ARSA Dispatch
Dec. 11, 2013

FAA Responds to ARSA Concerns on Order 8130.21H

On Dec. 2, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to a letter ARSA sent on Nov. 19 concerning the prohibition on early compliance of FAA Order 8130.21H, specifically the ability to use the revised FAA Form 8130-3 before its Feb. 1, 2014 effective date.
(See previous story).

In its response, the agency concurred with ARSA's assessment that early compliance is in the best interest of the industry, including early use of revised FAA Form 8130-3. The FAA is notifying all field offices of this decision.More

Foreign Repair Station Drug Testing Rule at OMB

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is currently reviewing a proposed rule from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will impact foreign repair stations. The abstract states:

"This rulemaking is required by the FAA Modernization and Reauthorization Act of 2012. It would require controlled substance testing of some employees working in repair stations located outside the United States. The intended effect is to increase participation by companies outside of the United States in testing of employees who perform safety critical functions and testing standards similar to those used in the repair stations located in the United States. This action is necessary to increase the level of safety of the flying public."

An OMB review usually takes 30 to 60 days, after which the rule can be returned to the FAA for further action or for posting as a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register. Rest assured the association will keep close tabs on this action.More

FAA, EASA Approve MAG Revision

On Nov. 27, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency signed the third revision of the Maintenance Annex Guidance to the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement. ARSA is reviewing the changes and will provide an update soon. A version with highlighted changes is available here.More

ARSA Blog — Moving On ...

This week, ARSA Vice President of Communications, Policy, and Planning Eric R. Byer announces he has accepted a position with the National Association of Chemical Distributors to begin in Jan. 2014.

Read Byer's blog and others at

MacLeod Kicks Off AMTSociety Seminars in Houston

In November, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod kicked off a series of aircraft maintenance educational seminars known as AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium. The next seminar, featuring Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Managing Director & General Counsel Marshall Filler, will take place on Jan. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. Presentations during these seminars will address topics including maintenance regulations, major/minor, and maintenance recordkeeping. Seminars will continue through April 2014. Event dates and locations are:

January 8, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
February 12, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
March 5, 2014 — Aurora, CO
March 25 & 26, 2014 — Las Vegas, NV
April 5, 2014 — San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with 2014 ATEC Conference

ARSA members can attend the next series of AMTSociety Education/IA refresher events without being an AMTSociety member. Registration is $42 in advance and $62 at the door. ARSA members are encouraged to preregister by contacting or calling 1-800-547-7377 x2104.

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

For more information, visit or call 800.493.9707.

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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Jet Aviation and Tulpar Team to Offer Russian Refurbs
AIN Online
Increasing customer demand is the motivation for a new agreement under which Tulpar Interior Group of Kazan will provide scheduled interior refurbishments from Jet Aviation's maintenance facility at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. Tulpar is said to be the only company in Russia that provides a full range of aircraft interior services for commercial and VIP aircraft.More

Malaysia Poised for Growth in Maintenance Demand
AIN Online
Malaysia is currently the fourth largest buyer of business jets in the Asia-Pacific region. During the last 13 years the business aircraft fleet in Malaysia has grown by almost 80 percent and now accounts for almost 4 percent of all business aircraft in the region.More

Airbus's Longest Aircraft Gets More Seats to Help Rebuild Value
Airbus SAS plans to lift the seat count on the A340 wide-body jet and cut maintenance costs in an effort to prop up the market value for its longest aircraft, which went out of production two years ago after slack sales.More

Lufthansa Technik Offers Boeing 787 Services
AIN Online
The first Boeing 787 for private and government customers is slated for delivery by year-end, and Lufthansa Technik has already finished all its preparations for the completion and technical care of the aircraft.More

Lufthansa Technik Looks After Engines of Pakistan International Airlines
The German company will look after the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines of the six Airbus A310s in PIA's fleet. The five-year contract covers spare engine support, engineering services, logistics and repair and overhaul.More

AJW Aviation Sponsors Maintenance Management Degree
AIN Online
The MSc. Aircraft Maintenance Management degree course from City University, London, improves knowledge of the complex disciplines required to enable full understanding of the various technical, operational and financial pressures affecting flight operations.More

SR Technics's Garuda Deal Boosts Indonesian Component Offerings
Aviation Week
SR Technics, beefing up its presence in an expanding region, has teamed up with Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia to create a component support facility in Jakarta. The five-year deal calls for the shop to serve as part of the SR Technics Integrated Component Services network, handling about 150 part numbers.More

Monarch Aircraft Engineering Scoops 'Through-Life Engineering Services Award' at the Manufacture of the Year Awards, 2013
MAEL secured the "Through-Life Engineering Services" award for the efficient management and maintenance of complex, long-life products with a focus on design, cost, reliability and infrastructure.More

Jet Aviation Singapore and Air Transport Training College Sign Training Deal
AIN Online
Jet Aviation Singapore and Air Transport Training College at Seletar Aerospace Park will jointly support a licensed aircraft engineer training program for business aviation. As part of the agreement, Jet Aviation will provide required on-the-job training opportunities to students enrolled in the program.More

FL Technics to Launch Line Stations in Ukraine, Georgia and Libya
FL Technics, a global provider of tailor-made solutions for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, successfully develops its line maintenance support network by launching two new line stations in Lviv, Ukraine, and Kutaisi, Georgia. The company also plans to open a line station in Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya.More