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Jan. 20, 2010
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Congressional Committees to Investigate Aviation Security After Terrorism Attempt
from ARSA
The failed terrorist attack on a Northwest passenger aircraft on Dec. 25 sparked national concern over aviation security measures. As Congress returns to Capitol Hill in January, the incident will be revisited by several committees with jurisdiction over transportation and security matters. The spotlight on aviation security will fall upon passenger screening and tracking terroristic threats and should not impact the Transportation Security Administrationís (TSA) proposed repair station security rule currently open for comment.

On the Senate side, the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold hearings on Jan. 20. Witnesses will include Homeland Security Administrator Janet Napolitano, as well as former members of the 9/11 Commission, which was established to investigate the terror attacks of 2001. In the House, the Committee on Armed Services and the Select Intelligence Committee will also hold hearings.

The incident has also reignited calls for the appointment of a TSA administrator. The Obama Administrationís nominee, Errol Southers, has yet to be confirmed since his nomination in mid-September. Republican opposition has delayed the Southersí confirmation, as GOP leaders fear he will support collective bargaining rights for TSA employees. In addition, Southers has faced accusations that he inappropriately gained access to security files while serving with the FBI.

TSA Nominee Withdraws Amid 'Political Agenda'
from The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name recently, a blow to an administration trying to explain how a man could attempt to blow up a commercial airliner on Christmas Day. More

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Overwhelming Response by Helicopter Community to Haiti Tragedy
from HAI RotorNews
"The phone at HAI has been ringing off the hook" says HAI President Matt Zuccaro, "with requests from helicopter operators who have aircraft available to help with the Haiti disaster relief efforts". There has been even more electronic communication through HAI's First Responder program, where helicopter operators can list their available aircraft assets online at, and by email. The First Responder database is currently being accessed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in coordination the State Department to deploy the needed assets to the recovery area. The database, which has swelled to over 500 aircraft, give DHS has the ability to search by aircraft capability and location to find the assets they need for specific mission profiles. More

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.

Many Caribbean, Latin America Airports Lack Safety Zones
from USA Today
Many of the busiest airports in the Caribbean and Latin America lack basic safety features that could have prevented the recent crash of an American Airlines jet in Jamaica, according to pilots, aviation safety experts and public documents. More

U.S. Business Aviation Safety Improves in 2009
from Flightglobal
Despite a marked reversal in 2007-2008, the accident figures for U.S. business aviation seem to have resumed their gradual long-term improvement. This is indicated by figures from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the analyst Robert E Breiling Associates. More

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New Aviation Maintenance Program Takes Off
from KAIT - TV
What goes up, must come down, for repairs. And not just any type of mechanic can take care of today's modern airplanes. More

HAI Announces Recipient of the 2010 Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award
from HAI
HAI is pleased to announce the 2010 Bell Helicopter Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Tim Wahlberg; Chairman of the Board, Evergreen International Aviation, Inc. McMinnville, Oregon. More

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Republic Airways to Move Frontier's Headquarters Out of Denver
from The Denver Post
Republic Airways recently pulled Frontier Airlines' headquarters out of Denver in a surprise move just three months after it acquired Frontier. Several of Frontier's top executives, including former chief executive Sean Menke, will leave the company or have already done so. The rest of the Frontier executive-level team will relocate to Indianapolis, Republic's headquarters. More

Overhaul Base at KCI May Gain New Tenant
from The Kansas City Star
The aircraft overhaul base near Kansas City International Airport may not remain vacant long after American Airlines moves out. Jet Midwest, a Kansas City, Kan.-based commercial aircraft and parts supplier, may consolidate its locations and relocate to the overhaul base within months. More

Aerospace Deal Snubs Quebec, Bloc Says
from National Post
The Harper government's $723-million deal with a U.S. aerospace firm for the maintenance of Canada's new transport planes will provide work for western Canadian firms but will not spell any relief for Quebec's ailing aerospace industry. More

How Would You Fix Air Travel in the USA?
You've been asked to provide your five very best ideas on how to address the many, many problems and challenges facing commercial air travel in America. What kind of a list would you compile? What would you include? What would you leave off? More

Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft and Related Products
from FAA
Here are policy changes and/or revisions necessary to implement the recent regulatory changes to Title 14. More

FAA Aviation News
from AVweb
The latest issue of FAA Aviation News focuses on the critical role human factors play in aviation safety. Articles address fatigue, decision making, aircraft design and technology, and more. 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 industryís 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

    AAR and Allegiant Air Enter Five-year Agreement for Maintenance and Modification Services
    from Trading Markets
    AAR, a provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aviation/aerospace industry, recently reported that it has entered a five-year agreement with Allegiant Air LLC. More

    Boeing Opens Facility, Marks 10 Years at Cecil
    from The Daily Record
    Most of Northeast Floridaís economic development experts and a handful of local, state and federal elected officials were at Cecil Commerce Center recently to help Boeing officially open its new 125,000 square-foot structural repair facility. More

    AAR Selected to Perform Heavy Maintenance for Hawaiian Airlines
    from PR Newswire
    AAR recently announced that it has signed a two-year agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services for the airline's Boeing 717 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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