ARSA Dispatch
Sep. 18, 2013

Register Now for Today's Noon Webinar on ARSA's New Drug Program Management Service Benefit

ARSA, in partnership with NATA Compliance Services (NATACS), 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:

At noon (eastern) today, ARSA will host a free, live webinar explaining the details of this exciting, new program. To register, please click here.

For more information, visit or call 800.493.9707.

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

MacLeod Addresses InfoShare on Proper Reporting

Today, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod spoke at the Aviation Safety InfoShare conference currently being held in Atlanta. The three-day event is a confidential, biannual conference sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration in which government and industry representatives share aviation industry concerns and discuss current safety issues and mitigations.

MacLeod discussed voluntary and mandatory reporting, highlighting the key requirements for each and outlining the characteristics of ideal service reports. She also spoke about how repair stations, operators, and design & production approval holders must submit service difficulty reports. Finally, she provided instructions on how to create a usable report and navigate the service difficulty reporting system.

To see a calendar of upcoming industry events, be sure to visit More

Proposed AD Has Broad Implications

On Aug. 12, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for an airworthiness directive (AD) on the replacement of certain cylinder assemblies. 

FAA's failure to follow the most basic requirements for promulgating a regulation and the gross underestimation of the AD's repercussions for small businesses has ARSA's attention. The agency disregarded congressional laws (including the Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Small Business & Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act), internal guidelines, and executive orders. It issued an NPRM without placing the technical data or economic analyses in the docket to substantiate its claims an unsafe condition exists and that small entities won't be detrimentally affected by the rule.

 ARSA has made it a priority to ensure federal agencies follow mandates to properly assess the economic implication of regulatory actions and to provide the necessary information in the Federal Register to justify rulemakings. Even if this AD won't impact your company, agencies shouldn't be permitted to blatantly run afoul of the law without repercussion. Consequently, in the coming days, ARSA will unveil a grassroots effort to educate lawmakers and Small Business Administration officials about the need to hold the FAA and other agencies accountable for ignoring congressional mandates.  Stay tuned, as we'll need the industry's involvement to ensure small business protections aren't ignored in the rulemaking process.More

Maguire Gives Birth To Strapping, Young Lad!

Crystal Maguire, ARSA's Vice President of Operations, gave birth to Miles Franklin Maguire last weekend. On behalf of the members and staff, we give our very best to Crystal, Troy and Baby Miles and look forward to welcoming him into the ARSA family. More

Fruits of Our Labor

Similar to farming, the legislative process can be arduous. You plant the seeds, nurture the soil, water the land, and see a final product take shape.

Over the summer, ARSA worked behind the scenes with the aviation maintenance industry's strongest Capitol Hill allies on the association's "lift the ban" campaign, planting the seed for legislative action on the issue in the months ahead. Meanwhile, ARSA members from around the country hosted their representatives and engaged lawmakers, helping to move the process along. As the crop grows, we need to continue to water it so it can flourish, bloom, and produce fruit.

ARSA needs the aviation maintenance community's continued pressure on lawmakers to ensure lift the ban legislation reaches full bloom. To keep the process moving forward, lawmakers need a combination of education from the association's legislative team and hearing from constituents who provide the votes that send them to Washington.

What can you do to help advance the industry's policy initiatives? If you have a moment, use to send a pre-written note to your lawmakers urging them to "lift the ban" on Federal Aviation Administration foreign repair station certifications.

It is ARSA's mission to support its members any way it can. Contact Daniel Fisher, ARSA vice president of legislative affairs, to learn more about the association’s efforts and what you can do to help the seed fully bloom! More

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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

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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

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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

Northrop Grumman Donates Two Cessna 400 Series Aircraft to Georgia Northwestern Technical College
PR Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
Northrop Grumman Corporation recently donated two Cessna 400 Series aircraft for training purposes to the Georgia Northwestern Technical College, continuing the company's commitment to the educational development of future science, technology, engineering and mathematics engineers. More

AAR Enters General Terms Agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace
AAR has signed a long-term general terms agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace. Under terms of the deal, Liebherr-Aerospace will provide full support of AAR's nose-to-tail comprehensive solution on the Airbus fleet.More

Brazil's Embraer Sees China Demand for 805 Executive Jets through 2023
The Wall Street Journal
China's demand for executive airplanes during the next decade will likely reach 805 jets, with more than half of those being more expensive large executive planes, Brazilian plane maker Embraer said.More

BXM Lands Tempus Jets MRO Business
AIN Online
Tempus Jets of Newport News, Va., is relocating its FAA Part 145 repair station and interior completions businesses from Richmond, Va., to Brunswick Executive Airport in Maine.More

Aviation Week Presents 16th Annual MRO Europe Conference & Exhibition, September 24-26, 2013 at ExCeL London
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
The European aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul market is facing a difficult economy, compounded by trends such as an increase in aircraft retirements that require an evolution in market relationships, supply chain management and overall economic strategy. More

Lockheed Subsidiary Kelly Aviation Opens Montreal Maintenance Plant
The Canadian Press via The Lethbridge Herald
Hundreds of former Aveos employees have been given hope of recovering high-paying jobs as the engine overhaul subsidiary of Lockheed Martin officially opened its operations in Montreal with plans for aggressive growth.More

JETS Appointed Authorized Service Center for Dassault Aviation
Arabian Aerospace
JETS, a business aviation maintenance and technical support organization has announced it has become an authorized service center for Dassault Aviation. More

Change in Tax Policy Helps Maine's Aviation Industry Take Off
Bangor Daily News
Six aircraft, some stripped down to not much more than their shells, are crowded into Maine Aviation's hangar on the outskirts of the Portland International Jetport.More