ARSA Executive Director to attend MRO Europe
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ARSA Executive Director, Sarah MacLeod, will attend the 2010 MRO Europe Conference & Exhibition this September as a workshop leader. MacLeod will lead a workshop on FAA Foreign Repair Station Inspections on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The session will examine regulation that may increase auditing and inspections burden on MROs while exploring effective strategies of compliance. 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
EAA AirVenture featured on CNN
No matter where you turn, there was a story to be told at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Thousands were chronicled during the 2010 event by many media outlets — newspapers, TV, radio, blogs, podcasts, and others. Among the notable mainstream media outlets at AirVenture 2010 was CNN. Photojournalist Effie Nidam captured the spirit of Oshkosh through his lens and filed several reports. Check out these video segments, currently available on CNN.com:
Behind the scenes with Sean D. Tucker and Debby Rihn-Harvey
Private jets for small business
Electric aircraft to rule the sky? More
Midterms 2010: What you need to know
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Which party will win control of the House and Senate in November? Republicans have the momentum heading into the post-Labor Day crunch, as the GOP has neutralized Democratic advantages on the issues, President Obama's ratings have faded, and dissatisfaction with the government now surpasses its 1994 levels. Seventy-two percent of voters disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, a 16-year high. More
Airlines cut back use of 50-seat jets
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The 50-seat jets once prized by carriers such as Delta Air Lines are being culled from U.S. fleets as higher fuel and maintenance bills make them too expensive to fly. By 2015, U.S. airlines will have about 200 jets with 50 or fewer seats, down from about 1,200, said Michael Boyd, president of consultant Boyd Group International in Evergreen, Colo. More than 80 have been scrapped in 2010, he said. More
Avalanche of audits?
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There's a continuous, almost cacophonous, call out there today that commands commercial aircraft main-tainers to demonstrate compliance to regulators, customers and accrediting agencies. The chosen instrument is the audit, and some claim the industry is all but awash in them. "Aeroman gets a lot of audits per year," says Ernesto Ruiz, CEO of the El Salvador based MRO. In 2009, it was 35 external audits; in 2008, the tally came to 23. The peak year was 2006, when regulators, customers and accrediting agencies conducted 53. "In the extreme," says Ruiz, "what we're experiencing is an audit a week, or an audit every other week." More
FAA's circuit breaker policy could change
The FAA issued a draft policy memorandum that would change circuit-breaker layouts in aircraft electrical systems, as well as how pilots deal with tripped circuit breakers. Comments are due by Sept. 12. Principal changes would be for manufacturers to group and identify essential and non-essential circuit breakers in Part 23 aircraft and to publish flight manual guidance about when to reset circuit breakers. More
Manufacturers see evidence of recovery
Although the recession has been slow to release its hold on the aviation industry, the mood at last month's Labace in São Paulo, Brazil, was optimistic, with a record 14,000 visitors, 56 aircraft on the static display line and 150 exhibitors. More
President Obama to propose expanded tax relief to encourage investment in equipment
President Barack Obama will call for an expansion of a tax incentive designed to encourage businesses to invest in equipment, as part of a push to bolster economic growth before midterm congressional elections on Nov. 2. The White House will propose allowing companies to fully deduct the cost of equipment such as tractors, wind turbines, computers and solar panels, said an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the president's recent announcement. 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
Saudia achieves 90 percent self-sufficiency in engine maintenance
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Saudi Arabian Airlines can carry out 90 percent of its own engine maintenance work and will soon be able to offer overhaul services to foreign airlines, according to a senior airline official. More
Continental, United lay out plan for merging FAA certificates
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When we talk about a merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines, we tend to think of it as a simple marriage of two parties. But in fact, between the two of them, the carriers hold five different operating certificates that must be dealt with as the two consummate their coupling. Continental has separate air carrier operating certificates for itself and its Continental Micronesia unit. United has an air carrier operating certificate. The certificates are issued under Part 121 of the federal aviation regulations, FARs. In addition, United and Continental both hold Part 145 repair station certificates that allow them to work on airplanes. More
American Airlines brings in GE veteran to run maintenance bases
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American Airlines recently named a GE executive as vice president of base maintenance, making him the second outsider to take up a major position in American's maintenance area. William Collins will take up his new job on Oct. 1, moving from vice president of electric power at GE Aviation. 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."
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
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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Helicopter proves essential in Nebraska power line restoration following massive storm
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Columbia Helicopters of Portland, Ore., has successfully completed one of Nebraska's most complex and extensive power line reconstruction missions in recent years. This followed a massive storm which raced across Buffalo and Dawson counties, Neb., with winds up to 100 miles per hour. More
Honeywell to provide Singapore Airlines with wheels and carbon brakes material for A380
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Honeywell recently announced that it will provide wheels and carbon brakes material for Singapore Airlines' Airbus A380 aircraft over 10 years. "More than just providing predictable maintenance expenses, Singapore Airlines is benefiting from a lightweight wheels and brakes system," said Mike Madsen, vice president of Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace. More
TIMCO to expand Macon, Ga., facility for widebody aircraft maintenance
TIMCO Aviation Services recently announced that it is expanding its aircraft maintenance capability at its Macon, Ga., airframe facility to include B767 widebody aircraft. TIMCO will make an investment to upgrade its existing facility, procure additional necessary equipment and hire and train additional employees. More
10 years of Lufthansa Technik Philippines
Lufthansa Technik Philippines, one of the biggest providers of aircraft maintenance services in Asia, is set to further expand its range of products for airline customers with increased capacity. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the foundation of the joint venture between Lufthansa Technik AG and the MacroAsia Corporation, Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, President and CEO of the company, said that the number of international customers had increased in an encouraging manner and that the range of technical services would be further expanded. 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