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Dec. 30, 2009
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As 2009 comes to a close, ARSA 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. The news brief will resume publication January 6, 2010.

House Passes FAA Reauth. Despite Calls to Protect U.S. Jobs
On May 21, the House of Representatives passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 915). The final bill included the damaging language in Sec. 303 requiring twice annual inspections of foreign repair stations by FAA personnel and requiring drug and alcohol testing of employees at foreign repair stations. The House floor was the site of spirited debate during the afternoon, as House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN-8) exchanged barbs with the committee's ranking member, Rep. John Mica (R-FL-7) over the potential impact of Sec. 303. More

FAA Inspectors Pounded for Doing their Job
from The Washington Examiner
A former FAA safety inspector has asked the Office of Special Counsel to refer a 2005 plane crash near Miami to the Department of Justice to file charges of criminal negligence, manslaughter and a coverup by officials in the Federal Aviation Administration. More

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FAA Management Paying Employees to Stay Home Rather Than Perform Safety-Critical Work
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The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), which represents aviation safety inspectors, recently discovered that inspectors have been ordered to stay at home with full pay rather than perform their safety-related jobs. More

Spanair Crash Result of Human, Technical Error
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A systems failure and pilots' error combined to cause the crash of the Spanair jetliner that killed 154 people in Madrid last year, concluded a preliminary report. More

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New EASA Application Forms
from the European Aviation Safety Agency
During the implementation of the Agency's Enterprise Resource Planning system new online application forms have been developed. These new forms will provide applicants with a new process for completing and dispatching applications, using up-to-date internet technology. In addition, these forms will significantly facilitate and accelerate the registration and processing by the Agency of project-related administrative and technical data. More

Air Safety Initiatives Run into Opposition
from The Washington Post
A number of aviation safety proposals have been filed in Congress this year in response to the Feb. 12 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 outside Buffalo, N.Y. The crash killed 50 people, making it the deadliest U.S. transportation accident in seven years. More

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After Accidents, EU to Propose Global Airline Blacklist
from New Europe
The European Union will propose a global blacklist of airlines that do not meet minimum safety standards in the wake of the Yemen Airways accident off the Comoros Island, the EU’s top transport official said. More

Safety Fix Ordered by FAA for 767s
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Federal Aviation Administration recently ordered operators to make safety adjustments to the fuel tanks of 414 Boeing 767s registered in the U.S. to prevent a midflight explosion. More

Air France Tells Pilots to Shape Up, Stop Blaming Equipment
from the Seattle Post Intelligencer
Air France has struck back at pilots blaming faulty airspeed probes for the June Airbus A330 crash that killed all 228 people on board. More

Turkish Airlines 737 Crashes During Landing in Amsterdam, Nine Dead
from Reuters
A Turkish Airlines plane with 134 passengers and crew aboard crashed in light fog while trying to land at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Wednesday, killing nine people and injuring dozens. Officials said some 84 people were taken to hospitals, including 25 who were severely hurt, when flight TK 1951 from Istanbul crashed into a field short of a runway at Schiphol, Europe's fifth-largest airport by passenger volume. More

Senate Prods FAA On Duty-Time Rule
from Aviation Week
The Senate aviation subcommittee, at its most recent in a series of air safety hearings, yesterday zeroed in on the dangers of fatigued pilots -- and prodded FAA to move swiftly on issuing revised flight/duty-time rules. More

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