FAA and maintenance fatigue
While many maintenance professionals want to learn more about fatigue challenges, it is impossible to research the thousands of documents, books and websites on the internet. The FAA has sponsored a multi-disciplinary subject matter expert work group involving industry, labor, research, and government to investigate the issues associated with maintenance fatigue, and the practical science-based methods that can be used to manage fatigue risk. This website is a work in progress, and a result of the multi-disciplinary work group’s efforts to date. This website is intended to provide you with information that directly applies to aviation maintenance related fatigue. More
Congress passes FAA reauthorization extension
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A bill extending FAA's operating authority was passed by the Senate recently, following similar action in the House. The provision lasts through Aug. 1, and is the fourteenth such extension since the last full FAA authorization expired in 2007. It gives House and Senate lawmakers an extra month to reach consensus on a full FAA reauthorization, and House aviation leaders are confident they are close to agreement and can finish the bill in July. More
A step forward in export controls
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The aviation industry is taking a cautious approach to sweeping export control reforms promised by the White House. Changing U.S. export laws has been a priority for years. But despite much rhetoric, little has happened. Simplifying export controls, says Sarah MacLeod, executive director for the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, "is like simplifying the tax code." Progress has been scarce. This sentiment is shared by government leaders. More
What's in the Senate small business jobs bill for you
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The small business jobs bill now under consideration in the Senate is a hearty mélange of tax relief provisions, loan program enhancements and inducements and changes to other government programs. Some are temporary modifications but others are permanent and far-reaching. Included in this article are the highlights. A more detailed summary of the bill and the legislative text are posted at the Senate Finance Committee website. More
Airlines weigh appeal of change in labor rule
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There could be new, more union-friendly rules for labor organizers in the airline and railroad industries -- or not. A change in National Mediation Board rules governing union representation elections was scheduled to take effect after a federal court rejected an industry challenge last week. The change could affect efforts to organize workers at Delta Air Lines and FedEx Express, where union influence has been limited to pilots. More
Making aircraft more environmentally friendly
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Jeanne Wu, Boeing's Director of Environmental Performance, addressed strategies for improving environmental performance in aircraft during the ASA/AFRA Conference on June 29, 2010. The 18,800 aircraft in the 2008 fleet are expected to grow to 36,000 aircraft by 2028. Wu explained that the aviation industry accounts for about 2 percent of CO2 emissions. Without intervention, it is estimated that this could rise to 3 percent over the next twenty years. As a consequence, Boeing is working with the rest of the industry: taking proactive steps to reduce aviation’s environmental impact. More
Extreme makeover, economy cabin edition
The Wall Street Journal Share
Finally, it's remodeling time at the big U.S. airlines. After years of delays, coach cabins of many passengers jets are getting leather seats, roomier overhead bins, better entertainment systems, Wi-Fi access, more electrical outlets—and sometimes more seats crammed into the same space. Coach-cabin refurbishment was largely postponed after the terrorist attacks of 2001, when years of financial struggles left little money for airlines to invest in economy class. What upgrades were made went to first-class and business-class cabins, where higher fares make it easier to justify the investment. More
Iran Air's EU ban centres on MRO and airworthiness
Serious flaws in Iran Air's fleet maintenance and airworthiness programmes led to the decision to ban most of the flag-carrier's aircraft from European Union operations. Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation has demonstrated "several weaknesses" in its oversight of Iran Air, including a lack of detailed review of maintenance programmes and minimum equipment lists. More
FAA Safety Briefing July/August 2010
In this issue we focus on aviation weather and its critical effect on safe GA flying. Articles address obtaining and interpreting weather data, developing strategies for avoiding marginal or hazardous weather, and what services ATC can and cannot provide in adverse conditions. More
Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
Help ARSA with its public relations initiative to improve the legal, regulatory, and business climate for contract aviation maintenance companies!
Phase One, Step Two to quantify the economic impact of the aviation maintenance industry, nationally and internationally is currently underway, but we need your assistance!
ARSA has contracted with AeroStrategy, an aerospace consulting firm, to:
• Develop an economic profile of the global MRO industry;
• Assess the economic impact of US-EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (which is threatened by
• the hostile language in the pending FAA reauthorization bill); and
• Determine the industry’s economic footprint on a state-by-state basis
The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign.
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ATS nears Chinese maintenance authorization
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Aviation Technical Services (ATS) expects to receive certification from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) within the next week. When finalized, the maintenance and repair organization will be able to perform post-delivery modifications on narrowbody aircraft for Chinese airlines. More
Facility's completion has Spirit soaring
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A manufacturer of airplane components will mark the opening of its new Kinston facility with an invitation-only event. Spirit AeroSystems, a Wichita, Kan.-based company, will hold a ceremonial start of production and tour of the facility located in the Global TransPark near Kinston. Local manufacturing recruiters say the Spirit project is a win for eastern North Carolina. More
Delta Airlines grows plane-maintenance unit
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As airlines seek to boost profits in an increasingly competitive environment, Delta Air Lines Inc. is looking to grow its plane-maintenance unit to gain an added advantage. The unit, called Delta TechOps, performs servicing and repair on engines and other aircraft parts for Delta's fleet and 150 other aviation customers worldwide such as Hawaiian Airlines. More
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site http://www.arsa.org/FDYTC. 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 (FR) publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars (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. More