ARSA to host legislative conference call
On Friday, Feb. 5, ARSA's legislative team will host a conference call to update membership on legislative threats and opportunities in the second session of the 111th Congress. In addition, the conference call will include a preview of the 2010 ARSA Legislative Day and will answer questions on getting involved with the inaugural ARSA Government Affairs Committee. The call will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The agenda for Friday's call is available here.
To take part, call 1-800-977-8002 and enter code 141381#. Any questions can be directed to Matt Hallett or at 703-739-9543.
Have you made your reservations yet?
Friday, Feb. 12 is the last day to take advantage of the special room rate at the Ritz-Carlton for the ARSA Annual Repair Symposium. If you haven't made your reservations yet, do it now!
Reserve your room now with the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. Call the hotel for rates and availability.
The special ARSA room rate is $229.00/night for single (or double) occupancy,
LaHood strikes back at USA Today story
Department of Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood came out swinging against a USA Today report that alleged that 65,000 airline flights over the last six years occurred in aircraft that were not properly maintained. The newspaper said the findings surfaced after a six-month investigation into maintenance practices by the airlines and oversight by the FAA found both lacking. On his blog, Lahood said FAA inspectors are constantly monitoring maintenance and the recent airline safety record is evidence of that. "Contrary to the assertion in USA Today, we are not allowing flights to leave the ground in 'unsafe condition,'" Lahood wrote. He noted the FAA's proposal to fine American Eagle Airlines $2.5 million for faulty weight-and-balance calculations on 154 flights is proof that the FAA is serious about safety. More
ARSA 2010 Annual Repair Symposium: Registration open
Come one, come all! Registration for the 2010 ARSA Annual Repair Symposium is now open. Join aviation professionals from around the world for in-depth seminars, frank discussions with top FAA officials, meetings with key legislators and valuable training in human factors and international compliance.
Listen to officials from the Federal Aviation Administration as they provide updates on the regulations, policies and procedures that govern the maintenance industry.
See industry and agency representatives discuss the proposed repair station security issue and provide advice on complying with the new rule.
Take part in the ARSA Casino night and find out if you have what it takes to be a high roller!
To register for the Symposium, click here.
The Symposium agenda may be found here.
If you would like to gain some recognition for your company by sponsoring a Symposium event, go here. More
Logan mechanic saluted for 50 years of service
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When George Monahan started working on propeller planes in 1960, there were no sensors that alerted pilots when a mountain was looming or another plane was approaching, no radars that predicted a sudden change in wind. "Airplanes were a lot simpler," he said. During his five decades in the business, Monahan has learned how to fix every one of these complex pieces of equipment - and train other airplane mechanics around the world to do the same. And today Monahan, 70, is being honored by American Airlines at Logan International Airport for 50 years of service. More
Engine icing hazards discovered on Embraer regional jets
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Concerned about potential malfunctions of ice-protection systems on hundreds of Embraer regional jetliners, aviation regulators in Brazil and Europe have issued safety directives intended to prevent both engines on such planes from shutting down in mid-flight. The related moves, likely to be followed shortly by the Federal Aviation Administration, stem from software problems regulators believe could "result in loss of automatic activation" of ice-protection systems for engines on some Embraer 170 and 190 jets. More
How old is the plane you're flying on?
Few people expect luxury while flying, but these days, even the basics seem to be in bad shape. It's not uncommon to find your tray table broken, the in-flight entertainment system not working and your seat cushion worn -- all of which can make you think, how old is this plane anyway?
Airline and its employees on trial for Concorde crash
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Continental Airlines and two of its employees go on trial this week for the deaths of 113 people who were killed in a Concorde crash that put an end to the dream of supersonic travel. A former French civil aviation official and two senior members of the Concorde programme will be tried on the same charge, manslaughter, from tomorrow in a court near Paris, with proceedings expected to last for four months.
California aviation college nabs stimulus funds
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As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the local workforce, Victor Valley College in California has secured an $837,500 federal grant to train 150 auto and aircraft technicians—in part by funding that city officials called a vital expansion of the Southern California Logistics Airport School of Aviation Technology.
