ARSA staff member passes bar exam!
Congratulations to ARSA Executive Manager Crystal Maguire who recently passed the Virginia Bar exam. That accomplishment puts her well on the way to becoming a licensed and practicing attorney. Maguire, who has been with ARSA for almost seven years, earned her law degree from American University Washington College of Law this spring. Known to many members for her enthusiasm and willingness to help wherever needed, she looks forward to continuing her involvement with the association.
The greening of MRO
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The aviation industry has had a wary eye on its environmental impact ever since the first fight over noise decades ago. Since then, aviation has been a leader on environmental issues, lowering its carbon footprint long before global warming became a debate. While much of the work has been in the air — reducing fuel burn and emissions — a quiet revolution has been underway in the last decade to have a similarly dramatic impact on the ground. Manufacturers, maintenance organizations and FBOs have been reducing aviation's adverse affect on the environment, which has resulted in an unexpected silver lining. What is good for the environment is good for the bottom line. Indeed, the dramatic cost reductions from adopting green solutions make these companies more competitive. More
Over 10,000 pilots and maintenance technicians have received FlightSafety's SafetyStar certification
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FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that over 10,000 pilots and maintenance technicians have received FlightSafety's SafetyStar certification to date. They include pilots and technicians from leading corporate flight departments, aviation services providers, government agencies and aircraft manufacturers. More
Chinese delegation, wanting to visit an American trade school, tours Bullard Havens
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Over the din of revving engines in the automotive shop at Bullard-Havens Technical High School in Bridgeport, Conn., Principal Viviana Santana explained to a delegation of visitors from China that students spend 90 days each school year learning trades and 90 days pursing academic studies. What about the rest of the time, Zhang Pengcheng, deputy director of the higher education division of Shandong Provincial Education Department, asked through interpreter Jai Lei. A puzzled look crossed Santana's faced before she realized he must have meant the summer. "Vacation," she explained. The students get all of July and most of August off, she said. It was a foreign concept for this group of six education officials, who had one opportunity during a 10-day visit to Canada and the United States to visit a American trade school. They picked Bullard-Havens at the suggestion of Daniel W. Gregg, a former director of social studies for the state Department of Education. He is now director of international programs for the Connecticut Association of Schools. More
Prevent outsourcing of domestic airline maintenance functions
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U.S. air carriers currently outsource 70 percent of their maintenance work to contract repair stations, with much of that work going overseas to stations that do not necessarily meet the safety and security rules in place at U.S. facilities. For example, the almost 700 foreign stations certified by the FAA to work on U.S. aircraft are not required to institute a drug and alcohol testing program that U.S. facilities and their workers must follow. Even worse, contract repair work is being farmed out to facilities that are not even certified by the FAA making oversight and quality control virtually impossible. More
Iberia's Barcelona maintenance hangar to create 200 direct jobs
Air Transport News Share
Iberia's Maintenance Hangar in Barcelona, which officially opens today, will create up to 200 direct jobs, most of them specialized and highly skilled, when it reaches full capacity. The initial staff of 60 people is now undergoing training. Of the 60, about half are new hires, and the other half are existing employees in Barcelona or relocated from other sites. In the medium term, new hires will constitute a large majority of the staff. More
Poor regulation key to airlines' financial woes
The European Commission is not adhering to its own principles of good governance to the detriment of Europe's airlines and the communities they serve. Airlines can no longer financially sustain the impact of poor regulation emanating from the European Commission (EC) and other European regulatory bodies. Speaking at the first European Air Transport Regulation Forum in Florence, Italy, Director General of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), Mike Ambrose, criticized regulatory bodies for not applying their own best practice rules when proposing or amending legislation, leading to ambiguous and confusing legislation which creates unnecessary costs for airlines and benefits neither the airline nor the passenger. More
India, US to ink aviation safety pact
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India and the United States are in the process of entering into a bilateral agreement which would lead to mutual acceptance of aeronautical products developed in either countries, the civil aviation ministry recently said. The two countries have completed two key processes prior to signing of the pact, Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA), the ministry said in a statement. More
Business aviation industry lands in Atlanta
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As some 25,000 people in the business aviation industry prepare to meet in Atlanta for their annual meeting, a key forecast shows those who fly private jets see a long road to recovery from the recession. In a closely watched industry forecast, Honeywell Aviation said it expects business jet deliveries to continue to decline this year and remain weak in 2011, with no expansion expected until 2012. More
AEA calls for end to 'heavy-handed regulation' in Europe
Air Transport World Share
Association of European Airlines charged that "heavy-handed regulation and structural deficiencies" are holding back its member airlines while "global competitors are forging ahead, sponsored and supported as instruments of national policy." It called on EU and national authorities to establish a regulatory environment conducive to European airlines' competiveness on a worldwide scale. While not naming specific airlines that are "instruments of national policy," AEA likely is referring to the aggressive growth of Persian Gulf-based airlines Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. More
Will bonus depreciation cure business aviation's illness?
