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Sep. 3, 2015

The Conductor's Baton

"ARSA is the voice of the aviation maintenance industry." It's a fair — and often repeated — illustration of the association's role on behalf of repair stations: the body that will speak truth to power. In reality, though. ARSA is not a single voice. It can't be.More — Aviation Career Matchmaker

On Aug. 26, ARSA announced the launch of, a web-based recruitment tool that will help the aviation community find technically skilled applicants to keep the world safely in flight.More

Administration's Pre-Labor Day Pro-Labor Policy Rollout

In an Aug. 27 ruling against the waste management firm Browning-Ferris, the NLRB redefined the employee-employer relationship. In other labor news, the Department of Labor requested comments on its proposed rule to extend overtime protection to millions of white collar workers.More

Help Maintenance Prosper Through FAA Reauth

As the FAA's current authorization bill (the FAA Modernization & Reform Act of 2012) enters its final days, Congress will return from August recess with a mess of competing priorities. Help your lawmakers understand the importance of the FAA's authorization and ensure they take action to bolster the health of the aviation maintenance industry.More

Congress' Homework: Reauthorize Education Trio

Congressional inaction and its occasional distraction have delayed the reauthorization of three key pieces of education legislation: the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act and the Carl D. Perkins Perkins Act.More

ARSA Remembers: Dr. Thomas Accardi (1953-2015)

Dr. Thomas C. Accardi — the life-long aviator and public servant — passed away on Aug. 14. Marshal S. Filler, ARSA's managing director and general counsel, remembers him as a "relentless advocate for aviation safety."More

ARSA Works

To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit the ARSA Works page.More

You Can't Fly Without Us — The World of Aviation Maintenance

A short documentary overview of the aviation maintenance industry. Meet the men and women who keep the world safely in flight. For more information, visit

Industry Still Fighting for Right to Surrender

On Aug. 31, a coalition of aviation trade associations continued its efforts to reinstate the right of repair stations to voluntarily surrender their certificates.More

Amend or New: Nuance Lost

While the agency is clear the choice of applying for an "amended" or "new" is in the hands of the "new owner," the nuances remain unexplained. The association strongly recommends persons selling repair station assets not be as languid in their own assessment.More

ARSA Works: FAA Affirms Part Recovery Rights

On Aug. 25, the FAA affirmed ARSA's contention that a repair station's rating allows it to make "continue-in-service" determinations on internal or attached articles.More

ARSA Joins Industry on ICA Extension Request

On Aug. 25, a coalition of aviation trade associations requested an extension of the comment periods for both of the FAA's draft documents addressing Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA).More

ARSA's Fisher Appointed to TSA Advisory Committee

On Aug. 14, Peter Neffenger, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), appointed Daniel B. Fisher to serve a two-year term representing "aeronautical repair stations" on the Aviation Security Advisory Committee.More

Supreme Court Ruling Portends Future Battle Over Agency Guidance

This has been a blockbuster term at the Supreme Court, with Obamacare and same-sex marriage center stage. However, it's a less-sexy administrative law case that should attract the attention of the aviation maintenance community: Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association.More

Does Your Congressman Know Your Name?

Business success in a regulated industry depends on building relationships. Whether with inspectors, FAA officials or elected leaders, making sure key people know your name is an important step to ensure constructive dialogue and productive government dealings. So, does your congressman know your name?More

Petitions Issue Page

Engaging with the government is not always easy, but persistence is key to aviation safety and business success. Contrary to what you may think, angry mobs with pitchforks don't form over compliance issues. There are more modern and civilized tools for righting regulatory wrongs.More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents

This list includes Federal Register publications, such as final rules, Advisory Circulars and policy statements, as well as proposed rules and policies of interest to ARSA members. To view the list, click here.More

I Need a DER — Or Do I? Part VI: Coordinating and Completing the Package

Peter Lauria completes his six-part series. You have an article in need of repair, you are in some stage of assembling the data for the repair and you have contacted one or more DERs, by answering a few key questions, you can coordinate and complete the package.More

Five Steps to Career Success Through LinkedIn

For many, LinkedIn is the social media equivalent of an awkward networking event. Awkwardness aside, LinkedIn can be fertile ground for growing professional contacts. In this piece from Forbes, explore basic steps for maximizing your use of the social media platform.More

Personal Development — 10 Rules for Media Relations

Properly engaging the media requires the careful management of relationships. By knowing who reporters are, what they need, and how you can work with them, you will be able to ensure your office is always a part of the story. Once you are in contact with a reporter, how do you ensure the most valuable use of each other's time?More

Regulatory Compliance Training

Test your knowledge of 145.213 — Inspection of maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations.More

Member Spotlight — Advantage Aviation Technologies, Dallas, Texas

Advantage Aviation Technologies is a certified woman-owned business that has been serving the aviation community for more than 25 years. An ARSA member since 2004, the repair station holds both FAA and EASA certifications and provides solutions for manufacturers and operators, including Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Airbus Eurocopter and Gulfstream.More

Have You Seen this Person? — Lee Ann Shay

As chief editor MRO, Lee Ann Shay directs Aviation Week's coverage of the aviation maintenance industry. For repair stations, building relationships with media figures like Shay is a key first step to building a positive image — which can be invaluable for both business development and political influence.More

Take Advantage of ARSA's Members Getting Members Program, Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues

The best form of advertising is word of mouth. Use the Members Getting Members Toolkit to recruit an ARSA member and your company will receive a discounted rate for your next membership term.More

Target Your Message: Advertise in ARSA's Newsletters and Website!

Check out ARSA's menu of advertising opportunities for, the hotline, and the ARSA Dispatch. Take advantage of these great opportunities today to showcase your company, a new product or event.More

Exhibit, Sponsor the 2016 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

A Member Asked...

Q: Does ARSA have any guidance regarding the use of the FAA Form 8130-3 on articles installed on military aircraft or articles installed on dual-use aircraft?More

Industry and International News Roundup

ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play globally by providing jobs and economic opportunities, as well as through civic engagement. You can explore these stories through ARSA's Dispatch news portal.More