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Jan. 6, 2010
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TSA Extends Comment Period on Repair Station Regulations
from ARSA
On Dec. 29, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an extension of the comment period for the agency's notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to "improve the security of domestic and foreign aircraft repair stations as required by" Congress in a law passed in 2003. The 30-day extension now sets the deadline for all comments to be received as Feb. 19, 2010.

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. The NPRM, first issued on Nov. 19, 2009, 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.

ARSA 2010 Annual Repair Symposium: Registration Open
from ARSA
Come one, come all! Registration for the 2010 ARSA Annual Repair Symposium is now open. Join aviation professionals from around the world for in-depth seminars, frank discussions with top FAA officials, meetings with key legislators and valuable training in human factors and international compliance.

Listen to officials from the Federal Aviation Administration as they provide updates on the regulations, policies and procedures that govern the maintenance industry.

See industry and agency representatives discuss the proposed repair station security issue and provide advice on complying with the new rule.

Take part in the ARSA Casino night and find out if you have what it takes to be a high roller!

To register for the Symposium, click here.

The Symposium agenda may be found here.

If you would like to gain some recognition for your company by sponsoring a Symposium event, go here.

Plane Safety Compromised, Says Union
from The Sydney Morning Herald
Safety inspections and repair work on large Australian passenger planes could be carried out by someone with less than one month's training under new air safety rules, aircraft engineers have warned. More

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Regional Airlines Get Wings Clipped by Big Partners
from The Wall Street Journal
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Industry's Future Riding on a Dream
from Toronto Star
When the Boeing Dreamliner 787 took to the skies for its first test flight in mid-December, it carried the hopes of the aerospace industry with it. More

AI to Spin Off MRO, Ground Handling
from DNA
Air India is set to launch two separate subsidiaries — for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and ground handling services — this year. Arvind Jadhav, chairman and managing director of National Aviation Company of India (Nacil), which runs Air India, said, “though these will be under the Air India banner, they will be separate entities.” More

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Safety Issues Persist as Air Deaths Drop
from The Wall Street Journal
Last year was one of the safest in decades for airline passengers, two new studies indicate, but a decline in fatalities masks an overall backsliding in air safety after years of major improvements. More

FAA Investigating Airline After Three Rough Landings
from NPR
Two weeks ago, American Airlines 737 skidded off a runway in Jamaica. The fuselage cracked, and dozens of passengers were injured. But that wasn't the only landing mishap American had last month. More

Aviall Signs Exclusive Parts Distribution Agreement With Piper
from COMTEX via Fox Business
Aviall Services, Inc., a unit of Aviall, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has reached a long-term exclusive global distribution agreement for parts with Piper Aircraft, Inc., of Vero Beach, Florida. The agreement gives Aviall exclusive worldwide distribution rights for marketing and sales of OEM (original equipment manufacturer) spare parts for Piper Aircraft. More

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from FAA
The FAA launches SMS web page. SMS is the formal, top-down business approach to managing safety risk, which includes a systemic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures. (Order VS 8000.367) More

2010 ATA e-Business Forum
from ATA eBusiness Forum
The next ATA e-Business Forum will be held May 17-19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. The ATA e-Business Forum is the industry's premier event to learn about the latest developments in information exchange standards to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations. This educational forum provides a high level overview of the ATA e-Business Program and the many specifications and industry initiatives underway to facilitate effective and efficient information sharing between airlines and their trading partners. In addition to learning about the industry's most widely accepted e-business specifications for data exchange (iSpec 2200, Spec 42, Spec 2300, Spec 2000 and S1000D), learn how the industry has attributed significant savings and operational efficiencies to the use of these global specifications. More

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.

    For more details, click here.

    Pledge your support here.

    ARSA Members in the News

    In Memoriam…
    from ARSA
    On Dec. 24, Wes Lematta, the founder and chairman of Columbia Helicopters, died. Lematta started the Aurora, Oregon-based company in 1957 and oversaw its steady growth over the decades. Lematta began his enterprise offering helicopter rides at county fairs; today, Columbia Helicopters employs over 600 individuals world-wide in support of its heavy-lift helicopter operations.

    There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Wes on January 9, 2010 at the Vancouver, WA, Hilton Hotel, located at 301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA, 98660. The service will begin at 12:30 p.m.

    For those interested, the Lematta family suggests making a donation to Wes’ memory to one of the following organizations:

  • Parkinson’s Research through Providence Portland Medical Foundation, 4805 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97213
  • The “I Have A Dream” scholarship program at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, 1053 Officers Row, Vancouver, Washington 98661

  • Donations may also be made to any other charity with which the donor chooses to honor Lematta’s memory.

    ARSA offers its condolences on the passing of this leader in the aviation industry. Lematta is survived by his wife, Nancy, sons Jeff and Bart, and daughters Marci and Betsy.

    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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