ARSA Dispatch
Jul. 22, 2015

More of the Same: Government Report Criticizes Foreign Oversight

On July 16, the DOT Inspector General issued a report criticizing FAA oversight of foreign repair stations in the European Union. The report — with its old, familiar and incomplete reasoning — underscores the need for the maintenance community to remain vigilant against threats to international agreements as well as the global aviation community.More

Amend or New: Vagueness Persists

The FAA's July 20 response to ARSA's request for clarity regarding a new owner's requirement to apply for an amended or new certificate when it obtains a repair station’s assets was less than lucid. More

Boeing Report Foresees Unprecedented Demand for New Technicians

On July 20, Boeing released its 2015 Pilot and Technician Outlook. The report forecasts the global commercial aviation industry will need more than one million new workers — 558,000 pilots and 609,000 maintenance technicians — to meet unprecedented demand between now and 2034. More

Draft SUP Program Order Released

On July 15, the FAA released draft Order 8120.16A entitled "Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) Program," which would cancel current Order 8120.16, "Processing Reports of Suspected Unapproved Parts." More

Ask and Answer: Improving Airworthiness Directives
When the FAA convenes an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC), it is a call for help. The agency is acknowledging that it needs the industry's support to resolve a problem. When regulators ask, we must provide honest answers and remain committed to assessing and refining the result. More

Executives Urge Congress to Renew Ex-Im Bank to Save U.S. Aerospace Industry
Congress must reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, so that the US aerospace industry can successfully compete in the global markets, 72 CEOs and other senior aerospace industry leaders said in a letter to legislators.More

Study Finds Parents Still Don't Understand STEM Job Opportunities
While a clear majority of parents in the U.S. believe it's important to educate students in the so-called STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math, many hold misperceptions about how gaining expertise and degrees in those fields can boost job options.More

EASA Annual Safety Conference 2015: Training in Aviation
EASA Annual Safety Conference 2015 has just opened for registration. This year's conference focuses on the topic of "Training in Aviation: Staying Fit for Safety". The conference takes place in Luxembourg Oct. 14-15, coinciding with the country's Presidency of the Council of the EU.More

Lufthansa Technik Set To Open New MRO Base in Puerto Rico
AIN Online
Lufthansa Technik will accept the first customer aircraft at its new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Puerto Rico on July 21, bringing the promise of billions of dollars in long-term economic impact to the financially troubled U.S. territory. Spirit Airlines is the launch customer of the facility, which will perform maintenance on Airbus A320-series narrowbody airliners.More

Draft FAA Bill Provides Hint on Direction
Rotor News
Hints are beginning to emerge detailing the long-awaited U.S. House of Representatives bill to reauthorize the FAA and privatize air traffic control. Officially, the bill will be known as the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act. More

Let Small Businesses Take to the Skies
The Hill
Unmanned aircraft systems are at an exciting and pivotal stage. Just as smartphones and tablets revolutionized our economy over the past decade, UAS are transforming the way a number of industries operate, and are creating several new ones as well.More

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