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ARSA Board: Step up advocacy on Capitol Hill
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For over 25 years, ARSA has been the voice of aviation maintenance, promoting and defending the industry in the regulatory, legislative and media arenas. Unfortunately, the challenges have increased exponentially, as hostile legislation targeting our industry has proliferated. To keep up, we all need to step it up! ARSA's Board of Directors, members, and industry leaders have asked that ARSA expand its legislative outreach program to shape the debate about contact maintenance on Capitol Hill. Doing so will require a more robust and proactive role reaching out and engaging lawmakers and their staffs. More

ARSA post election analysis: New faces on Capitol Hill
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As ARSA's legislative team continues to sort through the midterm election results, we know some things for sure. The Republicans into the Speaker's office. Democrats will retain control of the Senate holding a majority of between two and four members. Finally, in an often overlooked aspect, the GOP took control of many state houses and legislatures across the country, with several contests still undecided. More

New fatigue video and training added to FAA website
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FAA Flight Standards, the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, and the Chief Scientist Program joined forces to offer new fatigue awareness training. The package includes a 20 minute fictional video, entitled "Grounded" and a 90 minute interactive training program with exam. Tools to assess the short-term and long-term impact of the training program are also included. Visit the FAA fatigue website at to access the web version or download a copy. For further information, contact

FAA reauthorization remains stalled
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Despite the best efforts of numerous aviation groups and a small army of lobbyists, Congress adjourned early last month without enacting an FAA reauthorization bill. Before the rush to get out of Washington began in ­earnest, lawmakers passed a sixteenth short-term extension of FAA programs and funding, which President Obama signed into law. Members of the House and Senate were keen to get back home, and those running for ­re-election were anxious to begin campaigning for their jobs. After the Nov. 2, elections, Congress is expected to return to Capitol Hill for a lame-duck session. More


ARSA will hold its Legislative Day on Capitol Hill and its Annual Repair Symposium March 31 - April 2, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, VA. The Annual Repair Symposium is the perfect place to connect with officials from the FAA and other aviation authorities, as well as key members of Congress and your colleagues in the industry.

More details will be provided in the coming months, and registration is expected to open in early December. Check here often for updates!

Maintenance special report: The MRO quandary
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Airline executives are always mulling over their MRO strategy; should they outsource more or should they make investments to bring MRO back under their control? Should they update the fleet to cut MRO costs? Or, should MRO be a cost center or marketed in an effort to become a profit center? If you ask different people, you can get different answers and it becomes clear there is no "one size fits all" approach. In general, however, low-cost and start-up carriers are more likely to depend heavily on third-party MRO providers, while legacy carriers may look to their own in-house capabilities. More

NTSB examines claims about regionals' safety standards
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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recently kicked off a two-day public forum in Washington on airline codesharing, primarily examining whether regional carriers operating under capacity purchase agreements with U.S. legacy airlines adhere to the same safety standards as the mainline operators. Air Line Pilots Association President John Prater claimed that carriers operating fee-for-departure flights are under such economic pressure that safety is compromised. More

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A young woman from Rotuma has created history by becoming Fiji's first female Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for Air Pacific. Maria Munivai Wilson recently acquired her Aircraft Maintenance Engineers License from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Fiji Islands(CAAFI) after joining Air Pacific Engineering and Maintenance department's avionics workshop as a trades woman three years ago. More

Aerospace is taking off
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No one denies that these are tough economic times for North Carolinians. Our state's official unemployment rate has only recently dropped to 9.6 percent, the level in the U.S. as a whole. While 14.3 percent of the nation's population lives in poverty, 16.3 percent of North Carolinians do. Although median household income in the U.S. fell 2.9 percent in 2009, here it fell 5.6 percent, and in relative terms, median household income in North Carolina has fallen to 87 percent of that for the nation as a whole. More

Southeast Asia special: Dynamic demands
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The low-cost carrier sector in Southeast Asia is "positively dynamic," as one MRO executive puts it, and its strategies are shaping those of the organizations that maintain its aircraft. Mostly young Airbus A320s, Boeing 737NGs and ATR turboprop fleets bring new opportunities and challenges to the region's MRO providers, which have been busy adding narrowbody capability to historically widebody-centric work profiles. More

Aviation summit pushes AOPA's former expo to full throttle
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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

Please mark your calendar for the 2011 ATA e-Business Forum to be held June 6-8, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal, Canada.Held in conjunction with the S1000D User Forum, this combined event will provide a high level overview of the latest developments in information exchange for the commercial aviation industry to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations.

More details will soon follow.

Learn more about the ATA e-Business Program.

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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
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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."
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FAA Safety Briefing November/December 2010
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The November/December 2010 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on a subject fundamental to pilot safety: abnormal and emergency situations. The issue stresses the delicate art of planning for the "unplanned" and outlines several of the tools and resources pilots need to handle emergencies. Articles provide tips on unusual attitude recovery, partial-power takeoffs, and knowing what to do when your aircraft’s electrical system fails. Also, this issue's Hot Spots article highlights the work FAA has been doing to identify the leading causes of GA fatal accidents. More

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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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.

For more details, click here.

Pledge your support here.

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Jet Aviation Teterboro, NJ expands maintenance capabilities
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Jet Aviation recently expanded its maintenance capabilities at its Teterboro, N.J., location to add Dassault Falcon 7X and Cessna Citation X (750) aircraft to the company's FAA repair station authority. Jet Aviation Teterboro has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to perform maintenance services on Dassault Falcon 7X and Cessna Citation X aircraft. "This approval also means we now have authority to support these aircraft through our foreign certificates, which include EASA, Bermuda and Cayman Islands," said David Smith, senior director, MRO services for Jet Aviation Teterboro and Boston/Bedford, Mass. More

Chromalloy to open MRO facility in Tampa, Fla
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Chromalloy's plans to invest $27 million and open a high-tech casting facility in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 2, should increase its speed to market in the turbine engine parts business, says President Armand Lauzon. The company already offers design engineering, coatings, repairs and machining. Chromalloy is focusing on parts that have higher engineering barriers. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site 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.

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