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Senate mounts effort to pass FAA bill before recess
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With the clock ticking toward an end-of-month expiration date, the Senate's Democratic leadership is still holding out hope that an FAA reauthorization bill can be completed this week. A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate "could still try" to complete the bill this week. More

Aircraft industry is pulling out of tailspin
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Acrobatic fighter jets, gangly robotic aircraft and menacing attack helicopters jockeyed for the spotlight at the Farnborough International Airshow in England recently. But the biggest attention-grabbers at one of the world's largest aerospace showcases were staid businessmen in gray suits ordering billions of dollars worth of passenger jets. After one of the worst years ever for the aviation industry, airlines and aircraft leasing companies went on a buying spree, announcing orders worth nearly $30 billion, or more than three times last year's tally at the Paris Air Show. The two premier aviation gatherings alternate each year. More

Sighs of relief almost drown out engine roars at Farnborough Airshow
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There was an even louder sound than the roar of jet engines during the daily flying display at the Farnborough International Airshow recently — a collective sigh of relief from the civil aviation industry. New plane orders of almost $29 billion suggest the skies ahead are clearing after a deep two-year downturn, although the defense sector is still scarred by savage government budget cuts. More

All eyes on OshKosh, Wis.
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The aviation community is focused on Oshkosh, Wis., as aviators from around the world gather to celebrate flight. The FAA's mission is safety and activities slated at Oshkosh present a great opportunity to take a closer look at general aviation safety. More

A serious look at re-regulation
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Two years ago, McGladrey Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of RSM McGladrey and H&R Block, called on Congress to re-regulate the airline industry. Since then, the commercial airline industry has been in a continual downward spiral. In a state of financial necessity, airlines trimmed domestic schedules, reduced fleets and cut jobs, resulting in inconsistent ticket prices, crowded airplanes, decreased customer satisfaction and flight delays and cancellations. In North America, the airline industry lost more than $12 billion over the last two years. More

Red tape cut for private international flights
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Security officials recently unveiled simpler procedures for clearing private planes to fly to and from the United States, allowing them to submit a single manifest for review against government watchlists. After the September 11, 2001, attacks in which commercial jetliners were hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon and World Trade Center, U.S. authorities expressed concerns about gaps in security for flights by private planes as well. More

GE Aviation signs UPS to $1 billion deal
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GE Aviation signed a $1 billion contract to provide maintenance, repair and engine overhaul services to package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc. Under the 10-year agreement, Evendale, Ohio based GE Aviation will maintain 142 CF6-80C2 engines that power Atlanta-based UPS' fleet of MD-11, Boeing 747-400 and 767-300 aircraft, according to a GE news release. More

CAA Philippines is the first non-European State to maintain all aeronautical information in the European AIS Database
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The Philippines has become the first non-European State to become a full provider/user of the European AIS Database — the unique reference database of aeronautical information. The EAD is the reference database of quality-assured aeronautical information operated by EUROCONTROL on behalf of the EUROCONTROL Member States. It enables centralized management of digital aeronautical information based on high quality standards hence contributing to safety and efficiency of air transport and supporting the European Network Management function. Full integration into the EAD, means that verified aeronautical data from the Philippines is now available to all data users around the world, and the Philippines CAA also has access to the information provided by other users. More

Farnborough plane orders falls short of previous record
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Orders for the 2010 show in Hampshire, which ends later, have so far reached $47 billion. They include big orders for Airbus planes, whose wings are made in the U.K. The 2006 show saw $46 billion worth of orders taken, while 2008 saw orders reach $88.7 billion. More
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Optimism grows over use of biofuels in aviation
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Optimism over the use of biofuels in the aviation sector appeared to be increasing among attendees at this year's Farnborough air show, with the possibility of scaling up production to the levels needed to make them a viable option starting to look like a more attainable goal than it did even just a year or two ago. The International Air Transport Association's target of attaining carbon neutral growth in the airline industry in the medium term is achievable according to representatives of the United Alternative Aviation Fuels Display, which exhibited at Farnborough for the first time to publicize the progress that biofuels have made towards meeting that goal. More

GPS tracking to replace 70-year-old radar technology in planes
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Global Positioning Systems may already guide millions of cars around the world, but airplanes are still guided by a 70-year-old radar technology. That is changing in the United States where engineering firm ITT is building out a GPS-based system as part of a larger "NextGen" system to vastly upgrade the country's air traffic control systems. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which awarded the contract to ITT back in 2007, says the new GPS system will be nearly 10 times more accurate than radar. More

FAA certifies GE GEnx-2B and CF34-10A engines
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently issued airworthiness engine certifications for GE's GEnx-2B and CF34-10A engines. The GEnx-2B powers Boeing's 747-8 Freighter, which is in flight testing, and 747-8 Intercontinental, the passenger version that has started final assembly. It has accumulated more than 2,600 hours of testing and more than 4,300 cycles on the ground and the flying testbed, according to GE. More

