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OVERHAULING OVERHAUL — A SELF-PACED TRAINING SESSION
The FAA has issued another legal interpretation on the term "overhaul" — stimulating a flurry of member questions about the term’s applicability to the everyday work of maintenance providers. In this edition of the hotline, ARSA offers a complete education on the matter using the association's three levels of training. Class is in session.
ARSA Insurance: Your Policy Against Bad Policy
ARSA membership is the most valuable and least expensive insurance policy your company owns: It is written against bad policy. You may not want to admit it, but you have a pre-existing condition called "the government"; it is chock full of frustrating laws and bad rules that threaten the health of your business. How does the association write policy?
Compliance: The FAA's Philosophy is ARSA's Business
On June 26, Order 8000.373 became effective. The order, "Federal Aviation Administration Compliance Philosophy," outlined the agency's commitment to joint pursuit of a laudable goal.
FAA Extension Inevitable as Deadline Looms
Despite industry's urging and congressional promises, the FAA's current authorization (the FAA Modernization & Reform Act) is likely to receive an extension to give lawmakers more time to complete a new law as expiration looms on Oct. 1.
Boeing Report Foresees Unprecedented Demand for New Technicians
On July 20, Boeing released its 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook. The report forecasts the global commercial aviation industry will need more than one million new workers — 558,000 pilots and 609,000 maintenance technicians — to meet unprecedented demand between now and 2034.
More of the Same: Government Report Criticizes Foreign Oversight
On July 16, the Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General (DOT-IG) issued a report criticizing FAA oversight of foreign repair stations in the European Union (E.U.).
The investigation was requested by Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and John Garamendi (D-Calif.).
Draft SUP Program Order Released
On July 15, the FAA released draft Order 8120.16A entitled "Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) Program," which would cancel current Order 8120.16, "Processing Reports of Suspected Unapproved Parts."
Overhaul Reviewed Yet Again
On June 30, the agency issued another legal interpretation on the term "overhaul" — adding to the long list of explanations on the proper use of the term. Again the FAA summarizes the fact that the word can be used in a maintenance record to describe the highest level of work on an article.
To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit the ARSA Works page.
You Can't Fly Without Us — The World of Aviation Maintenance
A short documentary overview of the aviation maintenance industry. Meet the men and women who keep the world safely in flight. For more information, visit AVMRO.arsa.org.
ARSA Illustrates Aviation Maintenance
Using data from its annual member surveys as well as the 2015 Global Fleet and MRO Market Assessment by CAVOK, the association produced a series of infographics. These insightful images are more than just fun to look at, they are tools in the continuing effort to remind the world that it can't fly without us.
Amend or New: Vagueness Persists
The FAA's July 20 response to ARSA's request for clarity regarding a new owner's requirement to apply for an amended or new certificate when it obtains a repair station's assets was less than lucid.
FAA on Voluntary Surrender: A Bad Rule to Pursue Bad Actors
On July 13, the FAA denied the industry's rulemaking petition to reinstate a repair station's right to voluntarily surrender its certificate. In its new repair station rule, which became effective in November 2014, the FAA took the unprecedented step of subjecting surrendered certificates to "acceptance for cancellation."
ARSA Works: Continue in Service
On July 9, ARSA delivered a letter to the FAA aircraft maintenance division regarding the removal and reinstallation of components — a practice affectionately referred to as "salvaged part," "cannibalized part," "part recovery" or "continue-in-service" processes.
Aviation Coalition Does Its Part for Alternative Parts
On July 7, ARSA joined six other aviation trade associations in urging Congress to refrain from mandating a duplicative and unnecessary FAA regulation. Specifically, the coalition is concerned with efforts on Capitol Hill requiring the FAA to initiate a rulemaking pertaining to the identification and marking of "influencing parts."
ARSA on the Road: Klein in the Golden State
From July 20-24, ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein carried the association's flag to Southern California. Klein met with current and potential members during an outreach event in Los Angeles co-sponsored by PPG Aerospace and Fortner Engineering and then was the keynote speaker at the QUE Group conference in San Diego.
"Overhaul" — The Price of a Word
The proper use of the term "overhaul" has been obfuscated by a basic misunderstanding of the word's purpose, what's actually required by the regulations and a commercial incentive to call every maintenance action an overhaul.
Turn Up the Heat
As Congress begins its August recess, give lawmakers and legislative staff an opportunity to see first-hand what your company does and how it fits into the aviation industry. With FAA reauthorization pending, threats and opportunities abound for your business and the broader industry.
Working Away Advisory Update
A revised version of the association's draft Working Away Advisory is available for industry comment; contributors are asked to submit feedback by Sept. 15. In response to numerous member inquiries regarding 14 CFR § 145.203, ARSA developed an advisory that would provide 14 CFR part 145 repair stations a "compliance road map."
International Cooperation — Bilateral Development
Manufacturers, operators and maintenance providers must navigate an industry that cannot be contained by political borders. National aviation and diplomatic authorities must engage to ensure civil aviation-related businesses can operate internationally.
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.
Oliver Wyman's 2015 MRO Survey — Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
The results of Oliver Wyman's 2015 MRO Survey were released during Aviation Week's MRO Americas Conference in April. This installment of the annual report presented the views of more than 100 senior aviation executives about future innovation and technology development.
Personal Development — Human Factors: CRM
According to ICAO, "human factors" are about people — about people in their working and living environment, about their relationships with equipment, procedures and the environment and (just as importantly) about their relationships with other people.
FAA Resources: Attend the Academy
ARSA staff members search for resources, guides and tools that might be useful for our members as they work to ensure global aviation safety. This installment comes from the FAA Academy; its doors are open.
Regulatory Compliance Training
Test your knowledge of 145.211(c)(2)-(4)&(d) — Quality Control System.
Member Spotlight — R.W. Radditz
Founded by R.W. Raddatz in 1987, RWR, Inc. is an FAA and EASA compliant repair station based in Deerfield Beach, Florida. With expertise in the aviation and aerospace fields, RWR manufactures aircraft parts and tools and specializes in standard and DER repairs.
Have You Seen this Person? — Peter Neffenger
The new Transportation Security Administration chief Peter Neffenger was sworn in on Monday, July 6 with plenty of challenges ahead.
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Exhibit, Sponsor the 2016 Repair Symposium
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A Member Asked ... Inspected, Repaired or Overhauled?
Another legal interpretation of the word "overhaul" brought a series of member questions that help to put the issue in context.
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.
Industry and International News Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play globally by providing jobs and economic opportunities, as well as through civic engagement. You can explore these stories through ARSA's Dispatch news portal.
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