FAA reauthorization punted to next year
Heeding ARSA's desire to keep extensions free from policy priorities, both the House and Senate approved another short-term FAA extension. The Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part IV (HR 6473), which continues FAA policy, funding, and tax authority through March 31, 2011 is expected to be signed into law by President Obama in the coming days. More
ARSA's 2011 Annual Repair Symposium: Registration is now open
ARSA will hold its Legislative Day on Capitol Hill and its Annual Repair Symposium March 31 - April 2, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, Va. Come join aviation professionals from around the world and participate in this extraordinary event. The Annual Repair Symposium is the perfect place to connect with officials from the FAA and other aviation authorities, as well as key members of Congress and your colleagues in the industry.
The Symposium includes sessions on updates to regulations, policies and procedures that govern the maintenance industry, and more. Legislative Day gets you informed on the issues that affect your business and includes Capitol Hill meetings with your representatives, senators and congressional staff.More
FAA certifies Santa's NextGen-equipped sleigh for Christmas Eve
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Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors at the North Pole certified Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh piloted by Santa Claus, for its Christmas Eve round-the-world delivery mission. Santa One, led by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is outfitted with new satellite-based NextGen technology, which will allow Santa to deliver more toys to more children with improved safety and efficiency. More
OIG to review FAA oversight of foreign aircraft repair stations
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The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General plans to conduct a follow-up review of the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of repair stations. In recent years, major U.S. airlines have steadily increased their use of contract repair stations to perform aircraft maintenance. More
DOT's Future of Aviation committee wraps up -- with mixed results
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After seven months of debate, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee completed its assignment this week. DOT Secretary Raymond LaHood formed the group in May to provide "information, advice, and recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation on ensuring the competitiveness of the U.S. aviation industry and its capability to address the evolving transportation needs, challenges, and opportunities of the global economy." More
Aircraft mechanic program honors its first graduates
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The Liberty University School of Aeronautics graduated its inaugural class of the Aviation Maintenance Technician School at its temporary facility at The Plaza shopping center in mid-town Lynchburg, Va. Eleven students received FAA certification for completing the 12-month aircraft mechanic training program, which began in January. More
FAA routinely misses airline inspection deadlines
Government inspections to uncover serious maintenance problems that could cause airline crashes are often delayed for years or focus on less critical problems, according to a government watchdog. In a report being circulated in Congress, the Department of Transportation's inspector general identified several weaknesses in a key Federal Aviation Administration airline maintenance oversight program. More
ARAC to pass on air tour maintenance recommendations
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The Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee's executive committee agreed on Thursday, Dec.16, to call on the FAA to develop "best practices" and voluntary-accreditation guidance for air tour operators rather than new regulations focused on air tour maintenance practices. 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 safety briefing November/December 2010
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The Nov./Dec. 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
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."
Aviation Company, up to 450 jobs coming to Melbourne
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An upstate New York aviation company plans to move operations to the Melbourne International Airport, creating more than 400 jobs, FLORIDA TODAY confirmed today. The company, MidairUSA, is an aircraft maintenance and overhaul outfit based at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y. It's the recipient of a major contract to repair Boeing 747 jets and it needs the additional space to fulfill that contract. More
Mexicana works on revival; MRO plays role
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Mexicana de Aviacion's latest revival plan has been approved by the company’s three main unions, a hurdle that now enables the carrier potentially to resume service in late January. The most recent restructuring of the bankrupt carrier envisions a Jan. 24 relaunch with a fleet of as many as 19 Airbus narrowbodies, a slight delay but a larger fleet than intended in a plan revealed to Aviation Week late last month (Aviation Daily, Nov. 24). 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:
The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign.
For more details, click here: http://www.arsa.org/PPCPlan.
Pledge your support here: http://www.arsa.org/files/ARSA-PPCPhaseOneStepTwoPledgeForm.pdf.More
NORDAM announces organizational changes
Bill Peacher, NORDAM's CEO, announced that effective Jan. 1, 2011, NORDAM will take the next step in its long-term management succession plan. Meredith Siegfried, currently Chief Operating Officer of NORDAM's Repair Group, will become President of NORDAM with responsibilities for all of NORDAM's manufacturing and repair operations and its supply chain. More
Honeywell sees 2011 profit rising 17-24 pct
Diversified U.S. manufacturer Honeywell International Inc. expects 2011 profit to rise 17 percent to 24 percent, helped by demand for its thermostats and other systems that manage operations in large buildings. But its profit forecast, which analysts described as "conservative," came in below Wall Street's expectations due to company assumptions that its interest expense and outstanding share count would both rise next year. More
StandardAero signs 10-year maintenance agreement with Pel-Air Aviation
StandardAero has signed a 10-year maintenance agreement with Pel-Air Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Regional Express, Australia's largest independent regional airline. The maintenance agreement covers Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42 engines on their fleet of King Air B200 aircraft, which will be used to supply fixed-wing air transport to Ambulance Victoria. Included in the agreement is the option for an additional two-year service extension. More
Boeing partners with Fujitsu for jet maintenance
The Boeing Co. announced a strategic alliance with Fujitsu Friday that it hopes will boost its aircraft maintenance business. Boeing plans to use Fujutsu technologies and tools, including radio frequency identification devices, to tailor maintenance to a specific airline fleet. 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