VVC is the only agency in San Bernardino County of 13 agencies across California to earn a share last week of $10.7 million in federal stimulus funds through the "Industries with Statewide Need" program. More
Continental workers go on trial this week in Concorde crash incident, failing to "properly maintain" aircraft
U.S. Airline Continental and two of its employees go on trial this week for the deaths of 113 people who were killed in a Concorde crash that put an end to the dream of supersonic travel.
A former French civil aviation official and two senior members of the Concorde program will be tried on the same charge, manslaughter, from tomorrow in a court near Paris, with proceedings expected to last for four months.
The New York-bound jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on July 25 2000, killing all 109 people on board and four hotel workers on the ground. More
Decision on Erie Airport to impact Mx business
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Business owners at Erie Municipal Airport are nervous about their future. With the town poised to make key airport decisions in the coming months, owners say they're concerned that the changes will make it tougher to stay in business.
So they've formed a business association, comment regularly at town meetings and participate in an airport working group—all with the hope that the town will work with them to leverage the airport's revenue-generating potential. "Its frustrating out here," said Kim Davalos, president of Aero Systems Inc. and one of 14 owners in Erie's West Airport Business Association. "We just want to run our businesses, but I don't always feel comfortable with the direction of the town. We're all a little spooked on what our future is out here." More
Planes with Mx problems have flown anyway
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Alerted by a brake warning light in the cockpit, the captain on a U.S. airline flight last August warned passengers he was making an emergency landing and called for firetrucks to be standing by.
The trucks weren't needed, it turned out. The Boeing 767-300 jet landed safely, the pilot said in his account to NASA's Aviation Safety Reporting System, which allows airline employees to report incidents confidentially and without identifying the airline or the flight.
The pilot reported that he later was told by mechanics that the incident was caused by a landing-gear wheel that was missing a part and had been installed incorrectly. More
American Eagle faces civil penalty for inaccurate weights
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It's the clearest sign that the Federal Aviation Administration, chastised by Congress in 2008 for being too soft on airlines, has dropped the nice guy act: big fines for carriers.
On Monday, the FAA proposed a $2.5 million fine for Fort Worth's American Eagle Airlines on allegations it operated flights without accurately weighing baggage to make proper weight and balance calculations.
Meanwhile, active investigations into maintenance and operations issues at Fort Worth-based AMR Corp.'s American Airlines Inc. and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. are likely to result in more punishment. More
2010 ATA e-Business Forum
The next ATA e-Business Forum will be held May 17-19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The ATA e-Business Forum is the industry's premier event to learn about the latest developments in information exchange standards to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations. This educational forum provides a high level overview of the ATA e-Business Program and the many specifications and industry initiatives underway to facilitate effective and efficient information sharing between airlines and their trading partners. In addition to learning about the industry's most widely accepted e-business specifications for data exchange (iSpec 2200, Spec 42, Spec 2300, Spec 2000 and S1000D), learn how the industry has attributed significant savings and operational efficiencies to the use of these global specifications. More
Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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;
The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign. For more details, click here
Erickson Air-Crane joins an elite list of companies with outstanding safety and health programs nationwide
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The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration has recognized Erickson as a SHARP employer. The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, recognized nationwide, acknowledges exceptional companies whose safety and health management programs are determined to be comprehensive and effective to the extent that they are granted a limited exemption from programmed inspections.
Mark Hurliman, VPP/SHARP Program Manager for Oregon OSHA, spoke about the importance of the SHARP program: "For 15 years, the SHARP Program has recognized companies in which employees and management work together to make safety a major part of how they do business. Erickson Air-Crane has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the program and it is an honor to give this award today." More
Delta upgrade means business for Boeing
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The announcement by the world's largest airline, Delta Air Lines Inc., that it planned to upgrade the interiors of its existing planes and improve their fuel efficiency was notable in that it contained no new aircraft orders for either The Boeing Co. or its European rival, Airbus.
But the announcement wasn't totally bereft of encouraging news for the Big B. Delta announced it will add fuel-saving winglets to 170 planes in its fleet. More