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Aug. 19, 2009
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National Aviation Day
from ARSA
National Aviation Day is observed in the United States on Aug. 19 each year to celebrate the history and development of the aviation. It coincides with the birthday of Orville Wright who, together with his brother Wilbur, made significant contributions to powered flight.

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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.

Evergreen Introduces 747 Supertanker To Fight Fires
Evergreen International Aviation recently introduced the Supertanker on a North American and European media tour. The tour included stops in California, France, Spain, Germany, Alaska and Canada.

The Supertanker is the largest tanker aircraft available today and has the same capability of any long-range Boeing 747 passenger aircraft. With a payload of more than 20,000 gallons and a response time of 600 mph, it has more than eight times the drop capability and twice the speed of other federal air tankers currently fighting fires. The large capacity of the patented pressurized system is uniquely designed to attack urban interface wildland fires and fight multiple fires in one flight.

The Evergreen Supertanker drops at higher altitudes, creating a significant safety buffer. This enables the aircraft to fight fires- at night when wildfires are more vulnerable to firefighting tactics. With a drop pattern of three miles in length and a football field wide, the Supertanker provides a predictable result to minimize costs and collateral damage.

The aircraft is capable of dispersing a variety of products in response to oil spills, soil stabilization, biological/chemical poisoning and radiation. The plane is the first of a fleet designed to accommodate the needs of U.S. and International private and public agencies.

More information may be found on Evergreen’s Web site by clicking here.

FAA Management Paying Employees to Stay Home Rather Than Perform Safety-Critical Work
from PASS
The Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), which represents aviation safety inspectors, recently discovered that inspectors have been ordered to stay at home with full pay rather than perform their safety-related jobs. More

Frontier Seeing Clear Skies
from The Denver Post
Frontier Airlines could emerge from bankruptcy as early as Sept. 17, according to the Denver-based carrier's chief executive. And though most jobs with the airline probably will be preserved, exactly where certain facilities will be located remains to be seen. More

Virgin Atlantic Appoints New Director of Engineering
from Breaking Travel News
Virgin Atlantic, one of the world’s leading long-haul airlines, has appointed Phil Maher as its new Director of Engineering. Phil takes over from Steve Griffiths, who was appointed as Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Operating Officer in March. More

Spanair Crash Result of Human, Technical Error
from Reuters
A systems failure and pilots' error combined to cause the crash of the Spanair jetliner that killed 154 people in Madrid last year, concluded a preliminary report released on Monday. More

Aircraft Technicians School May Come to Hagerstown, Md.
from Newsday
With business surging among government contractors at Hagerstown Regional Airport (Md.), a strong push has started to build a federally certified aircraft maintenance technician school in the area. 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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