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So You Want to be a Repair Station? Part 1 at Noon Today
ARSA
Learn the basic requirements and obligations to obtain a part 145 Federal Aviation Administration repair station certificate. This course is the first of a two-part course that reviews the governing regulations and guidance, and the pre-application and formal certification phases.

The association offers weekly webinars with experts from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein to address a variety of business and compliance issues confronting the aviation industry. Instructors will work off a PowerPoint presentation that will be provided to participants.

The association will hold its next webinar, titled "So You Want to be a Repair Station? Part 1" and featuring Crystal Maguire, managing associate, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein and vice president of operations, ARSA, today at noon (eastern).

Please click here to register for today's webinar or to learn more about ARSA's online training offerings.
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ARSA Blog: Creating Jobs Throughout the World
This week, ARSA Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses how the days are coming to an end where lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill aren't familiar with the aviation maintenance industry. New repair stations at home and abroad are attracting jobs and boosting the economy.

To read Fisher's blog and other ARSA commentary, please visit blog.arsa.org.

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LATEST NEWS


ARSA Urges FAA to Clarify Technical Data Requirements
On June 9, ARSA submitted comments to Federal Aviation Administration draft order 8300.X providing guidance on requirements for the approval of technical data associated with major repairs or alterations.

Citing Advisory Circular 120-77, an FAA letter to Erickson Air-Crane, Inc., under the Consistency and Standardization Initiative and Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, ARSA suggested a number of changes to the draft order that would eliminate confusion over the interpretation of the new guidance.

ARSA's comments focused on changing language inconsistent with AC 120-77, the CSI letter and 14 CFR, requesting clarification of potentially confusing terms, and suggesting the definitions of specific terms be consistent throughout.

To view ARSA's past regulatory advocacy efforts for the aviation maintenance industry, visit www.arsa.org/arsa-action.

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New Government Affairs Committee Launched
In ARSA's effort to develop a more politically engaged membership, the association's government affairs team recently revamped its government affairs committee.

The members of the GAC include:
  • David Albert, vice president of external affairs at Sequa/Chromalloy in Columbia, Md.
  • Bob Arnett, vice president of quality at Barfield, Inc. in Miami, Fla.
  • Kip Blakeley, vice president of industry and government relations at TIMCO in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Paul Creider, sr. director of global engineering and quality at Nordam in Tulsa, Okla.
  • (Ex Officio) Gary Fortner, vice president of quality control & engineering at Fortner Engineering in Glendale, Calif.
  • Paul Hawthorne, director of global support quality at Moog Aircraft Group in East Aurora, N.Y.
  • Jennifer Weinbrecht, vice president of compliance at Component Repair Technologies in Mentor, Ohio


  • Representing a diverse range of regions and sectors of the industry, the new GAC members will serve as the association's "go-to" people for legislative issue grassroots and response efforts. Among other activities, GAC members will be asked to host facility visits for elected officials, call on industry colleagues to use ARSAaction.org, write local lawmakers regarding legislative issues and participate in conference calls.

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    Office of Management and Budget Recognizes Importance of Industry Relationships
    On May 28, the White House Office of Management and Budget issued a memo to federal agencies offering guidance on best practices for approving travel and conference expenses. The memo acknowledges the importance of government and industry interaction, highlighting the need for agencies to limit unnecessary expenditures while maintaining relationships with industry stakeholders.

    Emphasizing the effects of sequestration on budgetary resources, the OMB urges agencies to review travel and conference-related activities to verify those activities are mission-specific to the agency, warning that federal employee attendance at conferences and association-hosted events will necessarily decrease as a result of budget constraints.

    While not official guidance, the memo suggests keeping hotel costs within government guidelines for per diem rates; requiring heads of agencies or deputy secretaries approval for conferences more than $500,000 and $100,000 threshold, respectively; and inquiring about "no frills" pricing options for all conferences and events. The OMB's latest action represents a step in the right direction to ensure the federal government remains accessible to industry associations.

    In June 2012, ARSA joined nearly a thousand organizations urging Congress to modify proposals that would strictly limit federal employees' ability to attend conferences hosted by associations. ARSA regularly invites government employees to events like the Annual Repair Symposium and values the opportunity to serve as a resource to government officials.

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    Charles Taylor Bust, Database to Honor Award Recipients
    In the coming weeks, the Aviation Maintenance Technicians Association will donate a bust of Charles E. Taylor, the "father of aviation maintenance," to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Museum.

    A kiosk containing a database of past recipients of the Federal Aviation Administration's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, which recognizes the lifetime accomplishments of senior mechanics, will accompany the bust to raise public awareness of the men and women who have led successful careers in the aviation maintenance industry.

    AMTA is currently collecting biographies and pictures of past recipients to include in the database. If you have received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, please send your bio and a picture to: Ken MacTiernan, Director AMTA, 11772 Carmel Creek Road #107, San Diego, CA 92130, or send an email to jetdr@san.rr.com. Family members of recipients who have passed away are also encouraged to forward the winners' biographical information to the address above.

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    Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring the 2014 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.
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    Media Kit Available to Improve Industry's Press Outreach
    In an effort to boost ARSA's visibility, the association recently produced a media kit to inform both industry press and general media about the benefits of contract maintenance. The association's new media kit is the best source to find ARSA staff's areas of expertise, aviation maintenance professionals willing to speak on the industry's behalf, and ARSA's latest global MRO industry economic study. View the ARSA media kit at arsa.org/media-kit.

    For questions about ARSA's media program, please email Vice President of Communications, Policy and Planning Eric Byer at eric.byer@arsa.org.

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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    DWC Targeted as MRO Hub
    Khaleej Times
    The market for maintenance, repair and overhaul, or MRO services, in the Middle East is expected to reach a market value of $11.2 billion by 2019, sustaining a compound annual growth rate of 5.3 per cent, according to a study by Aero Strategy-OAG Aviation.
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    RVC Aviation Maintenance Program Announces Expansion
    WTVO-TV
    The Rock Valley College Aviation Maintenance program in Rockford, Ill., has been teaching technicians of the future for decades. Now the program is expanding. Student Josh Miller says the faculty and curriculum have been life changing.
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    Snecma America Engine Services Donates Engine Parts to Embry-Riddle
    AIN Online
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., will incorporate five turbofan components from previously repaired engines, a donation from Snecma America Engine Services, into its aerospace and mechanical engineering programs.
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    Evolving Maintenance Market for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
    Airline Fleet Management
    Initially developed for military purposes, unmanned aerial vehicles are now penetrating the commercial aviation industry. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, in five years' time there will be approximately 7,500 small UAVs operating in non-military areas. The increase in the use of UAVs raises issues regarding maintenance and training.
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