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May 13, 2009
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FAA Withdraws Proposed Repair Station Rule
from ARSA
In response to ARSA’s comments and recommendations the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially withdrawn a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) amending Title 14 CFR part 145. The NPRM would have revised the current repair station rating system and required establishment of a quality program. It also required each facility maintain a detailed capability list of all articles for which it is rated, designate a chief inspector and have permanent housing for facilities, equipment, materials and personnel. The proposed rule also added specific instances where the FAA could deny a repair station certificate.

The agency’s decision to withdraw the proposed rule is based on the realization that it did not reflect the current repair station operating environment. In addition, the comments ARSA and many other entities submitted raised significant issues the FAA needs to consider before amending part 145. Withdrawal of the NPRM does not, however, preclude the FAA from issuing another proposal in the future. The agency indicates that it has already begun the process of drafting a new rule based on the comments and concerns generated during the initial NPRM. The Association will keep its eyes open for any new proposals and inform its members on how they can comment.

For a copy of the withdrawal notice click here.

A copy of the original NPRM may be found here.

To read ARSA’s comments click here.

Draft Guidance on Composite Aircraft Structures
from Aviation Week
The Federal Aviation Administration issued draft Advisory Circular (AC) 20-107B, Composite Aircraft Structure. The AC sets forth an acceptable means to show compliance with 14 CFR parts 23, 25, 27 and 29 regarding airworthiness type certification requirements for composite aircraft structures, involving fiber reinforced materials (e.g., carbon and glass fiber reinforced plastics). It also provides guidance on closely related design, manufacturing and maintenance.

Comments are due June 10, 2009 and may be sent to:

A copy of the draft AC may be found here.

Idle Cockpit Banter Before U.S. Plane Crash
from AFP
The pilot and co-pilot of a U.S. commuter plane that crashed on Feb. 12 near Buffalo, New York exchanged idle banter in violation of regulations moments before the plane went down, a transcript showed. More

Schumer Pledges Follow-through On Flight 3407 Findings
from The Buffalo News
Following an emotional meeting this morning between U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and families of Flight 3407 victims, the senator promised to push for swift implementation of any recommendations that result from the ongoing investigation into the Feb. 12 crash. More

Aviation Sector Faces Widespread Drug Testing
from The Age
Pilots, air traffic controllers and baggage handlers will be subject to random tests for drug and alcohol use under a new system to be phased in by Australia's air safety regulator this month. More

IAM Launches Drive To Oust Teamsters At UAL
from Aviation Week
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is launching a campaign at United "at the request of a diverse group" of mechanics, to take over representation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). 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

Military to D.C.: This is Just a Drill
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
Call it a lesson learned. After scaring residents on both sides of the Hudson River with a low-flying flight by Air Force One for a photo op in New York City, the military made a point today to announce upcoming flight exercises over Washington. More

Decision on FAA Flight Plans in Hands of U.S. Court of Appeals Judges
from Wilton Villager
After arguments Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the fate of a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration over proposed new flight plans is now in the hands of three judges. More

UK Secretary Urges U.S. Forward on Air Agreement
from Outsourced Logistics
UK Secretary of State for Transport Geoff Hoon urged President Barack Obama's administration to commit to completing a Stage 2 open skies agreement by June 2010. More

Aeroflex Avionics Test Set Receives AIMS Certification
from Test & Measurement World
Aeroflex announced that its IFF-45TS avionics test set has been certified by the Department of Defense International AIMS Program Office to perform AIMS 03-1000A and DO-181C testing and validation of IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) Mode 4 and Mode 5 transponders and interrogators. In addition, the IFF-45TS can be used to test DME/TACAN interrogators. More

ARSA Members In The News
from ARSA (Source: Aviation International News)
Honeywell Going Full Throttle On Avionics, Engine Upgrades
Honeywell is closing in on software certification for a host of long-awaited avionics upgrades that are intended to expand the capabilities of many Gulfstream and Dassault business jets. The Phoenix, Arizona-based avionics manufacturer reports it is wrapping up simulator and flight testing that will add functionality for future air navigation system (FANS1/A); wide-area augmentation system localizer performance with vertical guidance (WAAS LPV); and required navigation performance special aircraft and aircrew authorization required (RNP SAAAR) operations in PlaneView-equipped Gulfstreams. 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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