FAA to techs: Tell us about bad regulations
Ever wished you could tell the FAA that some regulation is outdated or doesn't make sense? You can, and the agency has a little-known means to do it. According to an FAA spokesman, FAR Part 11, Section 11.61 provides a system whereby technicians can suggest the agency adopt, amend or repeal a regulation or grant relief from the requirements of a current regulation. Using a petition for rulemaking, you may ask the FAA to add a new regulation or amend or repeal a current regulation. More
FAA changes rule on commercial parts
Changes to the FAR Part 21 manufacturing rule published last Oct. 16, are slated to go into effect on April 16 of next year, including a modification to the standards for manufacturing. Currently, only parts specifically manufactured for installation in type-certified aircraft are regulated by the FAA, but the changes would expand the parts covered. More
Aviation officials turn to Moran
A week before this month's primary election, executives from Wichita, Kansas' biggest aircraft companies signed a letter endorsing Rep. Todd Tiahrt in his Senate bid. The letter — signed by Cessna Aircraft CEO Jack Pelton, Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture, Spirit AeroSystems CEO Jeff Turner, Bombardier Learjet vice president and general manager David Coleal and Boeing Wichita site leader Steve Wade — called Tiahrt a "true advocate for the aerospace industry and jobs in our state (Kansas)." The company officials in their letter cited several examples of Tiahrt's work on aviation issues over the years. More
ARSA Executive Director to speak at 2010 MRO Europe
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ARSA Executive Director, Sarah MacLeod, will speak at the 2010 MRO Europe Conference & Exhibition this September. MacLeod will participate in a workshop on FAA Foreign Repair Station Inspections on Tues., Sept. 28. The session will bring together regulators and industry to examine MRO compliance strategies, particularly with respect to foreign repair stations. The 13th annual MRO Europe Conference and Exhibition is taking place in London Sept. 28-30, 2010 and brings together airlines, operators, OEMs, MROs and their suppliers to examine the current state of the industry and prepare for the future. More
FAA grants Nigeria its highest air safety rating
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted Nigeria its top air-safety rating recently, a decision that allows Nigerian airlines to fly directly to the United States but does not address the nation's porous airport security. More
HAI announces the 2011 "Salute to Excellence" Awards series
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For 50 years, HAI has celebrated the outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations through the "Salute to Excellence" Awards program. HAI is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Golden Anniversary program. Winners will be recognized at the "Salute to Excellence" Banquet, to be held on Monday, March 7, 2011 during HELI-EXPO 2011 in Orlando, Fla. More
FAA Safety Briefing September/October 2010
In this issue we focus on proficiency and its absolute importance for pilots and aviation maintenance technicians. We provide tips on developing your personal improvement plan, address getting back to flying after an absence, give suggestions on how AMTs can keep their edge, talk about the complicated subject of receiving compensation for your flying, and more. More
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Horizon to contract out heavy maintenance
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Alaska Airlines subsidiary Horizon Air will contract out heavy maintenance for its entire fleet of 40 Bombardier Q400 and 15 CRJ 700 aircraft, work that had mainly been done in-house in Portland, Ore. The decision fits into the gradual trend of the carrier and the North America industry at large sending more labor-intensive airframe work to third-party maintenance providers. More
AirTran Airways awarded prestigious FAA Diamond Award for maintenance program
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AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. was recently presented the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) prestigious Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Award of Excellence for the 14th consecutive year. "Receiving this award is a great distinction for AirTran Airways and a real testament to our more than 400 mechanics, inspectors and technical support Crew Members," said Klaus Goersch, AirTran Airways' executive vice president, operations and customer service. "Their dedication to continuing aviation-related education directly results in the excellent safety record we have built over the years." More
AAR installs new leadership team at AAR AWS Operating Unit
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AAR has announced that it has appointed a new leadership team at its Aviation Worldwide Services (AWS) subsidiary, which provides airlift services and aircraft modifications for the U.S. and other government customers. AAR acquired AWS and its subsidiaries, Presidential Airways and STI Aviation, in April 2010. More
NAS in maintenance agreement with Lufthansa Technik
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NAS Tech, the maintenance division of National Air Services has signed a co-operation deal with Germany's Lufthansa Technik. Under the agreement Lufthansa Technik will maintain engines for NAS, and extend for 10 years a deal to take responsibility for maintaining carrier NAS Air's aircraft. Lufthansa Technik will also oversee work conducted by NAS Tech, ensuring it meets the same level of technical standards. This phase of the agreement will run for about three years, while a second stage will involve the two sides' co-operating to carry out third-party work in Saudi Arabia. More
Timco: 200 jobs added since January, 80 more to come
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Timco Aviation Services is adding 80 jobs to support its many contracts, including a nine-year deal to provide airframe maintenance and inspections on KC-10 Extender refueling tanker aircraft for a major aviation contractor. Timco officials recently said that they have already hired more than 200 employees since the start of 2010 to support those contracts, but will need another 80 by the end of the year. They declined to comment on the salaries of those new positions, but said the jobs will range from maintenance crew workers to technicians and engineers. More
Delta labor campaigns intensify
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Nearly 42,000 Delta Air Lines flight attendants and ground workers soon will decide whether to join a union, as campaigns intensify in the biggest labor vote in the nation in years. The results are expected to have implications far beyond Delta, influencing terms of upcoming contracts at every airline in the country. More
Union mechanics reject American Airlines contract
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American Airlines Inc. mechanics Tuesday turned down a three-year contract with the carrier, increasing the potential for a Transport Workers Union strike against the carrier. In addition, TWU-represented stores employees, who handle the aircraft parts inventories, also turned down their proposed contract. One group, maintenance technical specialists, approved their deal. The results throw the issue of American's labor dispute back to the National Mediation Board, which must decide whether to keep the two sides talking, put the talks on hold indefinitely or allow the union to go on strike. 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