ARSA Dispatch
Aug. 5, 2014

Protect Yourself: Suspicious Emails

ARSA has learned that an individual pretending to represent the association has been sending unsolicited emails to members regarding updates to the member directory. These messages are not from the association and the sender is not associated with ARSA. Should you receive such an email, please delete it immediately.More

A4A Gets FAA Clarification on Boeing AMOC Requests

Airlines for America (A4A) worked on behalf of its operators to clarify instructions for requesting an alternate method of compliance (AMOC) for Airworthiness Directives (AD) issued against certain Boeing airplanes. More

ARSA Applauds TSA on Repair Station Security Rule
On July 28, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued long-promised guidance adopting ARSA's position regarding when an on-airport repair station is responsible for large aircraft on its property under the new aircraft repair station security regulation.More

FAA Clarifies Line Station Work can be Major
MRO Network
Line maintenance stations in the U.S. can perform major repairs and alterations the FAA has confirmed. The clarification comes after ARSA called for more guidance, arguing that the agency's failure to differentiate between the separate aspects of part 145 — which relate to ratings and authorizations — implied that non-specified activities were prohibited. More

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GAMA Publishes Second Quarter GA Aircraft Shipment Report
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently published the second quarter 2014 general aviation aircraft shipment report. Industry airplane shipments increased 4.8 percent to 1,110 units while airplane billings rose to $10.9 billion, up 4.5 percent.More

Professors object to FAA drone restriction
The Australian
University and college professors are complaining that US government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.More

FAA Approves SDG&E Testing of Unmanned Aircraft System
Ramona Home Journal
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) a Special Airworthiness Certificate for a small Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), also known as drones, the utility announced last month. It will allow the company to research, test and train flight crews on the UAS in a sparsely populated airspace in eastern San Diego County.More

Ayotte's Bill to Boost TSA Accountability Approved by Commerce Committee
As part of her ongoing efforts to bring greater transparency to government, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced that the Senate Commerce Committee has approved the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act (S. 1893) — legislation she introduced to help ensure the most effective use of security technology and responsible use of taxpayer dollars at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The House of Representatives unanimously passed companion legislation in December.More

Boeing Forecasts Rising Demand for Commercial Pilots and Technicians
Boeing is forecasting continued strong growth in demand for commercial aviation pilots and maintenance technicians as the global fleet expands over the next 20 years.More

Task Force to Examine Airspace Safety in Wake of MH17
Air Transport World
ICAO, IATA and other major global aviation organizations are forming a high-level international task force of state and industry experts to look at airspace security issues raised by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 earlier this month.More

Boeing Forecasts Huge Need for Aviation Professionals over the Next Two Decades
The Seattle Times
Boeing recently released a projection showing an ever-growing need for more pilots and aircraft-maintenance technicians worldwide as the aviation industry booms across the globe.More

MH17 Crash Spurs Airlines to Call for Weaponry Control
The global airline industry asked governments around the world to improve control over deployment of anti-aircraft weapons after a Malaysian Airline System Bhd. plane was shot down earlier this month over Ukraine. The International Air Transport Association also asked the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization to ensure governments provide airlines with more information to help make risk assessments, IATA said in a recent statement.More

WestJet Firms Five More Bombardier Q400 Options
Air Transport World
Calgary-based WestJet, which originally had 20 Bombardier Q400s on firm order, has converted an additional five of its 25 options into firm orders, in a deal valued at approximately $167 million based on current list prices.More

End of an Era: Boeing in Final Stages of Leaving Wichita
Boeing's massive auction last week of thousands of items in three hangar bays was one of the final steps in closing the Wichita site and ending its more than 85-year history here.More

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Kiddie Hawk Air Academy Renew Partnership, Offer EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Activities for Youngsters
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kiddie Hawk Air Academy (KHAA) are joining forces to host aviation activities for children ages 4-9 at this year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, kicking off a five-year extension of their exclusive higher education partnership in developing educational and STEM programs to inspire the next generation of pilots, aircraft technicians, aerospace engineers and dreamers.More

Driverless Vehicles: The Next Generation
Driverless cars, already an established technology in the U.S., Sweden and Japan, are to debut on British roads in January 2015. Among the potential advantages: tripling the capacity of roads, minimizing accidents and speeding up journeys. By 2040, more than a third of cars will be driverless, according to latest figures. So what other driverless technologies are in prospect?More

Airlines Ask Courts to Review TSA Fees
USA Today
Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association filed a petition asking a federal court to review a steep increase in fees imposed by the Transportation Security Administration. Airlines say the fees, which are added to the cost of tickets, are higher than allowed by law and the TSA is ignoring a fee cap imposed by Congress.More

TSA Guidance Clarifies Repair Station Security Requirements
Aviation Week
New Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidance clarifies several key points about its repair station security rule, including how large aircraft must be guarded and when responsibility for keeping an eye on an aircraft changes from the maintenance shop to its operatorMore