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Aviation Maintenance Leaders Analyze Landscape of Industry
Executives from aviation maintenance companies around the world convened in Washington, D.C. today to hear how industry, regulatory, and legislative changes will impact their bottom lines in 2014.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association's (ARSA) annual Strategic Leadership Conference (SLC) kicked off on Oct. 23 with a dinner and reception featuring House Aviation Subcommittee member Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), who discussed the latest legislative issues under consideration by his panel. The following morning, U.S. Department of Transportation Principal Assistant Inspector General for Auditing and Evaluation Lou Dixon delivered the group's keynote address, focusing on the department's audits to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Federal Aviation Administration's safety programs.
A regulatory panel, featuring high-level figures at the Transportation Security Administration and Airlines for America, zeroed in on the latest regulatory and security issues confronting the MRO industry. The second discussion group provided insights from some of Washington’s most experienced aviation lobbyists, who discussed current legislative issues affecting the maintenance community. The final segment, led by ARSA Vice President of Communications, Policy & Planning Eric Byer and Executive Vice President Christian Klein, analyzed what the association is doing to capitalize on the Positive Publicity Campaign's victories and what members can do to spread the message of the industry's contributions to safety.
"Aviation maintenance is a dynamic sector constantly adjusting to meet the needs of a growing global market," said Klein. "ARSA's SLC is the only program of its kind to keep the industry's leaders abreast of what's happening in Washington so they can focus more on the important things: business and continued safety."
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Aviation Maintenance Resource Site Takes Flight
Addressing the need for a single hub of information about the aviation maintenance industry, today the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) announced the launch of avmro.arsa.org (AVMRO).
AVMRO, which stands for aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul, features a page on the industry explaining the efficiency of contract aviation maintenance, the global regulatory framework governing the sector's operations, and the importance of bilateral aviation safety agreements. The site also contains reports showing the industry's economic and employment footprint globally, within the United States, and for each individual state.
"AVMRO is the go-to place for anyone looking for information about the aviation maintenance industry," ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein said. "Whether you're a lawmaker trying to understand the impact of your policy decisions, a journalist looking for background information and economic data, or a student researching career opportunities, AVMRO will be a useful tool."
The new website also includes a feed to the industry's Twitter hashtag #AVMRO and connects to an MRO jobs board, ARSA newsletters, a press kit, and ARSABlog.
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ARSA Blog: It's Time to Standardize FAA Regulatory Interpretations
This week, ARSA Vice President of Communications, Policy and Planning Eric Byer discusses how it's time for the FAA to wipe the slate clean and start standardizing FAA regulatory interpretations.
Read Byer's blog and others at http://blog.arsa.org/.
HAECO Acquires TIMCO Aviation Services
Last week, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO) announced a conditional stock purchase of TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc. totaling $388.8 million. TIMCO, one of the world's largest aircraft maintenance and repair providers is based in Greensboro, N.C., and employs more than 2,700 people. HAECO is a one of the leading independent maintenance and repair organizations in the Asia-Pacific region.
"The acquisition of TIMCO will expand HAECO's operations and broaden its sources of revenue," stated Christopher Pratt, HAECO's chairman. "We believe that the business and operations of TIMCO will fit well strategically with the existing business of HAECO. In combination, they will be able to offer enhanced aircraft maintenance and cabin modification services to a wider range of customers."
To read the press release on this acquisition, please click here.
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Federal Register Proposes IBR Rule
On Oct. 2, the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) issued a proposed rule to update the requirements for incorporation by reference (IBR). The proposal follows the OFR's review of comments to a petition for rulemaking submitted to the agency last year. An IBR makes materials not published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) but cited in a rule binding. This most often negatively affects the civil aviation community when Airworthiness Directives IBR manufacturer service instructions that are not publicly available.
In April, ARSA submitted comments pointing out the inadequacies of the current IBR framework. The association noted IBR materials often include unrelated tasks and information, creating uncertainty and making it difficult to establish or enforce compliance. Additionally, essential information is not always supplied through each phase of rulemaking, inhibiting industry participation in the regulatory process.
The proposal did not incorporate ARSA's recommendation that all information essential to compliance be made available online for free to ensure parties affected can adhere to regulations containing IBR material. However, the proposed rule would compel agencies to explain their incorporated materials in the rulemaking preambles and include a discussion of the actions taken to ensure IBR materials are "reasonably available" to interested parties.
ARSA is in the process of reviewing the proposed rule and will submit comments by the Dec. 31 deadline.
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New DHS Secretary Nominated, ARSA Eager for Repair Station Security Rule
On Oct. 17, the White House announced President Barack Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Johnson, a former general counsel for the Department of Defense, will take over for Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left office in September to become president of the University of California system.
Upon Senate confirmation, Johnson will oversee programs including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and dictate finalizing the overdue repair station security rule. The TSA’s inaction on this issue means the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still faces a moratorium on certificating foreign aviation repair stations that has plagued the industry since 2008.
