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ARSA recognizes Ron Utecht
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ARSA's Executive Director, Sarah MacLeod and General Counsel, Marshall Filler will be on hand for a special ceremony presenting long time ARSA supporter Ron Utecht with the Federal Aviation Administration's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. Utecht, serves as Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Operating Officer of TIMCO Aviation Services and has worked in the aviation maintenance industry for 50 years. In addition to the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, ARSA will present Uthect wih a gold pocket watch engraved with, "An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." The association believes the quote, from Friedrich Engels, personifies Utecht’s (and Charles Taylor’s) professional accomplishments. More

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Congress should demand answers from the FAA
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When a federal agency has chronic problems, the causes can often be traced to a long-term lack of effective congressional oversight. That appears to be the case with the Federal Aviation Administration. Once the gold standard of competence and excellence, the FAA's reputation has been sullied in recent years by management blunders and omissions that the aviation agency has shown little willingness to correct. More

ARSA establishes maintenance scholarship
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In lieu of holiday cards and gifts to members, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association established a $500 aviation maintenance scholarship through the Northrop Rice Foundation. The award will go to a student attending a Federal Aviation Administration certificated Part 147 Aviation Technician School, with the winner selected by NRF's Board of Directors. More

AMTSociety's 4th Annual Maintenance Skills Competition
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The AMTSociety's 4th Annual Maintenance Skills Competition is scheduled for Feb. 23 - 25, 2011, during the Aviation Industry Expo in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The MSC has grown from 9 teams in the 1st MSC in 2008 to now 30 with the international community competing. The MSC is the premier event in which today's skilled aircraft maintenance technicians and engineers can show the public some of the many responsibilities they carry in order to provide safe and airworthy aircraft. There are 5 competition categories: Military, Commercial Aviation, General Aviation, Schools and MRO/OEM. More

ARSA's 2011 Annual Repair Symposium: Registration is now open
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ARSA will hold its Legislative Day on Capitol Hill and its Annual Repair Symposium March 31 - April 2, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, Va. Come join aviation professionals from around the world and participate in this extraordinary event. The Annual Repair Symposium is the perfect place to connect with officials from the FAA and other aviation authorities, as well as key members of Congress and your colleagues in the industry. The Symposium includes sessions on updates to regulations, policies and procedures that govern the maintenance industry, and more. Legislative Day gets you informed on the issues that affect your business and includes Capitol Hill meetings with your representatives, senators and congressional staff. More

How will the changes to Part 21 affect your business?

Learn from the people who wrote the new rules Click HERE to reserve a seat.

Aeromexico ramps up MRO for growth
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The stable of Boeing 737-700 and -800 narrowbodies based at Aeromexico's Mexico City hub should see significant additions to their number in the next several years. The engineering division that supports them is amping up for the change now. Pointing to the carrier's "aggressive" growth plan, David Nakamura, senior VP for maintenance and engineering, says IT upgrades and increased concentration on Mexico City operations will be imperative to managing that growth. More

What Bill McGee learned serving on the government's 'Future of Aviation' panel
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Bill McGee wrote in a recent special for USA TODAY, "Analyzing and writing about Washington policies is a much different experience once you enter the arena where those policies are shaped. As someone who just spent seven months struggling to craft proposals for federal aviation regulations, I've learned some lessons about the complexity of the airline industry. In May, I was given the honor and challenge of representing Consumers Union by serving as the lone consumer advocate to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. Our mandate? To provide DOT Secretary Raymond LaHood with information, advice and recommendations on ensuring the competitiveness of the U.S. aviation industry and its capability to address the evolving transportation needs, challenges and opportunities of the global economy." More

FAA Safety Briefing January/February 2011
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The new issue of FAA Safety Briefing celebrates the publication's 50th anniversary by looking back on the state of general aviation (GA) safety and highlighting a half century of safety focus and progress. This issue also helps airmen recognize that managing risk is the foundation for safe flying from both a theoretical and practical sense. In "Building Blocks and Safety Circles," editor Susan Parson helps readers get their head around safety rules, safety realities, and the concept of safety risk management to build a barrier to accidents. The issue looks at "Safety from the Ground Up," providing pointers for ramp safety. And there is a guide to the "Small Cost, Big Benefits" of aircraft safety enhancements that can mean the difference between life and death in the event of an accident. More

ARSA Dispatch available through MultiBriefs app
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ARSA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create ARSA Dispatch, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. ARSA Dispatch is now part of the new MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. For those without iPhones, not to worry. We also have Blackberry and Droid versions. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs."
Positive Publicity

Spirit to hire plant workers
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Spirit AeroSystems Inc., the Wichita, Kansas-based aerospace manufacturer that fabricates wing components in Tulsa, Oklahoma for several Boeing commercial aircraft, will hire 200 factory workers for the Tulsa and Wichita plants in the first quarter, company executives said recently. More

Gulfstream expands in Savannah, Georgia
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Gulfstream is expanding its Savannah, Ga., based Research & Development site. The company purchased a 253,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing site. It is currently undergoing the first of two planned renovations expected to be completed in February. A second renovation is slated for April and scheduled for completion in 2012. More

Please mark your calendar for the 2011 ATA e-Business Forum to be held June 6-8, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal, Canada.Held in conjunction with the S1000D User Forum, this combined event will provide a high level overview of the latest developments in information exchange for the commercial aviation industry to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations.

