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Oct. 14, 2009
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Washington Aviation to Offer Hazmat Training
from Washington Aviation Group
Are You in Compliance?
The FAA has increased its focus on hazardous materials training and has added hazmat training to Part 145 and to the Part 145 advisory circulars, as well as to the inspector's handbook. AEA members are discovering there are a variety of hazmats hidden throughout the avionics industry, from back-up batteries to paint samples.

U.S. regulations require anyone who makes any decision affecting the safe transportation of hazardous materials be trained. Therefore, in answer to member needs, Washington Aviation is offering hazardous materials training classes in 2009. These two-day classes prepare a company to ship hazardous materials commonly found in the aviation industry, including those found in, and associated with, avionics.

The remaining 2009 class will be offered Oct. 27th – 28th, in Lee's Summit, MO at AEA Headquarters. The cost of the two-day classes includes books and materials. Although the base price is $725, ARSA members can sign up for only $675 (be sure to identify yourself as an ARSA member to receive the discount). For more information or to register, call (202) 628-6777 or check out the hazmat training website at: Registration deadline is Oct. 22, so hurry and register today!

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
from ARSA
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.
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The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance Unveils 2010 Scholarships
from The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance
The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance has unveiled its list of available scholarships for next year, which includes a dozen programs sponsored by some of the leading names in aviation. While the programs are open only to AWAM members, they are not restricted to students, or even to women. More

Orlando is a Front-runner for JetBlue Headquarters
from The Orlando Sentinel
After an extensive review, the New York-based airline said it has decided to focus its search on just two destinations: the New York metropolitan area and Orlando. The potential relocation of JetBlue's headquarters could bring about 800 jobs to Orlando in an industry that economic-development advocates covet. More

Chamber Unveils the "American Free Enterprise. Dream Big" Campaign
from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the initiation of the institution’s "American Free Enterprise. Dream Big" campaign on Oct. 14. The campaign is designed to urge support for renewed economic growth and job creation via free enterprise rather than government intervention. The campaign includes media outreach, grassroots campaigns, and local events throughout the country. For more information visit:

ARSA Book Club
from The Washington Post
The National Air Transportation Association released the results of its recent survey on inconsistencies in the Federal Aviation Administration's regulatory interpretations. The survey was conducted in response to the current Government Accountability Office review of FAA regulatory standardization and how much inconsistencies cost the agency and the industry. Among the survey’s findings are:

• 87 percent of respondents stated that their businesses have experienced problems due to inconsistent or incorrect interpretations by local FAA inspectors.
• 57 percent believe that an inconsistent or incorrect local FAA position had safety consequences for their business. Members rated the safety significance as very serious (17 percent); serious (40 percent); somewhat serious (35 percent); not too serious (8 percent).
• 85 percent stated they have experienced delays in response by the FAA that have interrupted their ability to do business.
• 75 percent believe that the delay or denial for a new safety program was related to an incorrect or inconsistent interpretation. In resolving discrepancies, 23 percent said it took up to 90 days; 20 percent said up to 120 days; 19 percent said more than 121 days and 36 percent said their issue still is unresolved.

The full survey is available at:

FAA Approves Helicopter-warning System
from The Associated Press
Honeywell said its Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System helps pilots to navigate when flying in changing weather with poor visibility. It said more than 1,300 helicopters are flying with its system on board. More

What Really Kills Airplanes
from Flying Magazine
The remarkable restorations we see every year at Oshkosh, Wis., prove that an airplane's life does not have to end because of old age. The number of flyable warbirds, all more than 60 years old, grows, not shrinks, every year. The same is true for other rare antique airplanes. But some airplanes do not enjoy such longevity. What is it that eventually kills off most airplanes while allowing a chosen few to fly on? More

DGCA Sets Up Panel to Review Aviation Rules
from Business Standard
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has set up the Aviation Regulations Advisory Panel to review and upgrade rules and regulations to the level of best global practices. The panel would review regulations in the entire range of areas, including airworthiness, flight operations, flight safety, aerodromes, air transport services and navigation, a notice at the aviation regulator's site read. More

ARSA Members in the News

TIMCO to Provide Depot Support for KC-10 Extender Refueling Tanker Aircraft
from Aircraft Maintenance Technology Society
The Air Force recently announced its selection of Northrop Grumman as the prime contractor for comprehensive depot maintenance and logistic support for the KC-10 CLS program. The program will operate in direct support of the U. S. Air Force KC-10 air refueling fleet of 59 aircraft. 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 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. More

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