ARSA Dispatch
Jun. 19, 2013

So You Want to be a Repair Station? Part 2 at Noon Today
ARSA
Learn the basic requirements and obligations to obtain a part 145 Federal Aviation Administration repair station certificate. This course is the second of a two-part course that reviews the governing regulations and guidance, and the pre-application and formal certification phases.

The association offers weekly webinars with experts from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein to address a variety of business and compliance issues confronting the aviation industry. Instructors will work off a PowerPoint presentation that will be provided to participants.

The association will hold its next webinar, titled "So You Want to be a Repair Station? Part 2" and featuring Crystal Maguire, managing associate, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein and vice president of operations, ARSA, today at noon (eastern).

Please click here to register for today's webinar or to learn more about ARSA's online training offerings.More

Clock Strikes Zero: TSA Once Again Misses Deadline

The Transportation Security Administration once again failed to meet its deadline to finalize the repair station security rule, expected by today. The TSA's inaction means the Federal Aviation Administration still faces a moratorium on certificating foreign aviation repair stations, which has plagued the industry since 2008.

During a March 14 oversight hearing before the House Transportation Security Subcommittee, TSA Administrator John Pistole confirmed that the rule was under a mandatory 90-day examination period by the Office of Management & Budget after work was completed by the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security. In response, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association launched a countdown clock to ensure the TSA is held accountable to the most recent deadline. ARSA is now working with Congress to resolve the issue.

"Time after time the TSA misses its deadlines and the only ones paying the price are aviation maintenance companies seeking to expand internationally," said Christian A. Klein, ARSA's executive vice president. "We have maintained from the beginning that mandating repair station security rules was a solution in search of a problem. The TSA's inaction after nearly a decade shows security was never truly an issue."

"The aviation maintenance industry is done sitting by and hoping the government will follow Congress' ill-advised directive – we’re taking action to ensure our businesses can build and grow their markets," said ARSA Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher. "The ban is costing U.S. companies millions of dollars in lost revenues, stifling domestic growth and job creation that would support overseas expansion. Congress created this problem and now it should fix it."

In 2003, Congress first mandated the TSA finalize repair station security rules. After years of inaction, in 2007, lawmakers once again required the agency to complete work on the regulations, prohibiting the FAA from approving new foreign repair stations after Aug. 3, 2008, if the TSA didn't comply.

For more on the history of Congress' repair station security rules mandate and ARSA's "Lift the Ban" campaign, visit http://arsa.org/legislative/issues/aviation-policy/lift-the-ban/. More

ARSA Blog: The Big 5-0

This week, ARSA Communications Manager Josh Pudnos discusses some of the mandates the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) will place on ARSA member companies as well as the association's new issue page on this important compliance issue.

To read Pudnos' blog and other ARSA commentary, please visit blog.arsa.org. More

How Will Repair Stations Prepare for the Affordable Care Act?

Beginning January 2014, the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148) goes into effect, establishing different requirements for businesses depending on the number of full-time employees, the number of workers eligible for federal health insurance subsidies, and the quality of coverage the employer offers.

As companies across the nation scramble to adjust their business plans to ensure compliance with the new regulations, ARSA created a guide for repair stations of all sizes to understand the law better and know exactly what will be expected of their businesses.

While the guide is meant to serve as a resource in crafting an overall tax strategy, the association encourages repair stations to consult with an accountant or tax professional given the complexity of the law.

Click here to view the ACA Repair Station Guide. More

Chromalloy Appoints Industry Veteran Andrea Colombo to Lead Energy Strategic Business Unit

On June 10, Chromalloy announced that it appointed Andrea Colombo — a seasoned oil and gas industry leader with expertise in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the U.S. — as the company's new vice president, energy. Colombo takes the helm from Carlo Luzzatto, who has been in a dual leadership role since the company announced the strategic business unit structure in 2012.

Colombo brings more than 15 years of success in the global energy industry to Chromalloy and will lead the company's growth in the areas of original equipment manufacturer products and aftermarket services. More

Funding Opportunities for Partnerships with Higher Education

One of ARSA's top priorities is workforce development. ARSA therefore provides its membership with opportunities to train the future workers and leaders of the aviation industry.

One way for a repair station to invest in its community and help develop a stronger local workforce is to partner with a local trade school or community college.

Two federal grant opportunities are available to fund partnerships with higher education institutions. While both require the school be the named applicant, the funds may be used toward a joint project with a business or local employer.More

Exciting Opportunity for Students to Gain Experience in Nation's Capital

Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, a boutique law firm in Alexandria, Va., (across the river from Washington, D.C.) specializing in the aerospace and construction industries, currently has an opening for its summer communications internship program.

The intern will gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how policy is crafted and the impact it has on critical sectors of the economy. Monitoring developments in the nation's capital, drafting content for various client publications, conducting research on related issues and undertaking many other hands-on assignments will provide the rare opportunity of "seeing how the sausage is made" in Washington.

For more information, please visit www.potomac-law.com/internship-opportunities. More

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Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring the 2014 Repair Symposium?

As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA. More

ARSA Publications: Summer Sale

From June 21 through Sept. 20, take advantage of the ARSA summer publications sale — buy one publication, and get another one absolutely free!

Summer is all about lazy days with a good book. We don't have romance or mysteries, but who says an ARSA publication isn't just as good to read while lying on the beach?More

MRO Industry Girds for Aircraft Retirement Tsunami
Aviation Week
Today's news is peppered with accounts of the early retirement of passenger jets. In 2012 alone, 50 aircraft aged 15 years or less were retired from fleets. While such statistics make for good headlines, in reality those 50 accounted for less than 10 percent of the aircraft retired last year. It is the sheer magnitude of retirements for aircraft of all ages that will have a profound impact on the aerospace and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries for the rest of the decade.More

Lufthansa Maintenance Arm Targets Fast-Growing Discount Carriers
Bloomberg Businessweek
Deutsche Lufthansa AG's maintenance arm said it's increasingly targeting contracts with low-cost carriers as collapses and consolidation erode its traditional customer base.More

American Airlines to Add Seats to MD-80, Boeing 737 Fleets
The Dallas Morning News
American Airlines plans to add more seats to the mainstays of its fleet, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and the Boeing 737, although the airline hasn't determined how many will be added.More

Electric Taxi Puts on a Show at Paris
Aviation Week
Two years after Honeywell and Safran announced plans to develop an electric-drive system, the team is preparing to demonstrate a proof-of-concept system on an Airbus A320 at this year's Paris air show. More

Jet Aviation Geneva Appointed as New Authorized Service Center
AviTrader
Nextant Aerospace, maker of the Nextant 400XTi, the world's only remanufactured business jet, has announced Jet Aviation Geneva as an authorized service center for Europe. Signed at EBACE, the contract will see Jet Aviation Geneva provide maintenance services for Nextant's growing fleet of aircraft across the continent.More

Ontic Sees Growth Opportunities for Support of Legacy Components
AIN Online
Gareth Hall, who was promoted to president and managing director of BBA Aviation's Ontic subsidiary in January, is focused on accelerating the company’s rate of growth to take advantage of the improving aerospace economy. "The market's coming back strongly," he said, "and we see ourselves with lots of opportunities."More