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Oct. 21, 2009
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Part 21 Changes
from ARSA

Effective April 14, 2010, the FAA rules regarding the certification procedures and identification requirements for aeronautical products and articles will change. Sections of parts 1; 21; 43; and 45 are amended. In the preamble to the final rule (Published in the Federal Register: 74 FR 53368, October 16, 2009 the FAA’s stated aim is to update and standardize requirements for production approval holders, revise export airworthiness approval requirements to facilitate global manufacturing, move all part marking requirements from part 21 to part 45 and amend the identification requirements for products and articles. The FAA claims the changes will better reflect the current global aircraft and aircraft products and articles manufacturing environment.

The compliance date for the changes to part 1; subparts H, I, L, and N to part 21; and subpart B to part 45 is April 14, 2010. The date for compliance with all other changes in the final rule is April 16, 2011 (18 months after Federal Register publication).

The FAA has issued related guidance designed to provide information on the rule changes: AC 21-42 for part 21 transition; AC 21-43 for production under subpart F, G, K and O to part 21; AC 21-44 for export airworthiness approval; and AC 45-2D for marking requirements.

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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Washington Aviation to Offer Hazmat Training
from Washington Aviation Group
Are You in Compliance?
The FAA has increased its focus on hazardous materials training and has added hazmat training to Part 145 and to the Part 145 advisory circulars, as well as to the inspector's handbook. AEA members are discovering there are a variety of hazmats hidden throughout the avionics industry, from back-up batteries to paint samples.

U.S. regulations require anyone who makes any decision affecting the safe transportation of hazardous materials be trained. Therefore, in answer to member needs, Washington Aviation is offering hazardous materials training classes in 2009. These two-day classes prepare a company to ship hazardous materials commonly found in the aviation industry, including those found in, and associated with, avionics.

The remaining 2009 class will be offered Oct. 27th – 28th, in Lee's Summit, MO at AEA Headquarters. The cost of the two-day classes includes books and materials. Although the base price is $725, ARSA members can sign up for only $675 (be sure to identify yourself as an ARSA member to receive the discount). For more information or to register, call (202) 628-6777 or check out the hazmat training website at: Registration deadline is Oct. 22, so hurry and register today!

FAA Updates Certification Rules for Aviation Products and Parts
from FAA
WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published new regulations for manufacturers of aircraft and aviation products that will update and standardize FAA requirements to better align them with the current global manufacturing environment.

"We want to make sure that all aircraft and parts designed for them meet the highest standards no matter where they are manufactured or who makes them," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “These changes to our certification rules will help us do that.”

Identification and Registration Marking
from Advisory Circular
This advisory circular (AC) provides information about Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), part 45, Identification and Registration Marking. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to comply with the requirements for identifying aircraft, aircraft engines, or propellers with identification plates, and marking aircraft with nationality and registration marks.

Issuance of Export Airworthiness Approvals Under 14 CFR Part 21 Subpart L
from Advisory Circular
This advisory circular (AC) provides information about Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 21, Certification Procedures for Products, Articles, and Parts. The AC covers subpart L, Export Airworthiness Approvals. More

Production Under 14 CFR Part 21, Subparts F, G, K, and O
from Advisory Circular
This AC provides information on how an applicant for a production approval or a current production approval holder (for this AC both are referred to as a PAH) should develop and maintain their quality systems. This guidance aids the PAH in developing a quality system that both meets the needs of the PAH and is compliant with the regulations.More

Transition Document for 14 CFR Parts 1, 21, 43, and 45
from Advisory Circular
This AC provides information concerning changes to the following parts as they relate to the revised part 21 rule: 14 CFR part 1, Definitions and Abbreviations; 14 CFR part 43, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration; and 14 CFR part 45, Identification and Registration Marking.More

September Mx Alert
from FAA
This AC provides information concerning changes to the following parts as they relate to the revised part 21 rule: 14 CFR part 1, Definitions and Abbreviations; 14 CFR part 43, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration; and 14 CFR part 45, Identification and Registration Marking.More

House Passes Bill to Toughen Pilot Training Rules
from Google News
The House voted Wednesday to toughen regulations on pilot training, qualifications and work schedules, a response to a fatal crash in upstate New York in February and other accidents involving regional airlines.More

To Cut Costs, Airlines Send Repairs Abroad
from NPR
First in a three-part series.

Shortly before sunrise on Jan. 23, 2009, passengers on US Airways Flight 518, who were flying from Omaha to Phoenix, were startled by a terrifying shriek.

The pressure seal around the main cabin door was failing, and that shriek was the sound of air leaking through. The plane diverted to Denver. Everybody was safe.

But that and other recent malfunctions affecting US Airways planes, which NPR is reporting for the first time, raise questions about a controversial and growing practice at most U.S. airlines: The industry is sending 1 of every 5 planes to developing countries, from Central America to Asia, when the planes need to be overhauled and repaired. More

Crossed Wires: Flaws In Airline Repairs Abroad
from NPR
Second in a three-part series.

Imagine you're a pilot, and you're flying a Boeing 737 filled with more than 100 passengers. Suddenly, the gauges show that Engine No. 2 is in trouble, so you shut it off and start flying the plane on the other engine alone.

That's a troubling enough scenario. But what if it's worse than that: What if it turns out that a mechanic mixed up the wires in the cockpit, not long before you took off — so your gauges are reversed and you actually turned off the one good engine? More

Bucking Trend, Airline Keeps Repairs In-House
from NPR
Third in a three-part series.

As more and more major U.S. airlines shift their repair and maintenance work to outside firms — often in foreign countries — American Airlines is taking a different approach.

Instead of outsourcing its airplane maintenance to Mexico and South America, American is sticking with its own crew of 6,000 mechanics based in Tulsa, Okla., to service its fleet. This "insourcing" strategy also allows American to contract with other airlines and freight companies to service their planes. More

ARSA Members in the News

Erickson Air-Crane and San Diego Gas and Electric Protecting Lives and Property in and Around San Diego
from Helicopter Association International
Amid a record breaking fire season in Southern California, Erickson Air-Crane has leased an Aircrane firefighting helicopter to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) for 60 days with an option to lease the helicopter for another 30 days if fire conditions warrant. 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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