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Aug. 26, 2009
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EASA Is Asking
from EASA
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is sending a letter to part 145 repair stations in the United States with EASA approval requesting information on the number of technical staff and types of ratings held by each company.

The information is being requested in anticipation of congressionally mandated inspections by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of foreign based repair stations, including those located in countries with bilateral aviation safety agreements (BASA). The European Union (EU) has made it clear that if the legislation passes without exempting BASA countries with Maintenance Implementation Procedures, EASA will be required to fully certificate all U.S. based repair under EASA part 145.

That means all U.S. based repair stations wishing to work on EU-registered products (aircraft, engines, propellers and component parts) will need to:

1. Create a separate quality control and assurance manual based upon EASA part 145 (click here for an explanation of all the items that need to be considered by repair stations in non-bilateral countries wishing EASA approval). 2. Pay full price for the certification, which includes— a) A fee based upon the total number of—

i) Technical staff (those actually working on the civil aviation articles); and, ii) Administrative staff directly related to the approval (such as quality assurance personnel that may not work on the article but which are needed to obtain and maintain the EASA approval).

b) A fee for each type of rating. c) A annual surveillance fee. d) The initial certification (approval) and each annual surveillance fee will also include the travel expenses for EASA auditors, which consists of—

i) Business class travel for each auditor; and, ii) Per diem costs of 200 Euro for each auditor for each preparation, audit and travel day.

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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

Regulators Push for Fixes to Embraer Jets
from The Wall Street Journal
Air-safety regulators in the U.S. and overseas are joining forces to require fixes to potentially defective cargo doors and emergency escape slides on hundreds of popular Embraer regional jets. More

Chromalloy Names General Manager at Holland Turbine Engine Operation
from Aircraft Maintenance Technology
Chromalloy, a leader in advanced repairs, services and Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) replacement parts for gas turbine engines, recently named Jos Oude Egberink as General Manager of its Holland, Netherlands, operation. More

Oberstar Names Giovinazzi New Aviation Subcommittee Staff Director
from The U.S. House of Representatives
Giles Giovinazzi, Senior Counsel for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation, has been promoted to Staff Director for the panel, Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar recently announced. More

Hutchison Presses FAA and TSA to Improve Vetting of Airman Certificates
from The U.S. Senate Committee
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, recently joined Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V) in pressing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to improve the vetting operations associated with the FAA’s Airman Certification program. More

A&D Leaders Plan For Workforce Of Tomorrow
from Aviation Week
An unprecedented storm is descending on the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry. A severe economic downturn has choked demand and financing for new aircraft, while military spending is leveling off and will likely decline under the Obama administration. More

New Award Will Honor Transportation Safety Contributions
from AV Web
A new annual award will honor individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation and transportation safety, the NTSB Bar Association recently announced. More

FAA Awards Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic Award" to Thomas Sullivan of Sterling Helicopter
from Vertical Magazine
Sterling Helicopter hosted a luncheon for Tom Sullivan at which Joe Kane, FAA Philadelphia District Manager, awarded him the Charles Taylor "Master Mechanic Award." This award was presented by the FAA in recognition of Tom's 50 years of dedicated service in aviation safety. More

Gulfstream Proposes Paying Less Than One Percent of FAA Fine for Violating Aviation Regulations
from South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Gulfstream International Airlines said record-keeping errors and other improper practices should cost the airline less than one percent of the $1.3 million fine the government has proposed as a penalty. More

FAA Extends Boeing's Self-Certification Authority
from Aero-News Network
The FAA has granted Boeing Organization Designation Authorization, giving the plane maker the ability to conduct design reviews, oversee testing to ensure all applicable product standards are met, and sign off on certification. More

Strengthening the Foundations of Brazilian Aviation
from Breaking Travel News
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) set out an agenda for the Brazilian civil aviation sector, leveraging positive actions by the Government of Brazil to improve competitiveness and deliver broad economic benefits. More

Letter Certifying HAZMAT Training for Employees of Part 145 Repair Stations
from FAA
The FAA has revised policy regarding the Hazardous Material (hazmat) requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), part 145, §§ 145.53, 145.57, 145.165, and 145.206. 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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