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Sarah Says: Are You In or Are You Out?
This month, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod discusses the complexity of determining who falls "in the pool," the group of safety-sensitive employees whom the government has decided must be drug and alcohol tested under the Department of Transportation/ Federal Aviation Administration regime.
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ARSA Pushes for Extension or Withdrawal of Continental Motors NPRM
On Aug. 30, ARSA and Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc. requested the Federal Aviation Administration submit objective evidence to support its proposed airworthiness directive regarding Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating Engines (Docket No. FAA-2012-0002). Further, the groups want the FAA to either extend the comment period by 120 days after the addition of that information to the docket or withdraw the rule until such data can be placed in it.
The FAA is very concerned about counterfeit aircraft parts. They call them Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP).
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ARSA Requests Interpretation on AMOC Order
On Aug. 28, ARSA sent the Federal Aviation Administration a request for a legal interpretation confirming question "f" in the appendix of Order 8110.103A is inaccurate and that it and the answer will either be corrected or removed.
IRS Mandates Businesses Inform Employees of Health Coverage
On Aug. 30, the Internal Revenue Service published a rule in the Federal Register requiring employers to provide all employees (full and part time) with information regarding their health coverage options by Oct. 1, 2013.
House and Senate THUD Bills Fail to Make Sound before Recess
In what epitomized the contentious nature of the past eight months, lawmakers left town with both chambers failing to complete work on the Transportation, Housing, & Urban Development (THUD) appropriation bills ( S. 1243; H.R. 2610) as interparty squabbles and partisan bickering got in the way of compromise and legislating.
Filler Highlights BASAs at Asia-Pacific Conference
At an Aug. 13 FAA Asia-Pacific Flight Standards Meeting, ARSA Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall S. Filler, as part of a panel on maintenance repair organization oversight, spoke about the value of bilateral aviation safety agreements (BASAs).
Bill to Rein in Regulators Clears House
On Aug. 2, the House passed legislation that requires new rules with an economic impact of more than $100 million to undergo review and approval by the House and Senate before taking effect.
Congressmen Spend Recess Studying at Repair Stations
With lawmakers home for the month-long August recess, repair stations across the country stepped up to ARSA's challenge to educate their representatives about the aviation maintenance industry.
Lower Your 2013 Tax Bill by Investing in Your Company
ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein writes about how time is running out for your company to cut its 2013 tax bill by making new capital investments.
50th Anniversary of March on Washington
ARSA Vice President of Communications, Policy, & Planning Eric Byer discusses why the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream means so much to ARSA.
Aviation and Beyond ...
ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher writes about tax reform and other issues ARSA is engaged on that could impact the cost of doing business.
Go Ahead, Give 'Em Your Digits
ARSA Communications Manager Josh Pudnos writes about how providing state MRO economic and jobs data to the media and lawmakers provides context for an industry that is not always the easiest for the public to understand.
Looking Back and Forward: Drug and Alcohol Testing
Adding to the regulatory issue page "library," this month we look at some history surrounding the repair station antidrug and alcohol testing rules, what ARSA did to combat the original rulemaking, and what the association does to assist its members with compliance.
In August, ARSA continued to work behind the scenes with the aviation maintenance industry's strongest Capitol Hill allies to introduce legislation to lift the ban on Federal Aviation Administration foreign repair station certifications. It takes a combination of the association's legislative team educating Congress and hearing from constituents about the issue to get a bill introduced.
FAA Updates Form 8130-3
The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced a revised FAA Form 8130-3, used for domestic airworthiness approval of new products and articles; approval for return to service of altered aircraft parts; and export airworthiness approvals of aircraft engines, propellers, or articles. The FAA revised the form as part of harmonization efforts with other civil aviation authorities to ease the identification and traceability of goods between the United States and other countries.
FAA Confirms Capability is the Key
On July 29, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration responded to an ARSA request that the agency confirm part-specific training is not required for work performed under a repair station certificate.
Which Business Practices are Allowed under Antitrust Law (and Which Aren't)?
