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ARSA Condemns FAA Overreach
On Dec. 11, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) warned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that its disregard of basic requirements for promulgating a safety regulation required an immediate withdrawal of a notice of proposed rulemaking.
The proposed Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires the inspection and replacement of cylinders used on certain engines manufactured by Continental Motors, Inc. ARSA's comments rebuke the FAA for ignoring mandates contained in its airworthiness standards and Airworthiness Directives Manual, as well as the Administrative Procedure Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act, and the agency's own internal guidance and policies regarding those laws.
"The agency's failure to provide objective, substantiated engineering data and to complete an accurate analysis regarding the economic impact of the AD merits the immediate withdrawal of the proposal," said Daniel Fisher, ARSA's vice president of legislative affairs. "The FAA has made a mockery of the rulemaking process and Congress should take a close look at the agency's actions."
ARSA's comments detail the FAA's failure to comply with congressional mandates and internal guidelines by not providing the correct technical data and economic impact analysis in its proposal. The association includes industry economic data detailing the detrimental impact the AD will have on the aviation sector and small businesses.
"Due to the heavily regulated nature of the aviation industry, ARSA members are negatively impacted when government agencies fail to comply with basic requirements," Fisher said. "When small entities are involved, the repercussions from improper government action are even greater."
ARSA's comments are available at http://arsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ARSA-FAA-2012-0002Comments-20131211.pdf.
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FAA Issues English Skills Guidance
On Dec. 11, the FAA issued advisory circular 60-28A to provide guidance for airman applicants, training organizations, designated examiners, and aviation safety inspectors (ASI) in determining English language skills currently required for airman certification under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations parts 61, 63, and 65.
The circular outlines the requirements under these parts that applicants be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language and demonstrate an ability to use standard terminology for radio communications. If a person holding an airman certificate issued under the above parts does not meet these standards, their certificate can be suspended or revoked.
The document guides designated examiners and ASIs in determining an applicant's proficiency through practical reading and writing tests and other methods.
The complete advisory circular is available here.
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ARSA, TeamSAI Join Forces to Measure Industry Impact
On Dec. 6, ARSA announced a new strategic partnership with TeamSAI, an aviation consulting firm specializing in strategic, tactical and operational management solutions. The new relationship will combine ARSA's industry knowledge and policy expertise with TeamSAI's data-driven forecasting to create regular, high quality economic analyses of the global aviation maintenance sector.
"The association is excited to join forces with an industry leader like TeamSAI," ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein said. "Working together, we'll provide critical information to make our members more effective managers and leaders. We'll also help lawmakers, regulators, journalists, and voters better understand the economic consequences of policy decisions."
Among other things, the ARSA-TeamSAI partnership will produce regular reports detailing the maintenance industry's economic and employment impact on a state-by-state basis and balance of trade.
To view ARSA's most recent study on global aviation maintenance, visit http://arsa.org/news-media/economic-data/.
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ARSA Blog — A Christmas Miracle?
This week, ARSA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Daniel Fisher discusses the possibility of the Transportation Security Administration finalizing the repair station security rules by the end of the year and what ARSA has been doing to move the process forward.
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MacLeod Kicks Off AMTSociety Seminars in Houston
Last month, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod kicked off a series of aircraft maintenance educational seminars known as AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium. The next seminar, featuring Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Managing Director & General Counsel Marshall Filler, will take place on Jan. 8, 2014, in Atlanta. Presentations during these seminars will address topics including maintenance regulations, major/minor, and maintenance recordkeeping. Seminars will continue through April 2014. Event dates and locations are:
January 8, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
February 12, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
March 5, 2014 — Aurora, CO
March 25 & 26, 2014 — Las Vegas, NV
April 5, 2014 — San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with 2014 ATEC Conference
ARSA members can attend the next series of AMTSociety Education/IA refresher events without being an AMTSociety member. Registration is $42 in advance and $62 at the door. ARSA members are encouraged to preregister by contacting Jill.firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-800-547-7377 x2104.
