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This month, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod discusses how direct involvement in the political process is a must for every business and what your repair station can do to impact policymaking and the local, state and federal levels.
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ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Postponed Until 2015
On July 2, the Obama administration announced the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) will be delayed one year, until Jan. 1, 2015. The White House says it will use that time to simplify and streamline the reporting process, while allowing businesses more time to understand and plan for the implementation of the mandate.
Homeland Security Chief Napolitano to Resign
On July 12, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced she will be stepping down as head of the Department of Homeland Security to become president of the University of California system.
ARSA Looks Forward to Working with Sec. Foxx
On June 27, the Senate confirmed Anthony Foxx to the position of secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein took a moment to comment on the confirmation and express the way in which the industry hopes to work with the new department chief.
ARSA Blog: An Open Letter from Aviation Maintenance Industry to New DOT Sec. Foxx
ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher introduces the aviation maintenance industry to incoming Department of Transportation Sec. Foxx and lays out what repair stations hope to see in the coming years.
Repair Station SMS Implementation Survey Results Are In
A study from the Center for Aviation Safety Research at Saint Louis University analyzing repair stations safety management system (SMS) implementation indicates the majority (51.5 percent) of repair stations have not started any SMS development activities. The study also finds that there is far from a consensus regarding the actual safety implications of such a program.
A Facility Visit a Day Keeps Bad Policy Away
One of the challenges ARSA faces on Capitol Hill is that many lawmakers don't even know the aviation maintenance industry exists. That is why it's so important to invite elected officials to get a firsthand look at repair stations and the great contributions your company is making to the local economy and aviation safety.
DOT Sets Semiannual Regulatory Agenda
On July 23, the Department of Transportation published a summary of all current and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations and complete actions planned for the next 12 months. Included on the agenda are the Federal Aviation Administration's current plans for long-term actions for air carrier maintenance training programs.
Irked by the Foreign Repair Station Ban?
ARSA continues to work behind the scenes with the aviation maintenance industry's strongest allies on Capitol Hill to introduce legislation to lift the ban on Federal Aviation Administration foreign repair station certifications. While ARSA has been sounding the alarm bells with lawmakers, we need your help. In order to get legislation introduced, it takes a combination of the association's legislative team educating Congress and hearing from constituents who provide the votes that send them to Washington.
Three's a Charm: ARSA Member Hosts Congressional Offices
Danbury Aerospace in San Antonio, Texas, hosted facility tours for the staff of their local member of Congress and senators over the course of three days, showing them first-hand the terrific contribution repair stations make to the aviation industry and to the local economies.
What's at Stake for ARSA Members in the Farm Bill? More than Just the Price of Steak
ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein explains how a provision in the Farm Bill could improve the regulatory environment for businesses, including repair stations.
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Eliminate Maintenance Tax
On July 9, the Pennsylvania state legislature passed a bill ridding the state tax code of a six percent levy on aircraft maintenance performed in the state. The exemption also applies to the purchase of aircraft parts and components. Supporters of the legislation hope the newly passed law will generate major cost savings for aircraft owners and boost Pennsylvania's aviation industry.
Tony Janco Receives Crown Circle Award
On July 3, the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education announced the induction of Tony Janco into the Crown Circle, an award recognizing excellence in leadership and innovation in aerospace education. Janco, the 2011 recipient of ARSA's Leo Westin Award, has more than 35 years of experience in aviation maintenance and now advises the FAA Aircraft Maintenance Division. Over the past four decades, he has developed programs to provide hands-on maintenance experience for kids and worked to draw more students into aviation repair careers.
ARSA Blog: What Does the Royal Baby Have to Do With Repair Stations
ARSA Communications Manager Josh Pudnos discusses the error of false assumption and a future website ARSA is launching to serve as a resource about the aviation maintenance industry.
