ARSA submits comments to FAA draft Advisory Circular 120-CMP
Last month, in draft Advisory Circular (AC) 120-CMP, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed guidance outlining the regulatory interface between air carriers and their maintenance providers. In its comments to the draft, ARSA recommended a number of substantive changes in the form of a largely rewritten AC. More
FAA ARC publishes SMS recommendations
The Safety Management Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) published its final report to the FAA regarding suggestions for the implementation of SMS in the United States. AMT has the final report. More
Safety provisions include airline mandates
Unfortunately, it seems that every bill passed by Congress imposes burdens on business. Such is the case with the recently enacted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization extension (H.R. 5900). The legislation, signed into law on Aug. 1, continued taxes and funding authorizations for the FAA through Sept. 30. Additionally, it included "safety" provisions due to a highly effective public lobbying campaign waged by the Colgan crash victims' families. More
Kansas student among best in aviation maintenance
A Kansas State University Salina student rates among the best in the nation when it comes to aviation maintenance. Allan Richardson, Adams, Neb., earned sixth place in the aviation maintenance event at the recent SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Mo. Richardson earned 766.5 points out of the 1,000 available points. "If you get a score higher than 700 at nationals, you're doing really good," said Evan Beckman, aviation maintenance instructor and adviser to the K-State Salina SkillsUSA team. Richardson, a senior in aviation maintenance, had to complete 12 tasks — and they all had to be done right the first time. "You don't get a second sheet of metal if you realize you made a mistake on the first one. You repair it and keep going," Beckman said. Adding to the pressure, the clock was ticking. More
General Aviation Awards 2010: After action report
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With the exception of one minor hiccup, the 2010 General Aviation Awards events at Oshkosh AirVenture came off seamlessly. Recipients of the 2010 National General Aviation Awards are MCFI Thomas Paul "Tom" Turner of Rose Hill, Kan., (FAASTeam Rep of the Year); Neil John Nederfield (A&P / IA) of Lafayette, N.J., (AMT of the Year); Kirk Harold Peterson (Repairman / A&P / IA) of Larimore, N.D., (Avionics Tech of the Year); and MCFI Jeffrey Robert "Jeff" Moss of Los Angeles (CFI of the Year). More
Australian/European aviation safety oversight challenged
The Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) has prevailed in a three-year legal battle against CASA, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. ALAEA sued to gain access to safety-related audit reports of CASA-approved foreign maintenance bases. According to an ALAEA spokesperson, the suit was filed in response to the discovery of "poor quality maintenance" on Qantas aircraft after being maintained at approved facilities in Singapore and Hong Kong. One Qantas aircraft allegedly departed an approved foreign maintenance organization with more than 450 open defects. More
GAO: FAA needs to think more human
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Consideration of how humans will use modernized air traffic control systems is best done before deploying them, according to a Government Accountability Office report dated Aug. 6. The Federal Aviation Administration did not fully think through "human factor" considerations when developing the En Route Automation Modernization system, for example, the GAO report finds. More
American Eagle reaches labor deal with union
Regional airline American Eagle has reached a tentative labor contract that includes pay raises for more than 2,100 ground workers. The Transport Workers Union said Tuesday that if workers ratify the four-year agreement, Eagle's fleet service clerks would be among the highest paid at regional airlines, along with employees at Chautauqua and SkyWest. Fleet service workers load and unload cargo and clean airplane interiors. Voting is expected in September. More
School launches aging aircraft maintenance site
A new website has been developed that aims to provide one-stop shopping for general aviation maintenance information and, specifically, for help maintaining aging aircraft. Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research has developed the Aging General Aviation Education & Training website to provide information to the general aviation community through an extensive searchable database of maintenance documents and training materials. The site hopes to help users identify potential type-specific problems, offers links to outside resources and includes recommended training and education materials for pilots, mechanics and avionics technicians. It also offers a growing collection of "war stories." More
Airlines are soaring, but aircraft services get left behind
