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Nov. 4, 2009
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House Committee to Review Repair Station Security
from ARSA

The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on Nov. 18 examining repair station security. The hearing will occur as a proposed repair station security rule written by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is under review at the Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule, which the TSA was tasked to construct over six years ago, is designed to establish baseline security measures for all part 145 repair stations, both foreign and domestic.

Witnesses at the hearing will include representatives from the TSA, Federal Aviation Administration, and Department of Transportation Inspector General's office. It has yet to be determined if representatives of industry, labor, or other stakeholders will be invited to testify.

If your representative is a member of the committee, ARSA encourages you to make contact and emphasize the robust safety and security record at repair stations. A full list of committee members is available here.

For additional information on the TSA's repair station security rule click here.

GMR, CFM Intl to Set Up Aircraft Repair Unit
Bangalore: GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd, operator of the Hyderabad airport, and aircraft engine maker CFM International Inc. will set up a maintenance training center for engines designed for Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. More

Government Changes Air Cargo Security Rules
from Air Cargo
The Australian government says it wants to make air cargo consignors more accountable for security purposes and that airfreight screening should take place — where possible — earlier in the supply chain. More

European Logistics: Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change
from Logistics Management
While the global logistics and transportation industry is still working on global standards for accounting and trading greenhouse gas emissions, European third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and ports have started to green their own operations. Many have introduced new products and services to provide shippers with sustainable transport and logistics options in order to help organizations better prepare for inevitable "green accounting." More

FAA Officials Still Fly Through Revolving Door
from The Buffalo News
Two weeks after a federal safety official said at a public hearing that "a recipe for an accident" led to the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 and the loss of 50 lives, the parent of the regional airline that operated that doomed flight did something it had never done before. It hired a lobbyist — and not just any lobbyist. Pinnacle Airlines hired a former assistant administrator at the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency charged with regulating airline safety. More

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How to Keep Planes From Colliding With Lasers
from Wired News
Beaming high-powered lasers into the sky allows scientists to study changing weather patterns, pollution in the Earth's atmosphere and even gravity on the Moon. But if one of those helpful lasers happens to cross paths with an airplane, it can temporarily blind or distract the pilot and potentially cause a crash. The current method to avoid plane-laser collisions is decidedly low-tech: Federal Aviation Administration regulations require anyone who's sending a laser up into the atmosphere to employ multiple human observers, called "spotters," to watch for planes flying within 25 degrees of the laser beam. Now, researchers have created a radio-tracking device that can perform the same task as a pair of eyes, without the potential for human error. More

ARSA Submits Letter on Return to Service Form
from ARSA
Last week, ARSA submitted a letter to the FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, CASA (Australia) and CAA NZ (New Zealand) regarding mutual acceptance of a single form as an approval for return to service document. The goal is to avoid the present scenario of repair facilities, certificated by multiple national aviation authorities, having to put the same information on several different pieces of paper when issuing a "multiple release" for a component.

ARSA’s letter may be found here.

ARSA Members in the News

Boeing Gambles on Failed Strategy
from iMail
After sucking hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives from the state of South Carolina, the Boeing Company recently concluded a months-long charade of indecision by announcing it will build a second 787 Dreamliner assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina. The decision by Boeing executives is the latest move in an outsourcing strategy, which is credited for delaying the launch of the problem-plagued 787 by more than two years. 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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