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Dec. 2, 2009
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TSA Issues Notice on Repair Station Regulations
from ARSA
On Nov. 18, 2009, the Transportation Security Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to "improve the security of domestic and foreign aircraft repair stations as required by" Congress in a law passed in 2003. It is imperative that every repair station authorized to perform maintenance, preventive maintenance and alteration on U.S.-registered civil aviation aircraft and articles review and comment on the proposal, which can be found here. The Association is formulating its comments and will post them for review in the next several weeks. Any member that submits comments should provide the association with a copy so it may ensure all concerns are covered. More

GAMA Mourns Loss of Industry Giant
from GAMA
With tremendous sadness, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) mourns the passing of Edward Stimpson, an industry giant, the association’s second president, and a dear friend and mentor to many in the aviation community. More

FAA Seeking Input on Piper PA-46
Pursuant to an airworthiness concern, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking input from industry regarding Piper PA-46 engine mount cracks or failures, proposed alternate inspection/repair procedures and cost impact of engine mount service problems. The inquiry is directly related to FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-09-13 and the potential need for additional corrective actions. All comments should be addressed to Further information may be found at or

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Support ARSA’s Positive Publicity Campaign
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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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    OpSpec D091, Requirements Air Carrier Maintenance Providers
    from FAA
    This notice provides information about operations specification (OpSpec) D091 change in terminology and meaning from the previously used term “substantial maintenance” to the new term “Essential Maintenance,” to specifically address Required Inspection Items (RII). Also, we removed the listing of maintenance providers from OpSpec D091 because Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 121, § 121.369(a) requires the operator to maintain the listing of maintenance providers in its air carrier maintenance manual. In addition, this notice provides information about revised guidance related to these changes for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificate holding district office (CHDO) managers and principal airworthiness inspectors who have certification and surveillance responsibility for 14 CFR part 119 air carrier certificate holders conducting operations under part 121. More

    Revised OpSpec Paragraph D091 and Initial and Follow-up Surveillance Requirements: Air Carrier Maintenance Providers
    from FAA
    This notice provides information about revised surveillance requirements related to air carrier maintenance providers as well as procedures involving the issuance of a revised operations specification (OpSpec) paragraph D091. This notice also makes issuance of OpSpec paragraph D091 mandatory for all Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 119 certificate holders conducting operations under 14 CFR part 121. More

    Compliance Drives MRO Information Integration
    from Aviation Week
    Compliance, compliance, compliance. For a moment, consider MRO's modern mantra, upon which rests much of this industry's laws and profits. "One of the big drivers that started us down this new [information] technology path was compliance," says David A. Marcontell, president of TeamSAI M&E Solutions. "We simply were not staying within the regs." Compliance is the core of MRO, contends Marcontell. More

    Senate Prods FAA On Duty-Time Rule
    from Aviation Week
    The Senate aviation subcommittee, at its most recent in a series of air safety hearings, yesterday zeroed in on the dangers of fatigued pilots – and prodded FAA to move swiftly on issuing revised flight/duty-time rules. More

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    AA Maintenance Head Retiring
    from Tulsa World
    Carmine Romano, the American Airlines executive who oversees the company's maintenance bases in Tulsa, Fort Worth and Kansas City, recently said he is retiring Jan. 1. Now senior vice president of maintenance and engineering, he has spent 41 years in various positions with the company. More

    James Ream to Replace Carmine Romano
    from PR Newswire
    American Airlines recently announced that James Ream, President and CEO of ExpressJet, will become American's Senior Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering, effective Jan. 1. Ream succeeds Carmine Romano, who is retiring after 41 years with American Airlines. 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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