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ARSA and its allies work together every day to enhance the maintenance industry's role in guiding international aviation safety laws, policies and procedures. We don't always agree — and we maintain the autonomy needed to meet your specific interests — but collaboration often ensures success.
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Start planning now for ARSA's 2015 Annual Repair Symposium. It is an opportunity to join aviation professionals from around the world and engage on issues that directly impact the maintenance industry.
Meet Max Burnette: 2014 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year
As the aviation world converged on Osh Kosh, Wisconsin for EAA Airventure, ARSA took a moment to celebrate Max Lloyd Burnette. The General Aviation Awards Program named Burnette the 2014 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year and he graciously agreed to provide ARSA members some insight into his long and remarkable career — one fueled by an obvious passion for flight and a tireless commitment to keeping the skies safe.
Aviation Maintenance: Global Justice Defenders
A coalition of aviation trade associations spoke out on behalf of the international maintenance, repair and overhaul market. While the matter at hand was drug and alcohol testing at foreign aviation repair stations, what is really at stake is international sovereignty, the health of the global aeronautical business community and the safety of the flying public worldwide.
A4A Gets FAA Clarification on Boeing AMOC Requests
Airlines for America (A4A) worked on behalf of its operators to clarify instructions for requesting an alternate method of compliance (AMOC) for Airworthiness Directives (AD) issued against certain Boeing airplanes. The agency's transfer of the manufacturer's out-of-production Continued Operational Safety (COS) activities to the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) has resulted in obsolescence of the submission address specified in past ADs.
Congress Works to Build Technical Workforce
After years of inaction, Congress worked furiously through July to update the federal programs that support career and technical education. On July 22, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law. Throughout the process, lawmakers shined a rare spotlight on a problem that has plagued the aviation maintenance industry for years — the technical worker shortage.
Challenges Heard at Aviation Subcommittee
On July 23, the House Aviation Subcommittee held a hearing titled "Domestic Aviation Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities" to discuss the various governmental issues plaguing the aviation industry.
ARSA on Lawson Confirmation: International Inspiration
"Aviation inspires and breaks boundaries — we escape the hold of the earth and take flight across international borders. Every nation must actively foster the expansion of global aviation."
ARSA on the Road: Dassault Falcon Facility Visit
On July 16, ARSA took a road trip to Dassault Falcon to engage with a great member and get a firsthand look at how busy their day-to-day operations are. Whether staff was getting a demonstration of how the station receives parts, observing mechanics identifying corrosion on an aircraft, or watching the painting of a private jet, it was a great opportunity to interact with what Michel Menard, vice president and general manager, called the "most complex business environment you can find."
A4A Launches New Website
Airlines for America (A4A), the major aviation industry group and ARSA ally, launched its new website on July 8. The airline advocate says the new site "offers a more engaging user experience and highlights the positive connection between airlines, customers, jobs and the economy."
To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit our ARSA Works page.
Hotline Throwback — November 1997
Good advice always rings true. Take a look back to 1997, when Sarah MacLeod taught us that "Survival in the business world depends upon many people working together to reach a common goal."
ARSA's Voice on International D&A Testing
The FAA's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) is the first stage of a process that could impose drug and alcohol (D&A) testing requirements on aviation maintenance providers around the globe. ARSA has been working for months to help international stakeholders find their voice and speak out against the rulemaking. On July 17, the association made sure it had its own say.
FAA Answers ARSA, A4A on Alternative MTP
ARSA joined Airlines for America (A4A) to ask for clarification regarding the use of methods, techniques or practices (MTP) developed by air carriers and maintenance providers. The main question: can maintenance providers use airline-developed information for non-air carrier customers? The short answer: yes.
FAA Agrees: Line Maintenance can be Major
On July 23, ARSA sent a letter to the FAA to address and rectify controversy surrounding the right of a limited airframe repair station with line maintenance authorization to perform major repairs and alterations. In a quick turnaround, the Aircraft Maintenance Division responded within two days to ARSA's question.
TSA Agrees with ARSA on Repair Station Security Rule
On July 28, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued long-promised guidance, adopting ARSA's position regarding when an on-airport repair station is responsible for large aircraft on its property under the new aircraft repair station security regulation.
Accountable Manager's Corporate Authority to Act
From the regulator's viewpoint, a company that does not give its accountable manager proper authority could create non-compliance. Moral of the story: designate your accountable manager wisely.
Congressional Brain Drain
The aviation maintenance industry is losing some of its greatest champions from Capitol Hill this year. They did not arrive in Congress as industry experts; ARSA's members helped them. As new faces arrive, that work begins again.
VDRP Checklist — Make the Process Foolproof
More help on VDRP: ARSA staff developed a checklist that companies can utilize to ensure every step of voluntary disclosure is properly accomplished.
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. To view the list, click here.
License to Export
In a continuing series on the import and export of aircraft parts, our friends at the Washington Aviation Group examine two important license exceptions that will allow the return of articles to customers after repair without going through the time-consuming export license application process.
I need a DER. Or do I? Part II: The Major/Minor Determination
Peter Lauria continues exploring the question: what can a repair station do with articles that require repairs beyond those listed in the manufacturer's documents? It's time to determine whether the contemplated action will have a major or minor result on the product.
"Teaching You How to Fish" — So You Want to be a Repair Station
ARSA is always on call when you need help. We can go a step further, though, and give you the tools to build your own knowledge before the problem even arrives. ARSA's Vice President of Operations Crystal Maguire starts the conversation: "So You Want to be a Repair Station."
Member Spotlight: GA Telesis — Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
GA Telesis is a far-reaching, cutting-edge aviation services company with maintenance, repair and overhaul stations that lead the industry. Their expert engineers and technicians bring innovative MRO industry knowledge to their work every day.
Have You Seen this Person? — Michael Lawson
Each month, the hotline spotlights key regulatory, legislative and business leaders making important contributions to the aviation industry. This month we look at Michael Lawson, the new U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
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A Member Asked...
Q: Can articles received without an FAA Form 8130 from the authorized distributor of an OEM be installed on a type-certificated product?
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE TRAINING
Test your knowledge on §145.157.
ARSA strives to provide resources to educate the general public about the work of the association's member organizations; should you need to provide a quick reference or introductory overview to the global MRO industry, please utilize AVMRO.ARSA.org.
AVMRO Industry Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play in their communities by providing jobs and economic opportunities as well as through civic engagement. These are some of this month's top stories highlighting the industry's contributions.
ICAO Predicts Continued Passenger Traffic Growth and Rebound in Freight Traffic through 2016
World scheduled air passenger traffic grew by 5.5 percent in 2013, reaching 5.8 trillion passenger-kilometers performed (PKP) and is expected to increase by 6.0, 6.3 and 6.5 percent in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
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