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Aug. 12, 2009
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ARSA Member Hosts Congressman, Now It’s Your Turn
from ARSA
ARSA member Aircraft Inventory Management and Services (AIMS) hosted Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24) at its Dallas facility this week. Taking advantage of the congressional August recess, AIMS was able to show off its 80,000 square foot facility that houses over 500,000 line items for approximately 2,000 customers worldwide. In addition, AIMS staff were able to discuss important topics with Rep. Marchant before Congress reconvenes for a busy fall.

Great job AIMS!

If you have not already done so, please contact your representative’s and senators’ offices to host a facility visit for the member or his or her staff. For additional information, including form letters, company profile templates, and other data visit ARSA’s Legislative Action Center here. If you are hosting a congressional visit or need any assistance in setting one up, please contact Matt Hallett at, Crystal Maguire at, or call 703-739-9543.

More information on Rep. Marchant’s visit to AIMS is available 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

ATA Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Forum, Sept. 21-24, 2009
Attend the 52nd Annual NDT Forum in Atlanta, GA and be part of creating a safer industry through NDT best-practices information sharing. Explore NDT technologies through discussion, presentation and networking with airline and industry colleagues. For more information and to register, please visit their Web site here.

Book Your Room Now!
The Hotel Costa Verde in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica has found a unique use for a vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, converting it into a two bedroom fuselage suite. Rescued from its resting place at the San Jose airport, the suite offers two air-conditioned bedrooms (each with private bath), kitchenette, dining are foyer and an ocean view terrace.

To view some pictures of the suite, click here.

Major or Minor Change to Type Design?
The Federal Aviation Administration released draft Advisory Circular (AC) 21.93-1, Determining the Classification of a Change to Type Design. The draft AC is intended as a guide for determining the classification of a change to type design to comply with Title 14 CFR § 21.93. Section 21.93(a) requires that changes to a type design be classified as minor or major to establish the subsequent approval process. The AC discusses and explains the criteria of § 21.93(a) and its application using a system safety approach. It also explains how to conduct a change analysis coupled with a severity assessment of a proposed change to type design to determine if it is minor or major.

Comments are due Sept. 10, 2009 and may be sent here.

A copy of the draft AC may be found here.

Using ODA Data for Field Approval of Major Repairs/Alterations
The Federal Aviation Administration issued Order 8900.1, change 71 amending volume 4, chapter 9, section 1 of the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS). This FSIMS section provides guidance in determining the category of a repair or alteration and ensuring that the aircraft, engine, or accessory can be returned to service in accordance with the field approval process, regardless of the rules under which the aircraft is operated. The change primarily incorporates the use of Organization Designation Authorization-approved data during field approvals.

A copy of the revised Order may be found here.

Safety Fix Ordered by FAA for 767s
from The Philadelphia Inquirer
The Federal Aviation Administration recently ordered operators to make safety adjustments to the fuel tanks of 414 Boeing 767s registered in the U.S. to prevent a midflight explosion. More

Frontier Airlines and Teamsters Enter Agreement On Concessions for Maintenance Employees
from Trading Markets
Frontier Airlines and the International Brotherhood of Teamster (IBT), Local 961, recently announced that they have entered a consensual long-term labor agreement and a comprehensive settlement of the airline's litigation under Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy Code. More

Gulfstream Aerospace In Ga. Earns FAA Award
from Aero-News Network
The Gulfstream Aerospace service center in Brunswick, Ga. recently received the FAA 2008 Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence Award. It is the eighth consecutive year the facility has been honored with the distinction. More

MTU and General Electric Team On Repair
from Aviation International News
Going against the common practice of replacing rather than repairing, MTU Aero Engines has teamed with General Electric to make repairs more cost effective for the operator. More

FP's Exclusive Guide to Congress's Summer Junkets
from Foreign Policy
Foreign Policy has obtained a list of planned Congressional delegations -- or CODELs for short -- over the August recess. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) plans to lead a delegation including his friends Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), and Susan Collins (R-ME), on what looks to be a gritty, six-country, seven-day tour of post-war zones and forward operating bases, including Libya, Kuwait, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Iceland. More

DOT Report Warned About Lax Safety Oversight
from NPR
Less than a month before the deadly midair collision involving a private plane and a sightseeing helicopter over New York's Hudson River, a federal watchdog warned about the lax safety oversight of the for-hire flight business. More

New Accident Investigation Director is Named
from FAA
Tony Fazio has returned to the FAA headquarters as the new director of accident investigation in the Aviation Safety organization. More

Why the FAA Fails
Behind the Recent Hudson Collision
from The New York Post
The recent helicopter-plane collision over the Hudson stems in part from the politicization of decisions about air safety and air traffic control, both of them the province of the Federal Aviation Administration. 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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