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ARSA announces launch of AAIRRG
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The Aeronautical Repair Station Association and Polaris Enterprise Group today unveiled an important new insurance option for the aviation maintenance industry. Aviation Alliance Insurance Risk Retention Group, Inc., which ARSA and Polaris have been working jointly to establish, has received its insurance license from the State of Montana. AAIRRG will provide products liability insurance exclusively to repair stations which are ARSA members. More

Nextgen "may not deliver"
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The FAA is falling short in developing the NextGen airspace system, according to a report released recently by the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General. Unless the FAA can do a better job of maximizing resources and controlling costs, "NextGen may not deliver the expected long-term benefits and ultimately puts billions of taxpayer dollars at risk," the report says. "FAA has not yet acquired the necessary skill sets and expertise to successfully implement NextGen." The report made five recommendations to the FAA, including a suggestion to set realistic benchmarks for training air traffic controllers and pilots in the use of new avionics and procedures. The FAA proposed appropriate action plans for addressing the recommendations, the report said. More

US signs second stage US-EU aviation agreement
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Cynthia Stroum, the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg and Susan Kurland, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, along with representatives of the European Union and its 27 member nations, recently formally signed an aviation agreement that continues the expansion of air services set in place by the 2007 U.S.-EU Open Skies accord. More

FAA reauthorization extended one month
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Labor politics continues to prevent passage of the FAA's funding reauthorization. The Senate passed its version of the bill some time ago but the House remains stalled on a provision that would make it easier for FedEx employees to unionize. The House voted Tuesday to extend the current funding authorization of the FAA for a month. It was due to run out on Friday. The one-month extension of the current reauthorization might suggest the matter is inching to the upper priority levels in the House, but at least one Capitol Hill publication suggests there's little interest in reconciling the differences between the House and Senate bills. More

As the economy recovers, so do transportation rates
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Manufacturers need to plan for a modest hit to the wallets as transportation rates for motor carriers, railroads and intermodal transportation are likely to increase over the next six months. According to equity research firm Morgan Stanley, companies using rail carriers to ship their freight will see a 2.5 percent hike in their rates through the end of 2010. What's more, as the economy starts to recover, manufacturers expect to increase their use of the railroads by 2.6 percent this year. More

Michael Huerta confirmed as deputy administrator
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The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Michael P. Huerta as FAA deputy administrator. Huerta has broad experience in the transportation industry. He has his own consulting firm that advises clients on transportation policy, technology and financing. He also served as a member of President Obama's transition team for the Department of Transportation. More

Harkin hints 'card-check' bill could move during lame-duck session of Congress
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Sen. Tom Harkin recently suggested that Democrats might attempt to move "card-check" legislation this year, perhaps during a lame-duck session. Harkin, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, strongly disputed that the Employee Free Choice Act was dead in the Senate. More

John Pistole becomes TSA administrator; unions to seek collective bargaining
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After three tries, President Obama has an administrator for the Transportation Security Administration. John Pistole, former deputy director of the FBI, was confirmed by the Senate Friday, with a voice vote. More
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FAA Safety Briefing, May/June 2010
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In his book The Next Hour, pilot and former editor of Flying magazine Richard L. Collins writes about flying safely the next hour, which, he says,is the most important hour in any pilot's logbook. Collins stresses the importance of understanding and managing the risks inherent in flying. And, to the theme of this issue of FAA Safety Briefing — the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen — from his perspective of 50-plus years of flying, Collins looks ahead. He is confident better things will come and writes, "for general aviation, today's headwind can and will be turned into tomorrow's tailwind." More

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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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.

FAA proposes major changes to icing certification rules
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The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a significant expansion of its icing certification standards, including a new requirement that manufacturers show airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain, conditions that constitute an icing environment known as "supercooled large drops." More

Reid blasts Republicans as tax extenders bill sinks in the Senate
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The Senate's tax extenders bill, which includes an extension of unemployment benefits, appears on death's door. An increasingly frustrated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said he would make another effort to move the bill, but made it clear he lacks the 60 votes necessary to win a procedual motion. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site By accessing the links 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 publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars, 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.
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