FAA rule aims at airplane structural damage
In a continuing effort to address aging aircraft issues, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finalized a rule designed to protect most of today's commercial planes and those designed in the future from structural damage as they age. The new rule seeks to prevent "widespread fatigue damage" (WFD) by requiring aircraft manufacturers and certification applicants to establish a number of flight cycles or hours a plane can operate and be free from WFD without additional inspections for fatigue. Manufacturers have between 18 and 60 months to comply depending on the particular aircraft type. More
Delta's vote against unionizing should make American Airlines stop and think
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Will workers do better with or without a union? Recently, flight attendants at Delta Air Lines narrowly elected to go it alone, rejecting a unionizing effort for the third time since 2002. It was a surprising decision, given recent changes in voting rules and its work force, and the results should prompt some soul-searching elsewhere, starting at American Airlines. Labor-management strife has long been an accepted way of life at American. But the Delta vote represents a victory for collaboration over confrontation and shows that most workers grasp the trade-offs. More
ARSA Board: Step up advocacy on Capitol Hill
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
FAA requires CRJ main landing gear inspections
The FAA is requiring operators of Bombardier CRJ700 and CRJ900 regional jets to perform a detailed inspection of certain elements in the aircraft's main landing gear system within 50 flight cycles of Nov. 24, the effective date of a new airworthiness directive on the types. More
The best man for the job is...
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Gladys Ingles was a member of a barnstorming troupe called the 13 Black Cats in the 1920s. Ingles was a wing walker, In this film, she shows her fearlessness in a classic fashion, barnstorming to save an airplane that has lost one of its main wheels. She is shown with a replacement wheel being strapped to her back and then off she goes as "Up She Goes," a duet from the era, provides the soundtrack. In the video, Ingles transfers herself from the rescue plane to the one sans main gear tire. She then expertly works herself down to the undercarriage only a few feet from a spinning prop. It's certainly a feat many mechanics wouldn't even try on the ground with the engine running. More
Rolls outlines Trent 900 modification plan
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Rolls-Royce says that the recent uncontained failure of a Trent 900 on a Qantas Airbus A380 was caused by the malfunction of "a specific component" in the turbine area, which will be addressed by a modification program across the fleet. Meanwhile Airbus boss Tom Enders has warned that the problem may impact A380 deliveries this year and next. 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 November/December 2010
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
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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Timken donates $250,000 to USO campaign to help Veterans
In keeping with its rich tradition of supporting the communities in which it does business, The Timken Company recently announced that it will donate $250,000 to the USO's Operation Enduring Care campaign to assist U.S. military veterans. The USO's $100 million, five-year capital campaign will design, build and endow Wounded Warrior Support Centers at Bethesda, Md., and Fort Belvoir, Va., to offer specialized spaces, services and programs to serve the troops recovering in long-term care and their families. More
Mid-Continent Instruments celebrates 20 years at Van Nuys Airport
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Mid-Continent Instruments proudly announces the 20th anniversary of its West Coast facility. The full-service repair station, including overhaul, repair, exchange and distribution, has been strategically located at the Van Nuys Airport for two decades. The West Coast location allows the company to service Pacific Rim customers, as well as offering extended hours to its international and United States customers in later time zones. With the same integrated customer databases as its Midwest counterpart, Mid-Continent Instruments - West offers full-class repair services for instruments, accessories and avionics. It is FAA- and EASA-certified and has been a longstanding member of the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). More
Royal Jordanian signs contract with MTU Maintenance Hannover for V2500 engine maintenance
Royal Jordanian signed an exclusive contract with the Langenhagen, Germany based company MTU Maintenance Hannover for the maintenance of 26 V2500 engines from the RJ fleet of A320-family aircraft. The contract will run until March 2014. More
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its website 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