Understanding the basics of anti-trust law is essential to anyone in the business world who interacts with competitors. Although these laws were born out of the late 18th Century, 2012 was a record year for antitrust fines and crossing that line may be all too easy for anyone trying to improve the bottom line for their company.
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.
You Mean I Can't Play Golf?
Under the Family Medical Leave Act, a company with fifty or more employees must provide up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave. A recent court case examined terminating an employee when the company believed FMLA was being abused.
Deposition — Ten Tips for Being a Good Witness
Being deposed in a legal proceeding is a modern day rite of passage. Sooner or later you will likely be called to testify under oath on behalf of your business or as a third-party witness. Experienced litigators often say: "You can't win a case at a deposition, but you can lose one." To avoid a bad result under oath you must be prepared.
Member Spotlight: Red Aviation — Georgetown, Texas
Red Aviation began as Challenger Spares & Support in 2001 providing airframe parts specifically for the Challenger Series of aircraft. Throughout the years, the product line and repair services have expanded to support the Global, Learjet, Falcon, and Gulfstream aircraft. The company's customer base has also grown from working directly with operators and service centers to doing business with brokers, aviation management firms, insurers, and FBOs. After extending several divisions and capabilities, Challenger Spares & Support rebranded to Red Aviation in 2012.
Have You Seen This Person?
Each month, the hotline spotlights key regulatory, legislative and business leaders making important contributions to the aviation industry. This month we look at Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee on Aviation.
A Member Asked ...
Question: The FAA aviation safety inspector assigned to our company is difficult to work with; is there a process that allows repair stations to request a replacement?
Check Out ARSA's Library of Recorded Webinars and Online Training Classes
ARSA is pleased to announce that recorded online training classes and webinars are now available for member purchase. Check back often as courses will be continually added.
Take Advantage of ARSA's Members Getting Members Program, Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues
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Target Your Message: Advertise in ARSA's Newsletters and Website!
ARSA recently updated its menu of advertising opportunities for arsa.org, the hotline and the ARSA Dispatch. Take advantage of these great opportunities today to showcase your company, a new product or event.
Exhibit, Sponsor the 2014 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA.
As part of ARSA's ongoing Positive Publicity Campaign (PPC), the association is actively working to enhance the media's understanding of our $65 billion industry and its vital importance to global civil aviation. To accomplish this goal, ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations provide their communities in jobs, economic opportunities and community involvement. These are some of this month's top stories highlighting the industry's contributions.
EASA Authorizes FlightSafety Training Courses
On Aug. 6, the European Aviation Safety Agency approved more than 140 aviation maintenance courses offered by FlightSafety International. The agency signed off on the programs following a detailed review and evaluation of the company's existing offerings in accordance with the EASA Training Needs Analysis regulation 1149/2011.
To provide more international coverage, ARSA presents a monthly roundup of world events pertaining to the industry.
Welcome New Members
- Ajeton, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif.
- Aviation Inspection Services, Fort Worth, Texas
- Brim Aviation, Ashland, Ore.
- Crystal Avionics LLC, New Braunfels, Texas
- Fleet Support Services, Inc., Monroe, Wis.
- Helicopter Services, Inc., Warwick, R.I.
- Robair Repair, LLC, Silverdale, Wash.
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE TRAINING
Test your knowledge on §145.55 Duration and Renewal of Certificate.
- InfoShare — Sept. 17-19, 2013
- MRO Europe 2013 — Sept. 24-26, 2013
- MRO Network: Airline E&M North America — Oct. 15-17, 2013
- NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention — Oct. 20-26, 2013
- MARPA Annual Conferences — Oct. 23-25, 2013
- MRO Asia — Oct. 29-31, 2013
- International Aviation Forecast Conference — Nov. 3-5, 2013
- SpeedNews 18th Annual Regional & Business Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference — Nov. 6-8, 2013
- International PMA Summit — Nov. 8-9, 2013
- AVM Summit, USA — Nov. 21-22, 2013
- ARSA Annual Repair Symposium and Legislative Fly-In — March 19-21, 2014
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