Lufthansa Technik Vice President to lead ARSA in 2011
Dr. Hans Juergen "Hanno" Loss, Vice President of Quality Management for Lufthansa Technik, was elected President of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) for 2011 at the association's annual Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 15. Loss steps into this role having previously served a one-year term as ARSA's Vice President. The ARSA Board also elected Gary Fortner, Vice President of Quality Management at Fortner Engineering, and Gary Jordan, President and CEO of Jordan Propeller Service to serve respectively as ARSA's 2011 Vice President and Treasurer. More
Opinion shifting on General Aviation
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A change in attitude by elected officials toward the general aviation industry is reflective of that of the general public, evidence that industry's image program is working, the head of the National Business Aviation Association said on the opening day of the advocacy group's annual convention. The No Plane No Gain program was launched in early 2009 by the NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in response to what both groups believed were distortions and inaccuracies being told by politicians and the media about business aviation. More
Transport Canada: Latest Aviation Safety Letter now available
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Delaware economy: Bigger planes equal bigger business
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Inside a series of hangars in a corner of the Sussex County Airport is what county leaders describe as one of the region's best-kept secrets — a manufacturing company succeeding in a tough economy. About 400 people work for PATS Aircraft Systems outside Georgetown, installing fuel tanks and improving interior finishings and electronics systems for private planes used by celebrities, foreign leaders, sports teams and corporations. More
Battle lines drawn over unionization
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Voting is under way for two groups of Delta Air Lines workers looking to unionize the carrier after its 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines. About 20,000 flight attendants — including 7,500 former Northwest workers who were represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA before the companies merged — are voting through Nov. 3, on whether to have the union represent them. More than 14,000 baggage and cargo handlers are voting through Nov. 18, on whether to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, including about 4,900 who were represented by the union when they worked for Northwest. More
Retiring US State Department official calls for more airline deregulation
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The retiring top U.S. negotiator on international aviation treaties called for more deregulation of air markets recently, saying global business offers the best financial opportunity for American carriers. John Byerly, who will retire at the end of the month as deputy assistant secretary of state for transportation affairs, said global "open skies" treaties should be expanded. More
Hawker Beechcraft and FlightSafety MxPro training course receives EASA certification
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Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) and FlightSafety International recently announced they have received approval to conduct theoretical and practical, hands-on technical training to support the Hawker 125 series business jets from the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA). The authorization paves the way for HBC and FlightSafety to provide their MxPro Regulatory maintenance training to technicians who, upon completion of the course, will be certified to perform maintenance on the Hawker 750, 800, 850 and 900 models. More
Wichita, Kan., seeks to learn: What is the worth of a well-trained work force?
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The sleek steel, glass and concrete boxes rising alongside North Webb Road — the new National Center for Aviation Training — suggest a gleaming future for Wichita, Kan., and its aircraft workers. A ribbon-cutting on the $52 million, 230,000-square-foot complex will be on Oct. 27. Already students are inside learning how to build and maintain airplanes. But this year has posed some uncomfortable questions for Wichita about its aviation workforce. 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
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
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Hillsboro Aviation sponsors 2010 Bell Helicopter Maintainers & Operators Conference
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Hillsboro Aviation is pleased to co-sponsor Bell Helicopter's upcoming Maintainers & Operators Conference in Sacramento, Calif., for all light, intermediate and medium series helicopter operators and maintainers. The conference, which takes place Oct. 25 - Oct. 26, at the Sacramento Holiday Inn, provides an opportunity for all owners, operators, maintenance personnel and pilots to interact with specialists from Bell Product Support Engineering and engine manufacturers to get the latest technical information on Bell aircraft. More
Dassault Aircraft Services — Reno, Nev., receives EASA Part 145
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Dassault Aircraft Services, Reno, Nev., has been awarded Part-145 Repair Station approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). "With our newly granted EASA certification, DAS — Reno is fully capable of servicing any European registered aircraft, from AOG support and line maintenance up to a C- check," said DAS Chief Operating Officer Bob Sundin. "This is simply one more step in our vision to provide the most comprehensive support network of any business jet manufacturer, with many more to come." More
StandardAero signs exclusive maintenance agreement with Airnorth on Embraer 170 APS2300 APU
StandardAero announced recently that it has signed an exclusive maintenance agreement with Australia’s Airnorth, on the Hamilton Sundstrand APS2300 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). The APS2300 APU is installed on Airnorth’s Embraer 170 aircraft. The agreement is for three years with two consecutive two-year options. Full execution of all options would extend the service agreement through July 2017. 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