ARSA Dispatch
Apr. 17, 2013

ARSA Launches Repair Station Security Rule Countdown Clock
On March 15, during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation Security Subcommittee, Transportation Security Administration Administrator John Pistole confirmed that the final repair station security rule is being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. During the hearing, Pistole said the rule is under a mandatory 90-day examination period.

ARSA hopes the rule is finally completed by June 13, after the review period, so the FAA is permitted once again to certificate new foreign repair stations and industry will stop being penalized for TSA inaction.

In order to countdown the time until the rule is supposed to be finalized, ARSA has launched the "Repair Station Security Rule" Countdown Clock. Once the time expires, if the regulation has not been issued, Congress must affirmatively permit the FAA to begin issuing new foreign repair station certificates.More

Senate Committee Studies Aviation Safety

On April 16, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Technology held a hearing titled "Aviation Safety: FAA's Progress on Key Safety Initiatives" to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration's headway in implementing aviation safety programs.

While testimony at the hearing largely focused on air traffic control tower closures and the impact of sequestration on the agency's operations, Department of Transportation Assistant Inspector General Jeffrey Guzzetti briefly addressed the FAA's oversight of repair stations.

Guzzetti criticized the FAA's mandatory inspections of maintenance facilities, instead calling for risk-based inspections. He also highlighted that FAA inspectors often overlook repair station deficiencies, such as inadequate mechanic training and outdated tool calibration checks, and urged the agency to better implement the risk-based monitoring system it launched in 2007. Lastly, Guzzetti indicated the Inspector General's office plans to release its report on FAA oversight of repair stations by the end of April.

"The DOT Inspector General's testimony confirms what ARSA has been advocating for years: Mandatory inspections are an inefficient use of time and resources," said ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher. "A risk-based inspection regime is optimal to conduct repair station oversight. We look forward to continuing to work with the FAA, Congress and industry on this issue."More

Obama Administration Releases Budget Proposal
On April 10, the Obama administration unveiled its fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, which contained several policies strongly opposed by the aviation industry.

President Barack Obama requested $15.6 billion to fund the Federal Aviation Administration, including a very slight increase (0.6 percent) more than the FY 2013 appropriated levels for the operations account. However, the devil is in the details.More

ARSA Blog: FY 2014 Budget
This week, ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses the Obama administration's fiscal year 2014 budget and its impact on the aviation maintenance community.More

ARSA Urges House Ways & Means Committee to Simplify Tax Code

Aviation maintenance companies need a simpler tax code and greater tax certainty to continue to grow and create jobs ARSA told the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways & Means.

In its comments to the committee's Small Business Tax Reform Working Group, ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher laid out four key policy priorities for lawmakers to consider when drafting comprehensive tax reform legislation.More

ARSA Releases New State Data Fact Sheets
ARSA recently announced a new report that provides a comprehensive economic review of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul marketplace. The report presents a review of the civil maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration markets with a focus on the heavy airframe, engine, component, and line maintenance segments.

As part of its ongoing efforts to educate political leaders, the association has developed fact sheets highlighting the economic impact the aviation maintenance community has on each U.S. state. ARSA members are strongly encouraged to use these fact sheets to educate local, state and federal officials!

To review the report and all 50 state fact sheets, please click here .More

Blue Ridge CC's Dyen Awarded Instructor of the Year

On April 15, Blue Ridge Community College Aviation Maintenance Technology Program Associate Professor Fred Dyen was awarded the Ivan D. Livi Aviation Maintenance Educator of the Year Award presented at the annual Aviation Technician Education Council Conference. The award recognizes long-term outstanding performance of an aviation maintenance technology instructor who has had a direct impact on students.

Dyen has nearly 27 years of experience teaching at Part 147 programs across the country and is currently pursuing his PhD in instructional design and technology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

Check out ARSA's twitter feed to learn more about other award winners at this week's MRO Americas.More

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ARSA Launches New Newsletter for Members
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
Last Friday, ARSA launched its new and improved monthly newsletter, the hotline. The popular member newsletter has been converted to html format and is viewable via your computer as well as most mobile devices. Members wishing to continue reading the hotline as a PDF may still do so as well.

"Much like we have done with our new blog site,, the association continues to provide top-level content and commentary in a format that is easy for members to view," said ARSA executive director Sarah MacLeod.

Members that did not receive last Friday's edition of the hotline should contact ARSA staff via email at

New advertising opportunities are available for the hotline by clicking here.More

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Aviation Week Announces 2013 'MRO of the Year' Awards
PRNewswire via The Wall Street Journal
Aviation Week recently presented its 2013 "MRO of the Year" Awards to four industry leaders: United Airlines, MTU Maintenance, Fokker Services and Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex. These prestigious annual industry awards, which honor outstanding achievement and innovation in aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul, were presented at a ceremony during Aviation Week's MRO Americas Conference and Exhibition at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.More

West Wins Event at Aviation Maintenance Competition
LA Sentinel
The Aviation Mechanics team from West Los Angeles College took first place in the "Turbine Engine Event" at their very first appearance at the Aviation Maintenance Technician Society's Maintenance Skills Competition. At the March event held in Las Vegas, the college also took fourth out of 11 teams in the School Category.More

Maintenance Synergies Offers Aircraft Maintenance Training Course
D.O.M. Magazine
Maintenance Synergies introduces "Analytical and Strategic Troubleshooting System in Aircraft Maintenance," a 15-hour troubleshooting course. The course defines a repeatable process for advanced troubleshooting of aircraft systems to benefit aircraft maintenance technicians and maintenance organizations alike. The comprehensive description of analytical and strategic troubleshooting demonstrates a best practices approach to aircraft defect rectification, and to combat intermittent faults. The skills and knowledge obtained from the course is transferrable to any aircraft regardless of size, complexity, fixed- or rotary-wing and systems within.More

Kalitta Air Builds Up Michigan MRO
Aviation Week
Kalitta Air has invested $35 million in its Oscoda, Mich., maintenance base to position it to compete on the international third-party airframe and engine MRO market. Since 2001, Kalitta Maintenance has served as the operator's in-house MRO at Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport, focusing on narrowbody and widebody Boeing, Airbus and legacy McDonnell Douglas jets.More