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March 25, 2009
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ARSA 2009 Annual Repair Symposium
ARSA will hold Legislative Day and the Annual Repair Symposium March 26-28, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, VA. Come join aviation professionals from around the world and participate in this extraordinary event. Legislative Day and the Annual Repair Symposium are the perfect places to connect with officials from the FAA and other aviation authorities, as well as key members of Congress and your colleagues throughout the industry.

The Symposium will include a variety of sessions on topical subjects. Legislative Day will inform you about the issues that affect your business, and includes the opportunity for you to arrange Capitol Hill meetings with your representatives, senators and congressional staff.
  • Click here to register for the Symposium and Legislative Day
  • Following the Legislative Day sessions, bus transportation will be provided to Capitol Hill for meetings with members of Congress and Congressional staff.
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  • The Symposium agenda may be found here
  • Sponsorship opportunities may be found here
  • If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2009 Symposium please contact our Director of Publications & Communications, Keith Mendenhall at

House Approves Six-Month FAA Extension
from Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
The federal government’s aviation programs and taxes will be extended another six months under legislation recently approved in the House of Representatives. By voice vote, the House approved H.R. 1512, a bill to extend the Federal Aviation Administration's authorization through the end of Fiscal Year 2009. The current authorization is scheduled to expire at the end of this month if not extended. H.R. 1512 will move the deadline to Sept. 30. More
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In-flight Entertainment Systems Raise Safety Issues
from ABC News
In-flight entertainment systems, which are becoming more sophisticated and more common at every seat, are raising concerns among others. Airline maintenance workers filed nearly 400 reports of difficulty with the systems to the Federal Aviation Administration during the past 10 years, according to a USA TODAY analysis of FAA data. In the most serious cases, smoke from the systems forced pilots to shut them down and make emergency landings. More

Ice on Wings Becomes Main Focus in Montana Crash
from The Associated Press
Speculation over the crash of a single-engine turboprop plane into a cemetery shifted to ice on the wings after it became less likely that overloading was to blame, given that half of the 14 people on board were small children. While descending Sunday in preparation for landing at the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Mont., the plane passed through a layer of air at about 1,500 feet that was conducive to icing because the temperatures were below freezing and the air "had 100 percent relative humidity or was saturated," according to, a forecasting service in State College, Pa. More

Canada: U.S. Will Ground Helicopters
from The Associated Press
Canadian safety officials said they expect the U.S. to ground Sikorsky S92 helicopters like the one involved in a crash last week in which 17 died. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Les Dorr confirmed that the agency is working on an emergency safety directive related to the Sikorsky S92, but declined to say if the agency would ground the helicopters. More

U.S. Air Pilots to Rejoin ASAP
from Bloomberg via The Gulf News
US Airways Group Inc and the union representing its more than 4,000 pilots have agreed to rejoin a voluntary federal safety initiative designed to reduce the industry's rate of fatal accidents. US Airways and the US Airline Pilots Association chose to reinstate the Aviation Safety Action Program after modifications, the Tempe, Arizona-based airline said yesterday in an employee newsletter. The program lapsed in December. More

Empire Aero Center Cuts 35 Positions
from The Observer-Dispatch
Empire Aero Center eliminated 35 positions at its aircraft maintenance facility this week, citing the need to improve efficiency. Brian Olsen, president of Empire Aero, said in a news release that he regrets the job losses, but the cuts will make the company more competitive. More

Airbus to Set Up Manufacturing Base in India
from The Times of India
Major aircraft maker Airbus Industrie plans to have a manufacturing base in India in the next three to four years, a top company official said. "We don't want to copy what we have done in China (having an aircraft manufacturing base there). China started more on the manufacturing side, but the biggest development in India was on engineering and services sector," Eric Zenin, Head of Airbus Business Development and International Cooperation said in part. More

ARSA Asks FAA to Clarify Current Mx Program Advice
from Aviation International News Online
After issuing a letter of interpretation reminding the maintenance community of the meaning of the word “current” in 14CFR 91.409(f)(3), the FAA has received widespread criticism. The rules require aircraft owners and operators to maintain their aircraft in accordance with a “current inspection program recommended by the manufacturer. More

FAA Closes Southwest Airlines Cases Unrelated to Inspections
from The Dallas Morning News
When federal aviation regulators settled a $7.5 million civil penalty against Southwest Airlines this month, the agency praised the airline's decision to agree to safety improvements that "exceed FAA regulations." More

Technician Charged with Selling Stolen Aircraft Parts
from Aviation International News Online
An aircraft maintenance technician who worked for Cessna Aircraft has been charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, Kansas District. Diego Alejandro Paz Teran allegedly tried to sell stolen aircraft parts on eBay from August 2008 to January 2009. More

Dallas Airmotive Moves into Cessna Service Center
from Aviation International News Online
Cessna and BBA Aviation Engine Repair & Overhaul Group subsidiary Dallas Airmotive have partnered to install a regional turbine center in the OEM’s largest Citation service facility in Wichita. Starting in April and staffed by full-time Dallas Airmotive technicians, the new unit will offer Cessna customers one-stop aircraft maintenance at the facility, rather than requiring engines to be shipped elsewhere. More

Caribbean Aerospace College to Open in Jamaica
from Caribbean Press Releases
Local construction firm, Surrey Paving and Aggregate, has partnered with Singapore's Air Transport Training College to open the Caribbean Aerospace College in Jamaica, which will provide training in aircraft engineering. Chairman of Surrey Paving, Leslie Chang, providing details of the project at a special forum for high school students at the Hilton Kingston, said that the institution, to be established as a non-profit organization, would operate as a satellite school of the ATTC, which is the training arm of the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers. He informed that classes would begin in June of this year. More

Qantas Executive David Cox Goes
from The Australian
Long-serving Qantas executive David Cox is leaving the airline after six years in charge of its maintenance operations. The 23-year veteran, who was last year at the centre of intense scrutiny of Qantas maintenance in the wake of two serious accidents and a damaging industrial dispute, was responsible for several significant developments at the airline. More

FAA Cuts Number of Bell Helicopters Affected by Emergency Directive
from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A federal emergency safety inspection notice applies to only about 50 civilian craft produced by Bell Helicopter and registered in the United States, according to a recent update. The original directive by the Federal Aviation Administration applied to 2,715 Bell 206, 407 and 427 models and required emergency inspections for an improperly installed cyclic control lever assembly bearing. More

South African Aviation Firm Wins Coveted Accreditation from U.S. Aerospace Group
from Engineering News
South African aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Denel Aviation, part of the State-owned Denel defence industrial group, has received accreditation from US aerospace group Lockheed Martin for the MRO of the American company’s renowned C-130 Hercules series of military transport aircraft, including its L100 civil version. This makes Denel Aviation only the ninth MRO service centre in the world to achieve such accreditation, and the first in Africa. More

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