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ARSA Highlights Concerns on Order 8130.21H
On Nov.19, ARSA sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerning the prohibition on early compliance to FAA Order 8130.21H, specifically the ability to use the revised FAA Form 8130-3 before its Feb. 1, 2014 effective date. (See previous story).

In its letter, the association questioned the FAA's ability to enforce the prohibition since an FAA Order is not a rule and argued that early compliance is in the best interest of industry and the agency. ARSA requested the FAA immediately lift its prohibition on early compliance to Order 8130-21H or provide a letter explaining the agency's current position.
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ARSA's Filler Kicks Off AVM Summit
On Nov. 21, ARSA Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall Filler gave the keynote address at the AVM Summit USA in Orlando. The two-day event brought together members of the maintenance industry to discuss the latest policies, issues, and challenges facing commercial and business aviation.

Filler's presentation explored the topics of assignment of regulatory responsibilities, airworthiness standards, and licensing of operations and maintenance personnel within the context of the global aviation system. He also highlighted the economic and political realities impacting business procedures and ultimately affecting companies' bottom lines.

Lastly, Filler encouraged bilateral agreements as a means of facilitating a smarter working environment and increasing industry efficiency and profitability on a global level.

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DHS Nominee Clears Key Hurdle
On Nov. 20, the Senate Homeland Security Committee endorsed Jeh Johnson, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), by a voice vote following Johnson's testimony earlier this month.

While this puts him one step closer to becoming the next DHS secretary, political obstacles still lie ahead. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have both vowed to hold up Johnson's confirmation until the White House complies with certain requests.

Sen. Graham has stated he will not move forward with confirming any presidential nominees until the Obama administration allows survivors of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, to testify in front of Congress.

Sen. McCain announced he will prevent Senate consideration of Johnson's nomination until he receives satisfactory answers related to border security. Other lawmakers have expressed concern over Johnson's experience.

The next DHS secretary will confront several immediate challenges, including working with the Transportation Security Administration (an agency within DHS) and the Office of Management & Budget on finalizing long overdue repair station security rules.

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ARSA Blog — If You're Not at the Table, You're on the Menu
This week, ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act and why it's important for the industry to remain politically and legislatively engaged.

Read Fisher's blog and others at http://blog.arsa.org/.

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ARSA Board: Membership Dues Aligned to Support "ARSA 20-20" Strategic Plan
For over 25 years, ARSA has been the voice of aviation maintenance, promoting and defending the industry in the regulatory, legislative, and media arenas. To ensure the association's continued growth in these areas, both domestically and abroad, the ARSA Board of Directors recently approved the new "ARSA 20-20" strategic plan.

The plan outlines association goals and objectives for the coming year and will allow members to track its progress through pre-determined benchmarks. The restructuring of membership dues will fund additional resources and ensure the Positive Publicity Campaign, previously financed by individual corporate contributions, is supported by the entire membership.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the annual membership dues will be as follows:

Membership Type Current Dues Rate New Dues Rate
(R01) Regular (1-10 employees) $600.00 $600.00
(R02) Regular (11-25 employees) $1,200.00 $1,200.00
(R03) Regular (26-50 employees) $1,800.00 $1,800.00
(R04) Regular (51-200 employees) $3,000.00 $3,000.00
(R05) Regular (201-500 employees) $3,600.00 $3,600.00
(R06) Regular (500+ employees) N/A $5,000.00
Associate $1,200.00 $3,600.00
Corporate $18,000.00 $20,000.00
Affiliate N/A $500.00
Educational N/A $100.00


ARSA members are strongly encouraged to review both the "ARSA 20-20" executive summary and the detailed strategic plan to learn more about association objectives moving forward. Feedback about this initiative can be sent to arsa@arsa.org.

To review the new 2014 membership dues rates, please click here.

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MacLeod Kicks Off AMTSociety Seminars in Houston
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 this month in Houston, TX, and continue through March 2014. Event dates and locations can be found below:

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.

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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:
  • 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
For more information, visit https://www.natacs.aero/ARSA or call 800.493.9707.

To review ARSA's Drug & Alcohol Resource Page, please click here .

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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:
  • 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
Click here to visit the ARSA Career Center.

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United Cuts Ribbon on Dulles Maintenance Hangar
Washington Business Journal
The 125,000-square-foot facility is capable of holding two wide-body planes at once. United says the project created 600 construction jobs. The airline broke ground on the facility a little more than a year ago.
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Aircraft Support Company to Expand in Enterprise, Create 200 Helicopter Maintenance Jobs
The Associated Press via The Republic
A Chicago-based aircraft support company is expecting to create about 200 helicopter maintenance jobs and build a new facility at the Enterprise Municipal Airport.
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Bill Eliminating Aircraft Maintenance Sales Tax Gets Public Hearing
WTAQ-FM
Aviation firms in Wisconsin would no longer have to pay a sales tax on aircraft maintenance, under a bill that's up for a public hearing Thursday. The Assembly Ways & Means Committee will hear testimony on a tax break for companies like Gulfstream of Appleton and Cessna in Milwaukee.
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Eurocopter and Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi Renew Their Maintenance Support Services Agreement
Zawya
The agreement will ensure the sustainment of top-level maintenance services within Eurocopter's global support network from such providers as Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services, and enhances both partners' capability to serve the commercial and parapublic helicopter sectors throughout the United Arab Emirates.
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Double Award Win for AJW Group at MRO India
AviationPros
AJW Group has once again triumphed after being presented with two prestigious awards at MRO India earlier this month. The awards were for "Best Emerging MRO" for AJW Technique and "Best Speaker" for Deepak Sharma, AJW Group Technical Director.
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Aviall Opens Expanded Warehouse in Dubai
AIN Online
Aviall Services recently marked five years of operations in Dubai with the opening of a new warehouse in the Dubai Airport Free Zone. The new Aviall warehouse is co-located in Boeing's 55,000-sq-ft warehouse and supports various Boeing aircraft as well as the One Boeing enterprise initiative.
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Gama Aviation Opens Glasgow Facility
AIN Online
Gama Aviation opened a new $6.1 million, 26,700-sq-ft facility that provides a maintenance hangar, offices and executive aircraft handling facility in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Beechcraft Appoints Absolute Aviation as Parts Distributor for Sub-Saharan Africa
AIN Online
Absolute Aviation, Beechcraft's exclusive distributor for the region since 2011, will house a stock of inventory worth $1 million at Lanseria Airport near Johannesburg to support Beechcraft products as well as the Hawker 125 series.
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Overhaul Mix-Up Puts Expired Gear Components on Canadian Jetstreams
Aviation Week
An unexplained mix-up at a repair station caused a Canadian British Aerospace Jetstream 31 operator to return an aircraft to service with expired landing gear components, prompting Transport Canada to warn other operators to double-check their records.
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