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Survey says ... ARSA survey paints picture of industry audit burden
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ARSA is working closely with international aviation authorities to reduce the overwhelming number of contract maintenance audits. ARSA recently conducted an industry survey to address the present reality of nearly nonstop, overlapping and duplicative audits by helping ARSA get an accurate picture of the audit burden repair stations face. More

ARSA responds to alarmist NPR report on contract maintenance
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On June 27, NPR ran an interview that disparaged the safety record of the airline industry while raising false and unproven safety concerns about the use of contract maintenance. ARSA reached out to the program's producers and requested an opportunity to set the record straight. The Association volunteered its senior staff for response and offered up interviews with members of ARSA's speaker's bureau, a cadre of aviation professionals that ARSA has identified as willing to speak on the record about contract maintenance. More

FAA looks to revise D&A regs for air tour operators
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On July 2, the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to revise certain provisions in its drug and alcohol testing regulations; comments to the NPRM are due by Aug. 31. The changes are primarily aimed at allowing Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 121 and part 135 operators with commercial air tour operations the option of administering one D&A testing program for both operations. More

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ARSA Online: Train to Gain — Registration Open
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Out of practice on the real aviation regulations? Stay in top shape with ARSA online training courses!

Registration is open for ARSA's July and August online live classes on the regulations versus commercial obligations in civil aviation parts sales, purchases, receipt and stocking by a 14 CFR part 145 repair station.

Click here to review the courses and to register.

FAA announces airworthiness concern for Piper aircraft
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The FAA has released an airworthiness concern sheet for Piper PA-18-135 aircraft citing a concern with cracks in fuselage tail section protruding into the lower rudder. The FAA is seeking additional information, such as in-service problems, accessibility for inspection, proposed inspection and repair procedures. More

Florida School District allots $450,000 for aerospace/maintenance academy as enrollment stays flat
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It's a costly undertaking to prop up and expand the Aerospace Science Academy at Boynton Beach High in Florida — $453,726 was just approved for next school year. But the Palm Beach County School Board says there continues to be exceptional value in the 118-student career program, which is struggling to attract applicants as it enters its sixth year. More

Register now for the 2012 ATA e-Business Forum!

You are invited to attend the ATA e-Business Forum to be held Oct. 22-24 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The ATA e-Business Forum is the industry's premier event to learn about the latest developments in information exchange to support engineering, maintenance, material, cyber-security and flight operations. In addition to learning about the airline industry's most widely accepted e-business specifications (Spec 2000, S1000D, iSpec 2200, Spec 42 and Spec 2300), learn how the industry has attributed significant savings and operational efficiencies to the use of these global specifications.

Airlines, manufacturers, distributors, repair agencies, suppliers, government agencies and solution providers are all welcome.

Learn more.

Vast majority of 50 seat CRJ engines due for overhaul in next 3 years
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Seventy-five percent of the General Electric CF34-3 engines that power 50-seat regional jets will need to be overhauled within the next three years at a total expected cost of more than $1 billion, according to data compiled with Aviation Week Intelligence Network's MRO Prospector tool. More

Pilots' Bill Of Rights passes Senate
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Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, who gained personal experience with FAA enforcement tactics and rules in 2010, is celebrating the passage by the Senate of his Pilots' Bill of Rights. In October 2010, Inhofe landed on a closed runway in Texas that had vehicles and people on it. He received a remedial training order from the FAA. Difficulties he said he experienced while attempting to gather information about the incident led him in 2011 to introduce a bill to protect pilots from "agency overreach." The bill includes protections for pilots who become the subject of FAA enforcement proceedings and also requires the FAA to take actions regarding NOTAMs and the agency's medical certification process. More

ARSA Members Getting Members Program
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There is no better advertisement than a satisfied customer. Members are the best people to get others to join, and we have made it simple — fill out a prewritten letter and send it to another company, encouraging them to sign up. If they become a member of ARSA, you get a discount on your dues! Click here for more information!

FAA Safety Briefing May/June 2012
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This issue focuses on extreme weather. Articles provide important tips on how to detect, prepare for and/or avoid some of the more extreme varieties of weather conditions you may encounter in your region of the country. The issue also highlights several weather-related tools and resources for improving general aviation safety. More

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You Need the PPC and the PPC Needs You!
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ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign is the aviation maintenance industry's chief advocate. The PPC tells of the maintenance industry's important role in ensuring a safe and efficient global civil aviation system, and it alerts lawmakers and other key audiences to facts about the industry's economic and employment benefits through important research projects.

However, repair stations remain a favorite target of those seeking to disparage the aviation system. Through the PPC, ARSA actively counters misinformed stories about the industry's safety record and regulatory compliance.

The PPC is a separate ARSA fund supported by leading aviation maintenance companies dedicated to improving the climate for repair stations. For the campaign to build upon is success, we need your involvement and support.

Click here for more details about the PPC, or email questions to Jason Langford, ARSA's communications manager. Pledge your support here.

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In a man's world, 3 women run Boeing jet plants
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Among the engineers advancing American industry, only 1 in 5 is a woman. That's a gender gap that national leaders from Michelle Obama on down are pushing hard to close. Women are even more scarce in manufacturing's corner offices, where they fill 1 in 10 executive seats. More

Airport owner has hopes for 600 new jobs
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Plans to develop a West Wales airport and the possibility of creating 600 jobs have been welcomed by Llanelli AM Keith Davies. The owners of Pembrey airport in Carmarthenshire, Wales, want to turn it into a center for aircraft maintenance. They say they are negotiating with foreign backers to finance the scheme. The airport currently gets most of its income through a contract with the Ministry of Defence, with military aircraft using the airfield for refuelling. More

Business Aviation recognized for exceptional safety record, seeks room for improvement
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The National Transportation Safety Board recently held public meetings at which they focused on ways to improve General Aviation safety. Frequently, Business Aviation and GA are lumped together because they operate under the same Part 91 regulations, there are common aircraft types, they use the equipment for similar missions and they base their planes at similar airports. However, NTSB aviation investigator Jill Demko said "The accident rate for corporate operations is the red line, near zero." She identified Business Aviation as having the second-lowest accident rate at about two accidents per 100,000 flight hours. More

Airbus to establish assembly line in US
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In a major strategic announcement, Airbus recently said it will establish a manufacturing facility in the U.S. to assemble and deliver A320 Family aircraft. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala., it will be the company's first U.S.-based production facility. Airbus stressed that the assembly line, which will create jobs and strengthen the aerospace industry, is part of its strategy to enhance Airbus' global competitiveness by meeting the growing needs of its customers in the U.S. and elsewhere. More

MROJobs Online
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MROJobs Online is designed to help connect our members with new employment opportunities. The links provided assist those seeking a new job and allow employers and recruiters access to browse resumes and post employment opportunities.

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its website. 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, or FR, publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars, or 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.

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