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Sarah Says — Beyond the Ballot Box
Yeah, the election is over. Your mail isn't clogged with flyers and the airwaves are finally clear of the political mud. The politician's campaign may be done, but yours has just begun — welcome the 114th Congress. What do you do? ARSA makes it easy.
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Maintenance Competition at Aviation Week's MRO Americas
The 2015 Aerospace Maintenance Competition skills event will be co-located with Aviation Week's MRO Americas in Miami on April 6-8. The 2015 AMC promises to be bigger and better with more teams and a larger audience — a battle of the best skilled maintenance professionals in the industry.
The Lame Duck Home Stretch: Funding Federal Government, Extenders Top Agenda
The roller coaster ride on Capitol Hill continued during Thanksgiving week, as House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced a deal on a tax extenders package. However, it was quickly derailed by an Obama administration veto threat.
FAA Reauthorization Hearing: Modernizing and Operating the Nation's Airspace
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a full committee meeting titled "FAA Reauthorization: Issues in Modernizing and Operating the Nation's Airspace." The committee is laying early groundwork 10 months ahead of the current FAA law's expiration.
Global Business Resources: IATA Mobilization Initiative
The mobilization initiative will help airline suppliers — including repair stations — to maximize the use of SIS e-invoicing. Ensure that your business can benefit from industry-wide standardized and simplified financial processes.
Hotline Throwback — 2008 Election Wrap: Republicans Sift Through Post-Election Storm Wreckage
Election 2008 went pretty much as mainstream Washington punditry had predicted ... and it was a much different story from November 2014. Six years later and Congress is again changing hands. Take a look back six years and learn from the past.
Serious Victory for FAA and Repair Stations
On Nov. 7, the Federal Register posted the FAA's direction to reinsert "serious" in 145.221(a), saving incalculable cost for both itself and also the private businesses it regulates. The rule, as it was written in August, would have imposed onerous burdens on maintenance providers and their customers as well as agency inspectors but generated no additional revenue for industry members and — most importantly — no improvements to safety for the flying public.
Know the New Part 145
The word "serious" was saved, but the new rule requires more attention from the association and its members. Review the "new" regulations as well as the "old"; when you have questions call ARSA first.
New Year Will Bring New IBR Rule
Starting Jan. 6, 2015, agencies will have to expend slightly more effort to incorporate materials by reference (IBR) into rulemaking documents.
The One ARSA Missed: Type Certificated Cabbages?
On Nov. 12, the FAA corrected another seven-letter mistake in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that ARSA and farmers around the world missed.
FAA's Word on Bonded Repair Size Limits: Final Policy
On Nov. 24, the FAA issued a final policy (PS-AIR-100-14-130-001) regarding bonded repair size limits.
Drones are "Aircraft" ... For Now
On Nov. 17, the NTSB issued an opinion and order relating to the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). In a nutshell, the Board determined that UAS (previously referred to as drones) are intended for flight in the air and therefore are aircraft for the purposes of FAA oversight.
Local Engagement Benefits the Entire MRO Industry
As Mark Twain said, "When you need a friend, it's too late to make one."
FAA Sets 2015 D&A Testing Rates
The FAA has announced the minimum annual percentage rates for drug and alcohol testing for 2015 will remain at 25 percent of safety-sensitive employees for random drug testing and 10 percent of safety-sensitive employees for random alcohol testing.
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
This list includes Federal Register publications, such as final rules, Advisory Circulars and policy statements, as well as proposed rules and policies of interest to ARSA members. To view the list, click here.
Do I Need a DER? Part IV — Selecting and Contacting a DER
The fourth installment from Peter Lauria assumes you have chosen to repair an article rather than replace an element, you have a major repair concept in mind or outlined on paper and you need the services of appropriate designees. Determine the delegated functions that apply, select and contact a DER. (Includes frequently asked questions.)
Personal Development — Human Factors Primer
To err is human, so they say. Regardless, maintenance providers must strive to minimize mistakes in their work.
"Teaching You How to Fish" — Effectively Engaging Lawmakers
Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher provides a basic overview of the advocacy process. Why should you care? Remember: In Washington, if you're not at the table, you're on the menu.
Regulatory Compliance Training
Test your knowledge on § 145.201 — Privileges and limitations of certificate.
Member Spotlight: NORDAM — Tulsa, Oklahoma
NORDAM is committed to its surrounding communities and local organizations and supports a long list of philanthropic events including Tulsa Flight Night, an aviation-themed event that raises money for STEM education. Repair stations can cement their place in the local economy and become an integral part of their communities through this type of engagement.
Have You Seen this Person? — Christopher A. Hart, Acting NTSB Chairman
Hart, the acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, is a licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings — and a family tradition of transportation accomplishment.
Take Advantage of ARSA's Members Getting Members Program, Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues
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Exhibit, Sponsor the 2015 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA.
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Industry and International News Roundup
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