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June 24, 2009
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U.S. Cited by G20 Monitors Over Foreign Repair Station Language
In a report published June 12, the European Commission (EC) cited the foreign repair station language found in Section 303 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act (H.R. 915) as a "potentially trade restrictive and/or distortive measure" not in adherence with U.S. obligations as a member of the Group of Twenty (G20). The G20 is an international forum comprised of twenty nations which promotes dialogue and concerted economic action by industrialized and developing states.

The full report is available here.

Tell the Senate to "Keep it Clean"
The U.S. Senate is expected to introduce its version of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act in early July. The House version of Bill H.R. 915, which already passed that chamber, contained damaging language aimed at foreign repair stations and the use of non-certificated entities. More

2009 Europe/U.S. International Aviation Safety Conference Presentations from the 2009 Europe/U.S. International Aviation Safety Conference are now available online. Click here to access.

The presentations cover a wide range of topics important to the maintenance and alteration industry, from updates on rulemakings from the FAA and EASA to information on implementation of safety management systems. The conference, which was held June 2-4, featured speakers from the executive level of FAA, EASA, and TCCA, as well as industry representation.

The 2010 Europe/U.S. International Aviation Safety Conference will take place in New Orleans June 8-10.

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 here.

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

Town Hall Meetings
A successful advocacy program depends on the involvement of ARSA members. Attending town hall meetings in your hometown is an excellent opportunity to get face time with your members of Congress, and to help the Association develop a strong grassroots program.

In an effort to help members get more involved at the ground level, ARSA will update this web page weekly with upcoming town hall meetings in your area.

If you decide to attend a town hall meeting in your area, tell us about it! E-mail Matt Hallett at or Crystal Maguire at and let us know how it goes.

To view upcoming meetings, click here.

Airbus to Deliver First China-assembled A320 Jet
from The Associated Press via Forbes
European jet maker Airbus says it plans to deliver its first China-assembled jetliner on next week and plans to produce 10 more this year. The plane is the first Airbus assembled outside Europe. More

AIA, ASD Release Joint Statement On Protectionism
from The Aero-News Network
ndustry leaders from the Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) exchanged views this week on the current economic situation and the impact of government policy responses on the aerospace and defense industry. More

General Aviation Presents Limited Security Threat, IG Finds
from Government Executive
Katherine McIntire Peters

The Homeland Security Department's inspector general said recently the national security threat posed by general aviation is "limited and mostly hypothetical." General aviation accounts for 77 percent of all domestic flights and includes air cargo transport, emergency medical flight operations, flight school training, and corporate and private aviation. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, asked the IG to investigate after a Houston television station alleged "security breaches" occurred at three local airports when reporters were able to approach airfields or aircraft without identifying themselves. More

FAA's New York Region Airspace Redesign Wins In Court
from AV Web
The FAA's plan to redesign the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia region airspace cleared a key legal barrier last week when a court struck down a group of legal challenges, the FAA said recently. More

GE and Boeing Implement Industry Standard: Open System Architecture for Condition-Based Maintenance
from Welt Online
Boeing and GE Aviation have jointly developed a simpler method to implement condition-based maintenance systems on aircraft. It is called the Open System Architecture for Condition-Based Maintenance (OSA-CBM). This will become an industry standard with the signing of an agreement by the two companies to grant rights for its use to the Machinery Information Management Open Systems Alliance (MIMOSA) organization. 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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