ARSA Dispatch
Oct. 1, 2013

Register Now for Tomorrow's ICA Webinar

Tomorrow at noon (eastern), ARSA Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall S. Filler is hosting an online training session providing an overview of the regulatory basis for continued airworthiness (ICA) instructions. This session is the first of two covering ICA. The training includes what documents are considered ICA and the obligations of design approval holders to prepare and make them available under 14 CFR § 21.50(b). It also covers the regulations that apply to repair stations and other maintenance providers regarding the use of ICA and their availability. 

To register for the webinar, click here.

For more information on ARSA's ICA action, visit the ICA issue page at

ARSA Drafts SBA's Help to Defeat Costly Proposed Rule

On Sept. 26, ARSA urged Small Business Administration (SBA) Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant to submit official comments on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed rule (NPRM) pertaining to Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating Engines. The request was made by the association because the FAA failed to comply with the Regulatory Flexibility Act's (RFA) small business protections.

Specifically, ARSA asked Sargeant to address the FAA's incorrect assessment that the NPRM would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The agency underestimated the compliance costs by failing to determine the actual number of engines impacted, labor rates, and price for replacement items. The RFA classifies rules with $100 million in compliance costs as "major rules" that undergo congressional review.

ARSA contends the FAA should withdraw the proposed rule until it can include the correct economic material required by the RFA.

In a positive development for the industry, the FAA extended the comment period by 60 days. The new deadline is Dec. 11, 2013. ARSA continues to urge the aviation maintenance community to take advantage of this extension by providing feedback on the rule.

Watch for unfolding updates on and in the weekly ARSA Dispatch. More

ARSA Blog: FAA Again Ignored Small Business Concerns

This week, ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses how the Federal Aviation Administration once again has ignored congressional mandates to the detriment of small businesses.

Read Fisher's blog and others at More

Government Shutdown Update

As of 12:01 a.m. (eastern) this morning, the federal government is shut down due to the inability of Congress and the White House to reach agreement on a spending plan. ARSA continues to monitor the negotiations and what impact this shutdown will have on its members. The association does expect the following to take place:

Members can learn more about how the shutdown will affect DOT operations by clicking here.

Stay tuned to for the latest developments. More

MacLeod To Be Featured Speaker at AMTSociety Seminars Starting Next Month

Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod will be speaking at the next series of aircraft maintenance educational seminars known as AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium. MacLeod will present on topics including maintenance regulations, major/minor, and maintenance recordkeeping. Seminars will start next month in Houston, TX, and continue through March 2014. Event dates and locations can be found below:

November 20, 2013 – Houston, TX
January 8, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
February 12, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
March 5, 2014 – Aurora, CO

Each seminar in AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium meets the requirements contained in FAR 65.93(a)(4) and is acceptable towards 8 hours of training for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal and the FAA AMT Awards Program. In addition to AMTSociety's IA renewal training, you MUST comply with the "actively engaged" requirements in FAR 65.91(c)(1)-(4) to meet the conditions of IA renewal.

Click here to learn more about the AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium. More

ARSA Members Encouraged To Complete AMT Society Survey

Last week, AMT Society Executive Director Ronald Donner encouraged members and non-members to complete a new survey to determine what the organization can do to improve and grow.

Formed in 2005, the AMTSociety exists to promote the aircraft maintenance technician's craft and profession, advance the future of that profession, and provide resources and benefits to its members.

Please take a few short minutes and complete this survey by Oct. 18, 2013. Results will be shared shortly thereafter. 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

Check Out 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:

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

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Boeing Launches New Maintenance Apps for iPad
The Wall Street Journal
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AJW Aviation Signs Three Year Contract with ELFC
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Joint Venture Maintenance Facility to Open in Qatar
AIN Online
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Air Canada Signs Maintenance Agreement with Premier Aviation; Trois-Rivieres Facility Employs 120 Technicians
The Wall Street Journal
Premier Aviation and Air Canada recently announced the signing of a five-year agreement for the provision of airframe maintenance in support of Air Canada's fleet of 60 Embraer E-190 and E-175 aircraft. More

Monarch Aircraft Engineering Extends Heavy Maintenance Agreement with Thomson Airways
Hispanic Business
Monarch Aircraft Engineering, the award-winning independent aircraft maintenance provider and a division of The Monarch Group, is delighted to announce that it has extended its heavy maintenance agreement with Thomson Airways.More

Slow Growth Seen in European MRO Market
Aviation Week
Stagnation in Europe's airline industry will be a drag on the region's aircraft aftermarket, which will grow slower than the world average over the next decade despite measurable expansion in Eastern Europe, forecasts revealed at the MRO Europe show.More

AAR Adds Third Line of Maintenance at Duluth MRO
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Bombardier Boosts Bizjet Support in China
AIN Online
Bombardier Aerospace boosted the aftermarket support network for operators of its business aircraft in China by announcing a new service agreement with Beijing Airlines, one of mainland China's top business aviation operators. More