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June 17, 2009
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“Current” Inspection Program Guidance Issued
In a recent letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ARSA suggested the agency adopt guidance on the use of a “current inspection program recommended by the manufacturer” under Title 14 CFR § 91.409(f)(3). In response the FAA issued an Information for Operators (InFO) that clarifies what happens when an owner/operator does not select an inspection program or does not identify it in the maintenance records.

When a proper selection or identification is not made the maintenance provider is required to use the program recommended by the manufacturer at the time of the inspection. Further the InFO states that owner/operators cannot retroactively select an inspection program and must provide maintenance facilities with properly selected programs that are different from the program recommended by the manufacturer at the time of the inspection.

A copy of the InFO guidance may be found here.

EASA Issues Second Denial of ICA Complaint
In a November 6, 2008, letter to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), ARSA requested the agency recognize that component maintenance manuals (CMM) are part of the complete set of Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) and must be made available to appropriately rated repair stations. The Association also sought clarification on the extent to which its members must go to show no agreement can be reached with type certificate (TC) holders to make the instructions available.

EASA responded on June 8, 2009, stating that remove and replace instructions are enough to satisfy the ICA content requirements and actual repair instructions in the CMM are not needed. The agency also states that ARSA’s complaints failed to show that repair stations are even eligible to receive ICA from the TC holder. EASA claims that a facility must have concluded a work order or contract with an aircraft owner or operator before it can request the ICA needed to perform the maintenance.

The agency goes on to say that because such contracts are of a commercial nature a TC holder’s refusals to make ICA available to appropriately rated repair stations once or twice does not endanger aviation safety. Therefore, repair stations also need to show a refusal to make the ICA available is endangering aviation safety before EASA will take action to enforce its regulations.

The Association is currently planning its response to this latest refusal and will keep its members updated on any future developments.

A copy of EASA’s denial letter may be found here.

For more information on ARSA’s ICA efforts, including links to all complaints and correspondence, click here.

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
  • the hostile language in the pending FAA reauthorization bill); and
  • Determine the industry’s economic footprint on a state-by-state basis

The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign.

For more details, click here.

Pledge your support here.

Congressmen Act on Non-English Speaking Airplane Mechanics
from San Diego County Political Buzz Examiner
After learning that many airlines employed non-English reading mechanics, a number of house congressmen sent Obama’s Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood a letter voicing concerns over the safety of airline passengers. More

ARSA Members Getting Members Program
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:
  • For each membership referred by an existing member in good standing, the referring member will receive a credit of 10 percent of the applicant’s dues on its forthcoming member renewal. The maximum credit will be 100 percent of the member’s renewal amount. For example, if you refer a $1500 member, you will receive a credit of $150 towards your next membership renewal.
  • The applicant must clearly indicate on its application the name of the member company that referred it for membership.
  • The applicant must pay its membership dues before credit is applied to the referring member.
Questions? Contact Ronda Wilder in our Membership Dept. at 703 739 9543 or via e-mail at

Electronic Repair Administration Project Launch
The ATA e-Business Program is launching a new industry-wide project to develop a suite of electronic messages (XML) to automate the component repair order process. The scope of the project includes electronic messages for part quotation, work scope, repair purchase order, shipment, teardown report and invoicing. To participate and ensure that your business needs are considered, join the ATA e-Business Program! Learn more at

Town Hall Meetings
A successful advocacy program depends on the involvement of ARSA members. Attending town hall meetings in your hometown is an excellent opportunity to get face time with your members of Congress, and to help the Association develop a strong grassroots program.

In an effort to help members get more involved at the ground level, ARSA will update this web page weekly with upcoming town hall meetings in your area.

If you decide to attend a town hall meeting in your area, tell us about it! E-mail Matt Hallett at or Crystal Maguire at and let us know how it goes.

To view upcoming meetings, click here.

GE, Rolls-Royce Race to Try Biggest Engine Redesign in 20 Years
from Bloomberg
General Electric Co. and Rolls-Royce Group Plc, the largest jet-engine makers, said they’re moving ahead with tests on new designs that may drastically alter the way commercial planes look and perform. More

Canada Expanding Secondary Education Options for Aviation Training
from CNW Group
Ontario is adding two new sectors to its successful Specialist High Skills Major program to help even more students reach their full potential. Starting this fall, the Specialist High Skills Major program will include Aviation/Aerospace and Energy. More

Miami Aircraft-maintenance Company Moving to Sanford Airport
from Orlando Sentinel
A Miami aircraft-maintenance company is moving to Orlando Sanford International Airport, bringing 20 jobs initially and ultimately 100 or more — lured by prospects it sees in Sanford's airline traffic and a new hangar. More

Air France Switches to New Plane Speed Sensors
from The Examiner
Air France has replaced the air speed sensors on its entire fleet of Airbus A330 and A340 long-haul aircraft, a pilots' union official said Monday. The company had been under pressure from pilots who feared the devices could be linked to the crash of Flight 447. More

GE Inks Maintenance Deals with Delta, J-Air
from AMT
GE Aviation signed 10-year maintenance agreements with Delta Air Lines Inc. and J-Air Co. Ltd. More

FAA Plans New Safety Rules for Regional Airlines
Federal aviation regulators and airlines Monday agreed to take emergency actions to improve safety at regional carriers in response to concerns over poor piloting and fatigue in recent accidents. More

Aviation Company Bringing Ohio Jobs
from ONN-TV
Empower Aviation is ready for takeoff with a new location and a new business proposal and company executives are very excited about expanding. More

Bombardier Lines Up More Suppliers for New Aircraft
Bombardier Aerospace has lined up another 17 suppliers for its CSeries aircraft, which is expected to enter service in 2013, the Montreal-based company announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. More

ARSA Members In The News
from ARSA (Source: PR Newswire)
Gulfstream International Airlines Provides FAA with Detailed Response
Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. said today it has filed a detailed response to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) findings from a 2008 inspection and proposed civil penalty. The company provided documentation that it believes shows that it was in compliance with the relevant regulations in substantially all of the findings by the FAA and, thus, asserts there were no violations in those cases. More

Chromalloy Selected by U.S. Air Force to Provide Module Repairs on F108 Turbine Engines
Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. said today it has filed a detailed response to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) findings from a 2008 inspection and proposed civil penalty. The company provided documentation that it believes shows that it was in compliance with the relevant regulations in substantially all of the findings by the FAA and, thus, asserts there were no violations in those cases. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
from ARSA
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site 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

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