A big rebound in travel is bringing double-digit revenue growth to the airlines, but the companies that take care of their aircraft aren't seeing much of it. Rather than put idled planes back in service to handle the extra traffic, airlines are leaving them in storage — a rare display of discipline that's helped them push up ticket prices to levels not seen in nearly a decade. More
Improved planning could help FAA address challenges related to Winter weather operations
Ice formation on aircraft can disrupt the smooth flow of air over the wings and prevent the aircraft from taking off or decrease the pilot's ability to maintain control of the aircraft. Takeoff and landing operations can also be risky in winter weather. Despite persistent efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and others to mitigate icing risks, icing remains a serious concern. More
NTSB To EASA: Fix your rudders
In 2001, an Airbus lost its vertical fin and crashed on Long Island; Friday, the NTSB directed Safety Recommendations to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) "to ensure safe handling qualities in the yaw axis throughout the flight envelope, including limits for rudder pedal sensitivity." The 2001 crash involved an Airbus A300, American Airlines Flight 587, and killed all 260 aboard, plus five on the ground. The NTSB determined it was caused when, as a reaction to a wake turbulence encounter, a pilot's application of rudder led to failure of the airliner's vertical fin. More
A bright spot in RP aviation industry
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In 2008, the Philippine aviation industry received a hard blow from the international aviation community. Due to the government’s failure to address international airport safety requirements, the United States Federal Aviation Authority downgraded Philippine airports from Category 1 to Category 2. This thus put the Philippines in the same level with countries like Bangladesh, Ghana, and Democratic Republic of Congo. More
FAA Safety Briefing July/August 2010
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
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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Sonico hosts Senior Congressman
Hosting visits for elected is one of the best ways to equip lawmakers with a better understanding of our industry and to establish the real world consequences of congressional actions. On June 12, Sonico, Inc., welcomed Rep. Doc Hastings to its Moses Lake, Wash., site. Hastings was given a tour and met with W.B. (Bill) and Jim Perdue, Sonico's president and vice president. Bill is the President of the industry's risk retention group (AAIRRG) and Jim serves on ARSA's board of directors. More
Boeing plans commercial space taxis by 2015
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The Boeing Co., plans to be ready to fly commercial space taxis from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station by 2015 and soon will decide where the spacecraft will be manufactured and assembled, officials recently said. Designed to launch on United Launch Alliance Atlas or Delta rockets, or perhaps even SpaceX Falcon 9s, the spacecraft also are destined to fly to a commercial space station being developed by Bigelow Aerospace in Nevada. More
Bombardier Learjet to add jobs in Wichita, Kan.
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Bombardier Learjet will assemble its new composite Learjet 85 business jet in Wichita in exchange for $27 million in bond financing from the state, Gov. Mark Parkinson recently announced. The company also agreed to not move any existing operations out of Wichita during the life of the bonds. Learjet 85 production will support 600 jobs. Of those, 300 will be new positions. The Wichita site will be responsible for final assembly, interior completion, paint and final delivery of the plane. The money will be used for modifications at the site. More
Flightstar selected as AEI authorized conversion center
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Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), is pleased to announce that it has selected Flightstar Aircraft Services Inc. as its second Authorized Conversion Center (AACC), AEI's original AACC Commercial Jet is located in Miami Florida. The current success of AEI's passenger to freighter conversion products, which include the B737-200SF, B737-300SF, B737-400SF and soon the MD80SF require that additional conversion capacity be added to handle market demand which is expected to double in 2011. More
Mid-Continent Instruments promotes Reddick to purchasing manager
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Mid-Continent Instruments have announced the promotion of Marissa Reddick to purchasing manager. Reddick’s primary objective in her new position is to keep the production flow as efficient as possible while ensuring the on-time availability of parts. She will continue to select and work with those vendors who meet the company’s critical level of product integrity. More
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. More