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Sarah Says: It's Just Ugly Folks
This month, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod discusses how government inaction has global implications. To read MacLeod's blog, as well as other commentary issued during the month of May, please visit http://blog.arsa.org/.
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Clock Strikes Zero: TSA Once Again Misses Deadline
The TSA once again failed to meet its deadline to finalize the repair station security rule, expected by June 14. TSA's inaction means the FAA still faces a moratorium on certificating foreign aviation repair stations, plaguing the industry since 2008.
ARSA Seeks Consistency in EASA SMS Requirements
On May 22, ARSA submitted comments to a European Aviation Safety Agency Notice of Proposed Amendment incorporating safety management system requirements into EASA part 145.
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.
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.
Preparing for the ACA
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.
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.
Charles Taylor Bust, Database to Honor Awards 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.
ARSA Publications: Summer Sale
All summer, ARSA is offering a special two for one price on publications. Buy one publication, and get another one absolutely free!
Fabian Joins GE Aviation
ARSA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Assistant General Counsel Craig Fabian concluded his tenure at Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein to join GE Aviation in Cincinnati, OH. Fabian worked for OFMK from 2006 to 2007 and rejoined the firm in 2009 after serving as director of technical operations for the Air Transport Association. He was previously an attorney in the aerospace practice of another Washington, D.C. law firm.
New Gallup Poll is Bad News for Congress, but Good News for Us
ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein explains how the results of a recent Gallup poll reinforce what ARSA's been saying for a long time: Small business owners are highly credible messengers. That's good news for the aviation maintenance industry's public relations efforts.
The Big 5-0
ARSA Communication Manager Josh Pudnos explains the complexity of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate to provide healthcare coverage to full-time employees.
Creating Jobs Throughout the World
ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher blogs about recent developments that may assist when explaining the aviation maintenance industry to lawmakers.
ARSA Presses for Support of Bipartisan House, Senate Regulatory Accountability Bills
In June 4 letters to members of the House and Senate, ARSA joined the business community in urging lawmakers to pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013 (H.R. 2122; S. 1029). Introduced by Rep. Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the bipartisan legislation aims to reform the current federal rulemaking process, lower costs, and improve the quality of new regulations.
Instructions for Continued Airworthiness: Where Do We Stand?
Since its inception, ARSA has worked to ensure that basic safety information (i.e., Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA), including component maintenance manuals (CMM)) is developed by all design approval holders (DAHs) that essential information is made available at a fair and reasonable price to operators, maintenance providers, and any other person required by 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to comply with those instructions.
In June, ARSA's legislative team continued implementation of the "lift the ban" lobbying effort. The initiative has gained new momentum after the Office of Management & Budget's 90-day mandatory review period concluded on June 14 without a final repair station security rule. ARSA informed House and Senate lawmakers of the 90-day review period expiration and the urgent need to allow the FAA to certificate new foreign repair stations.
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.
Two Interesting Twists on 'Reasonable Accommodation' Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires an employer to provide a disabled employee with a reasonable accommodation that will enable the employee to perform the essential functions of the job unless the employer can show that the requested accommodation would result in an "undue hardship" to the employer.
'Pay when Paid' v. 'Pay if Paid' — a Subcontractor's Nightmare
"Everything was going along fine and then I stopped getting paid. Because I had a prior relationship with the prime contractor I just kept working. Then I found out the project was shut down and the owner was out of cash. What do I do now?" This is a common scenario for many subcontractors. In many instances it can turn into a subcontractor's worst nightmare — no payment, unexpected legal costs, and yet a continuing obligation to make payroll or pay lower tier vendors and suppliers.
New Government Affairs Committee Launched
In order to ensure ARSA's legislative program continues to build upon its recent successes, the association unveiled a new government affairs committee that represents a diverse range of regions and sectors of the aviation maintenance industry.
Member Spotlight: Chromalloy — Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Chromalloy is one of the world's largest non-OEM providers of advanced coatings, repairs and replacement parts for gas turbine engines and the only non-OEM company in the world that provides coatings, repairs, castings, manufacturing and overhauls all from a single source.
Have You Seen This Person?
Each month, the hotline spotlights key regulatory, legislative and business leaders making important contributions to the aviation industry. This month we look at Charles Taylor, the mechanic for Orville and Wilbur Wright heralded as the "father of aviation maintenance."
A Member Asked ...
Question: We received an Airworthiness Directive that we don't agree with. How are ADs adopted and can I comment on them?
Check Out ARSA's Library of Recorded Webinars and Online Training Classes
ARSA is pleased to announce that recorded online training classes and webinars are now available for member purchase. Check back often as courses will be continually added. The next webinar on July 10, titled "Part 145 Primer," will feature Sarah MacLeod, managing member, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, and executive director, ARSA.
Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues by Utilizing ARSA's Members Getting Members Program
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 membership rate for your next membership term.
Advertise Today in ARSA's Newsletters and Website!
ARSA recently updated its 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.
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.
As part of ARSA's ongoing Positive Publicity Campaign, the association is actively working to enhance the media's understanding of our $65 billion industry and its vital importance to global civil aviation. To accomplish this goal, ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations provide their communities in jobs, economic opportunities and community involvement. These are some of this month's top stories highlighting the industry's contributions.
IATA Moves to Reduce Aircraft Emissions
On June 3, the International Air Transport Association adopted a resolution calling for the development of a single, market-based mechanism that would seek to reduce aviation emissions.
To provide more international coverage, ARSA presents a monthly roundup of world events pertaining to the industry.
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