Fall 2010 outlook: FAA reauthorization
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will continue to operate under a short-term reauthorization if Congress cannot find time to act on a longer-term bill before the end of the session. The House and Senate have both passed versions of a multi-year bill, but negotiators have been unable to reach a final deal. More
Obama: Chances of passing 'card check' now are 'not real high'
The Hill Share
Controversial "card-check" legislation doesn't have a good chance of passing through Congress, President Obama recently acknowledged. Obama, during a question-and-answer session about the economy in a backyard in Fairfax, Va., said the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA, or "card check") likely doesn't have the 60 votes right now to make it through the Senate. More
Data on the line
Aviation Week Share
Maintenance data soon will be everywhere, at the fingertips of those who use it, wherever they are. The data will be complete and up-to-the-minute, reflecting the latest changes in aircraft condition, management decisions and flight times. Moreover, the data will go both ways, between central systems and mechanics and back from mechanics to decision-makers in offices. In short, no unnecessary walking, no copying numbers, fewer errors and delays and a lot less paper, time and work. More
FAA terminates OpSpecs website
Federal Aviation Administration Share
The FAA developed the www.opspecs.com as a way to share information and invite public comment regarding draft Master Minimum Equipment Lists (MMEL), Policy Letters (PL), Flight Standards Board Reports (FSB) and Operations Specifications (OpSpecs), Management Specifications (MSpecs), Training Specifications (Training Specs) and Letters of Authorization (LOA) both within and outside the FAA. The platform on which www.opspecs.com was built and housed is outdated and no longer being supported. The content of the website is being transferred to various other websites, which are more dedicated to the specific topics and have enhanced features, including subscription notification. The FAA is relocating the contents of www.opspecs.com in accordance with agency guidelines. More
Respecting the aircraft mechanic and shedding the grease monkey image
Ask Bob Share
The author of this article wrote on AskBob.com, "Aircraft mechanics, generally speaking, are a humble group. When someone discovers we work in aviation usually the first question is "Are you a pilot?" Generally, our response is "No, I'm just a mechanic," as if what we do for a living is something to hang our heads in shame about. How many different skill sets must we posses to be proficient in our craft? There’s electrician, plumber, heavy equipment operator, computer expert, interior decorator, painter, seamstress, carpenter, welder, machinist, HVAC, metal sculptor and fabricator, creative writer, legal expert, negotiator, draftsman, radio operator, acrobat and contortionist are some that come quickly to mind." More
Spare parts keep older business jets flying
Anyone who has ever faced a potential repair of an old car knows the dilemma about throwing good money after bad. Do you make yet another expensive repair to avoid the cost of buying a new car or does the sum of the mounting repair bills equal the payments on a new purchase that will result in lower maintenance costs? David Wyndham, Vice President and co-owner of Conklin & de Decker, poses the question to owners of long-out-of-production aircraft and offers some guidance. More
HAI announces the 2011 'Salute to Excellence' Awards series
Rotor News Share
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
Maryland State Police seeks an Avionics Technician (0898)
Helicopter Association International Share
Maryland State Police - Aviation Command is seeking an MSP Avionics Technician. Employees in this classification do not supervise, but may provide guidance to Aviation Maintenance Technician Supervisors, Aviation Maintenance Technician… More
'Aerospace — Lifting up America and Oklahoma'
State Aviation Journal Share
This week, Oklahoma, along with all other states, numerous organizations, both public and private, celebrate National Aerospace Week. It could not come along at a better time. Insofar as the economy is concerned, the only news seems to be bad news. Aerospace, however, as it has been since the Cold War and the Space Race, continues to be a shining star. More
Working together pays off
General Aviation News Share
After years of operating in the shadows, general aviation is gaining, at last, some of the recognition it deserves through a new spirit of cooperation among many groups, organizations, businesses, elected officials, and charitable organizations. For years some General Aviation leaders focused more on their own particular issues than on the common good. But in recent years more and more have come to realize what a few forward-looking individuals had been preaching: In unity there is strength. More
US aviation eyes government financing
The U.S. aviation and aerospace industries are considering asking Congress for a slice of the $50 billion in infrastructure assistance proposed by President Barack Obama, a top trade group official recently said. Marion Blakey, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit that her organization has had discussions with other industry groups about the prospect of financing for new cockpit navigation equipment required for air traffic modernization. "The president has opened the door," Blakey said, adding that it was up to airlines and other industry interests to work with Congress to see what amount of money would be viable. More
Kyl: Little progress made on the estate tax
The Hill Share
With less than fours months before the estate tax returns to levels not seen in nearly a decade, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl said little progress has been made on the issue. More
Kansas senator alleges illegal subsidies at Embraer
Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas claims that general aviation, still struggling through a stalled economy, is facing "unfair international competition. Some foreign governments are heavily subsidizing–sometimes illegally–their domestic aircraft industries," he said in a statement recently. He singled out Embraer in particular, claiming that the Brazilian OEM is now responsible for about 14 percent of all global sales of business aircraft. More
Dear Chairman Oberstar: What do you mean this is not what you voted for?
