintenance companies can ignore global aviation policy issues. Flight paths are not confined by international borders and repair stations have to find ways to work wherever wheels touch down. In this global world, it's important to be familiar with the bodies and processes that facilitate international aviation services ... then take the next step and become involved.
ARSA VP of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher underscores the importance of congressional facility visits and briefly notes the work ARSA is doing in advance of November's pivotal mid-term elections (submit your PAC solicitation consent form today).
The Economics of Regulation Part II: Lost Opportunities
President of the Institute for Liberty Andrew Langer continues his exploration of regulatory impact on American economic growth. Why the "broken window theory" needs to go out the window.
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
This list includes Federal Register publications, such as final rules, advisory circulars and policy statements, as well as proposed rules and policies of interest to ARSA members.
Import Requirements — Piles of Paperwork
Jason Dickstein provides the fourth part in his series on importing aircraft parts into the United States by describing the mostly onerous entry process for imported goods.
Strict Adherence to Procedures — GoJet v. FAA Case Study
Steven Pazar returns to the hotline with an in-depth look at GoJet v. FAA and explores the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Procedure (VDRP) ... and what can go wrong when the steps aren't followed.
Member Spotlight: Coopesa, San Jose, Costa Rica
Located in beautiful Costa Rica, Coopesa was founded in 1963. Working primarily in maintenance, repair and overhaul of commercial narrow-body aircraft, the company possesses a total of 12 international licensees, allowing them to operate in countries throughout Central and South America. Coopesa has been an ARSA member for 18 years.
Have You Seen this Person? — Raymond Benjamin
Each month, the hotline spotlights key regulatory, legislative and business leaders making important contributions to the aviation industry. This month we look at Raymond Benjamin, the secretary general of ICAO.
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A Member Asked...
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Check Out ARSA's Library of Recorded Webinars and Online Training Classes
ARSA's online training classes and webinars are now available for member purchase. Check back often as courses will be continually added.
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE TRAINING
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ARSA strives to provide resources to educate general public about the work of the association's member organizations; should you need to provide a quick reference or introductory overview to the global MRO industry, please utilize AVMRO.ARSA.org.
AVMRO Industry Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play in their communities by providing jobs and economic opportunities as well as through civic engagement. These are some of this month's top stories highlighting the industry's contributions.
EasyJet to Use Unmanned Drones to Inspect Its Aircraft
EasyJet is to use unmanned flying drones to inspect its fleet of Airbus aircraft. The airline hopes to introduce the drones as early as next year following trials in the next few months. EasyJet's engineering head, Ian Davies, said: "Drone technology could be used extremely effectively to help us perform aircraft checks. Checks that would usually take more than a day could be performed in a couple of hours and potentially with greater accuracy."
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