A Sept. 27, press release by the National Business Aviation Association applauds the President for signing a piece of legislation for small business that includes a provision for bonus (accelerated) depreciation for strategic business purchases. The provision includes new aircraft and major aircraft components such as new avionics, interiors and engines. More
US, European carriers join forces to seek export credit reform
Air Transport World Share
Twenty-four US and European airlines have written to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner with a "Statement of Common Principles regarding the development of a new OECD Aircraft Sector Understanding agreement," aimed at reining in export credit supported aircraft financings that the airlines claim give carriers outside the ASU regions an unfair advantage. More
Airline accidents — Airline maintenance
The author of this article wrote, "I am neither an Airline Pilot nor an Aviation Mechanic. I have observed the news with regards to airliner accidents though. The articles that I have read talk about the possibility of poor or shoddy maintenance, mediocre at best. I believe that the majority of Aviation Maintenance Facilities are reputable and that they employ skilled Mechanics. Having said this, some of you out there may think that I am naïve and not in touch with reality. That's fine. I look forward to any comments, insights, or criticisms. Airlines have outsourced there maintenance operations to cut costs." More
Maintenance program incorporates historical aircrafts
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The Amarillo College aviation maintenance program not only offers hands-on experience to aviation students, but it serves as home to some historical aircraft. "Our goal is to teach our students the best that we can to be successful in the industry," said Dennis Moseley, an aviation maintenance instructor. T 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
Grey Owl Human Factors and SMS Workshops — Las Vegas
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Grey Owl will hold a Phase 1 Human Factors for Aviation Technicians and Managers Workshop from Nov. 8-9, in Las Vegas, Nev. 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
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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
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.
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Honeywell forecasts end of downturn, growth returning
At this year's NBAA show, while attendees search for signs that the industry downturn is finally ending, engine, equipment and avionics manufacturer Honeywell sees at least one more down year in 2011 before the start of a rebound cycle. More
Jet Aviation offers Jet Start service
Jet Aviation Flight Services of Teterboro, N.J., introduced JetStart, a turnkey program to assist new aircraft buyers in establishing a flight department before aircraft delivery, at NBAA. JetStart offers ad hoc services that can be integrated into a service package to support owner-specific operational objectives. Services include pre-buy inspections, aircraft conformity checks, completion monitoring, personnel recruitment, Part 135 services, flight following, maintenance planning and tracking, consulting and auditing services. More
Delivery rise boosts Dassault Aviation
Aviation International News Share
Financial results for the first half of 2010 appeared to suggest that Dassault Aviation has begun to reverse the severe downward trend its Falcon business jet operations have endured over the past 24 months or so. Nonetheless, announcing a welcome deceleration in aircraft order cancellations on July 29, the French group's management indicated that the apparent strengthening in the market is not yet enough to constitute a full-blown, sustainable recovery for the troubled business aviation sector. More
Lufthansa Technik takes over engine services for Austrian Airlines A320 fleet
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Austrian Airlines has contracted Lufthansa Technik AG to overhaul the engines of its Airbus A320 family aircraft. The agreement further expands the long-standing cooperation of Austrian, a member of the Lufthansa Group since 2009, and Lufthansa Technik. The contract, which extends over a period of eight years, covers all CFM56-5B engines powering the 21 A320 family aircraft of Austrian. More
Mesa Expansion highlights Timken's robust aircraft support capabilities
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The Timken Company's Aerospace Aftermarket Solutions business, based in Mesa, Ariz., offers a full range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for aircraft fleets ranging from commercial planes to military rotorcraft. Those capabilities and the fact that Timken offers its own aftermarket replacement parts approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) uniquely position the company as a full-service MRO provider. More
StandardAero launches maintenance insight
As military aircraft grow more complex, components are increasingly more interdependent making it more difficult to isolate causes for system faults. Component and system reliability continue to reduce individual failure frequencies, and fewer failures mean fewer opportunities to learn troubleshooting techniques and relate symptoms to failed components. More
Final Documents/Your Two Cent
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