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Jan. 27, 2010
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ARSA Leg Team Hosting Conference Call
from The ARSA
On Friday, Feb. 5, ARSA’s legislative team will host a conference call to update membership on legislative threats and opportunities in the second session of the 111th Congress. In addition, the conference call will include a preview of the 2010 ARSA Legislative Day and will answer questions on getting involved with the inaugural ARSA Government Affairs Committee. The call will begin at 2 PM Eastern Time.

To take part, call 1 800 977-8002 and enter code 141381#. Any questions can be directed to Matt Hallett here or at 703-739-9543.

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New Report Measures Commercial Aviation Economic Impact
from ARSA
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization has published a new edition of “The Economic Impact of Civil Aviation on the U.S. Economy”. The report estimates that commercial aviation ultimately drives 10.9 million U.S. jobs and $1.225 trillion in annual U.S. economic activity. In addition, the report includes state-by-state breakdowns on the role of commercial aviation in generating economic activity.

The main report is available here.

State-by-state analysis is available here.

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.

Justices, 5-4, Reject Corporate Spending Limit
from The New York Times
Overruling two important precedents about the First Amendment rights of corporations, a bitterly divided Supreme Court recently ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections. More

ARSA Contributes at EASA ICA Workshop
from ARSA
On Jan. 19, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) hosted an “Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) Workshop” at the Agency’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany.

In addition to industry representation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Canada (TCCA) and other National Aviation Authorities (NAA) were in attendance. In that regard, EASA will attempt to “harmonize as far as possible [the ICA requirements] with relevant FAA and TCCA rules, orders and guidance.” Due to the intense interest in ICAs, all 133 seats in the meeting room were occupied and approximately 50 people were turned away due to space constraints according to EASA.

Attending on behalf of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) was Marshall Filler, managing director and general counsel. ARSA has continued to emphasize the importance of ICAs for ensuring aviation safety and has frequently communicated with EASA on this subject. The Association commends the Agency for moving forward with what promises to be a lengthy but critically important rulemaking project. More

Kansas City Lands Jet Midwest at Overhaul Base
from The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Council recently approved Jet Midwest's plan to move into Kansas City International Airport’s overhaul base on March 1. The long-term leases for Jet Midwest to occupy two buildings at the massive maintenance facility were approved following a recent morning presentation by the company and the city Aviation Department to the council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. More

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FAA Cites Progress in Drive to Improve Commuter Airline Safety
from The Wall Street Journal
Federal aviation regulators said new government and industry initiatives have succeeded in lifting the overall safety of U.S. commuter airlines. In a recently released report, the Federal Aviation Administration said the improvements stem in part from closer government oversight of pilot training and from moves by carriers to better identify and track weak pilots. More

Last Year a Stormy One for Global Commercial Aviation
from Creamer's Media Engineering News
Last year was the worst for the global air traffic industry since 1945, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed. “In terms of demand, 2009 goes into the history books as the worst year the industry has ever seen,” reported IATA DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani. “We have permanently lost 2.5 years of growth in passenger markets and 3.5 years of growth in the freight business.” More

FAA Seeks Checks of Pilot Oxygen Systems on Boeing Jets
from The Wall Street Journal
U.S. aviation regulators have ordered inspections of emergency cockpit oxygen systems on roughly 1,300 Boeing jetliners operated by U.S. carriers, more than a decade after the manufacturer first warned airlines that certain parts posed potential fire hazards. Covering three separate Boeing models, from domestic workhorse 737 aircraft to the longest-range international 747 jumbo jets, rules proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration call for checks of some cockpit oxygen hoses that can catch fire if there is a short circuit in a nearby electrical panel. More

Napolitano Sees Chance to Set Global Standards in Airline Security
from CNN
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently said there is a "renewed sense of urgency in the international community" about terrorism after the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a U.S.-bound plane, and the U.S. should now push for global security standards for international airports and aircraft. More

Update 11 - Ethiopian Plane Crashes Off Beirut, 90 Feared Dead
from Reuters
All 90 people aboard an Ethiopian Airlines [ETHA.UL] plane were feared dead after it plunged into the Mediterranean in a ball of fire, minutes after taking off from Beirut in a recent raging thunderstorm. More

ST Aero Maintains Momentum
from Flightglobal
The aviation industry might have taken one of its biggest hits during last year's global recession, but ST Aerospace chairman Tay Kok Khiang is an upbeat man. More

Awaiting Flight 3407 Report, Families Plan for Walk
from The Buffalo News
Federal investigators plan to release their report on the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 next week, while relatives of the crash’s victims are gearing up to mark its one-year anniversary Feb. 12 by walking from the Clarence Center accident site to Buffalo Niagara International Airport More

Former Bombardier VP To Lead NACA
from Aviation Week
The National Air Carrier Association intends to announce soon that it has hired A. Oakley Brooks as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1. Brooks most recently served as VP of government affairs for Bombardier Inc. in Washington. 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.

    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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