Click here to learn more about the AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium.
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Check Out ARSA's New Drug Program Management Service Benefit
ARSA, in partnership with NATA Compliance Services (NATACS), is pleased to announce a new drug program management service that provides accurate, fast, and reliable solutions for a safe and compliant drug-free workplace. NATACS is a "one stop" solution providing policy templates, plan setup, regulatory assistance, and program administration. Benefits include:
For more information, visit https://www.natacs.aero/ARSA or call 800.493.9707.
- Laboratory and collection site setup and coordination
- Medical review officer services
- Random drug and alcohol list generation
- Substance abuse referral
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- Rules and regulations update notifications
- Federal Aviation Administration Drug Abatement
- Division liaisons
- Testing requirements coordination (pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow up)
- Training materials
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Take Advantage of ARSA's Career Center Today!
Looking for positions in the aviation maintenance industry? The ARSA Career Center has jobs specific to what you need, posted by ARSA members as well as members of the Aero Job Board Network. There are many ways to get started:
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- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Marshall Filler presenting) – Atlanta, Ga. – Jan. 8, 2014
- AVM Summit, Europe – London, U.K. – Jan. 21-22, 2014
- MRO Middle East – Dubai, UEA – Feb. 5-6, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – Kansas City, Mo. – Feb. 12, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – Aurora, Colo.
- ARSA Annual Repair Symposium and Legislative Fly-In — March 19-21, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – Las Vegas, Nev. – March 25-26, 2014
- AMT Society IA Renewal Training Seminar (Sarah MacLeod presenting) – San Antonio, Texas – April 5, 2014
AAR Signs Five-Year Commercial Supply Chain Contract with Major
AAR has signed a five-year contract to become the sole supplier of approximately 25,000 consumable and expendable line-item parts for a major commercial airline customer. The contract is valued at approximately $42 million in annual revenue.
Gulfstream Beijing Service Center Marks First Year
Gulfstream Aerospace recently marked the first anniversary of its 82,000-sq-ft Beijing service center at Beijing Capital International Airport. It is the only business-jet manufacturer to offer factory service in China.
Liberty University School of Aeronautics to Launch Affiliate Program in Newport News
Spreading its wings in its mission to train pilots and aircraft maintenance workers in the rapidly growing aviation industry, Liberty University School of Aeronautics is expanding beyond its Lynchburg Airport Campus this month to Virginia’s Tidewater region.
LAN Airline Plans Miami Maintenance Hub
Chile-based LAN Cargo airline is poised to build a maintenance hangar at Miami International Airport that's geared to create 327 jobs here.
West Star Aviation Moves Ahead with Paint Shop at GJT
Plans for a new 40,000-sq-ft paint hangar at West Star Aviation's Grand Junction Regional Airport facility in Colorado are moving ahead, despite apparent fiscal problems facing the airport authority.
UTair Selects Swiss AviationSoftware to Provide MRO Software Solutions
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UTair Aviation has selected the Swiss software provider Swiss AviationSoftware to support its aircraft MRO and continuing airworthiness, in particular to create a unified joined platform solution for aircraft maintenance.
Norwegian Air Shuttle and Lufthansa Technik Extend Wheels & Brakes Services Contract
The new contract runs over a period of seven years and also covers pooling and home-base lease services for Norwegian Air Shuttle's growing Boeing 737-800 fleet which currently comprises 69 aircraft.
LOTAMS Signs another Service Contract with Air Dolomiti
On Dec. 5, LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services (LOTAMS) signed another contract with Air Dolomiti. The agreement provides LOTAMS to perform five "C" checks on Embraer ERJ-195 aircraft in the first quarter of 2014.
Direct Maintenance Starts Providing B787 Line Maintenance Support
Direct Maintenance, an independent wide body dedicated line maintenance provider from The Netherlands, has started providing line maintenance support to the B787. The company has now become the first line maintenance provider to support the B787 in Kenya.
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