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ARSA requests FAA to amend and reissue repair station Hazmat certification guidance
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ARSA submitted a request to the Federal Aviation Administration asking the agency to correct and reissue Notice 8900.88 — The letter certifying HAZMAT training for employees of part 145 repair stations — published Aug. 20, 2009. More

ARSA welcomes Pistole to TSA, offers assistance on repair station rules
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On July 12, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association congratulated John Pistole on his confirmation as the Transportation Security Agency’s new administrator. Stating, "Good security is good business," ARSA pledged to aid TSA in promoting safety and developing final security rules for foreign and domestic aviation repair stations. "ARSA welcomes the opportunity to assist in developing TSA’s final repair station security rules in a manner that recognizes that a 'one-size fits all' approach is insufficient for a global industry," wrote ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod in a letter to Pistole. "I look forward to working with you and your team to ensure the final TSA rule promotes safety and security without unnecessary regulatory burdens and costs on the small to medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of our industry." More

How MROs are weathering the recession
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It's been a bad decade economically, and the tough times aren't over yet. But the MROs serving commercial aviation are looking up and beginning to see daylight, hopefully throughout the decade ahead. 'The recession is over.' That proclamation would appear to be the consensus among presenters at the MRO Americas conference recently held in Phoenix, Arizona. But John Heimlich, chief economist for the Air Transport Association of America, probably provided a more accurate assessment of commercial aviation's current economic status when he said, "We're recovering, but sadly, we're doing so out of a very big hole." More

FAA issues cockpit — Window safety mandates
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Federal air-safety regulators ordered stepped-up inspections or replacement of certain cockpit windows that — since the 1980s — have caused at least 11 fires or smoke incidents on widely-used Boeing Co. jet models. The directive, made public recently by the Federal Aviation Administration, affects more than 1,200 jets manufactured by Boeing and flown by U.S. airlines. It covers Boeing 757, 767 and 777 models, all of which have similar window-heater designs prone to electrical shorts or other malfunctions that can lead to smoke or fire. Hundreds of Boeing jets operated by foreign carriers eventually are expected to be subject to the same rules. More

Balloon flights banned
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A Christchurch hot-air balloon company has had its seven craft grounded because of safety breaches, including passenger overloading. The Civil Aviation Authority has banned Balloon Adventures Up Up and Away from flying, effective from July 8. The authority said it was the first time an aviation company had been banned from operating in New Zealand. CAA director Steve Douglas said the company should not be carrying fare-paying passengers. "I consider that the operation presents a threat to people's safety and have taken action to stop it," he said. Authority spokeswoman Emma Peel said the company had breached minimum safety standards and had carried out unauthorized maintenance. More

FSF Cecil A. Brownlow Publication Award
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First presented in 1968 as the FSF Publication Award, the award was renamed in 1988 in memory of Cecil A. Brownlow, a veteran newspaper, wire service and magazine journalist who was the FSF editor of publications from 1981 until shortly before his death in 1988 at age 61. The award recognizes significant contributions by journalists to aviation safety awareness. Candidates for the prestigious award may be individuals, publications or organizations. Nominations may be for long-term achievement or for outstanding articles, books or works in electronic media published or broadcast in a 12-month period. That period for the 2009 award is July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. More

FAA ponders changes to LSA certification
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The FAA is considering making some major changes in the way special light sport aircraft are approved, Dan Johnson, chairman of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, said on Wednesday. FAA officials told LAMA that in the future, LSA manufacturers may have to pass a compliance audit conducted by a specially trained cadre of FAA inspectors. The FAA staffers would also inspect the first production airplane for each LSA model produced. "Airworthiness certificates will not be issued until after both the audit and inspection are successfully completed," the FAA said. If the FAA follows through on this plan, it would be a major change from the current practice, which allows manufacturers to certify on their own that consensus standards have been met. More

Aviation excellence: USPA awards highest honor to Chris Needels
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The U.S. Parachute Association has bestowed its highest honor, the USPA Lifetime Achievement Award, to Chris Needels, former executive director of the association. USPA, a non-profit organization that promotes safe skydiving nationwide and represents the sport before the aviation industry, awards the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding sportsmanship, skill or personal contribution to the sport of parachuting and USPA. Needels has steadily contributed to the growth and prosperity of USPA, since he first joined the Parachute Club of America in August 1963. More

FAA Safety Briefing July/August 2010
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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
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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.

For more details, click here.

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The FAA's focus on aviation safety
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FAA administrator wrote the following statement in The Washington Post regarding the recent close calls in the skies: "The mission of the Federal Aviation Administration is to keep the skies safe for the flying public and we are doing just that. Experienced and well-trained air traffic controllers safely guide millions of aircraft every year across our country and here in the D.C. area. The article makes an unsubstantiated correlation between air traffic controller experience levels and safety. The overwhelming majority of controllers at the Potomac Terminal Radar Approach Control facility have at least 10 years of experience." More

Aircraft repair market to double in a decade
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The Middle East's aviation maintenance and repair market is expected to double in the next 10 years as the number of aircraft operating in the region is growing. Last year, the industry netted $2.1 billion in revenues, of the global $42.7 billion and is expected to hit $4.4 billion, according to a report by global investment advisory firm AlixPartners. Additional opportunities will be brought as the region's position as a logistics and passenger hub grows, bringing an increasing number of international carriers stopping over for maintenance. More
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Honeywell China C919 pact worth at least $3 billion
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Honeywell International Inc. won a contract valued at more than $3 billion to supply brakes and other parts for China's first narrow-body passenger jet, the company's second award for the aircraft program. Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China Ltd. chose Honeywell to provide wheels and brakes, the brake control system and tires for the new C919 airliner. The deal's value covers the life of the program and includes replacement parts, Karen Crabtree, a spokeswoman for Honeywell's Phoenix based aerospace division, recently said by phone. Honeywell, which describes China as the "third pillar" of the global aviation market, is competing for two more contracts for the C919, Crabtree said. More

Farnborough: Boeing presses on with 787 flight-testing
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The long and arduous road that Boeing has trod to get the 787 into its flight-test campaign has given way to a swift accumulation of accomplishments for the new long-range twinjet, although the path to year-end certification is marked by a need to steadily accumulate test hours and some of the most challenging flying yet. More

Boeing's 767-based air tanker design more fuel-efficient and maintenance-friendly
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The Boeing Company recently submitted a proposal to the U.S. Air Force to provide the service with a next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft. Based on Boeing's 767 commercial airplanes, the NewGen Tanker would replace 179 of the 400 Eisenhower-era KC-135 aircraft currently in the Air Force fleet. More

Honeywell chosen by COMAC to provide integrated wheels, brakes, and brake control system for C919 airliner
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Honeywell recently announced it has been selected by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. to provide the wheels and brakes, Brake Control System and tires for the new C919 airliner. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site 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.

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