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As 2011 comes to a close, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ARSA Dispatch a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 4, 2012.

ARSA stands up for contract maintenance on
PBS Frontline

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From Jan. 19, 2011: ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod defended the aviation maintenance industry on the PBS Television series Frontline in a report entitled "Flying Cheaper" that aired on Jan. 18. MacLeod sat down with Frontline correspondent Miles O'Brien last November for a wide-ranging interview about contract maintenance and the important role repair stations play in the international aviation network. More



House FAA bill will improve FAA repair station oversight, maintain US competitiveness
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From Feb. 16, 2011: On Feb. 11, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri unveiled the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 — HR 658. The bill establishes a four-year blueprint for FAA spending and sets policies and priorities for the nation's aviation system. More

Court sides with ARSA: Commands FAA to show cause
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From March 9, 2011: A U.S. Court ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to explain why the court should not issue a writ of mandamus that ARSA petitioned for on Feb. 17, 2011. That writ would require the agency to issue, within 90 days, a final Regulatory Flexibility Act, or RFA, analysis of its 2006 drug and alcohol testing rules. In the meantime, the writ would stay the applicability of those rules to subcontractor employees "at any tier." More

ARSA celebrates new US/EU aviation safety agreement
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From May 4, 2011: ARSA executive director Sarah MacLeod released the following statement in response to the entry into force of a new bilateral aviation safety agreement between the United States and the European Union.

"The entry into force of the new BASA between the U.S. and the European Union is great news for the U.S. and European civil aviation industry that serve customers on both sides of the Atlantic. "The BASA will enhance efficiencies for government and industry, reduce regulatory duplication, and lower compliance costs, all while ensuring effective oversight and allowing our members to build on their outstanding safety record."
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FAA - EASA sign Maintenance Annex Guidance
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From May 11, 2011: The Maintenance Annex Guidance, similar to the various maintenance implementation procedures between the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, became effective on May 3.

While the widely reported Safety Agreement, between the U.S. and EC, commonly referred to as a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement, is an important document, the MAG is the document that specifies when, where and how the BASA will be utilized for maintenance operations.
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ARSA comments on FAA's airworthiness directive interpretation
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From July 6, 2011: ARSA submitted comments to the FAA's proposed Airworthiness Directive legal interpretation. The proposed interpretation comes in response to a request from the FAA's Organization Procedures Working Group of the Airworthiness Directive Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee, of which ARSA is an active member. ARSA's comments point out that the FAA's interpretation overlooks the existing relationship between the design, production, operating and maintenance rules in Title 14, Code of Regulations (14 CFR). More

Congressional inaction shutters FAA
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From July 28, 2011: On July 22, the showdown between the House and Senate climaxed when Congress failed to enact a new extension before the previous one expired. The lack of consensus on how to move forward on the 21st continuation of the FAA authorization law, Vision-100, ensures the congressional stand-off will persist. More

ARSA tells Congress to do its job!
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From Aug. 3, 2011: Aeronautical Repair Station Association Executive Director Sarah MacLeod released the following statement in response to Congress' failure to work in a bipartisan manner to enact a new Federal Aviation Administration authorization law:

"The impasse over FAA reauthorization is a result of bipartisan, congressional malpractice. Democrats and Republicans, from both chambers, have refused to stop bickering and expounding parochial interests to maintain the safest aviation system in the world.

"Unfortunately, the inability to enact FAA reauthorization legislation is costing the country real jobs. The FAA has furloughed about 4,000 workers and nearly 70,000 private sector employees are expecting layoffs; it is inexcusable."
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FAA foreign repair station certification ban hurting US aerospace industry
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From Nov. 2, 2011: The Federal Aviation Administration's inability to certify new foreign repair stations is preventing U.S. companies from accessing international markets and stifling job creation in the U.S., a new Aeronautical Repair Station Association analysis has found. More

ARSA questions issuance of PMA for 'consumables'
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From Nov. 9, 2011: In an Oct. 28 letter, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod questioned an FAA "policy" regarding issuing Parts Manufacturer Approvals for "consumables." ARSA's concern spawned from an FAA-issued PMA for a material — specifically a sealant under 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 21, subpart K. More
 
 
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