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May 20, 2009
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ARSA Action Garners Press Attention
The actions of ARSA and its members in the effort to protect the maintenance industry in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act (H.R. 915) have caught the eye of trade press. Two stories ran this week featuring the Association, one in Aviation Today and the other in AvWeb. This coverage is a testament to the fact that when ARSA members become involved, we can shape the coverage, issues and debates surrounding the industry.

ARSA Rallies Members On Reauthorization
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association has issued a call to members to get on the phone, fax machine and email to press their congressmen for a change in the FAA reauthorization bill that could affect U.S. repair stations that work on European aircraft. According to ARSA, the bill "will severely damage the competitive balance enjoyed by domestic repair stations that work on European registered aircraft." More

Outsourcing Measures Raise European Ire -- Part I
from Aviation Today
U.S. commercial carriers’ decades-long practice of outsourcing maintenance work to third-party repair stations, especially foreign ones, is the subject of intense debate. More

Contact Congress Now!
This week, the House of Representatives will be voting on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 915). Section 303 of the bill contains language that will severely damage the competitive balance enjoyed by domestic repair stations that work on European registered aircraft. The section requires that inspections of all foreign part 145 certificate holders be completed by FAA personnel and not representatives of foreign civil aviation authorities. Put simply, this undermines the bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) with Europe, and Europe has clearly stated that the BASA will collapse. If this legislation passes, it will impact your bottom line.

There has been support for amending Sec. 303 to prevent the collapse of the BASA and protect the thousands of small businesses in the aviation maintenance industry. Just last week, 54 members of the House signed a bi-partisan letter requesting amendment of Sec. 303’s damaging language Click here for details. Now, the industry MUST capitalize on this groundswell.

The next 48 hours will be crucial in protecting the industry from unwise legislation that will cost jobs during a particularly trying economic time.

ARSA has a pre-written letter ready to be placed on company letterhead, signed and forwarded to your representative. Contact Matt Hallett at 703 739 9543 or to get your copy. The very simple task of sending a letter will have a huge impact. Tell your representative what’s at stake today!

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;
  • 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 at here.
FAA Finds New Home For D&A Rules
A final rule was issued that will officially move the Federal Aviation Administration's anti-drug and alcohol (D&A) misuse prevention program rules to a new home. The D&A rules, once housed in 14 CFR part 121, appendices I & J, will now reside in 14 CFR part 120. The move will also remove the relevant drug and alcohol testing sections from parts 61, 63, 65, 91, 121 and 135 and house them in the new part 120. The final rule is effective July 13, 2009. In the meantime, ARSA is carefully reviewing the maneuver to ensure no substantive changes slip through the cracks.

A copy of the final rule may be found here.
ARSA Members Getting Members Program
There is no better advertisement than a satisfied customer. Members are the best people to get others to join — we have made it simple for you to help and are providing a monetary incentive for you to do so! Here is a letter for you to use — place it on your letterhead and send it to all your maintenance providers. Information about ARSA to include in your letter along with an application for membership may be found here. Be sure to include your name on the application so that you can obtain the monetary incentive. Now for the rules:
  • For each membership referred by an existing member in good standing, the referring member will receive a credit of 10% of the applicant’s dues on its forthcoming member renewal. The maximum credit will be 100% of the member’s renewal amount. For example, if you refer a $1500 member, you will receive a credit of $150 towards your next membership renewal.
  • The applicant must clearly indicate on its application the name of the member company that referred it for membership.
  • The applicant must pay its membership dues before credit is applied to the referring member.
Questions? Contact Ronda Wilder in our Membership Dept. at 703 739 9543 or via e-mail at

U.S. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairmen Rockefeller and Dorgan Announce Hearings On Airline Safety
from U.S. Senate
U.S. Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV and Senator Byron Dorgan Chairman of the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, today said they will hold hearings to investigate airline safety to address recent disclosures before the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) surrounding the crash of the Continental Connection Flight 3407 commuter plane near Buffalo, New York. More

Key Quotes from Reauthorization of the FAA Hearing
from U.S. Senate
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held an Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee hearing today on the Reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): Perspectives of Aviation Stakeholders. More

Repair Station Ratings: Stumbling Block?
from Aviation Week
The Federal Aviation Administration's decade-long effort to update repair station classifications and expand quality systems appears to have stalled once again. The agency indicated that it plans to withdraw a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would overhaul the ratings system for repair stations. The NPRM also would require repair stations to establish a quality program, maintain a capability list, designate a chief inspector and have permanent housing for facilities, equipment, materials and personnel. More

Duncan Aviation Chairman Talks Candidly
from Aviation Week
Duncan Aviation Chairman Todd Duncan talks about opportunities in today's climate, demand for avionics upgrades, and how being a family owned business has helped it grow. More

Director: EASA to Improve Stakeholder Consultation
from EurActiv
EU air safety agency EASA has promised to incorporate more "communication moments" into the rulemaking process to make sure that stakeholders are not taken by surprise when new safety rules for airports and air traffic management (ATM) are proposed, EASA's director of rulemaking, Jules Kneepkens, told EurActiv in an interview. More

AMT Day: A Proud Heritage
from Aircraft Maintenance Technology
With 365 days in a year there is a day to celebrate almost every occasion. There are holidays like the 4th of July, Christmas, and Memorial Day; there are also days to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. There are even entire months dedicated to recognizing and celebrating specific events. Taking time out of society’s busy schedule to stop and recognize and celebrate these many different days helps bring awareness to the meaning behind these days. 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

Specter Suggests Changes to Union Bill
from The Wall Street Journal
Sen. Arlen Specter is floating two compromise proposals on a contentious union-organizing bill to gauge the business community's willingness to accept the changes and find a middle ground on the bill, according to people familiar with the discussions. More

American Should Fix Problem with MD-80 Maintenance, NTSB Says
from Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Correction: The National Transportation Safety Board is not a regulator. This story initially mischaracterized the agency's function.

American Airlines should determine why it missed problems with a jet engine that caught fire in 2007 and then make changes in its maintenance program, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report issued Tuesday. More

Federal Watchdogs Urge AMR Corp to Correct Errors
from Reuters
Federal safety regulators advised AMR Corp's American Airlines to fix problems in its internal safety program revealed in 2007 when a jetliner crashed in St. Louis after catching fire. More

Government Watchdog Pans FAA Safety Reporting Program
from The Associated Press
A federal program designed to encourage airline employees to voluntarily report safety errors has been a "missed opportunity," providing little useful information, and is misperceived by airline workers as an amnesty program that allows them to escape sanctions for their mistakes, a government audit found. More

Lufthansa Technik Speeds Things Up with Porsche
from Diario del Web
Lean production processes that have succeeded in the automobile industry are now speeding up the time-consuming overhauling of airlines: Porsche Consulting GmbH, Bietigheim-Bissingen, a subsidiary of the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG succeeded in optimizing the workflows of Lufthansa Technik AG, Hamburg to such an extent that the general overhaul (IL2-Check) of a wide-bodied aircraft, type Airbus A 340-300 will now only take 26 days instead of the previous 36 days. More

Gulf Air Signs 10-year Maintenance Deal
from Aircraft Maintenance Technology
The national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Gulf Air has signed a 10-year agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its new CFM56-5B engines that will power 15 Airbus A320 aircraft, Middle East Company News reported. 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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