ARSA Dispatch
Dec. 2, 2014

The Lame Duck Home Stretch: Funding Federal Government, Extenders Top Agenda

The roller coaster ride on Capitol Hill continued during Thanksgiving week, as House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced a deal on tax extenders package. However, it was quickly derailed by an Obama administration veto threat.More

FAA's Word on Bonded Repair Size Limits — Final Policy

On Nov. 24, the FAA issued a final policy (PS-AIR-100-14-130-001) regarding bonded repair size limits. ARSA's regulatory team is currently reviewing ... stay tuned.More

Now, Anyone Can Buy a Drone. Heaven Help Us
The New York Times
Amateur photographers and Hollywood filmmakers turn to them for lush overhead shots. Geologists use them to look above the seas for oil-bearing rocks. Amazon executives are pushing to use them to plop packages onto doorsteps.More

Helicopter Maintenance Magazine 2014 Mechanic of the Year Award
Director of Maintenance Magazine
The deadline for nominations for Helicopter Maintenance magazine's 2014 Helicopter Mechanic of the Year Award is November 15. If you haven't nominated a deserving individual for the award yet, there is still time!More

A4A Names Public Affairs Communicator Melanie Hinton as Managing Director
Air Transport News
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today named Melanie Hinton Managing Director for Airline Industry Public Relations and Communications.More

Needed NOW: Some Good Mechanics!
Rotor News
In an on-going effort by HAI's Operations department, Harold Summers, director of flight operations & technical services, and Brian Haggerty, deputy director of flight operations & technical services, along with Anne Nevel, manager of education programs, have been meeting with educators wanting to know how they can help address the shortage of certified airframe and powerplant mechanics in the helicopter industry. And they need YOUR help!More

Dallas Airmotive Opens State-of-the-Art Facility Dedicated to PT6A Repair and Overhaul
Director of Maintenance Magazine
Dallas Airmotive announces that the company has transformed its former Regional Turbine Center (RTC), located on Dallas-Love Field airport, into a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the repair and overhaul of PT6A engines.More

Applications for 2015 AMT Employer Award Program Are Now Available
Aviation Pros
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 Aviation Maintenance Technician Employer Award Program are now available.More

Alaska Aviators Continue to Struggle with Poor Weather Reporting
Alaska Dispatch News
Last month the Federal Aviation Administration canceled the contracts for five weather stations in Alaska. The move will mean pilots will no longer be able to receive reports from Farewell Lake, Merrill Pass West, Manley Hot Springs, Nabesna and Chandalar Lake. Now, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is trying to determine how pilots in Alaska were utilizing these stations in their flight planning.More

AOPA Promises to Keep Working Toward Overdue Medical Reform
Third class medical reform is taking too long and legislation is unlikely to pass this year, but AOPA will keep advocating for change and the prospects for reform in 2015 are good, AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Jim Coon said during an AOPA Live interview.More

Dassault Falcon Service to Expand Maintenance Capacity at Bordeaux-Merignac
Dassault Falcon Service has announced plans to build a heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Bordeaux-Merignac Airport in southwestern France. More

Lufthansa Hands Over 'Robert Koch' Evacuation Aircraft
Lufthansa via Air Transport News
Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe accepted receipt of the world's first evacuation aircraft for transporting and treating Ebola patients on behalf of the German government today.More

NTSB Agrees that Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Are Subject to Federal Aviation Regulations
The National Law Review
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently weighed in on the ongoing debate regarding the extent to which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may regulate the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).More

Record Participants Take Part in ICAO's 2014 Air Services Negotiation Conference
ICAO via Air Transport News
The seventh ICAO Air Services Negotiation Conference (ICAN2014) wound up on a record note in Bali, Indonesia last week, with 78 States/territories and one regional body taking full advantage of ICAN's unique and cost-effective multi-negotiation facility to expand air transport liberalization and market access. More

US Federal Aviation Administration Proposes Requiring Fix for Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The Economic Times
The US Federal Aviation Administration proposed requiring a fix for Boeing Co's 787-8 Dreamliner on Wednesday, a move prompted by "numerous reports of failures of proximity sensors" on the high-tech plane's wings.More

Southwest Airlines Projects 6 Percent Capacity Growth in CY2015 as Long-Haul from Dallas Ramps Up
Centre for Aviation
Southwest Airlines is forecasting solid unit revenue growth in CY2015 as it joins the rest of its US airline peers in growing capacity year-on-year. The airline projects a 6% expansion in supply largely driven by increasing stage length as it capitalises on the lifting of long haul flight restrictions from its Dallas Love Field headquarters.More

Spirit adding Flights in Houston Could Prompt Southwest Response
Air Transport World
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines could be planning a competitive response to Spirit Airlines' recent decision to add seven new routes to Mexico and Central America from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.More

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