Senate, House Agree to Sixfold Boost in Airline Pilots' Flight Experience
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U.S. pilots would need at least 1,500 hours of flight experience to get a job in an airline cockpit, six times the current minimum requirement, under a House-Senate agreement disclosed by a passenger advocacy group. The agreement, part of broader aviation legislation being negotiated in Congress, was outlined by Senator Jay Rockefeller to relatives of victims in a fatal crash near Buffalo, N.Y., last year, according to Scott Maurer, whose daughter was killed in the accident, and who attended today's meeting in Washington. More

The influence game: Victims' families persuasive
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Congress is on the verge of passing far-reaching airline safety legislation, and a lot of the credit goes to an unlikely band of lobbyists: the families and friends of the 50 people who died in a regional airline crash in western New York more than a year ago. How they've come so far with few connections and little money is a lesson in wielding influence the hard way — with people power, persistence and facts. More

Growth starts returning to MROs
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It is a market with an estimated value of $42 billion. The maintenance repair and overhaul of commercial aircraft is big business. AeroStrategy, a management consultancy, says that at its peak, in 2008, the MRO industry was worth about $45 billion. Moreover, the firm projects that, by 2019, it will reach about $58 billion. This recession has effectively cost three years of growth. More

Call to aircraft owners and operators to provide information for 32nd annual General Aviation and Part 135 activity survey
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Aircraft owners and operators, your help is needed. Please help provide accurate information on aviation activity and aviation safety for the 32nd annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey for reporting on calendar year 2009. The FAA's annual GA Survey is the only source of information on the size and makeup of the general aviation and Part 135 fleets, the number of hours flown, and the reasons people fly. More

EAA names new president
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Since its founding in 1953, EAA has been led by a Poberezny — the founder, Paul, and then his son, Tom — but in September the organization will appoint a new president, Rod Hightower. Hightower and his family were introduced to the press in a brief news conference recently, Opening Day at AirVenture 2010. The effort to find a new leader was intensive. "We hired a professional search firm, and over 700 candidates were screened," Poberezny said. The field was narrowed down to six finalists, who were interviewed in March. Hightower, a longtime EAA member and aviation enthusiast, flies a Stearman biplane that he restored. In his 25-year business career, he has held high-level positions in various large international corporations, EAA said. More

Massive mobilization of aviation labor organizations announced
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Three transportation organizations recently announced the creation of a large aviation labor alliance to combine and coordinate lobbying efforts on airline safety and security. The American Aviation Labor Alliance is a formal partnership of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Transport Workers Union and the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association, which represent more than 140,000 aviation workers. 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.

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SR Technics and Thomson Airways sign five year component contract
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SR Technics has signed an Integrated Component Solutions contract worth £66.4 million with Thomson Airways, the U.K.'s third largest airline serving 72 destinations worldwide. Under the contract, which runs until 2015, SR Technics will provide component services for a total of 45 aircraft in the Thomson fleet; twenty nine Boeing 757 and sixteen Boeing 767. More

Boeing eco-incubator will promote green technologies
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Boeing said recently it will launch an ecoDemonstrator program to help develop new green technologies and get them to market more quickly. The project will focus on fuel efficiency, noise reduction and operational efficiency. "Commercial aviation is in rapid pursuit of its goal of carbon-neutral growth by 2020, primarily driven by technology advancements," said Billy Glover, managing director of Environmental Strategy for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The ecoDemonstrator program can help accelerate industry efforts by providing a platform that integrates innovation and technologies in a way that ensures as they mature, they are market-ready. The program also will enable emerging technologies to be tested for further research consideration." The FAA recently awarded Boeing $25 million in matching funds to support the project. More

AAR announces five-year contract extension with EADS EFW
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AAR announced at the Farnborough Air Show that its Cargo Systems division has signed a five-year contract extension with EADS EFW to provide cargo systems and support to convert Airbus A310-300s and A300-600s passenger aircraft into freighters. In addition, the extended agreement makes provisions for EADS EFW to procure A320/A321 and A330 Main Deck Cargo Handling Systems from AAR. More

United Technologies unit sets up center in Mumbai
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United Technologies Corp. subsidiary Sikorsky Aerospace Services said Tuesday that it had made its Mumbai, India facility an authorized customer service center to support S-76 helicopters.The appointment comes as part of an agreement with aircraft maintenance services company Deccan Charters Ltd. of Bangalore, India. More

Airliner to transform passenger experience
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American Airlines is transforming the passenger experience on some of its most widely used aircraft. At great expense and thousands of hours of labor, mechanics at American's Maintenance & Engineering Center in Tulsa, Okla., are refurbishing cabins and upgrading passenger amenities of 76 older Boeing 737-800s. "It's a huge project,” said Sattar Hussein, American's technical crew chief overseeing the 737 modifications. "This is probably the biggest refurbishing mod we have ever done on any aircraft in any fleet.” 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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