Alert: Secrecy Requires Action!
Rumors are flying on Capitol Hill that a vote on compromise Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation will take place this week. Unfortunately, the secretive nature of the process makes it difficult to gage veracity. ARSA is hearing that the compromise bill will not include the House foreign repair station provision; it supposedly will include language from the Senate-passed bill. The Senate exempted repair stations in countries with which the U.S. has bilateral aviation safety agreements from the twice yearly inspections by FAA personnel. Additionally, it provided some measure of relief from the mandated drug and alcohol testing of safety sensitive employees. More
DC airport proposal hangs up FAA reauthorization
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As lawmakers scramble to finish an agreement on a major aviation bill, a Republican proposal to expand long-distance flights at Washington's closest airport is proving to be a significant speed bump. The Virginia and Maryland delegations in the Senate are pushing back against a proposal Republicans have floated that calls for an additional 10 long-distance slots at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, plus four additional flights to Texas. Western lawmakers in particular often seek to expand this number because National is a quick four miles from the Capitol complex. More
Ramblings on meddling and the public good
A Swelblog blogger recently created a post regaring the airline industry. He wrote "The U.S. airline industry has been on a bit of a losing streak in Washington, D.C., of late. Between the tarmac rule, increased compensation for over booking, a new push to have a total cost of trip made known to the purchaser, the expectation of new and costly rules governing regional carriers, the National Mediation Board, the rejection of the slot swaps between US Airways and Delta and the loss on appeal of the right of airports to implement congestion pricing, 2010 has not gotten off to a good legislative or regulatory start. The past two weekends, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Tom Belden has posed serious questions in his "Winging It" column about what is going on in Washington regarding airlines and the airline industry. While I don't agree with the conclusions drawn by either of the columns on government interference or the perceived need of more government regulation, one point Belden makes is hard to shake. The airlines brought some of this on themselves. More
Techs need help with fatigue issues, too
While it seems that most of the focus on fatigue issues is on pilots, the FAA is concerned about maintenance technician fatigue and has taken steps to educate the maintenance community. One excellent resource is the agency's maintenance fatigue Web site, which offers information on fatigue issues and tools to help technicians and company leadership manage fatigue risk. More
SMS for maintenance
We only have to look at the variation in Aviation Safety levels around the world — both in the operational and Maintenance Environments. From continent to continent, country to country and even type of organization and business, to know that safety levels vary enormously. Whilst lack of resources is a fundamental problem, insufficient regulatory oversight can also reflect in higher than average accident rates. Despite the statistics, some organizations are clearly able to perform to higher standards than others. It is not necessarily how much money you spend on SMS for Maintenance systems but how well you spend it. It is currently a requirement for Airlines to develop effective Safety Management Systems across the business which includes Maintenance areas of the business. However for Maintenance Repair Organizations MRO or Part 145 Organizations SMS for Maintenance is less clearly defined within EASA regulatory requirements. Notwithstanding the fact the EASA is some way behind in this area, ICAO is quite clear in the requirement. More
FAA is best at being safe
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The FAA has been recognized as the federal government's safest and most efficient large aviation program for the fourth year. There are more than 100 federal agencies that operate aircraft. The General Services Administration presented the 10th annual Federal Aviation Large Program Award today to the agency's inspection program for the agency's accomplishments in fiscal 2009, including those in ATO, Tech Ops, and the Aviation System Standards' Flight Inspection Flight Program. The award recognizes the safest, most effective, and most efficient federal aviation program with more than 20 aircraft in its fleet. 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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Boeing receives orders from Emirates, GE Capital Aviation
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Boeing Co. recently stated that Dubai-based Emirates Airlines ordered 30 Boeing 777-300 Extended Range airplanes at the 2010 Farnborough International Airshow in England. In a separate announcement, Boeing said that GE Capital Aviation Services, a unit of General Electric Co., made an order for 40 Next-Generation 737-800s, valued at about $3 billion at average list prices. More
EASA issues maintenance license to Boeing Shanghai
Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd announced it has received European Aviation Safety Agency maintenance certification, greatly enhancing the aviation maintenance facility's market potential. The EASA maintenance license includes heavy maintenance and line maintenance for Boeing Next-Generation 737 series and 767-200/300 models. More
Lufthansa Technik plans Berlin hangar
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A new three-bay Lufthansa Technik maintenance hangar is in the works at the future Berlin Brandenburg International Airport. Lufthansa Technik plans to open the new hangar in 2012, with the capacity to accommodate short- and medium-range aircraft, in addition to adding maintenance capabilities to existing facilities at Berlin Schönefeld Airport, which is being expanded to become part of the future BBI. More
Lufthansa Technik has Philippine workers to thank for its success
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Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is the third in Asia when it comes to on-time arrivals and departures, thanks largely to the repair and maintenance done by Lufthansa Technik Philippines, resulting to the excellent conditions of its aircrafts. LTP, the country's first and only globally competitive maintenance, repair and over haul firm, earned $260 million last year. Aircraft repair and maintenance is a $50 billion industry worldwide. More
Mid-Continent Instruments' MD50 Static Inverter receives TSO certification
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Mid-Continent Instruments' MD50 500 VA Static Inverter, one in the company's new line of True Blue Power™ products, has received TSO-C73 certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. "The MD50 static inverter is ideal for passengers requiring outlet electricity during flight," said Tom Genovese, director of sales for Mid-Continent Instruments. "We are seeing a growing demand for access to cabin power so that passengers can charge cell phones, entertainment systems or laptop computers and stay productive during flight." More
Pratt & Whitney signs agreement with Australian supplier Broens Industries for F135 engine work
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Pratt & Whitney has selected Broens Industries to design and manufacture a critical component as part of the maintenance and overhaul solution for the F135 propulsion system powering the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. This new order, signed recently at the Farnborough Air Show, has a potential value of more than $7 million. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company. "Broens has demonstrated the ability to deliver the most innovative solution for removal and installation of the F135 engine's gearbox with its technologically-advanced ground support equipment, designed and built specifically for the F135 engine program," said Bennett Croswell, vice president, Pratt & Whitney F135/F119 engine programs. "We look forward to a long working relationship with Broens." More
PremiAir moves into London Biggin Hill Digs
PremiAir is expanding its fixed-wing activities, by establishing a new charter and management operation at London Biggin Hill Airport, together with an additional maintenance facility. Recently, its sister company–von Essen Aviation–purchased an undisclosed number of Bombardier Learjet 45s while PremiAir took over the lease on a hangar, workshop and office complex from Gold Group International and acquired specialist workshop equipment, tooling and aircraft spares previously owned by Air Partner Private Jets. 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