American Airlines' mechanics union threatening to leave FAA safety program
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American Airlines' mechanics union has threatened to quit a key aviation safety program, arguing that federal inspectors have used it to investigate its workers. The disagreement is the latest dispute between Fort Worth, Texas based American and the Federal Aviation Administration, which has closely scrutinized the carrier's maintenance practices for more than two years. More
Chinese official to visit Taiwan over airworthiness certification
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A Chinese civil aviation delegation will arrive in Taiwan soon to attend a seminar on issues regarding the certification of aircraft airworthiness, an official said Wednesday. The delegation will be headed by Li Jian, deputy director of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, said the official from Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration. More
Industry fears new pilot safety law
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Business aviation advocates are expressing concern that new laws governing pilot safety will have a substantial impact on the industry and will impose a series of new burdens. The rules were signed into law Aug. 1, as part of an extension of FAA's authorization. The pilot safety rules stem from the Feb. 12, 2009, crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Buffalo, N.Y. More
What it takes to be an A&P instructor
Every mechanic has a fond memory of that one mentor, teacher, old-timer, that took the time to show them the tricks of the trade, the little nuances, the tips that give us the skills necessary to perform our work from day to day. They are the voice in your head that always tells you to do things the right way, the smart way. We all can step back and look at our work and thank these people that put in the extra effort and had the faith in us to help bring us to where we are today. For many of us that man is Mr. David Ciola. More
Wichita, Kan., tops for aviation manufacturing, magazine says
Wichita Business Journal Share
Wichita, Kan., was the top-ranked metro for aerospace and defense manufacturing in Business Facilities magazine's 2010 Rankings Report. The city ranked ahead of Huntsville, Ala., Seattle, Wash., Charleston, S.C., and Fort Worth, Texas. The report said Wichita's position was no surprise but that the results "indicate some rising competitors may give the Kansas city a run for its aircraft dollars in coming years." More
Reports: El Al considers launching its own alliance
Air Transport World Share
Israeli media reports last week stated that El Al is considering launching its own alliance. The alliance would include airlines that are not members of oneworld, Star Alliance or SkyTeam. According to the reports, El Al hopes to include three Eastern European airlines as initial partners and believes the alliance could eventually reach 20 members. More
FAA announces safety rating for Nigeria
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration recently announced that Nigeria has achieved a Category 1 rating under the FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, which means that Nigeria complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO is the United Nations' technical agency for aviation which establishes international standards and recommended practices for aircraft operations and maintenance. More
FAA reports on Swift Fuel endurance data
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The FAA recommended Swift Enterprises proceed with further testing of its unleaded aviation gasoline this week after endurance tests produced some encouraging results and identified areas for further research. Researchers at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center fuels facility tested Swift's fuel to determine if there were 'any initial major engine performance-related findings that would prevent further research into the use of a Swift binary blend of these components.' 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
ARSA Dispatch available through MultiBriefs app
ARSA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create ARSA Dispatch, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. ARSA Dispatch is now part of the new MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. For those without iPhones, not to worry. We also have Blackberry and Droid versions. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs."
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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
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Jeffrey Schloesser joins AAR as President of Aviation Worldwide Services
Rotor News Share
AAR Corp. recently announced that Jeffrey Schloesser, former Director of Army Aviation, has joined the Company as President of its Aviation Worldwide Services (AWS) business unit. Schloesser will be responsible for leading strategic planning, operations and growth of AWS, which provides airlift services and specialized aircraft modifications. More
GE Aviation upgrades CF34 engines
General Aviation News Share
GE Aviation is now offering an on-wing engine upgrade program for certain configurations of the CF34-3A2 engine that will allow the engines to go from a hard-time maintenance schedule to an on-condition maintenance schedule. The upgraded engines will have longer time on wing and greatly reduced maintenance costs with no scheduled hot section inspections or overhauls, company officials said. More
ANA to upgrade service, network from Haneda
Air Transport World Share
ANA recently announced a significant upgrade to its services and network from Tokyo Haneda. The city's close-in airport opens to international flights starting Oct. 31, following the activation of its fourth runway Oct. 21. ANA previously announced its international destinations from HND. They are Los Angeles, Honolulu, Singapore, Bangkok, Taipei Songshan, Beijing, Shanghai Hongqiao and Seoul Gimpo, according to ATW Daily News. 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