ARSA Dispatch
Sep. 11, 2013

ARSA Teams with NATACS on New Drug Program Management Service Benefit

ARSA, in partnership with NATA Compliance Services, is pleased to announce a new drug program management service that provides accurate, fast and reliable solutions for a safe and compliant drug-free workplace. NATACS is a "one stop" solution, providing policy templates, plan setup, regulatory assistance and program administration. Benefits include:

"In ARSA's most recent member survey, 33 percent of respondents expressed an interest in a drug and alcohol program service," stated Eric R. Byer, ARSA vice president of communications, policy & planning. "This exciting new partnership with NATACS delivers a program supported by a respected, established and cost-effective provider with more than a decade of experience." For more information, visit or call 800.493.9707.

To learn more about this new service, please register for ARSA's free, live Drug & Alcohol Program webinar on Sept. 18, at 12:00 noon (EDT).

To review ARSA's Drug & Alcohol Resource Page, please click here.More

ARSA Blog: Are You In or Are You Out?

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

Read MacLeod's blog and others at More

Stay Current: Subscribe to OFMK Daily Intelligence

Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein's (OFMK) daily newsletter, Daily Intelligence, is now available to those looking for news highlights and regulations that will impact the industry. This valuable resource is designed to help ensure your business stays up-to-date on the latest legislative and regulatory developments in Washington, D.C.

Daily Intelligence includes the latest on OFMK's clients, news from Capitol Hill as well as the aviation maintenance and construction equipment industries, pre-published and published federal regulations, and international aviation guidelines.

OFMK is a boutique law firm based in Alexandria, Va., specializing in regulatory and legislative issues facing the aviation maintenance and construction equipment industries. Its clients include the Aeronautical Repair Station Association and Associated Equipment Distributors. Click here to sign up for a $19.99 yearly subscription. For more information, please contact OFMK Communications Coordinator Matt McKinney or call 703-299-0784. More

Less Than Two Weeks Left on ARSA's Publications Sale

Buy one ARSA publication and get another one absolutely free, only through Sept. 20!

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

'Back to School' Special on Recorded Training Webinars

Now through Sept. 13, 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.

Click here to purchase your recording today.More

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 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 More

Canada, U.S. Governments Seek Input on Regulatory Cooperation

On Aug. 29, the United States and Canada released a notice inviting public comment on the Regulatory Cooperation Council's (RCC) progress and how best to harmonize regulatory policy between the two countries. The RCC's mandate is to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits to consumers and businesses in North America through increased regulatory transparency and coordination. Both governments request comments on issues that should be considered for future collaboration, including proposals to align regulatory systems, streamline bilateral cooperation, and improve stakeholder engagement. Areas of potential feedback include:

The notice is available through the U.S. Federal Register and the Canada Gazette. Comments are due Oct. 11. More

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) and 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

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:

Click here to visit the ARSA Career Center.More

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.

For more information, please visit 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

Pratt & Whitney Signs Exclusive Maintenance Agreement with Transaero Airlines
Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, has signed an exclusive eight-year maintenance services agreement with Transaero Airlines to provide engine overhaul services on the airline's fleet of PW4000-112" engines. The agreement is expected to be worth approximately $55 million over its life.More

Dubai's DAE Ends Tie-Up Talks with BBA Aviation
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, owner of U.S.-based engine repair and maintenance business StandardAero, recently said it was no longer in talks with British aircraft services firm BBA Aviation to merge parts of its business.More

AAR Secures FAA Approval to Begin MRO Operations in Lake Charles, LA
AAR CORP. has secured FAA approval to begin operating an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Lake Charles, La., just weeks after announcing the agreement to lease the site.More

FL Technics Launches CF34-3 Maintenance Services
FL Technics, a global provider of integrated aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services, is further extending the list of its engine management services and has recently introduced a brand new CF34-3 engine support package. The company has already agreed upon cooperation with a CIS-based carrier according to which it will provide comprehensive MRO support for the carrier's CF34-3 engines powering its Bombardier CRJ200 fleet.More

JetBlue, Aviation Technical Services Sign Agreement to Install Wi-Fi Connectivity on 130 Airbus Aircraft
The Wall Street Journal
JetBlue Airways, New York's Hometown Airline, has signed a contract with Aviation Technical Services for the Washington state-based company to install super-fast next-generation Ka-band satellite Wi-Fi technology on JetBlue's fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. More

Governor Proclaims September as Aviation Appreciation Month
Air Capital Insider
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring September as Aviation Appreciation Month, the Department of Transportation said. More

Thailand Government Touts Country's Emergence as Aerospace Hub in SEA
Ten years after Thailand's government announced a new investment and incentives policy with the goal to position the nation as a premier aviation hub the aerospace industry there has grown to the point where it contributes approximately $25.5 billion or 9 percent of the Thai GDP government officials said.More

Legacy Aviation Services Obtains Mexican Repair Authority
AIN Online
Mexico's Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil has granted Oklahoma City-based Legacy Aviation Services authority to repair and service Mexican-registered aircraft. What used to be a cumbersome procedure with excessive paperwork has been streamlined to permit Mexican aircraft to enter the U.S. for regular repair, maintenance and special modifications with far less bureaucracy. More