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Engaging Lawmakers on Issues Important to You
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The Constitution's First Amendment protects the right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Unfortunately, the average citizen never directly engages their lawmakers on issues important to them, their family, their business or their community. ARSA is now offering a webinar that will give participants the basics on communicating with key lawmakers and their staff to become an effective advocate for their interests.

The association's weekly webinars with experts from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein 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 "Engaging Lawmakers on Issues Important to You" and featuring Daniel Fisher, senior legislative associate, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, and vice president of legislative affairs, 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: New Gallup Poll is Bad News for Congress, but Good News for Us
This week, ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein discussed the results of a recent Gallup poll that reinforces what ARSA's been saying for a long time: Small business owners are highly credible messengers.

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

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Government Watchdog Knocks FAA on Safety
On June 20, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General released a report criticizing the Federal Aviation Administration for the way the agency determines the number of flight standards safety inspectors needed to maintain a robust air carrier network.

The OIG found that while the FAA introduced a new inspector staffing model more than three years ago the agency has failed to rely fully on the model's results to determine the needed number and location of part 121 air carrier inspectors and continues to utilize incomplete and outdated metrics. Different staffing processes across regions result in inconsistent and subjective staffing decisions that leave potential gaps in safety, according to the report.

The watchdog also outlined deficiencies in the FAA's geographic surveillance program, which supplements regular inspections by allowing inspectors to request assistance from other regional offices. The OIG highlighted that many inspectors are reluctant to participate in certain aspects of the program since they are not always trained in the specific operations of the assigned air carrier and the process for requesting outside assistance is burdensome.

To address these concerns, the OIG recommended developing a plan with milestones to correct the staffing model's shortcomings, particularly with regard to data collection and accuracy; implementing training programs to ensure managers and inspectors follow the model; establishing guidance to enhance staffing model analysts' understanding of their role and responsibilities; and developing a process to ensure inspectors participating in the geographic surveillance program are trained on specific air carrier policies and procedures.

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How Will Repair Stations Prepare for the Affordable Care Act?
Beginning January 2014, the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) goes into effect, establishing different requirements for businesses depending on the number of full-time employees, the number of workers eligible for federal health insurance subsidies, and the quality of coverage the employer offers.

As companies across the nation scramble to adjust their business plans to ensure compliance with the new regulations, ARSA created a guide for repair stations of all sizes to understand the law better and know exactly what will be expected of their businesses.

While the guide is meant to serve as a resource in crafting an overall tax strategy, the association encourages repair stations to consult with an accountant or tax professional given the complexity of the law.

Click here to view the ACA Repair Station Guide.

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ARSA Publications: Summer Sale
From June 21 through Sept. 20, take advantage of the ARSA summer publications sale — buy one publication, and get another one absolutely free!

Summer is all about lazy days with a good book. We don't have romance or mysteries, but who says an ARSA publication isn't just as good to read while lying on the beach?

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Exciting Opportunity for Students to Gain Experience in Nation's Capital
Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, a boutique law firm in Alexandria, Va., (across the river from Washington, D.C.) specializing in the aerospace and construction industries, currently has an opening for its summer communications internship program.

The intern will gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how policy is crafted and the impact it has on critical sectors of the economy. Monitoring developments in the nation's capital, drafting content for various client publications, conducting research on related issues and undertaking many other hands-on assignments will provide the rare opportunity of "seeing how the sausage is made" in Washington.

For more information, please visit www.potomac-law.com/internship-opportunities.

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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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INDUSTRY NEWS


West Star Aviation Launches New and Improved 'Experience On Call' App
D.O.M. Magazine
West Star Aviation recently launched a new and improved version of their "Experience on Call" app. Specifically designed for iPhone and iPad users, the free app is now available and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store.
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Peerless Electronics Joins Aeroxchange
D.O.M. Magazine
Peerless Electronics Inc. has joined Aeroxchange, a business-to-business Internet marketplace. Peerless, an authorized stocking distributor of switches circuit breakers, relays, contactors, sensors, connectors and more, will be listing over 3,800 part numbers with Aeroxchange.
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Direct Maintenance Commences Air Arabia A320 Support at Nairobi
AviTrader
Direct Maintenance has started with providing dedicated line maintenance services to Air Arabia in support of its A320 operation at Nairobi in Kenya. Air Arabia is a leading low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa. Air Arabia commenced operations in nearly 10 years ago in October 2003 and currently operates from Sharjah International Airport to 83 destinations spreading across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Europe. The fleet size currently stands at 32 modern A320 aircraft, with another 27 aircraft on order from the factory.
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