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May 6, 2009
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Voluntary Disclosure Guidance Updated
from ARSA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued Advisory Circular (AC) 00-58B, Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (VDRP), which updates past guidance on the program. The new AC provides information on submitting voluntary disclosures of apparent violations of the FAA’s drug and alcohol testing rules as well as using the VDRP when apparent violations are discovered during an FAA audit or through an Aviation Safety Action Program report.

A copy of the updated AC may be found here:
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Babbitt: Excellent Choice for FAA Administrator
from Aviation International News
I hope that by the time you read this Randy Babbitt will have been confirmed by the Senate and be hard at work on the 10th floor of 800 Independence Ave. He’s an excellent choice to lead the FAA through these turbulent times in the aviation industry. He has the technical expertise as a pilot, the confidence of the unions and experience as a successful businessman. And he’s personable. People in and out of the agency will find him easy to deal with, and he’ll definitely have that critical, within-the-Beltway skill–the ability to testify compellingly before Congress. More

Aircell Selects Midcoast Aviation as 2008 Dealer of the Year
from The Wall Street Journal
Aircell, the world's leading provider of airborne communications, announces the selection of Midcoast Aviation at St. Louis Downtown Airport as its 2008 Dealer of the Year. The award is based on a combination of factors, including commitment to serving customers, technical expertise, and sales performance demonstrated during the year. The award was presented during the Aircraft Electronics Association's annual convention held recently in Dallas. More

Why Does Boeing Think it Can Finish the 787 On Time?
from Seattle Post Intelligencer
The time it normally takes Boeing to deliver a new airplane after its first flight is just over 10 months. The Boeing Co. now promises to deliver its first 787 Dreamliner about eight months after its first flight -- and the promise has predictably drawn skepticism. More

Firefighting Fleet Aging
from Missoulian
Utah's Oquirrh Mountains didn't just claim one of Neptune Aviation's iconic P2V slurry bombers late last month: The crash took out 5 percent of the nation's firefighting heavy air force. While no one is questioning the reliability of Neptune's fleet of P2V bombers, even the Missoula company is wondering when a new plane will take its place. More

Firms, CASA Sued Over Crash
from The West Australian
Survivors of a fatal Jandakot plane crash have joined forces with the victims’ widows to sue engineers, owners and maintenance companies involved in making and maintaining the plane. The multi-million-dollar lawsuit, due to go to trial in the Supreme Court in Aug., will come six years after the Aug. 11, 2003, tragedy, when the twin-engine Cessna crashed into bush and burst into flames soon after take-off. More

Airlines Cutting Costs, Maintenance?
from WTNH - TV
Is airline maintenance being shortchanged as an airline tries to cut costs? Aviation experts, the pilots' union and the airline are all weighing- in. More

Electronic Repair Administration Project Launch
The ATA e-Business Program is launching a new industry-wide project to develop a suite of electronic messages (XML) to automate the component repair order process. The scope of the project includes electronic messages for part quotation, work scope, repair purchase order, shipment, teardown report and invoicing. To participate and ensure that your business needs are considered, join the ATA e-Business Program! Learn more at

Canada Starts Free Trade Talks with EU
from The Canadian Press via The Star
Canada and the European Union have formally launched negotiations toward a free trade agreement. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, European Union President Mirek Topolanek and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced the move today after meeting in Prague. More

PAMA Supports FAA Efforts to Re-Test Mechanics
from The Aero-News Network
After reports of FAA investigation of A&P testing centers in Texas and the subsequent claims that as many as 1,300 mechanics may have been "improperly" certified over the course of well over a decade, the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association is stepping up to face the matter head-on. The FAA reports that some of the mechanics have been retested, but, because the mechanics are now dispersed around the world, retesting progress has been slowed. More

Demand Stabilizes for US Airlines, but Mexico Looms
from The Wall Street Journal
Slashing seat capacity has paid off for U.S. airlines with fuller planes in April, a precursor to firmer and possibly higher ticket prices, but it's just one month and the impact from swine flu is uncertain. In the past week, Continental, US Airways, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Airlines have said they are cutting back on their flights to Mexico, where an outbreak of the virus was first reported in mid-April and has killed 29 people. More

ARSA Members In The News
from ARSA (Source: The San Antonio Business Journal)
Chromalloy Venture Cuts Price of Aircraft Blades Chromalloy announced that its joint venture company BELAC LLC has reduced the cost of its high pressure turbine engine blades by 9 percent as a way to remain competitive in this challenging economic environment. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
from ARSA
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site 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. More

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