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ARSA, along with almost every other aviation trade group, participates in international events like the FAA-EASA Conference to ensure the voice of aviation maintenance is actually heard and heeded. It would behoove every business entity to be present when global regulators are setting the “price of admission” to the international maintenance industry.
House Committee Opens Effort to Overhaul Technical Education
On June 28, leaders of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce unveiled the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” As Congress finally undertakes career and technical education reform, ARSA members can remind their elected officials that the world can’t fly without a dependable, well-trained aviation maintenance workforce.
Federal Register Resources: Mastering the CFR
ARSA team members constantly search for resources, guides and tools that might be useful for our members as they work to ensure global aviation safety. This installment comes from the Office of the Federal Register.
Where in the World is EASA? Office Move
Effective June 6, the headquarters offices of EASA relocated to a new address in Cologne.
To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit the ARSA Works page.
ARSA Seeks Input on Repair Specification Guidance
Help the association complete its years-long effort to build comprehensive, cohesive and coordinated guidance on developing, approving (if necessary), using and maintaining maintenance and alteration specifications.
ARSA Comments on Revised Rulemaking Procedures
On June 29, ARSA submitted comments on the FAA’s proposed revisions to 14 CFR part 11. The purpose of the rulemaking was to improve the clarity and flow of the rules; however, the proposal needed some input from the public to achieve that objective.
ARSA-Led Effort, FAA Response Provide Path to 8130-3 Compliance
On June 24, AIR-100 issued two deviation memos to FAA field offices that will help repair stations comply with the requirements of the U.S.-EU MAG. As part of an ongoing effort to address issues with the MAG, an ARSA-led industry coalition worked closely with the FAA for two months ahead of the memos’ issuance.
ARSA, Industry Allies Call for Correction to "Untenable" Parts Documentation Guidance
On June 10, seven trade associations and four aerospace companies — led by ARSA — requested the directors of flight standards for the FAA and EASA revise guidance on international parts documentation.
ARSA Works: On Stage and Behind the Scenes at FAA-EASA Conference
On June 14, the international aviation safety community landed in Washington, D.C., for the 2016 International Safety Conference, co-hosted by the FAA and EASA. On stage and behind the scenes, ARSA continued building its global network.
Rulemaking Comments — Keep Part 11 Simple
ARSA maintains that regulations should be free of unnecessary language and explanatory information which is more appropriate for guidance documents. Unfortunately, when superfluous text — no matter how well intentioned — finds its way into a rule it can have unintended consequences.
Constituents Matter: Congressional State/District Offices
The first of a series on personal involvement in the legislative and political process. Get to know the good folks in your elected official's local office.
MAG Change 6 — Some Gains but a Long Way to Go
On June 1, the FAA and EASA released Change 6 to the U.S.-E.U. Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG CHG 6). The change includes certain measures sought by ARSA and its industry partners, but continues to impose unreasonable restrictions on the use of some airworthy inventory.
FAA Builds Reasonable, Flexible UAS Framework
On June 21, the FAA announced the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems. The new 14 CFR part 107 will govern the broad category of aircraft commonly referred to as “drones.” Through its first effort at such oversight, the agency effectively established a limited framework within which to regulate operations.
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. To view the list click “Read More” and download the document via the link on the hotline landing page.
Podcasts for Political Junkies
Listening to political podcasts is a way to keep a finger on the pulse. There are many options, but any listener — from political novice to experienced operative — would do well to start with one of the favorites identified by the association’s team in Washington.
The association's training program is provided through Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C., the firm that manages ARSA. To go directly to OFM&K's online training portal, visit PotomacLaw.inreachce.com. To learn more about the association's training program and check course availability, visit arsa.org/training.
Live Sessions in July and August — Register Now
Use your summer months wisely. Register now for ARSA online training sessions — discuss repair specifications, learn about contract maintenance regulations and figure out how to take advantage of (or avoid) a congressional hearing. Keep an eye on the association’s training schedule as classes are added regularly.
Full ICA Series Available On Demand
ICA has been a key focus of ARSA’s work on behalf of the maintenance community for decades and it continues to demand attention from aviation businesses worldwide. Turn the association’s experience into your benefit.
Security Rule — Unlimited Viewing for 90 Days
Learn from Daniel B. Fisher — who serves the maintenance community on TSA's Aviation Security Advisory Committee — how to stay compliant with mandatory security responsibilities.
On Demand — Election Law Basics
Lead by Christian A. Klein, this session provides business leaders with a basic understanding of federal election laws and regulations.
Regulatory Compliance Training
Test your knowledge of 14 CFR § 43.3(g)-(i) — Persons authorized to perform maintenance, preventative maintenance, rebuilding and alterations. To download this month’s training sheet, click “Read More” and download the document via the link on the hotline landing page.
Member Spotlight — Moog
Member since 2004 and strong ally in the continuing efforts to correct issues in the maintenance annex guidance. Learn about a company that started in 1951 with an $800 order and has since grown to cover much of the aviation world.
ARSA Has Seen this Person, Have You? — Patrick Ky, Executive Director, EASA
During the FAA-EASA International Safety Conference, ARSA senior staff met with Ky to discuss global regulatory collaboration. Make sure you know something about EASA’s executive director.
Sponsor the 2017 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Promote your company while showing your support for ARSA.
A Member Asked ... Brexit Panic???
Q: The United Kingdom just voted to exit the European Union, what happens now?
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Industry and International News Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play globally by providing jobs and economic opportunities, as well as through civic engagement. You can explore these stories through ARSA's Dispatch news portal.
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