ARSA Dispatch
Dec. 18, 2013

ARSA Condemns FAA Overreach

On Dec. 11, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) warned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that its disregard of basic requirements for promulgating a safety regulation required an immediate withdrawal of a notice of proposed rulemaking.

The proposed Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires the inspection and replacement of cylinders used on certain engines manufactured by Continental Motors, Inc. ARSA's comments rebuke the FAA for ignoring mandates contained in its airworthiness standards and Airworthiness Directives Manual, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and the agency's own internal guidance and policies regarding those laws.

"The agency's failure to provide objective, substantiated engineering data and to complete an accurate analysis regarding the economic impact of the AD merits the immediate withdrawal of the proposal," said Daniel Fisher, ARSA's vice president of legislative affairs. "The FAA has made a mockery of the rulemaking process and Congress should take a close look at the agency's actions."

ARSA's comments detail the FAA's failure to comply with congressional mandates and internal guidelines by not providing the correct technical data and economic impact analysis in its proposal. The association includes industry economic data detailing the detrimental impact the AD will have on the aviation sector and small businesses.

"Due to the heavily regulated nature of the aviation industry, ARSA members are negatively impacted when government agencies fail to comply with basic requirements," Fisher said. "When small entities are involved, the repercussions from improper government action are even greater."

ARSA's comments are available at http://arsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ARSA-FAA-2012-0002Comments-20131211.pdf.More

FAA Issues English Skills Guidance

On Dec. 11, the FAA issued advisory circular 60-28A to provide guidance for airman applicants, training organizations, designated examiners, and aviation safety inspectors (ASI) in determining English language skills currently required for airman certification under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations parts 61, 63, and 65.

The circular outlines the requirements under these parts that applicants be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language and demonstrate an ability to use standard terminology for radio communications. If a person holding an airman certificate issued under the above parts does not meet these standards, their certificate can be suspended or revoked.

The document guides designated examiners and ASIs in determining an applicant's proficiency through practical reading and writing tests and other methods.

The complete advisory circular is available here. More

ARSA, TeamSAI Join Forces to Measure Industry Impact

On Dec. 6, ARSA announced a new strategic partnership with TeamSAI, an aviation consulting firm specializing in strategic, tactical and operational management solutions. The new relationship will combine ARSA's industry knowledge and policy expertise with TeamSAI's data-driven forecasting to create regular, high quality economic analyses of the global aviation maintenance sector.

"The association is excited to join forces with an industry leader like TeamSAI," ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein said. "Working together, we'll provide critical information to make our members more effective managers and leaders. We'll also help lawmakers, regulators, journalists, and voters better understand the economic consequences of policy decisions."

Among other things, the ARSA-TeamSAI partnership will produce regular reports detailing the maintenance industry's economic and employment impact on a state-by-state basis and balance of trade.

To view ARSA's most recent study on global aviation maintenance, visit http://arsa.org/news-media/economic-data/. More

ARSA Blog — A Christmas Miracle?

This week, ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses the possibility of the Transportation Security Administration finalizing the repair station security rules by the end of the year and what ARSA has been doing to move the process forward. More

MacLeod Kicks Off AMTSociety Seminars in Houston

Last month, 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 Jill.burnett@cygnus.com 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 https://www.natacs.aero/ARSA 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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