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July 1, 2009
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ARSA to Host Conference Call on Senate Reauthorization Bill
On July 23, ARSA’s legislative team will host a conference call to update members on the Senate Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, other legislative initiatives, and provide pointers for taking advantage of the congressional summer recess. The conference call will take place at 1:00 p.m. EST. All members are welcome to take part.

To take part, dial toll-free 800-977-8002 and enter the passcode 141381#. For international members who would like to participate, call 1 404 920 6650 and enter the passcode 141381#. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Hallett at or Crystal Maguire at or call 703-739-9543.

We look forward to speaking with everyone on the 23rd.

Parts Manufacturers Close to Better U.S. Market Access
A key step has been taken in opening up the United States aviation market to Australian aircraft parts manufacturers. CASA has reached agreement with the US Federal Aviation Administration on extending an existing aviation ‘treaty’ level document to cover the manufacture of approved parts. The agreement was reached late last month, paving the way for the presentation of the ‘treaty’ to the Australian Parliament for final approval later this year. Once both Australia and the US have ratified the ‘treaty’ the Federal Aviation Administration will accept Australian Parts Manufacture Approvals for replacement and certain modified aircraft parts. This will significantly reduce the cost and simplify the process of getting Australian parts into the large U.S. market.

Read more 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.

HAL and TIMCO to set up airframe MRO facilities in Bangalore, India
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and TIMCO Aviation Services (TIMCO), an independent aircraft maintenance provider based in North America, will set up state-of-the-art airframe MRO facilities at HAL's Bangalore airport and manufacturing complex. HAL and TIMCO had entered into a new joint venture agreement in April this year, focused on developing comprehensive airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to commercial air transport operators in India and the neighboring region. More

NTSB Focuses On Two A330 Jet Incidents
U.S. aviation accident investigators have launched probes into two recent incidents aboard Airbus A330 jets that appear to have similarities to the failures reported on the Air France jet that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean on June 1. More

10 Things You Didn't Know About the Federal Aviation Administration
from U.S. News & World Report
The FAA is working to improve the safety and efficiency of flight. Here are some things you might not have known about the agency. More

Human Factors Emerge As Trend in Air Crashes
from Reuters
Human factors are emerging as a worrisome trend in global air crashes and other incidents as fatigue, complex flight systems, inconsistent training and regulation pose new challenges to airlines, a leading safety advocate recently said. More

Old Airliners Scrapped Due to Economics, Not Age
from The Associated Press
The Airbus 310 that crashed recently was 19 years old, yet experts say older planes can keep going strong for years as long as companies are willing to invest what it takes to keep them sky-worthy. More

An Industry in a State of Flux
from Airport Business
Since the annual ‘State of the Industry’ report of June 2008, the world has turned upside down. About the only positive since that last report is that the price of oil, skyrocketing one year ago, has stabilized. Serious issues challenge the aviation industry — from airports to airlines to business and general aviation. More

Aviation Omitted from House Cap-and-Trade Bill
from Aviation International News
A last-minute revision to legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives removed a requirement to set new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for aircraft, potentially saving the U.S. commercial and business aviation industry billions of dollars between now and 2050. More

ARSA Members In The News
from ARSA (Source: Bloomberg)
Boeing Says 787 Delay Won’t Drain 747 Engineers Again
Boeing Co. said its new 747-8 Intercontinental, a year late, is now running ahead of schedule and won’t be drained of resources again to fix the 787 Dreamliner that the planemaker delayed indefinitely last week. 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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