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Oct. 28, 2009
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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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AirTran Airways and the Teamsters Local 528 Announce Successful Ratification of Collective Bargaining Agreement
from PR Newswire
AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 528, recently announced the successful membership ratification by an overwhelming margin of a new 48-month collective bargaining agreement. The agreement covers approximately 400 AirTran Airways mechanics and inspectors in Atlanta, Orlando, Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, and Milwaukee. More

AMR to Cut Up to 700 Maintenance, Engineering Jobs
from Reuters
American Airlines parent AMR Corp. will eliminate up to 700 jobs as it downsizes its maintenance and engineering operations, the company recently said in a letter to employees. More

Southwest Settles Lawsuit Over Safety Issues
from The Associated Press
Southwest Airlines Co. has agreed to settle a shareholder lawsuit that grew out of safety violations at the carrier and will pay the investors' lawyers $3.5 million. More

First Eastern European Maintenance Conference Underway in Belgrade
from emportal
The first Eastern European Maintenance Conference (EEMC), organized by Jat Tehnika and Avisa from Great Britain, was opened in Belgrade, reports Tanjug news agency. The conference comprises more than 30 representatives of foreign airway companies, including Erbas and Boeing. The purpose of this two-day conference on airplane and plane components maintenance and designing, which is the first event of the kind in the region of former Yugoslavia, is to make new arrangements between Jat Tehnika and successful foreign companies. More

AEA Submits Comments on SMS
from AMT
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Administration last week in response to the FAA’s safety management systems proposed rulemaking. The AEA does not support the FAA’s broad-based proposal to mandate an independent safety management system for maintenance organizations. The AEA believes the SMS proposal is an excessive, unwarranted and unjustified administrative burden. More

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Latest Transport Canada Aviation Safety Letter Published
from Transport Canada
The Aviation Safety Letter (ASL) is published quarterly by Transport Canada, Civil Aviation. It is distributed to all holders of a valid Canadian pilot licence or permit, and to all holders of a valid Canadian aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) license. The ASL includes articles that address aviation safety from all perspectives, such as safety insight derived from accidents and incidents, information tailored to the needs of maintenance and servicing personnel and the Aviation Safety Maintainer, the Aviation Safety Vortex and the Aviation Safety Ultralight and Balloon newsletters. More

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
from The Federal Register Online via GPO Access
In this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR), OSHA is requesting comments, including data and other information, on issues related to the hazards of combustible dust in the workplace. For the purposes of this notice, the term ``combustible dust'' includes all combustible particulate solids of any size, shape, or chemical composition that could present a fire or deflagration hazard when suspended in air or other oxidizing medium. OSHA plans to use the information received in response to this notice in developing a proposed standard for combustible dust. More

Air France Tells Pilots to Shape Up, Stop Blaming Equipment
from Seattle Post Intelligencer
Air France has struck back at pilots blaming faulty airspeed probes for the June Airbus A330 crash that killed all 228 people on board. More

FAA Investigates LAX Runway Incursion
from Los Angeles Times
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a runway incursion Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport in which two planes passed within 15 feet of each other, according to one witness. More

ARSA Members in the News

Boeing on South Carolina's Radar
from The State
South Carolina lawmakers are preparing for Boeing to land in North Charleston. While not mentioning Boeing by name, the Senate recently voted unanimously for a massive incentives package that appeared geared toward winning a new assembly line for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. More

Washington Senator Asking Boeing, Machinists to Talk
from The State
Sen. Patty Murray's office recently said she's been trying to arrange talks in Washington, D.C., between Boeing and the Machinists union. More

Morgan Stanley Worries Boeing Won't Deliver 787 Until 2011
from Seattle Post Intelligencer
Morgan Stanley recently downgraded its recommendation on Boeing, fretting that technical problems will push first flight of the 787 Dreamliner into 2010 and, more importantly, first delivery of the plane to the spring of 2011, according to a Wall Street Journal report. 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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