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Sept. 30, 2009
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Congress Passes FAA Extension Through 2009
from ARSA
On Sept. 24, the Senate followed the House in passing an extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through Dec. 31, 2009. The measure will ensure that agency funding does not lapse after the end of the current extension, which expires Sept. 30. The extension measure is necessary since a reauthorization of the FAA has yet to be passed by Congress.
Currently, the House has passed its version of FAA reauthorization (H.R. 915), but the Senate has yet to hold a vote on its bill (S. 1451). While the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has approved the bill, the Senate Finance Committee must still vote on the measure before it advances to the floor. The timetable for such action is murky, with health care currently dominating the agenda. Senate leadership, however, believes that the legislation should be approved by year's end.

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
from ARSA
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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Human Factors in the Spotlight
from ARSA
Not only is the European Aviation Safety Agency interested in your views on human factors, but Paul Thompson, a graduate student with Embry-Riddle would like to hear from you.

To take part in the EASA human factors survey click here:

Paul Thompson's survey can be found here: He is not asking for any personal or company information, so the survey will be confidential in nature. He is only using the data for his graduate project and will destroy the information after its completion. Paul's survey needs to be completed and returned to his attention at no later than Sept. 30. If you would like to speak with Paul about his work, give him a call at 316-461-1868.

HAI Technical Committee Looking for New Members
from Helicopter Association International
HAI'S Technical Committee is looking for new members to join its ranks. The committee has a rich history of contributing to the helicopter industry in a variety of ways. Some notable committee accomplishments include; producing a number of awareness videos highlighting the industry in an effort to recruit young people to the trade. More

European Air-Safety Body Issues Guidance on Goodrich Probes
from Dow Jones Newswires
The European Union's air-safety watchdog has issued an emergency airworthiness directive that requires aircraft operators to check the condition of some airspeed instruments manufactured by Goodrich Corp.
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AMT Online Reports on ARSA Economic Assessment
from Air Maintenance Technology Society
A study by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association provides fresh insights about the aviation maintenance industry. The report prepared by AeroStrategy, determined that spending in the global MRO market exceeded $50 billion in 2008, with North America, the U.S. and Canada, accounting for $19.4 billion of the total. More

Textron CEO Stepping Down
from The Associated Press via The Modesto Bee
Textron Inc. said that Lewis B. Campbell is retiring as CEO after 11 years, and will be succeeded by Scott Donnelly, the aircraft maker's current president and chief operating officer. Textron said the moves culminate a yearslong succession plan under which Campbell will also retire as chairman no later than the company's 2011 annual shareholders meeting. He is stepping down as CEO on Dec. 1. More

Workers Celebrate Launch of Cirrus Parts by API
from The Commercial Appeal
Folks at Cirrus Aircraft admit they're better at building airplanes than maintaining a network to supply parts for maintenance and repair. So they hooked up earlier this year with Aerospace Products International, a $120 million-a-year Memphis-based business that provides parts distribution and supply-chain services to the aviation industry. More

CAL Saves with In-house Maintenance
from Trinidad and Tobago Express
Caribbean Airlines will save a substantial amount of money now that it is conducting its own in-house maintenance on its aircraft as opposed to having them sent to the United States, the airline's CEO Philip Saunders has said. More

Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul - Global Strategic Business Report
from Research and Markets
Research and Markets, the leading source for international market research and market data (, recently released a report on global strategic business. The market for Aircraft MRO is analyzed by the following Segments: Heavy Airframe Maintenance, Modifications, Components Maintenance, Engine Overhaul, and Line Maintenance. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for U.S., Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2006 through 2015. A six-year historic analysis is also provided for this market.
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ARSA Members in the News

AAR to Host Investor Day
from PR Newswire Association
AAR announced that it will host an Investor Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT in New York City. David P. Storch, chairman and chief executive officer, and other members of the AAR CORP. senior management team, will present the company's strategy, market outlook and key priorities for 2010. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session. More

Delta TechOps Joins National Partnership for Environmental Priorities
from United State Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Delta Air Lines' maintenance division, Delta TechOps, as the newest environmental steward to join the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities. As an EPA partner, Delta TechOps will change some of its engineering processes to eliminate the use of lead. To date, Delta TechOps has sent 7,000 pounds of lead to be safely recycled, eliminating a potential toxic pollutant from posing a risk to human health and the environment. More

Delta TechOps to Perform Engine Maintenance on Ethiopian Airlines Fleet
from Good News Ethiopia
Delta Air Lines' maintenance division, Delta TechOps, announced it has inked an open-ended agreement to extend current maintenance support for Ethiopian Airlines to include total engine repair and overhaul of Ethiopian's Pratt & Whitney 2040 engines. Delta TechOps began performing select maintenance support on Ethiopian's fleet in 2005. More

Delta TechOps Commits to Eliminating Lead from Machine Shop Operations
from EHS Today
EPA has recognized Delta Air Lines' maintenance division, Delta TechOps, as the newest environmental steward to join the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities. More

Erickson Air Crane receives Gold Certificate from FAA
from Helicopter Association International
The Federal Aviation Administration presented Erickson Air-Crane with a "Gold Certificate of Excellence" honoring Erickson's participation in the FAA sponsored Aviation Maintenance Training program in 2008 as well as a "Special Recognition Award" signifying participation with the program for the past five years. More

Flightstar Aircraft Services Announces Facility Expansion
from BusinessWire
Flightstar Aircraft Services, a leading provider of heavy aircraft maintenance and modifications, is pleased to announce the company will be expanding its facilities at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The planned 100,000 square foot facility will include an Aircraft Coating Facility for narrow and wide-body aircraft, a Learning Center in conjunction with Florida State College at Jacksonville, and additional space for the company's Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul operations. More

Hamilton Sundstrand Selected by Republic for APU Work
from PR Newswire Association
Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has been selected by Republic Airways Holdings to perform all maintenance services for the Hamilton Sundstrand APS 2300 Auxiliary Power Units installed in its fleet of 133 Embraer 170/190 series aircraft. Hamilton Sundstrand will continue to repair Republic Airways' APS 2300 APUs in its San Diego facility, along with the other Hamilton Sundstrand APUs fitted in Republic's fleet of Embraer 145 aircraft. More

TIMCO Enters Line Mx Agreement with USA 3000
from Air Maintenance Technology Society
TIMCO Aviation Services announced that it has entered into an agreement with USA 3000 to provide on-call line maintenance service at all current TIMCO line locations for all USA 3000 Airbus A320 Aircraft. TIMCO currently has 17 plus locations at strategic key airports throughout the U.S. and will be announcing a number of additional locations in the near future. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
from ARSA
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site By accessing the links 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 publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars, 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

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