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Take Action: An International Voice on D&A Testing
The FAA's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) is the first stage of a process that could impose drug and alcohol (D&A) testing requirements on aviation maintenance providers around the globe. International stakeholders must be heard; ARSA will help find their voice.
Floridians in Flight: ARSA Shows Aviation Maintenance is Vital to State
The aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) community is critical to Florida's transportation economy. According to the 2014 Global MRO Market Assessment released by ARSA and TeamSAI Consulting, more than 16,000 Floridians go to work in contract repair stations every day; these businesses will pump close to $1.8 billion into the state's economy this year.
EASA Launces Application Portal
Some EASA forms may now be submitted online. The "applicant portal" is accepting initial and change applications from persons located in the EU or associated member states for major and minor repairs, supplemental type certificates, derivatives and European Technical Standard Order Authorisations.
FAA Resources: Aviation History
ARSA staff members frequently 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 Federal Aviation Administration's "Celebrating a History of Excellence," a page devoted to American aviation history.
ARSA's Filler Speaks on International Issues
Marshall Filler, ARSA managing director and general counsel, joined other international aviation representatives on Wednesday, June 18, at the 2014 FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference. Filler and fellow stakeholders focused on various aspects of the U.S. and EU Safety Agreement along with its Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) and Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG).
House Works for Small Business
In March 2014, the jointly released ARSA and TeamSAI Consulting report confirmed that more than 84 percent of U.S. repair stations have fewer than 50 employees. That means more than 3,300 small businesses need rapid returns on investments to remain competitive. The America's Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4457), which passed the House in June, will help.
To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit our ARSA Works page.
FAA Response — Parts Identification
In a June 19 letter, the FAA addressed ARSA's request for guidance regarding the identification that should be referenced in maintenance records when more than one production approval holder number is applied to a part.
FAA Response — Agency to Clarify Final Inspection Guidance
In response to ARSA's Nov. 30, 2011 and May 14, 2014 requests, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will revise Order 8900.1 to reflect that repair station personnel performing final inspections are not required to be certificated under part 65.
FAA InFO — Right Direction on EASA Data Acceptance
On June 12, the FAA issued Information for Operators (InFO) 14008. The InFO was developed in response to a Feb. 19, 2014 ARSA letter highlighting misunderstandings surrounding U.S.-EU Safety Agreement Technical Implementation Procedures (TIP) provisions on mutual acceptance of repair data.
ARSA: Industry Waiting Too Long for Security Rule Classification
ARSA's engagement with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) concerning the repair station security rules continued as the association pushed the agency for an answer to a previous inquiry and long-promised guidance.
International Regulatory Compliance — the Bouncing Ball
International business success requires sophistication and knowledge. The repair station (and the authority) must ensure awareness of both foreign and domestic regulations, bilateral and technical agreements, implementation procedures and guidance.
All Politics is Local
ARSA VP of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher explores the shocking primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and how national distractions can affect the local fate of a lawmaker. Congress is taking note and the aviation maintenance industry must take advantage.
The Economics of Regulation Part III: Time — The Fire in Which We All Burn
President of the Institute for Liberty Andrew Langer continues his exploration of regulatory impact on American economic growth through measurement of average annual time burden (AATB).
Voluntary Disclosure — Know the Process
While the FAA encourages prompt reporting of nonconformities through its Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (VDRP), the certificate holder must ensure both its internal processes and the FAA's procedure are strictly followed; otherwise, the disclosure only creates an easy target.
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.
Legal Waypoints: Accountable Manager — 14 CFR part 145
Steven Pazar reminds the maintenance community that acting in an official capacity on behalf of a certificated repair station is a serious matter. Improper use of authority can result in violations of the law that risk assessments of civil and/or criminal penalties — notwithstanding the real possibility that aviation safety may be compromised in the process. Take a few minutes to check your authority and refresh your understanding of your role and obligations.
I Need a DER — Or Do I?
Peter Lauria begins with the question: what can a repair station do with articles that require repairs beyond those listed in the manufacturer's documents? The article received for maintenance has one or more conditions that individually, or in combination, exceed the existing reusable/repairable parameters. First, know your options.
The Five Priorities for Critical Decision Making
Bill Peterson maps out a strategy for achieving speed with discipline. He provides the five key focal points for getting components repaired and back in stock faster without compromising safety.
Due Diligence as a Business Advantage
Aksel Sidem tells the story of S3 International's due diligence certification experience and how it translates into more business.
"Teaching You How to Fish" — Answering a Letter of Investigation
ARSA is always on call when you need help. We can go a step further, though, and give you the tools to build your own knowledge before the problem even arrives. This month we focus on expert training from Executive Director Sarah MacLeod: Answering a Letter of Investigation.
Member Spotlight: S3 Repair Services, Milwaukee, WI
S3 Repair Services prides itself on meeting the highest possible standards of both product value and corporate ethics. A subsidiary of S3 International, they boast high quality, rapid turn times and reduced repair costs. An ARSA member since 2010, S3 provides efficient and cost-effective repair and overhaul solutions to their customers.
Have You Seen this Person? — John Sammon
Each month, the hotline spotlights key regulatory, legislative and business leaders making important contributions to the aviation industry. This month we look at John Sammon of the Transportation Security Administration.
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Exhibit, Sponsor the 2015 Repair Symposium
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A Member Asked...
Q: Three ARSA members (two repair stations and an air carrier), contacted the association within hours of each other. Their issue: a United States foreign repair station received articles overhauled in Canada and installed them on engines destined for the United States. A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector mistakenly claimed that the foreign repair station cannot use parts from Canada for installation on the U.S. airline's engines. Until resolution is reached, the foreign repair station does not feel it can ship the engines.
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE TRAINING
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ARSA strives to provide resources to educate general public about the work of the association's member organizations; should you need to provide a quick reference or introductory overview to the global MRO industry, please utilize AVMRO.ARSA.org.
AVMRO Industry Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play in their communities by providing jobs and economic opportunities as well as through civic engagement. These are some of this month's top stories highlighting the industry's contributions.
IATA — Industry Celebrates its Centennial in the Black
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the Economic Performance of the Airline Industry report outlining how air transport is adding value for consumers, the wider economy, governments and investors. The report illustrates how the airline industry continues to improve profitability through efficiency gains while connecting more cities, lowering transport costs, supporting jobs and making major investments.
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