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Sept. 16, 2009
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Human Factors Questionnaire
from ARSA
This questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to influence the Agency's future Human Factors (HF) rulemaking strategy by providing your views on HF and where priorities for further enhancements reside. Furthermore, the questionnaire asks for your views on the Agency's rulemaking procedure and whether its reliance on individual task priorities, is the best approach to HF regulation. Other approaches could be envisaged that provide greater strategic direction and will enable a medium-term integrated plan for HF regulations to be established. More

ATA Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Forum
from ARSA
Attend the 52nd Annual NDT Forum in Atlanta and be a part of creating a safer industry through NDT best-practices information sharing. Explore NDT technologies through discussion, presentation and networking with airline and industry colleagues. For more information and to register, please visit their Web site here.

Spirit Avionics Hangar Bash
from ARSA
On Aug. 29, ARSA member Spirit Avionics held its first annual Hangar Bash fund raiser to benefit the Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA) program. Spirit Avionics is located at Port Columbus Airport, in Columbus, OH. The event was a success with over 100 persons attending the festivities. Financial support came from organizations, such as Honeywell, Sporty's Pilot Shop, Garmin, L3 Communications, the Professional Pilots Association, Inc., Dallas Airmotive, Lane Aviation, American Electric Power and Block Investments, Inc.

YAA’s mission is to introduce young people to the exciting world of aviation via high-quality, engaging, educational programs. YAA stages half-day programs across the country, for boys and girls ages 12 to 18.

The support generated by Spirit Avionics and other contributors will allow YAA to continue to grow. The program currently has nine "squadrons" nationwide, with a dozen more squadrons under development. It costs YAA approximately $1,500 to set up most new squadrons, so every dollar raised will have an immediate impact.

For more information about YAA, including how you can start a squadron in your city, visit here or contact Dan Kiser at YAA is a 501c(3), tax exempt organization.

CEA Reports on Stimulus Impact
from the Chicago Economic Policy Examiner
In its first required report to Congress on the effect of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the white House Council of Economic Advisors yesterday attributes over one million jobs have been saved or created thus far as a result of stimulus spending. Good news, I suppose, but because the economy has lost 2.5 million jobs since the legislation was signed in February, a lot of people are still hurting. More

American Airlines Employees Nabbed in Drug Bust
from NBC
Nine American Airlines workers are among the 23 people arrested in a federal investigation targeting a drug smuggling ring in Florida and the Caribbean who attempted to distribute 9,000 kilos of cocaine. The Fort Worth-based airline confirmed the arrest of its employees in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday. Airline spokesman Tim Wagner told that the company has been working with the authorities in the investigation. More

Advisory Circulars: Comparative Method to Show Equivalent Vibratory Stresses and High Cycle Fatigue Capability for Parts Manufacturer Approval of Turbine Engine and Auxiliary Power Unit Parts
from FAA
This advisory circular (AC) describes a comparative test and analysis method that may be used for turbine engine or auxiliary power unit (APU) blades or vanes when produced under parts manufacturer approval (PMA). PMA applicants may use this comparative modal and high-cycle fatigue (HCF) method to show the vibratory stresses and HCF capability of their proposed blades or vanes are equivalent to those of the type design parts. This method supports showing that the engine or APU still complies with part 33 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR part 33) or Technical Standard Order (TSO) C77. More

Composite Aircraft Structure
from FAA
This AC sets forth an acceptable means, but not the only means of showing compliance with the provisions of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 23, 25, 27, and 29 regarding airworthiness type certification requirements for composite aircraft structures involving fiber reinforced materials, e.g., carbon and glass fiber reinforced plastics. Guidance information is also presented on the closely related design, manufacturing, and maintenance aspects. The information contained herein is for guidance purposes and is not mandatory or regulatory in nature. More

Short FAA Extension Would Buy Time to Clear Full Reauthorization
from CQ Today via Airport Business
The Senate Finance Committee is beginning to ready a three-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration, which would give lawmakers until the end of the year to finish a full reauthorization bill. More

Senate Panel Examines Aviation Safety in Hudson River Corridor
from Aviation News
The Senate Aviation Operations, Safety and Security Subcommittee Tuesday held a hearing regarding aviation safety, specifically examining the recent Hudson River midair collision and the safety of air operations in congested airspace. More

Aircraft Maintenance Facility Dedicated to Tuskegee Airman
from Air Education and Training Command
Keesler Air Force Base celebrated the life and time of retired Col. Lawrence Roberts Aug. 28 with a ceremony dedicating the 403rd Wing's consolidated aircraft maintenance facility in his honor. The new $22.6 million structure is used to perform maintenance on equipment for aircraft assigned to the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters and 815th Airlift Squadron Flying Jennies. The Hurricane Hunters fly the WC-130J model aircraft and the Flying Jennies fly the C-130J-30 stretch model cargo planes. More

US Senate staff: Congress reluctant to fund ADS-B equipage
from ATW Daily News
US Senate staff said last week that determining how to pay for transitioning to the satellite-based NextGen ATC system is proving difficult, with Congress reluctant to set precedent by footing the bill for early ADS-B equipage on commercial aircraft. More

UPS Embroiled in Contract Talks with 1,200 Air Maintenance Workers
from Logistics Management
UPS, the world's largest transportation company and operator of the world's 12th-largest fleet of aircraft, is negotiating a new labor contract with its 1,200 aircraft mechanics who maintain UPS’s fleet of 262 planes. Recently those workers represented by Teamsters Local 2727 in Louisville voted overwhelmingly approved a strike authorization vote by a 90 percent margin to help jump-start those negotiations that began three years ago. More

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