Good Security is Good Business, ARSA Tells House Panel
"For the aviation maintenance industry, good safety and security practices are good business," Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein told members of the House Transportation Security & Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee at a congressional hearing earlier today.
Klein told the panel that, "Even in the absence of the long-awaited Transportation Security Administration (TSA) repair station security rules, existing government regulations, industry practices, and the strong interest repair stations have in ensuring the airworthiness of their work and protecting their customers' property create a high level of safety and security."
ARSA Survey Finds Repair Stations Hit Hard by Economic Downturn in '09, Guardedly Optimistic About '10, and Concerned About Access to International Customers
The downturn in the global economy has taken a toll on repair stations, a recent Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) member survey has determined. The majority of ARSA members have seen revenues fall over the last year and have cut jobs as a result. The outlook for next year is mixed. Slightly fewer than half of ARSA members expect to see revenues increase and only six percent are planning more layoffs. But only 21 percent expect to add positions next year, suggesting that recovery in the industry is likely to be sluggish.
The online survey was conducted on Nov. 12 and 13. Based upon 144 responses from ARSA repair station and corporate members, ARSA estimates the margin of error at just over six percent, making it the most reliable survey of maintenance industry economic conditions the association has ever conducted.
Promises, Promises: Six Years and Still No Rules
from The Associated Press
Eight years after the 9/11 attacks brought a new focus on security at airplane maintenance facilities, and six years after Congress first required action, the government still hasn't tightened its vigilance.
Concerned that terrorists might use a repair station to sabotage airliners, Congress in 2003 passed a law ordering the Transportation Security Administration to come up with security requirements for repair facilities, and gave the agency eight months to do it.
TSA Planning to Inspect Shops that Repair Jets
from USA Today
Thousands of airplane maintenance shops in the U.S. and abroad would get increased scrutiny to make sure they are not easy prey for terrorists looking to sabotage U.S. jets during routine repairs, a government proposal says.
Some experts and lawmakers have warned for years about potential terrorist saboteurs infiltrating airplane repair shops, and have urged security oversight. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says the greatest danger is posed by repair shops that are on or next to airports because a terrorist could take control of an airplane.
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Job Shop: Aviation Mechanics Training: SCLA Trains Aircraft Mechanics for Jobs in Demand
from Fox News
The latest opportunity to receive training for a career in aviation maintenance begins at the School of Aviation Technology at Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) in Victorville.
The SCLA trains aircraft mechanics for jobs that are in demand in San Bernardino County and worldwide.
Space is available now for the highly anticipated Powerplant Certification Program, which begins this month. The 50-week vocational program is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Airbus A330 Is First Airliner Certified For ETOPS
from Aviation Online Magazine
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved all Airbus A330 models for ETOPS (Extended-Range Operations for two-engined aircraft) "beyond 180 minutes." This award makes the A330 the first aircraft type to receive such approval, either from EASA or the FAA. The new capability will be available as a customer-selectable option which extends the diversion distance potentially up to 1,700 nm.
This distance corresponds to a maximum ETOPS diversion time for the A330 of approximately 240 minutes (at one-engine-inoperative speed under standard conditions). Operators with two-engined aircraft who choose this option will now be able to serve new routes which are presently not flown within the existing ETOPS rules (i.e. up to 180 minutes diversion time).
787 Mx Team Makes the Most of Delays
While no one at Boeing would dare admit to any level of satisfaction with the two-and-a-half years of delays to the 787-8, the program’s chief mechanic, Justin Hale, might be one of the few people within the company who can say it has helped make his job easier.
"Certifying a maintenance program and getting all of the data transmitted to the FAA, transmitted to the industry steering committee, analyzed and settling on certifiable intervals is always a challenge when you’re putting a new type into service. And you always feel rushed to get that done," said Hale. "And the nature of this industry is if you don’t feel like you have enough time to analyze something thoroughly, then you err way on the side of caution."
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CASA: Draft Maintenance Regulations
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has posted draft maintenance regulations for public comment. The draft regulations establish a revised regulatory framework for continuing airworthiness, maintenance personnel licensing, maintenance organizations and maintenance training organizations. CASA anticipates that the new regulations will be finalized by mid-2010, and will become effective November 1, 2010. Comments can be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boeing Scores First Orders in Dubai
from Chicago Tribune
Boeing scored its first orders at the Dubai Airshow with requests for 11 737-800 jetliners, while the United Arab Emirates military inked two defense deals with European manufacturers.
Lufthansa Technik Seeks Greater Business in the Middle East
Dubai Lufthansa Technik, one of the world's largest aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service providers, is aggressively looking at the growing Middle East market, a senior official said. The company, which employs 26,000 people and has 670 customers and 2,000 aircraft under contract, made an announcement at the recent Dubai Air Show. The size of the global commercial jet fleet increased 2.7 percent in 2008 to 19,330 aircraft, according to Ascend — an aviation research organization, most of which need periodical maintenance.
Lufthansa Signs MRO Partnership with Oman Air
from Arabian Supply Chain
Lufthansa Technik has announced a joint venture with Oman Air to provide technical support for the airline’s fleet and for other customers in the region. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed at the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 16. Not only that, a new hangar is to be built at Muscat International Airport. From 2012, it will be possible for two widebody and two narrowbody aircraft to be handled in the hangar which is to be jointly funded by the partners.
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site http://www.arsa.org/FDYTC. 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