"The TSA is repeatedly missing deadlines on this rule, costing the U.S. repair stations looking to expand millions of dollars in lost potential revenue. We have high hopes the new DHS secretary will come into office ready to lead so we can finally see a finished rule," said Christian A. Klein, ARSA's executive vice president. "As ARSA says every day, good safety and security means good business. We look forward to working with Johnson and his team to ensure they understand what the aviation repair station industry is doing to further that mission."
In 2003, Congress first mandated the TSA finalize repair station security rules. After years of inaction, in 2007 lawmakers once again required the agency to complete work on the regulations, prohibiting the FAA from approving new foreign repair stations after Aug. 3, 2008, if the TSA didn't comply.
Stay tuned to ARSA as Johnson goes through the confirmation process.
MacLeod To Be Featured Speaker at AMTSociety Seminars Starting Next Month
Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod will be speaking at the next series of aircraft maintenance educational seminars known as AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium. MacLeod will present on topics including maintenance regulations, major/minor, and maintenance recordkeeping. Seminars will start next month in Houston, TX, and continue through March 2014. Event dates and locations can be found below:
November 20, 2013 – Houston, TX
January 8, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
February 12, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
March 5, 2014 — Aurora, CO
March 25 & 26, 2014 — Las Vegas, NV
Each seminar in AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium meets the requirements contained in FAR 65.93(a)(4) and is acceptable towards 8 hours of training for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal and the FAA AMT Awards Program. In addition to AMTSociety's IA renewal training, you MUST comply with the "actively engaged" requirements in FAR 65.91(c)(1)-(4) to meet the conditions of IA renewal.
Click here to learn more about the AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium.
Check Out ARSA's New Drug Program Management Service Benefit
ARSA, in partnership with NATA Compliance Services (NATACS), is pleased to announce a new drug program management service that provides accurate, fast, and reliable solutions for a safe and compliant drug-free workplace. NATACS is a "one stop" solution providing policy templates, plan setup, regulatory assistance, and program administration. Benefits include:
For more information, visit https://www.natacs.aero/ARSA or call 800.493.9707.
- Laboratory and collection site setup and coordination
- Medical review officer services
- Random drug and alcohol list generation
- Substance abuse referral
- Audit preparation
- Rules and regulations update notifications
- Federal Aviation Administration Drug Abatement
- Division liaisons
- Testing requirements coordination (pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow up)
- Training materials
- Online document management
To review ARSA's Drug & Alcohol Resource Page, please click here .
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Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein's (OFMK) daily newsletter, Daily Intelligence, is now available to those looking for news highlights and regulations that will impact the industry. This valuable resource is designed to help ensure your business stays up-to-date on the latest legislative and regulatory developments in Washington, D.C.
Daily Intelligence includes the latest on OFMK's clients, news from Capitol Hill as well as the aviation maintenance and construction equipment industries, pre-published and published federal regulations, and international aviation guidelines.
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Take Advantage of ARSA's Career Center Today!
Looking for positions in the aviation maintenance industry? The ARSA Career Center has jobs specific to what you need, posted by ARSA members as well as members of the Aero Job Board Network. There are many ways to get started:
Click here to visit the ARSA Career Center.
- Browse job listings to see what jobs are available now
- Upload a resume to let employers find you based on your skills and qualifications
- Set up Job Alerts and receive emails with jobs based on keywords you select
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Constant Aviation Expands Mx Offerings Nationwide
Constant Aviation is expanding its national sales force and maintenance offerings through its three facilities in Cleveland, Ohio; Birmingham, Ala.; and Las Vegas, Nev. Constant now offers maintenance services on the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 and Legacy 600 and 650; the Cessna Citation X; all Hawker 800 series; Beechjet/Hawker 400 series; and Bombardier Challenger 300 jets as well as the Piaggio Avanti and King Air turboprops.
Boeing Eyes Bigger Slice of Commercial Aftermarket Pie
Boeing, which has struggled to cash in on the massive aftermarket support market its aircraft generate, is designing the 737 MAX and soon-to-be-launched 777X with an eye on grabbing a greater share of the maintenance work the models will need, the company's top executive says.
Stevens Aviation Rolls Out Premium Maintenance Program
Stevens Aviation introduced a premium maintenance program, called "Buddy and Wizard," that includes the assignment of a dedicated technical sales representative (buddy) and technician (wizard) who meet with the customer and describe the scope of work required.
Bombardier's MAX Program Extends Maintenance Intervals
Bombardier Aerospace recently launched its MAX maintenance programs for the Challenger 605, designed to reduce direct maintenance costs to owners and operators and increase dispatch availability by extending required maintenance intervals by as much as 50 percent.
Three-Week Aviation Mechanics Class Offered at Big Bend College
A free three-week class for people interested in an aviation mechanics career starts Nov. 5 at Big Bend Community College. "This is for people who want to explore a new career in an aerospace discipline that has job openings locally and throughout the state," stated Dan Moore, aviation maintenance technology instructor at Big Bend.
Pratt & Whitney Canada Signs Engine Service Agreement with Hawker Beechcraft Services
Pratt & Whitney Canada has signed an engine service agreement with Hawker Beechcraft Services for the support of Beechcraft King Air series turboprops and Hawker business jets.
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