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ARSA: Johnson Must Make Repair Station Security Rules Immediate Priority
On Dec. 17, ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein issued the following statement in response to the Senate confirmation of Jeh Johnson as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

"ARSA applauds the Senate's bipartisan confirmation of Jeh Johnson. As the first order of business, we look forward to Secretary Johnson finalizing the repair station security rule, which is now nine years overdue," Klein said. "Aviation maintenance companies are losing millions of dollars in potential revenues because the FAA is prohibited from certificating new foreign repair stations until the security rule is finalized. The government should be nurturing small and medium-sized aviation maintenance companies, not obstructing their ability to compete internationally."
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House Subcommittee Examines State of American Aviation
On Dec. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcommittee heard from industry stakeholders in a hearing on the "State of American Aviation" about the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) failure to finalize repair station security rules.

Witnesses representing government, industry, and labor included:
  • Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, Department of Transportation
  • Nicholas E. Calio, President and CEO, Airlines for America
  • Mark Brewer, Airport Director, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport; Chair, American Association of Airport Executives
  • Peter Bunce, President and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association
  • Edward M. Bolen, President and CEO, National Business Aviation Association
  • Edward Wytkind, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
In written testimony, both Bunce and Wytkind highlighted the TSA's failure to finalize repair station security rules in a timely manner.

ARSA has long decried the punishment of an entire industry due to a delayed rulemaking and has led the charge to end the prohibition. Rather than encourage the agency to act, the ban has only punished the aviation community and weakened U.S. leadership in the maintenance sector.

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Shuster Lays Out Aviation Policy Goals
In a speech earlier this month to the International Aviation Club, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) launched a discussion on aviation
policy priorities for the next FAA reauthorization bill.

Even though the FAA Modernization & Reform Act is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2015, Congress is working to draft new legislation that authorizes FAA spending and sets policy priorities for the years that follow.

"We need to ask questions about every aspect of our aviation system, because as successful as it has been over the years, it can be better. There are aspects of other nations’ aviation systems that are more successful, innovative, and efficient than ours. What can we learn from others that could help propel U.S. aviation toward the future?," Shuster stated.

Shuster's prepared remarks can be found here:

ARSA is looking to develop policy priorities for the next FAA bill. Are there issues you want addressed during the next reauthorization process? Please contact Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher at or 703.739.9543.

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Senate ASAC Bill Includes Repair Stations
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) recently introduced the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act (S. 1804), companion legislation to H.R. 1204 which overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 3.

S. 1804 enables the aviation industry to offer greater feedback on the development and implementation of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies, programs, rulemakings, and security directives by establishing an Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC) within the agency. The ASAC would provide recommendations to TSA on ways to remove redundancies and apply a more targeted approach to improving the security of our nation's aviation network.

In the House, ARSA's legislative team worked with Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) on an amendment including repair stations as participants on the advisory panel. Consequently, S. 1804 lists "aeronautical repair stations" as ASAC members along with representatives from labor unions, manufacturers, air carriers, and passenger advocacy groups.

Stay tuned as ARSA continues to monitor the Aviation Security Stakeholders Participation Act in the Senate.

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House, Senate Pass Bipartisan Budget Agreement
On Dec. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives strongly approved the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 by a 332-94 margin. The bill passed the Senate Dec. 18, preventing a new round of automatic spending cuts known as sequestration and avoiding a last-minute fight over funding priorities for the upcoming year.

Negotiated by Budget Committee Chairs Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the legislation sets spending at $1.012 trillion for the current fiscal year (FY) and $1.014 trillion next year, lifting $45 billion in automatic cuts and increasing discretionary spending through FY 2014. Over the next ten years, the Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would reduce the federal deficit by $85 billion largely through an extension of automatic cuts for two more years &mdah; 2022 and 2023 — beyond the period during which sequestration will apply under current law.

The deal would significantly and negatively impact the aviation industry and its customers by hiking the 9/11 Passenger Security Tax, which ARSA and other industry groups have previously opposed. The increase would nearly double the current fee passengers pay per flight and is expected to generate $12.6 billion in revenues over ten years, largely at the expense of travelers.

On Nov. 20, ARSA joined seven other industry associations in a letter to House and Senate Budget Committee Chairmen Ryan and Murray opposing a fee increase in the budget deal. The letter urged them not to offset the next round of sequestration (the automatic spending cuts from the Budget Control Act of 2011), scheduled for Jan. 15, 2014, by taxing the traveling public, the aviation industry, and those that rely on air travel for conducting business.

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MacLeod Kicks Off AMTSociety Seminars in Houston
Last month, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod kicked off a series of aircraft maintenance educational seminars known as AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium. The next seminar, featuring Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Managing Director & General Counsel Marshall Filler, will take place on Jan. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. Presentations during these seminars will address topics including maintenance regulations, major/minor, and maintenance recordkeeping. Seminars will continue through April 2014. Event dates and locations are:

January 8, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
February 12, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
March 5, 2014 — Aurora, CO
March 25 & 26, 2014 — Las Vegas, NV
April 5, 2014 — San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with 2014 ATEC Conference

ARSA members can attend the next series of AMTSociety Education/IA refresher events without being an AMTSociety member. Registration is $42 in advance and $62 at the door. ARSA members are encouraged to preregister by contacting or calling 1-800-547-7377 x2104.

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 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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110th Anniversary of Wright Brothers' First Flight
Dec. 17 holds a very special place in history. It's the day Orville and Wilbur Wright took to the air for the first successful flight.
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Lease Terms Complicate Rock Valley College Airport Talks
Rock Valley College has pledged to expand its aviation maintenance program next year to support a potential economic development project that could bring hundreds of jobs to Chicago Rockford International Airport.
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Boeing to Expand Aviation Training in Russia
The Wall Street Journal
Boeing has announced it will expand its flight and maintenance training capabilities in Russia with a new, state-of-the-art training campus.
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Industry, Congress Point to FAA Reauthorization in 2015
AIN Online
Although the current FAA reauthorization and federal aviation programs do not expire until September 2015, follow-on legislation is already on the radar screens of government and the aviation industry.
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ST Aerospace Mobile Expanding to Pensacola
Alabama Media Group
ST Aerospace Mobile Inc. sits poised to open a satellite facility in Pensacola, Fla., city officials confirmed late Tuesday. Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward issued a statement after signing a memorandum of understanding between the city and the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul company to locate the new development inside Pensacola International Airport Commerce Park.
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Bell Helicopter Expands Singapore Service Inspection
AIN Online
Bell Helicopter has received approval by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to perform maintenance and customization on Bell 206s, 407s and 429s under the certification of Transport Canada.
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RUAG Aviation Opens New Helicopter Facility in Sion, Switzerland
Launching in early 2014, the facility will initially focus primarily on the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Sikorsky S-76 helicopters.
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Intertrade Selects Quantum MRO & Logistics Software to Unify Operations
Intertrader, a Rockwell Collins company and premier provider of new and recertified aircraft components and engine parts, has selected Quantum Control MRO management software to manage their supply chain.
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