ARSA Dispatch
Oct. 1, 2015

Genius in Disguise

ARSA’s genius — to paraphrase Henry Willard Austin — is in its perseverance. The association constantly strives for answers to difficult, entrenched problems. Earn the rewards of our persistence through your membership and support.More

FAA, EASA Release MAG Change 5

The FAA and EASA have released change 5 to the Maintenance Annex Guide (MAG).More

FAA Posts Draft Revised Air Carrier Contract Maintenance ACs

On Sept. 22, the FAA released two draft revised advisory circulars (ACs) updated to reflect the agency’s air carrier contract maintenance requirements regulation. More

Congress Buys Time on FAA Law

It’s déjà vu all over again. The current FAA law was set to expire on Oct. 1 and Congress hadn’t even started work on a multiyear reauthorization. Twenty-three extensions were necessary to finally enact the FAA Modernization & Reform Act in 2012 and it was wishful thinking to expect an orderly process this time around.More

Ways & Means Committee Approves Permanent Depreciation Bonus Legislation

While the House of Representatives already approved legislation to permanently increase higher Sec. 179 levels on Sept. 17, the chamber’s chief tax-writing panel affirmed its commitment to bonus depreciation.More

Meet Donald Streitenberger Jr: 2015 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year

The General Aviation Awards program and the FAA annually recognize deserving aviation professionals for their accomplishments in flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics and safety. This year the National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year works at the top of the food chain, maintaining business jets for the nation’s largest grocer.More

Don't Take ARSA's Word For It — the RSQM

Whether in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and in the halls of government agencies, or through training, publications and web-based resources, the association works to make you better. You don't have to take ARSA's word for it, though.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

FAA Extends ICA Comment Periods

In response to an Aug. 25 request from ARSA and a coalition of aviation trade associations, the FAA has extended the comment periods for both of its draft documents addressing Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA).More

FAA Affirms Repair Station Personhood

On Sept. 11, the FAA issued a legal interpretation in response to a request for clarification whether a part 145-certificated repair station may prepare an airworthiness release on behalf of an air carrier for work it performed on an aircraft. More

FAA Follows CRI ARC Recommendation in Draft AFS Order

On Sept. 10, the FAA released draft Order FS 8000.AFSGDD, “Flight Standards Service Guidance Document Development,” for comment. The draft order supports the agency’s efforts to provide internally and externally consistent guidance.More

"New" Compliance Philosophy Begets AFS Policy

In keeping with the administrator's "new" directive for focusing compliance resources, AFS put some meat on the bones of expected actions by the aviation safety inspector workforce by updating its own policy.More

MAG Change 5 and Parts Tagging Requirements

On Sept. 9, the FAA and EASA signed change 5 to the Maintenance Annex Guidance. Unfortunately, the change clearly requires a U.S. repair station to have an FAA Form 8130-3 issued by the PAH for new parts.More

Different Congress, Same Result

Despite a new congressional session and Republicans controlling the House and Senate, Congress still can't seem to perform basic governing functions. Capitol Hill was optimistic in January that work would be completed on time and Washington would function once again. Unfortunately, reality sucks.More

FAA Provides Incomplete Clarification on Return to Service

The FAA Chief Counsel’s clarification of its letter to ARSA is incomplete — as the association’s original letter attempted to delineate, there will be more than one person involved in accomplishing work for an air carrier. The person of interest will depend upon the qualifications required for the actions being taken.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

Legal Waypoints for Hiring a Drone

A quick search online finds several local drone operators claiming they are ready, willing and able to meet your needs. Sounds easy enough but here are some questions you should be asking before you hire one.More

School's In Session — Regulatory Training at Heli Expo

Going to HAI HELI-EXPO 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky? Marshall S. Filler and Sarah MacLeod, the association's foremost experts in regulatory compliance (and managing members of the firm of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod and Klein, PLC) will be leading professional education courses.More

ARSA Training: Parts in Three Parts

Join ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod for a three-session series of training on the regulations and other requirements affecting the purchase, stocking and sale of aircraft parts.More

Orlando Outreach & Training with Marshall S. Filler — Oct. 21

This October, Orlando will be the happiest place on earth for regulatory compliance. Marshall S. Filler, ARSA’s managing director & general counsel, will lead an all-day session on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at the JetBlue Hangar.More

Regulatory Compliance Training

Test your knowledge of 145.215 — Capability ListMore

Member Spotlight — 2015 ARSA Strategic Leadership Conference Sponsors

As the 2015 Strategic Leadership Conference approaches, ARSA thanks the organizations that made it happen. This invitation-only event for aviation maintenance executives is reality because of the generous support of these sponsors.More

Have You Seen this Person? — Capt. Billy Nolen

The 2015 ARSA Strategic Leadership Conference is just around the corner and Capt. Billy Nolen of Airlines for America will kick the event off with a keynote address. As Senior Vice President of Safety, Security and Operations for A4A, Nolen sets safety and customer service standards and procedures for leading U.S. airlines.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

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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