Take action now: FAA reauthorization vote coming soon
Separating fact from fiction is often difficult, particularly when it involves Congress. However, rumors of a Senate vote on Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization legislation are getting more frequent by the day and it is hard not take the threat seriously. ARSA has been told by Senate staffers that a "test vote" on the House language is very possible in the coming days. More
Labor Department issues new posting requirement for government contractors
With many of organized labor's policy priorities held up in Congress, the Obama administration is starting to use the regulatory process to circumvent congressional action to benefit unions and other key constituencies. As such, it is not surprising that the Department of Labor issued a rule on May 20, requiring many federal contractors and subcontractors to post a notice to employees of their rights to organize under the National Labor Relations Act. More
Union e-vote exploration sets off card-check business
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said he hopes to move a third iteration of the so-called tax extenders bill. "We thought we would be ready to do the procedural votes to get to that a couple of hours ago," Reid said. "But as things happened around here, there have been some things requested by a number of senators, and as a result of that, we're going to have to go back to Joint Tax to get some more numbers. That's probably going to take an hour." More
Politicians threaten to re-regulate airlines as merger buzz builds
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Expect the United-Continental merger to be approved by federal regulators. That's the word from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, even though she's opposed to the deal that would relocate Continental's headquarters out of her state. More
How do you ensure your precision measuring equipment is eccurate?
Working with tools and equipment each and every day, the aviation maintenance professional many times uses both hand tools and specialized test equipment that make some type of precision measurement. Precision Measuring Equipment may be hand tools such as a torque wrench or calipers, pressure gauges to electrical diagnostic equipment, all the way to specialized test equipment such as the type used to check the pitot-static system on an aircraft. There are many different types of PME used for a whole variety of maintenance tasks. One item they all have in common is the need for a regular inspection for general condition and a calibration check to ensure that the precision measurements you the aircraft maintenance technician are using to troubleshoot and repair and aircraft or system are in fact correct. More
Baucus, Grassley introduce bill to cut taxes for small businesses
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley introduced legislation recently to lower taxes for small businesses by allowing businesses to write off more of the cost of purchases, such as equipment and machinery, more quickly than they would otherwise be able to under current law. The legislation will speed up the tax deductions businesses can take for buying new equipment, which will stimulate investment in small businesses and help create jobs. More
Top Senator sees little chance for FedEx unionization proposal
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Proposed U.S. legislation to make it easier to unionize at FedEx Corp. has no chance of clearing Congress, a top Senate Democrat recently said, dealing a blow to a lobbying campaign waged by rival United Parcel Service Inc. and the Teamsters union. "I know perfectly well if I put that in the bill ... it's not going to pass," Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller said in an interview. More
FAA not ready for air traffic upgrade
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An inspector general says that the Federal Aviation Administration needs to do more planning before jumping in on its major NextGen upgrade. The Federal Aviation Administration needs to do more planning in order to ensure that NextGen, its long-term air traffic control system upgrade, is successful, the FAA's inspector general said in a new report. The report, requested by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, says that the FAA needs to take a number of steps before it moves from a planning to an implementation phase of its two-decade, multi-billion dollar project. More
New for Young Eagles — Free first lesson
More than 1.5 million youngsters around the world have enjoyed their first flight in a general aviation aircraft thanks to EAA's Young Eagles program, and now they'll have an opportunity to earn a free first flying lesson as well. More
FAA Administrator stresses the importance of SMS for small operators
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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt told Aviation International News this week that small aircraft operators need to have safety management systems. He is quoted as saying "I'm confident that SMS will really make a difference." More
Kooky politics make for entertaining races
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In the U.S. federalist system, states usually compete for business, government funds or tourists. This year, there is another fierce competition, as South Carolina and Nevada do battle for the title of "State With the Kookiest Politics." Elections in these states have been marked by charges of hypocrisy, sexual peccadilloes and candidates who face felony charges and express out-of-the-mainstream views. The Silver and Palmetto states are an antidote to those who worry that U.S. politics have become too programmed and predictable. More
FAA Safety Briefing, May/June 2010
In his book The Next Hour, pilot and former editor of Flying magazine Richard L. Collins writes about flying safely the next hour, which, he says,is the most important hour in any pilot's logbook. Collins stresses the importance of understanding and managing the risks inherent in flying. And, to the theme of this issue of FAA Safety Briefing — the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen — from his perspective of 50-plus years of flying, Collins looks ahead. He is confident better things will come and writes, "for general aviation, today's headwind can and will be turned into tomorrow's tailwind." More
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.
Boeing to establish aircraft maintenance base in Maharashtra with investment worth $100 million
In an investment plan worth $100 million, the Boeing Company plans to establish an aircraft maintenance base in Maharashtra, India. The Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC) will lease 50 acres of land in the special economic zones (SEZ) situated near the Nagpur Airport to Air India (AI) for the establishment of the Aircraft maintenance base. More
Telephonics announces the opening of a new facility in North Carolina
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Telephonics Corporation, recently announced the opening of its 22,000 square foot facility in Elizabeth City, N.C., that will house the Telephonics Technical Support Services Center. The facility is comprised of 15,000 square feet of hangar space, including a state-of-the-art demonstration room to simulate the system operator's environment and 7,000 square feet of office and avionics repair space. More
Mid-Continent Instruments meets customer demand with online ordering
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Mid-Continent Instruments recently announced the addition of online ordering to its newly revamped website.The expanded website provides 24-hour online ordering capabilities, saving Mid-Continent customers time and offering easy access to pertinent information, no matter their time zone. Highlights of the comprehensive site include a real-time sales inventory, quick ordering of new outright, new exchange or overhaul exchange units, requesting a repair or return for credit (RMA) and reviewing company transaction history, such as invoices, orders and returns. Customers can review product features and specifications, as well as downloading installation manuals and engineering drawings. More
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site http://www.arsa.org/FDYTC. By accessing the links 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 publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars, 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