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Nov. 11, 2009
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Aviation Maintenance Veteran Named ARSA President
from ARSA
Chris Erickson, chief repair station officer (CRSO) and compliance officer at Erickson Air-Crane (EAC), was elected president of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) at the association’s annual board meeting on Oct. 30. Erickson assumes the presidency after two years of service as ARSA’s senior vice president. Dr. Hans Jürgen-Loss, vice president of quality management at Lufthansa Technik and Mr. Gary Fortner, vice president of quality management at Fortner Engineering, were respectively elected ARSA’s senior vice president and treasurer for 2010.

"It is my pleasure and honor to serve the ARSA membership," said Erickson. "The global aviation maintenance industry currently faces numerous challenges – but those same challenges bring great opportunity to increase the industry’s integral contributions to aviation safety and security."

Erickson began his aviation career in 1969 and has a diverse background in operating, maintaining and manufacturing helicopters and in interfacing with civil aviation authorities worldwide. He joined EAC in 1981, and has served in various managerial positions. In 2003, he became the compliance officer and CRSO/accountable manager. Erickson has an associate’s degree in aviation maintenance and helicopter maintenance management, and he has taken various regulatory management courses. He holds an airframe and powerplant license and inspection authorization under the repair station.

In addition to executive leadership, ARSA announced its board of directors for 2009-2010. Joining Erickson, Loss, and Fortner will be Ian Cheyne, vice president of Dallas Airmotive; Gary Hudnall, director of maintenance at Jet Center Medford; Gary Jordan, CEO of Jordan Propellers; William Peacher, senior vice president of NORDAM; Jim Perdue, vice president of SONICO, Inc.; and Dave Latimer, vice president of regulatory compliance at TIMCO.

Please welcome our new president and thank all the members of our Board for volunteering their time to the Aeronautical Repair Station Association.

Aircraft Mechanics are Ticket to Travel
from The Oklahoman
A native of rural Georgia, Fran Venezia’s desires to first get to town and later see the world inspired her career as an aircraft mechanic. Venezia in high school had an old car and had to get it running if she wanted to go to town 15 miles away. Enlisting in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic was her ticket to travel and be around fast planes. More

Where are Labor Rates (and Airframes) Going?
from Aviation Week
Pressure to cut costs is sending airframes outside airline shops and often far from home markets. Labor rates, which represent up to 70 percent of heavy-check costs, simply differ too much among regions to ignore. Cost-saving pressures intensified in 2009, but there are new twists on the cost side. Labor rates have converged among some regions. Long-term, some low-cost regions may become more expensive. New MRO facilities could open in countries or regions not now actively considered. Exchange rates could shift. And the U.S. government may impose new burdens on outsourcing abroad. Especially in planning multi-year airframe agreements, MRO execs have a lot more than this year's labor rates to consider. More

AC 25-27A, Development of Transport Category Airplane EWIS ICA Using an EZAP Procedure
from FAA
The FAA recently posted draft AC 25-27A titled, "Development of Transport Category Airplane EWIS ICA Using an EZAP Procedure;" comments are due by December 4, 2009. The draft AC provides guidance for developing maintenance and inspection instructions for electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) using an enhanced zonal analysis procedure (EZAP). Specifically, the AC is intended to offer direction in complying with 14 CFR part 25, Appendix H, paragraph H25.5(a)(1). Send comments to Steve Slotte.

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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
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  • The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign.

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    Latest Edition of "EASA News"
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    According to Patrick Goudou, EASA Executive Director, people sometimes ask him, does EASA have a vision? He says his reply is that "Europe shall become the safest aviation region in the world!" More

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    AMR May Expand Dallas Base
    from KMBC - TV
    KMBC has learned that American Airlines may be extending its maintenance base facilities in Texas, even though they are shutting down the overhaul base at Kansas City International Airport. KMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported that the airline sent a letter to the transport workers union to confirm the deal. According to the letter, a hangar that is now being used for light maintenance in Dallas Airport would be considered a "maintenance base." More

    Acquisition and Plan of Merger Announced by First Aviation
    from CNN Money
    First Aviation Services Inc. announced that it has entered into definitive agreement with Kelly Aerospace, Inc. to acquire the business of Kelly Aerospace Turbine Rotables, Inc. through a newly formed subsidiary named Aerospace Turbine Rotables, Inc. FAvS has separately entered into definitive agreement to acquire the propeller overhaul repair business of Limco-Piedmont Inc. through a newly formed subsidiary Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC. More

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    Senators Call for Passage of FAA Bill
    from Aviation News Today
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to Senate leaders late last week calling for passage of an FAA reauthorization bill. The letter was signed by 35 senators. More

    Are FAA's Airline Fines Politics or Working Smarter?
    from Philadelphia Inquirer
    The Federal Aviation Administration's recent efforts to collect large fines from airlines for failure to comply with safety regulations is under fire in some quarters. The question is why FAA has been more active in its enforcement, because of political pressure from Congress and others, or because, as it says, it's "working smarter," identifying more problem areas? More

    Airlines Cannot Afford Ineffective and Costly Security Measures – Iata
    from Creamer Media’s Engineering News
    The aviation industry has never been in a more difficult situation, and with $80.8-billion expected to be missing on the bottom line this year as a result of the economic downturn, the industry could not afford to pay for duplication of security systems, International Air Transport Association (Iata) senior vice-president of safety operations and infrastructure Guenther Matschnigg recently said. More

    ARSA Members in the News

    Erickson Air-Crane Receives National Recognition For 50 Percent Reduction in Workplace Injuries
    from Rotor News
    The Southern Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) presented Erickson Air-Crane with the 2009 Star Award for Large Employer Manufacturing. One of the highest honors within the nationwide organization, the Star Award recognizes companies that have demonstrated commitment to workplace safety by lowering their OHSA recordable accident rate over multiple years. 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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