ARSA Dispatch
Sep. 4, 2013

ARSA Pushes for Extension or Withdrawal of Continental Motors NPRM

On Aug. 30, ARSA and Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management, Inc. requested the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) submit objective evidence to support its proposed airworthiness directive (AD) regarding Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating Engines (Docket No. FAA-2012-0002). The groups want the FAA to either extend the comment period by 120 days or withdraw the rule until such information can be placed in the docket.

The groups contend that, although the agency includes engineering data, no evidence of the FAA's deliberations or objective standards supporting its statements were present and the documents required to comply with the proposed action were not appropriately incorporated by reference.

Additionally, ARSA pointed out that the proposed rule lacked elements for compliance with the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, including demonstrating the action will have minimal significant economic impact on small businesses.

Stay tuned to the ARSA Dispatch and the hotline for news of the FAA's response.More

ARSA Requests Interpretation on AMOC Order

On Aug. 28, ARSA sent the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) a request for a legal interpretation confirming question "f" in the appendix of Order 8110.103A is inaccurate and that it and the answer either be corrected or removed.

The question and answer listed in the Order are as follows:

Question: The AD requires that I accomplish specific instructions in a SB [Service Bulletin]. Those instructions require actions from a manual, and the manual requires actions from a standard practice manual. My operating procedure differs from the standard practice manual. Do I need an AMOC [Alternative Methods of Compliance] to keep using my operating procedure?

Answer: Yes. You must accomplish the specific instructions in the SB specified in the AD (Airworthiness Directive), including any second- or third-tier documents that are required to complete the action(s).

ADs are part of the Code of Federal Regulations and are therefore subject to the Administrative Procedures Act, which requires an agency obtain approval for each document it wishes to incorporate by reference (IBR) in a rule. In its request, ARSA argued the answer to question "f" does not make clear what exactly is "required to complete the action(s)," and that the language in the Order does not comply with the requirements governing IBRs.

Stay tuned to ARSA for the FAA's interpretation. More

ARSA Blog: Are You In or Are You Out?

This week, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod discusses the complicated maze of drug and alcohol testing.

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'Back to School' Special on Recorded Training Webinars

Now through Sept. 10, ARSA is offering "Back to School" discounts on all recorded online training webinars. Originally priced at $35, each webinar will be discounted to only $20.

ARSA's webinars, with experts from Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, address a variety of business and compliance issues confronting the aviation industry. Recorded webinar topics include Major/Minor, Part 145, ICA, Effectively Engaging Lawmakers, International Regulatory Law, Public Aircraft Operations and much more.

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Healthcare and the Employer Mandate: What You Need to Know

On Sept. 25, ARSA will host a webinar in conjunction with Alper Services on the new healthcare law, specifically the implementation of the employer mandate requiring businesses meeting certain criteria to offer health insurance to their employees.

The Affordable Care Act's employer mandate represents a greater challenge for the aviation maintenance industry than simple compliance with new health insurance regulations. New taxes, fees and directives mean that your business needs to gear up to address the law.

Alper Services' Ryan Holst will deliver a presentation on the latest changes in the legislation to help you make strategic decisions about your health insurance offerings. This will include considerations of whether to offer benefits ("pay or play"), how to structure the benefits and contributions to meet your financial needs, and what areas must be addressed to maintain compliance with the auditable requirements outlined by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.

To register, visit

Take Advantage of ARSA's Career Center Today!

Looking for positions in the aviation maintenance industry? The ARSA Career Center has jobs specific to what you need, posted by ARSA members as well as members of the Aero Job Board Network. There are many ways to get started:

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Exciting Opportunities for Students to Gain Experience in Our 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 two internship openings for this fall.

Interns will gain firsthand knowledge of the legal, 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.

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Get 10 Percent Off on Membership Dues by Utilizing ARSA's Members Getting Members Program

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. It really is that easy.

Program rules are as follows:

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Only a Few Weeks Left on ARSA's Publications Sale

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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

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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

Helicopter Maintenance Magazine Launches Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award
D.O.M. Magazine
There's excitement in the air at Helicopter Maintenance magazine's offices in Wisconsin and Arizona, and we want to share it with you. As the industry's premier magazine for, by and about helicopter maintenance professionals, we are going to offer an award for the 2013 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year. Read more for information on who is eligible to participate and how to nominate an individual. More

New Commercial Director for Cardiff Aviation
Cardiff Aviation has strengthened its leadership with the appointment of highly-experienced aviation executive, Andrew Braley, as Commercial Director. Braley joins from A J Walter Aviation, a leading independent specialist in the supply, exchange, repair and lease of commercial aircraft spares, where he was Director of Business Development.More

SR Technics and ADAT Strengthen Boeing 787 ICS Offering through Moog Agreement
SR Technics and ADAT, members of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, have signed a long term General Terms Agreement with Moog, a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and systems. More

Big Money in Aircraft Refurbishment
Flying Magazine
The market for aircraft refurbishment is on pace to expand to $4.3 billion per year over the next five years, according to a report by That's up from $3.04 billion spent in 2012. The report cites needs for fleet expansion among airlines and cargo carriers, but also the business aviation sector. More

Pilot and Maintenance Students: Apply Now for an HFI Scholarship!
Helicopter Association International
Helicopter Foundation International is accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship program. HFI offers up to four Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarships, up to six Maintenance Technician Certificate Scholarships, one Michelle North Scholarship for Safety and up to eight Bill Sanderson Aviation Maintenance Technician Scholarships.More