Join ARSA's midterm election preview webinar on Thurs., Oct. 7, 2010
ARSA members are invited to join us for a discussion about the upcoming elections on October 7th at 2:00 p.m. EST. ARSA's legislative team will preview the midterm elections, discuss how ARSA members can get involved and inform participants about the importance of the November elections for the aviation maintenance industry. Please plan on joining us for this 30 minute conference call! More
US MRO body urges lobbying against FAA bill
Proposed legislation that would impose new demands on the US Federal Aviation Administration came in for stinging criticism at Aviation Week's MRO Europe show in London recently. Following last week's extension of the regulator's temporary funding, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) launched a fresh attack on the FAA reauthorization bill, which it deems an attempt to "micro-manage" a sophisticated industry. More
Aviation Week Share
A host of hangars will spring up around the globe in the next few years, many of which will feature environmentally friendly features such as solar panels in sunny climates or strategically situated windows with glazing to allow natural light in without heat gain or loss. If you put all of these new hangar projects — from Guangzhou to Abu Dhabi to Barcelona to Honolulu—on a scale, it appears MROs put more weight on initial capital expenditures for new aircraft maintenance facilities compared to longer term operational cost benefits over several years. The scale's fulcrum, however, is designing facilities for efficient maintenance. And the scale most likely will tip more toward operational cost benefits as companies better understand green building benefits. More
Long wait in foreign repair station queue
Aviation Week Share
While the U.S. Congress has approved the 16th short-term extension of the FAA's operating authority, which expired three years ago, companies wanting to be designated as foreign repair stations must continue to wait. Speaking at Aviation Week's MRO Europe conference, an FAA official said the wait for organizations, such as Pakistan International Airlines, which is in the process of transitioning its maintenance arm into an MRO, could be a long one. PIA also wants FAA Part 145 approval in addition to the European Aviation Safety Agency certification it already holds. More
Grey Owl Human Factors and SMS workshops — Las Vegas
Rotor News Share
Grey Owl will hold a Phase 1 Human Factors for Aviation Technicians and Managers Workshop from November 8-9, in Las Vegas, Nev. This two-day public workshop is designed for aircraft technicians, their supervisors and management. More
MRO, positive publicity
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Lee Ann Tegtmeier wrote in Aviation Week, "In reading the Aeronautical Repair Station Association's latest newsletter, I discovered its Positive Publicity Campaign. Being the eternal optimistic that I am, how could the name not grab my attention? The campaign focuses on improving the legal, regulatory, and business climate for contract aviation maintenance companies. Work is well underway, and here is part of the economic data already available. More
Outsourcing safety: Airplane repairs move to unregulated foreign shops
In 1991, a mechanic at a Turkish repair shop overhauled an engine on a U.S. passenger jet and missed a crack in the engine. Four years later, on a June afternoon, the 57 passengers on ValuJet Flight 597 heard a loud bang as the plane bolted down a runway in Atlanta. Shrapnel from the busted engine ripped through a fuel line. The engine and cabin caught on fire. One crew member suffered serious puncture wounds from the shrapnel, and another crew member and five passengers suffered minor injuries. 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
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."
Senate rejects airline union measure
Phoenix Business Journal Share
The Senate rejected an attempt to overturn a new National Mediation Board regulation that makes it easier for unions to organize railroad and airline workers. The board, which oversees labor relations in these industries, decided in May that union elections should be decided by the majority of votes cast in the election. Under the board's previous rule, a majority of all the workers in the unit affected by the organizing campaign had to vote in favor of union representation in order for a union to prevail. Workers who didn't vote were counted as voting no. More
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.
For more details, click here.
Pledge your support here.
Lufthansa Technik puts together 787 maintenance offering
Aviation Week Share
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) is developing an engineering-services offering for the Boeing 787 it hopes will be ready to take to the market early next year. The sister engineering company of German carrier Lufthansa already has every in-production Boeing airliner other than the 787 in its portfolio. In an interview at Aviation Week's MRO Europe exhibition in London, LHT Director-Aircraft System Engineering Andreas Pakszies says that regardless of whether the airline division decides to acquire the twinjet, the MRO arm would like to offer the 787 in its engineering portfolio. More
Elliott Aviation earns Class IV Repair Station certification
Elliott Aviation via AMT Share
Elliott Aviation recently announced that its headquarters facility at Quad City International Airport (MLI) has received Class IV Repair Station certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which will enable the company to pass along tax relief savings to owners who have work performed at the full-service, MLI facility near Moline, Ill. More
TIMCO Aviation Services celebrates its 20th anniversary
TIMCO Aviation Services, one of the largest independent maintenance, repair and overhaul ("MRO") providers in the world, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the company's founding. The company opened its operations at its current Greensboro, N.C., headquarters location in October of 1990 with a single hangar. More
PATS Aircraft Systems receives FAA STC
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design Share
PATS Aircraft Systems has announced that the FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its B757-200 Auxiliary Fuel System (AFS). The approved fuel system has been successfully installed, tested and certified in the 6-tank configuration and can extend the range of the aircraft to over 5,000 nanometers. More
Aircraft maintenance contract to bring 100 jobs to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Idaho Statesman Share
Horizon Air's decision to outsource its aircraft heavy maintenance work is giving a boost to the Kootenai County, Idaho economy. Empire Aerospace, a division of express-freight shipper Empire Airlines, has been awarded a long-term contract to complete heavy maintenance and aircraft modification work for Horizon. Tim Komberec, the company's CEO and president, said this means the creation of 100 new jobs at Empire's 50,000-square-foot plant at the Coeur d'Alene Airport in Hayden, Idaho. More
Cimber Sterling chooses Delta TechOps for maintenance expertise
Trading Markets Share
Delta Airlines' maintenance division, Delta TechOps, has signed a three-year, multimillion dollar contract with Cimber Sterling Airlines to provide time and materials services for 11 CFM56-7B engines and Honeywell GTCP131-9B APUs for the airline's fleet. The agreement was announced at the European MRO Conference held at London's Excel, of which Delta TechOps is a sponsor. 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