August Recess—Coming to You!
Members of Congress will be back in home districts and states for the summer work period. The House recess runs Aug. 3 through Sept. 7 and the Senate recess runs Aug. 10 through Sept. 7. This period gives you a prime opportunity to meet your elected officials at district offices, town hall events, or invite them to visit your facility to learn more about your business.
Face-to-face meetings with representatives and staff are an excellent way for you to voice concerns. Take advantage of this opportunity to tell Congress that requirements concerning inspection of foreign facilities, drug and alcohol testing of foreign repair station employees, and restricting use of non-certificated maintenance providers micro-manage the operations of an executive agency, which in turn increases costs and regulatory burdens for your business, while producing minimal, if any, safety benefits. For additional information click here.
ARSA is calling its members to get involved in the legislative process this month by inviting your members of Congress to visit facilities. Check ARSA’s Legislative Action Center and www.ARSAAction.org, which includes many tools and resources you can use. If you would like further assistance in scheduling a meeting/facility visit, please ask, we’re happy to help. Contact Matt Hallett at email@example.com or Crystal Maguire firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703 739 9543.
Electronic Repair Administration Project Launch|
The ATA e-Business Program is launching a new industry-wide project to develop a suite of electronic messages (XML) to automate the component repair order process. The scope of the project includes electronic messages for part quotation, work scope, repair purchase order, shipment, teardown report and invoicing.
To participate and ensure that your business needs are considered, join the ATA e-Business Program!
Learn more at www.ataebiz.org.
Return-to-Duty Testing To Go Naked
The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Final Rule that provides a start date for mandatory direct observation collections for all follow-up and return-to-duty tests. The amendment reinstates the requirement that was stayed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit effective Nov. 1, 2008. The stay was lifted on July 1, 2009, restoring the language in Title 49 CFR § 40.67(b) making direct observation testing mandatory.
Therefore, beginning Aug. 31, 2009, employees submitting return-to-duty and follow-up tests must raise their shirt, blouse or dress above the waist and lower clothing and underwear to prove they are not wearing a prosthetic device. After this show is over, an observer must watch the actual filling of the cup.
A copy of the Final Rule may be found here.
Harmonizing Engine Fire Protection
The Federal Aviation Administration amended the airworthiness standards for issuance of original and amended aircraft engine type certificates for fire protection. The new standard will change aircraft engine fire protection certification standards to update and harmonize them with the European Aviation Safety Agency’s fire protection requirements, thereby simplifying airworthiness approvals for import and export purposes.
The amended standards take effect Sept. 28, 2009, and may be found here.
ADs Going Electronic
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its schedule for transitioning to full electronic distribution of airworthiness directives (ADs). The agency predicts the transition will provide a timelier and more cost effective method for the FAA to provide safety information. The final transition is expected to take place in March 2010.
For a copy of the schedule and information on subscribing to receive electronic ADs, click here.
The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee 'Big 4' Introduce Aviation Safety Bill
from The U.S. House of Representatives
The bipartisan leadership of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Aviation today introduced legislation to enhance airline safety by setting new training and service standards for commercial pilots.
FAA to Order Retesting of 1,400 Airplane Mechanics
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to News 8 that it will require 1,400 airplane mechanics certified at a San Antonio facility to retest or have their licenses revoked.
Up in the Air: New Worries About 'Fume Events' on Planes
from The Wall Street Journal
Any frequent flier knows that air on a plane can get pretty foul. But can it be toxic?
Flight crews and travelers are increasingly concerned with that question, amid growing attention to a particular aspect of the air pumped into planes.
Chinese College Expands Maintenance Training
from Aviation Week
Ameco Aviation College, the first in China to receive CCAR 147 and EASA 147 maintenance training authorization, has finished building a new facility to meet the increasing training needs of Ameco, the Air China Group and third-party customers.
FAA Grants Certification to Delaware Tech Program
from Cape Gazette
The new airframe maintenance technology program at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, received its air-agency certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Delta Announces Agreement To Service Hawaiian Airlines Planes
from Fox Business
Delta Air Lines Inc. recently announced it has reached an agreement for servicing Hawaiian Airlines planes. The deal, which could be worth up to $500 million, includes support for Hawaiian Airlines new Airbus 330-200 fleet as well as an extension of an existing support agreement for their Boeing 767 fleet.
FAA Probes American Air Over Boeing 737 Maintenance
from The Wall Street Journal
Federal aviation regulators are investigating whether American Airlines failed to promptly alert them about potential safety problems affecting the aluminum skins of some Boeing 737 jets, according to people familiar with the details.
Christopher Wray to Lead Banyan into Falcon Maintenance
Banyan has welcomed Chris Wray to their team as their new Falcon crew leader. In his new position, he will expand Banyan’s maintenance offerings for the Falcon 50, 900 and 2000 to include A/A+, OCIP airframe inspections and unscheduled line maintenance. This capability will grow as the program matures.
Boeing Donates 747 Engine to Everett Community College’s Aviation Program
from Herald Net
The Boeing Co.’s Scott Carson knows the value of aerospace training and education in the state of Washington. Not only is the president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes a graduate of state universities and training programs, but the company that he oversees depends upon skilled workers for its success. With that in mind, Boeing donated a jet engine from a 747 on Friday to Everett Community College's Aviation Maintenance Technician School as a training tool for future aviation mechanics.
ARSA Members In The News
from ARSA (Source: AMT)
FAA Awards TIMCO Aerosystems Organization Delegation Authorization
TIMCO Aviation Services recently announced its subsidiary, TIMCO Aerosystems, has been awarded Organization Delegation Authorization (ODA) from the FAA Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office (FAA ATL-ACO). By this appointment, TIMCO becomes the first major aircraft maintenance and modification provider to be appointed as a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) ODA.
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.