House Bill Jump Starts Small Aircraft Innovation
The Small Airplane Revitalization Act (H.R. 1848) requires the Federal Aviation Administration to issue a final rule based on the Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee's recommendations by the end of 2015. To address outdated regulations that hinder innovation and inhibit release of modern safety technologies, the bill would allow the industry and regulators to develop a more consensus-based compliance standard.
The Unending Major Pain
Classifying repairs and alterations as major or minor has been a source of confusion to the Federal Aviation Administration, and therefore the aviation industry, for many years. Ultimately, there are three reasons why you should care whether something is major or minor: (1) The recordkeeping requirements differ, (2) The persons who can approve the work for return to service differ, and (3) The substantiating data supporting a major action must be approved by the Administrator.
In July, ARSA continued to work behind the scenes with the aviation maintenance industry's strongest Capitol Hill allies to introduce legislation to lift the ban on Federal Aviation Administration foreign repair station certifications. The legislative team is actively working to schedule lawmaker visits to ARSA member facilities during the August congressional recess and already have set up several.
Drug and Alcohol Testing: The Inconsistent Truth
Requirements for drug and alcohol testing of "safety-sensitive function" workers at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated repair stations and carriers in the U.S. are not the same as for foreign FAA part holders within the American border. Learn about the role the International Civil Aviation Organization plays and the challenges of applying drug and alcohol testing standards to those who work within the FAA's jurisdiction in the U.S.
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.
Employment Benefit Plans After the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor made it clear that couples who married in states that recognize same-sex marriage are entitled to the same federal protections and privileges as traditional marriage. But how does the decision affect the administration of employee benefit plans?
Authority to Bind — "You Did What?"
"IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed by their officers or duly authorized representatives." Usually, just above the signature block of most contracts, this short representation doesn't get much attention. So, just who are these officers and duly authorized representatives? Do they actually have the ability to legally bind their company; are they acting within their authority?
Member Spotlight: Dallas Airmotive — Grapevine, Texas
Dallas Airmotive is one of the leading independent OEM-authorized turbine engine repair and overhaul organizations in the world. Working with these OEMs, Dallas Airmotive is proud to have developed many of the repair and overhaul techniques that are standard in the industry today.
Have You Seen This Person?
Each month, the hotline spotlights key regulatory, legislative and business leaders making important contributions to the aviation industry. This month we look at Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee.
A Member Asked ...
Question: What technical data is required to approve work on a parts manufacturer approval (PMA) article for return to service when you do not have instructions from the PMA holder?
Check Out ARSA's Library of Recorded Webinars and Online Training Classes
ARSA is pleased to announce that recorded online training classes and webinars are now available for member purchase. Check back often as courses will be continually added. The next webinar on Aug. 7, titled "Major Minor Primer," will feature Sarah MacLeod, managing member, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, and executive director, ARSA.
Take Advantage of ARSA's Members Getting Members Program, Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues
The best form of advertising is word of mouth. Use the Members Getting Members Toolkit to recruit an ARSA member and your company will receive a discounted membership rate for your next membership term.
Target Your Message: Advertise in ARSA's Newsletters and Website!
ARSA recently updated its menu of advertising opportunities for arsa.org, the hotline and the ARSA Dispatch. Take advantage of these great opportunities today to showcase your company, a new product or event.
Exhibit, Sponsor the 2014 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA.
2013 Fall Communications/Public Policy Internship
Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein (OFMK), a boutique law firm in Alexandria, Va. (across the river from Washington, D.C.), specializing in regulatory and legislative issues facing the aviation and construction industries, currently has an opening for its fall communications internship starting Sept. 3.
As part of ARSA's ongoing Positive Publicity Campaign (PPC), the association is actively working to enhance the media's understanding of our $65 billion industry and its vital importance to global civil aviation. To accomplish this goal, ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations provide their communities in jobs, economic opportunities and community involvement. These are some of this month's top stories highlighting the industry's contributions.
EASA Welcomes Newest Member Croatia
On July 1, Croatia become the 28th member state of the European Union and received full membership status in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
To provide more international coverage, ARSA presents a monthly roundup of world events pertaining to the industry.
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