The author of this article wrote, "Responding to the news that the U.S. Department of Justice had approved the merger of Continental and United, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman, James Oberstar said, 'This consolidation of the mainline companies into three or four mega-carriers is not what I voted for in 1978. Nor did anyone foresee three international alliances dominating the global airline market.' " More
StandardAero Springfield, Ill., to get $500,000 facelift
StandardAero's Springfield, Ill. facility will be getting $500,000 worth of sprucing up, according to a spokesman for the company. "We have an on-going, company-wide process in which our facility managers maintain a dialog with our leaseholders. Our Springfield facility is fairly old and not the image we'd like to portray. So the Springfield Airport Authority has agreed to make the investment in the infrastructure," he told AIN. 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
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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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Timco adds widebody capability at Macon, Ga., facility
Timco Aviation Services plans to begin widebody operations at its Macon, Ga., facility early next year, according to CEO Kevin Carter. "We've had requests from customers to expand our widebody capacity, which has been offered only at our Greensboro, N.C., facility," Carter told AIN. More
Honeywell-CAE Training Alliance expands course offerings to Europe, Middle East and Asia
Honeywell and CAE recently announced that their Honeywell-CAE Training Alliance is now offering maintenance training courses for technicians in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and is also incorporating the expertise of other best-in-class partners. The alliance delivers technical training at the Honeywell Aerospace Academy in Phoenix, Ariz., in CAE training centers worldwide, at selected partner locations, and at customer facilities. More
Mid-Continent Instruments receives AML STC for first lithium emergency power supply
Rotor News Share
Mid-Continent Instruments has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to the company’s MD835 Lithium Emergency Power Supply. More
Genesis Aviation headquarters relocated
Genesis Aviation Share
Genesis Aviation, an FAA and EASA approved component repair station recently announced that it has expanded its operations to a larger, 50,000 square feet facility, located near the Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina. The new headquarters underwent a six month period of extensive renovations and adds 30,000 square feet of shop and inventory space, providing the necessary means to support the repair station's continuously growing capabilities, and furthering their expansion into new generation hydraulics, as well as the streamlining and expansion of many of its current processes. "We strive to know our customers so we can predict their needs and proactively adapt our business accordingly," says President and CEO, Santiago A. Lluhi. The CEO describes the new building as exemplifying the extent to which Genesis is willing to grow and reinvent itself for its customers. More
Columbia Helicopters seeks a Drive and Rotor Technician
Rotor News Share
Columbia Helicopters, Inc. located 22 miles south of Portland, Ore., has an opening for a Drive and Rotor Technician. The position requires experience in an overhaul work environment (on CH-47 drive and rotor components). The company prefers one have the ability to locate, read and follow the technical data appropriate for the assigned task, the ability to use precision measuring equipment and hand tools, is able to work overtime and/or weekends as assigned dependent on production needs, and is willing to conduct him or herself in accordance with the company's core values. 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