ARSA Dispatch
Apr. 9, 2014

Global Helicopter Mechanic Career Survey

The aviation maintenance industry needs to find and grow technically skilled and trained talent. With global air traffic expected to expand at a healthy rate over the next twenty years, the demand for certificated repair stations — and the mechanics and technicians who staff them — will continue to rise.More

Aviation Companies Prepare for Takeoff as New Trade Group Forms
Kevin Dauphinee didn't over-reach when he founded his company, Black Bear Aviation, in central Maine in 2011. He set up shop at the Dexter Regional Airport, where, he says, his leasing costs were low enough that he could charge aircraft maintenance and restoration rates that were 25 percent to 35 percent lower than competitors. He took on jobs ranging from aircraft engine overhauls to pre-purchase inspections. He let customers know he'd travel to them if they couldn't make it to Dexter.More

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Walker Signs Aviation Tax Break Bill
The Associated Press via WEAU-FM
Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill into law at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in Appleton that would benefit aviation companies across the state.More

MRO Merger and Acquisition Pace Remains Strong
Aviation Week
Expect more consolidation in the civil aviation aftermarket this year, as companies try to gain scale and diversify. As the industry strengthens at the top level, small-and medium-sized companies are emerging to keep up with the new-technology aircraft coming online — and to price services competitively.More

IFBOA and Component Control Announce New Partnership
Component Control collaborates with the Independent Fixed Base Operators Association, IFBOA, to provide leading MRO and logistics software to members. IFBOA members will be given preferential pricing on Quantum Control as a membership benefit.More

AA and USQ Tackle Management Skills Issue
Australian Flying
Aviation Australia (AA) and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have teamed up to tackle a lack of management skills in the aviation maintenance industry.More

HAECO ITM and THAI Embark on an Aircraft Component Repair Collaboration
HAECO ITM Limited (HXITM) and Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) have embarked on a long-term collaborative initiative in aircraft component repair. Drawing on collective strengths, the collaboration enhances product offering of the two companies.More

Aerospace Manufacturing Takes Off In South
USA Today
Aerospace companies are taking a cue from the auto industry and moving their manufacturing operations to Southern states. The region's lower costs, generous state incentive packages and right-to-work laws that make it hard for unions to organize are motivating these companies to choose the South.More

Technicians and Students Compete for Aviation Maintenance Honors
Last week, nearly 30 teams of aircraft maintenance technicians and students from around the world competed at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition held in Las Vegas in conjunction with AviationPros LIVE. Snap-on presented Team Boeing with the second annual William O'Brien Award for Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance for having the highest overall score.More

FAA Kicks Off General Aviation Data Demonstration Project
Federal Aviation Administration
The FAA today announced the start of a one-year project to demonstrate the capabilities of the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program for the general aviation (GA) community. Voluntary data will be collected from GA pilots within 40 nautical miles of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.More

GE Aviation and Evergreen Form New Venture for Engine Overhaul
GE Aviation and Evergreen Aviation Technologies announced formation of a new joint-venture company specializing in the overhaul of the GEnx, the fastest-selling engine in GE Aviation history.More

FL Technics Training Joins European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee
FL Technics, a global provider of aviation technical training services, is delighted to announce its acceptance to become a member of the European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee (EAMTC). By joining the EAMTC the company has expressed its commitment towards supporting the organization on its mission to promote European aviation safety standards through training both regionally and globally.More