ARSA responds to one-sided reporting
News21, a group of student journalists, recently released a series of reports attacking the safety record of the aviation maintenance industry. Collectively titled "Traveling Dangerously in America," the articles have appeared in the Washington Post and on MSNBC.com. Unfortunately, News21 inaccurately portrays contract maintenance and misleads readers about the industry’s stellar safety record. In its reporting, News21 chose not to focus on the facts; rather, the articles mislead readers by highlighting anomalies. More
Why should you support the PPC?
Citing the threat to aviation safety from unqualified workers and inadequate regulations, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association announced a major push in support of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation containing anti-foreign repair station provisions. This is the latest in a series of recent attempts to cast doubt on the industry's safety record—even in the absence of substantial evidence to back such claims. "This push by the labor community to disparage the aviation maintenance industry through hyperbole and inaccuracies demonstrates the need for the industry to engage lawmakers and the media through enhanced public relations efforts," said ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein. "If we don't raise our voice we risk allowing others to define the industry. That is why ARSA started the Public Publicity Campaign." More
ARSA previews upcoming elections
On Oct. 7, ARSA held a conference call to preview the upcoming midterm elections, evaluate the implications for the aviation maintenance industry, and discuss how ARSA members can get involved. Participants heard from Executive Vice President Christian Klein and Legislative Counsel Daniel Fisher about the current political landscape. It is expected that Republicans will make significant gains in Congress, possibly winning majorities in both the House and Senate. The result will be a friendlier audience that is willing to listen to both sides on foreign repair station issues and less susceptible to false safety arguments. More
European aviation authorities refuse to protect whistleblowers
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Experience has shown that often before an aircraft accident occurs, a number of incidents and numerous other deficiencies have highlighted the existence of safety hazards. It is therefore in both the public and the aviation industry's best interests to gather better knowledge of these occurrences in order to facilitate analysis and trend monitoring with the aim of preventing the accident before it occurs. AEI are particularly concerned about the situation in Europe where those who report safety violations are all too often subject to severe consequences. More
Aviation summit pushes AOPA's former expo to full throttle
Aviation legends? Check. Latest aircraft from manufacturers? Check. Educational forums? Check. Technical gadgets and gizmos for the cockpit? Check. AOPA Aviation Summit brings all of that—and more—to one location this November: Long Beach, Calif. AOPA Aviation Summit is a new twist on the association's annual convention known as Expo. It takes the convention's hits, like its educational forums and airport static display to a higher level. Whether you want to become a safer pilot, learn about exciting fly-in destinations, get tips for buying and maintaining aircraft, start using your aircraft for business travel, or learn how to protect your medical, the 65 plus hours of educational forums at Summit are a must. More
Estate tax may become another nail-biter debate when lawmakers return
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Interest groups on both sides of the estate tax debate are unsure how the issue will play out when lawmakers return to Washington for the post-election lame-duck session. "I hear all sorts of things, which means I hear nothing," Craig Jennings, a federal fiscal policy analyst at OMB Watch, told The Hill. "Who knows what’s going to happen?" he added. Lawmakers face a blistering tax agenda in the lame-duck session that, left undone, will cost taxpayers trillions of dollars beginning next year. More
FAA proposes new safety rules for emergency medical helicopter industry
The Washington Post Share
The Federal Aviation Administration recently proposed requiring new onboard safety equipment and training for the $2.5 billion emergency medical helicopter industry but stopped short of endorsing a broader set of recommendations advocated for several years by the National Transportation Safety Board. The FAA plan would require terrain warning systems, operation control centers for larger companies, pre-flight risk analysis, particularly for weather, and stricter flight rules whenever medical crew members — not just patients — are onboard. More
APU: Unsung hero of the engine world
Auxiliary power units (APUs) do their dull and dirty work hidden away in aircraft tailcone compartments, unlike their turbine engine brethren connected to the wings or empennage. On occasion, however, the tables get turned. More
Expanded info to be required for boarding passes in the US
The Vancouver Sun Share
No full name, date of birth or gender on your airline reservation? Then no boarding pass, according to a security rule that goes into effect soon. The final phase of the Transportation Security Administration’s Secure Flight program requires airlines to collect complete information from passengers at the time they book their flights. Passengers who do not enter all information at least 72 hours prior to departure will not be able to print out boarding passes. Instead, they will need to provide the information at the airline counter before a pass is issued. 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, Nevada. This two-day Public Workshop is designed for Aircraft Technicians, their Supervisors, and Management. More
HAI introduces the 'Salute to Excellence' Rolls-Royce excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award
Rotor News Share
Helicopter Association International's mission is to advance the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce. That mission charges each of us to commit ourselves to promoting the highest level of safety and efficiency. This culture of professionalism is nurtured when we encourage and recognize outstanding achievement and contributions made by individuals and organizations. Each year the "Salute to Excellence" Awards program recognizes these outstanding achievements. 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.
For more details, click here.
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Delta targets $2 billion in 'free money' from repairs, freight
Delta Air Lines Inc. is taking on more maintenance work for other carriers in-house and working to expand its cargo business in a bid to boost revenue from those services to $2 billion within three years. The world's second-largest airline plans to reach $1 billion in revenue from aircraft repairs, almost doubling 2009's total, and the same amount in cargo sales, a 27 percent increase, two executives said in interviews. More
Precision Aviation expands Atlanta headquarters
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Precision Aviation Group Inc. has launched an expansion of its Atlanta headquarters, which will increase its space on Mirror Lake Road by more than 50 percent to 65,000 square feet. It is the company's third expansion of the building in the last 12 years. "This expansion will allow us to accommodate future growth and better serve our customers by adding space to our shops, production, warehouse, and logistics areas," David Mast, president and CEO, said in a news release. More
StandardAero reopens Springfield, Ill., TFE731 MPI shop
StandardAero is now offering TFE731 heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul out of its 265,000 square foot production and support facility in Springfield. "We're driving our business aviation unit back to our customer's needs. We'd taken our eye off that mark and in the 12 months since last year's NBAA we've done everything we said we would do," Scott Taylor, Senior Vice-President of business aviation, told AIN. He continued, "Customer feedback indicated there was a strong desire for us to re-establish an engine shop in Springfield to support their needs; we listened to what they were telling us." More
AAR Corp raises full-year outlook
Aircraft parts supplier AAR Corp (AIR.N) raised its full-year outlook citing strong growth at its government and defense services unit. AAR, which also provides maintenance services for the commercial and defense markets, now sees full-year earnings of $1.35-$1.50 a share on revenue of $1.6-$1.7 billion. Analysts were expecting earnings of $1.46 a share on revenue of $1.65 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. More
Banyan announces John Mason, Director of FBO Services
Banyan Air Service based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport recently announced the appointment of John Mason as Director of FBO Services. John has over 20 years of aviation experience and previously held positions with Jet Aviation in West Palm Beach, Fla., and most recently at Orion Jet Center at Opa Locka, Fla. 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