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As Will Rogers once said, some people won't learn until they pee on the electric fence for themselves. Experience is a powerful teacher, but with so much at stake for aviation businesses it's best to let ARSA prevent you from getting zapped in the first place.
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ARSA Joins STEM Leadership Council
On May 14, the STEM Education Coalition welcomed ARSA as a new member of its Leadership Council. Alongside the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC), ARSA's new position will give the aviation maintenance industry a voice in the science, technology, engineering and math universe.
ARSA on the Road: Cleveland, Ohio
ARSA's Vice President of Communications Brett Levanto presented at the Regional Airline Association's (RAA) 40th Annual Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and paid a visit to Component Repair Technologies' facility in nearby Mentor.
You Can't Fly Without Us — The World of Aviation Maintenance
A short documentary overview of the aviation maintenance industry. Meet the men and women who keep the world safely in flight. For more information, visit AVMRO.arsa.org.
ARSA is committed to developing the next generation of aviation and regulatory professionals. Each year, the association opens its doors to legal and communications interns who learn the nuances of the aviation market while providing direct support to the maintenance community. Over the next few months, the hotline will introduce you to these talented individuals.
Silvia E. Marroquin, Legal Intern
Born in Florida and raised in Europe, Silvia brings her passion for global aviation to the association.
Danny Boatright, Legal Intern
An A&P-certificated AMT and Marine veteran, Danny is pursuing legal education to help him build a career in service of the aviation community.
ARSA Works and So Can You — Association Internship Program
Want to follow in Danny and Silvia's footsteps? Know somebody looking for a great professional development experience? Obadal, Filler, MacLeod and Klein, PLC, the firm that manages the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, continually accepts law and graduate student applications for its internship program.
To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit the ARSA Works page.
ARSA Releases Working Away Advisory for Industry Comment
In response to numerous member inquiries regarding 14 CFR § 145.203, working away from the fixed location, ARSA developed an advisory that would provide repair stations a "compliance road map." The association requests industry review and comment on the draft advisory.
Reducing Audits — Symposium Success & Industry Survey
A member attending this year's Annual Repair Symposium successfully eliminated an unnecessary review of its foreign repair station. See how it happened and help the association gather data about audit burdens for repair stations.
Questionnaire: Improving Airworthiness Directives
Complete the questionnaire to support AD process improvement recommendations.
Contract Maintenance Mandates Document Released
ARSA worked diligently, both on the regulatory and the legislative fronts, to ensure the relationship between repair stations and air carriers would remain unchanged by the new contract maintenance rule. Consequently, most of the new mandates already exist and the impact on the aviation maintenance community should be minimal.
Counting on the Aviation Maintenance Workforce
There is plenty of anecdotal information on a skilled labor shortage in the aviation maintenance industry. Without objective government-recognized numbers, it is very difficult to understand the magnitude, or pinpoint solutions. Yet no one is counting.
Rep Bradley Byrne: It's Time For A Smaller, More Accountable Government
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), challenges the notion that "the way it has always been done" is a good way to run a government.
ARSA Joins Effort to Fix Aviation Workforce Data
On June 4, ARSA and a coalition of industry groups spearheaded by the Aviation Technician Education Council (ATEC), submitted comments to the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee to more accurately define the occupations available in the aviation maintenance community.
FAA Finally Clarifies Designee Privilege
On May 13, the FAA clarified a repair specification designated engineering representative's (RS-DER) ability to rescind an approval of engineering information.
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. To view the list, click here.
"Recreational or Medical" Marijuana vs FAA/DOT Drug Testing
Shirley Negri from NATA Compliance Services (an ARSA preferred provider) overviews the implications of state marijuana legalization/decriminalization on FAA/DOT drug testing requirements.
Personal Development — Unsweet Dreams
Debunk the myths that prevent you from living your dreams.
Policy Solutions for a Stronger Technical Workforce
In the face of expanding global markets and increased demand for a highly skilled, government-certificated labor force, business must overcome the looming retirements of more experienced employees, skill gaps, regulatory limitations on training programs and, most importantly, data sources that are inadequately designed for defining the problem.
On Demand: Keeping Your Covered Work
On May 28, ARSA hosted a webinar discussion to overview the decades-long fight to minimize the new contract maintenance rule's impact on the aviation industry and cover the basic details of compliance.
Regulatory Compliance Training
Test your knowledge of § 145.211(a)(b) — Quality Control System.
Member Spotlight — Columbia Helicopters, Portland, Oregon
From a single-aircraft, family company to global provider of helicopter services. Columbia Helicopters is a repeated winner of the William "Bill" O'Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Diamond Award of Excellence.
Have You Seen this Person? — John Klein (R-Minn.)
From his position atop the House's Education and Workforce Committee, Kline's leadership will play an integral role in shepherding legislation that could bolster American technical skills and rejuvenate the future aviation maintenance workforce.
Take Advantage of ARSA's Members Getting Members Program, Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues
The best form of advertising is word of mouth. Use the Members Getting Members Toolkit to recruit an ARSA member and your company will receive a discounted rate for your next membership term.
Target Your Message: Advertise in ARSA's Newsletters and Website!
Check out ARSA's menu of advertising opportunities for ARSA.org, the hotline, and the ARSA Dispatch. Take advantage of these great opportunities today to showcase your company, a new product or event.
Exhibit, Sponsor the 2016 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA.
A Member Asked...
Q: Is the receipt and handling of parts or materials that will go into inventory for use in maintenance activities a safety-sensitive function that is covered by anti-drug and alcohol testing requirements?
ARSA strives to provide resources to educate the 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.
Industry and International News Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play globally by providing jobs and economic opportunities, as well as through civic engagement. You can explore these stories through ARSA's Dispatch news portal.
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