More details will soon follow.

Learn more about the ATA e-Business Program.

Learn more about S1000D

3 aviation companies held job fair in Wichita, Kansas
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Three airplane makers held a job fair in Wichita, Kansas recently and 2,200 jobs are up for grabs. The job fair includes Spirit Aerosystems, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. It's not a great sign, but it's a sign no less. Three of the major aircraft players in the country are in Wichita looking for workers. Unfortunately, many of the jobs aren't in Wichita. For those who have been out of work for a year or more, they just might take anything. More

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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Help ARSA with its public relations initiative to improve the legal, regulatory, and business climate for contract aviation maintenance companies!

Phase One, Step Two to quantify the economic impact of the aviation maintenance industry, nationally and internationally is currently underway, but we need your assistance!

ARSA has contracted with AeroStrategy, an aerospace consulting firm, to:

• Develop an economic profile of the global MRO industry;
• Assess the economic impact of US-EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (which is threatened by the hostile language in the pending FAA reauthorization bill); and
• Determine the industry’s economic footprint on a state-by-state basis

The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign.

For more details, click here.

Pledge your support here.

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Air Methods exhibits Level 2 FAA SMS status
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Air Methods Corporation, the largest air medical transportation company in the world, recently was informed by the Federal Aviation Administration that it successfully exhibited Level 2 status in the FAA's Safety Management System pilot program. Air Methods is the only helicopter air medical operator to have exited Level 1 and Level 2 in the FAA's SMS voluntary implementation program, and one of only eight commercial air operators in the nation to earn a Level 2 exit SMS status acknowledgement letter. More

Rockwell acquires Computing Technologies for Aviation
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Rockwell Collins, Inc. announced that it has acquired Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc. or CTA — a provider of flight operations management solutions for corporate flight departments and aviation customers. According to company sources, the acquisition of CTA serves to augment the capabilities of Rockwell Collins' new Ascend flight information solutions provided for business aircraft operators. More

AeroTurbine elects Karl Trowbridge as Managing Director of EMEA sales
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Karl Trowbridge joins AeroTurbine as Managing Director of EMEA sales. Karl Trowbridge has been involved in the aviation industry for 28 years, since joining the Royal Air Force in 1983 where he served as an Engineer Officer. After leaving the RAF in 1992 he joined AAR Allen Aircraft as a Sales Manager. In 1995 he joined Aviation Sales Company and as Vice President of European Operations established their European Office following a period heading European Sales from Miami. More

Registration for the ARSA 2011 Annual Repair Symposium is now open!

Click here to register and take part in all the experiences that make the Symposium a must-attend event!

Stay up-to-date on the "what" and "when" of the Symposium by checking out the agenda to get the latest updates.

And be sure to visit the Symposium sponsorship page for opportunities to promote your company!

Spirit AeroSystems reaches agreement with Boeing on 787 program
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Spirit AeroSystems has reached an agreement with Boeing regarding certain claims associated with the development and production of the 787-8 airplane in December 2010. "Working closely with our largest customer, we have developed a fair and equitable framework that reflects current program financial realities and reinforces a partnership that provides the basis for long-term value creation on the program for both Spirit and Boeing," said Phil Anderson, Spirit Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. More

Lufthansa Technik to support Air New Zealand with pooling of rotable components
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Lufthansa Technik is to provide a Total Component Support agreement for a selected number of components for Air New Zealand with immediate effect. The contract is for components utilized on the New Zealand national carrier's Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 aircraft. The signing of the contract signifies the first time that Air New Zealand has engaged the services of Lufthansa Technik. More

Columbia Helicopters achieves EN/AS9110 quality standards
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Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce that the international risk management firm Det Norske Veritas recently registered the Oregon-based company to the aerospace quality standard of EN/AS9110. This certification establishes quality standards for work performed by aerospace Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul organizations within the United States. Columbia Helicopters’ certification also recognizes that the company meets a corresponding standard throughout Europe. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its website By accessing the links (provided in blue) you will find a complete list of items the Association has noted as important to aviation design, production and maintenance activities.

Final Documents: This list includes Federal Register (FR) publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars (ACs), Orders, Notices, policy statements and related material of interest to ARSA members. The date shown is the date of FR publication or other official release.

Your Two Cents: Provides you with the opportunity to provide input on rules and guidance that will affect you. Agencies must provide the public with notice and an opportunity for comment before their rules change. Your input matters. Comments should be received before the indicated due date; however, agencies often consider comments they receive before drafting of the final document begins.

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