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Aircraft repair stations choose AAIRRG as insurance carrier
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Bill Perdue, president of the Aviation Alliance Insurance Risk Retention Group, Inc., proudly announced at the 2011 Aeronautical Repair Station Association Symposium that "we have just enrolled our 50th member, which is a significant milestone in our progress as a new insurance company." AAIRRG was formed by a group of the leading independent Federal Aviation Administration-certificated repair stations in the United States and is sponsored by ARSA. More

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FAA administrator Babbitt wants to see MROs adopt SMS
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FAA administrator Randy Babbitt is urging maintenance, repair and overhaul firms to formally adopt safety management systems, saying SMSs will play a key role in enhancing the industry's safety culture. Some industry stakeholders have, however, vocalized concerns about shouldering the cost of implementing SMS. More

Blogger: I never wanted to be a mechanic
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David A. Lombardo wrote, "I never wanted to be an aircraft mechanic. That's probably a good thing because I would never fly in anything I worked on. I'm a pilot at my core and my personality is not compatible with being a mechanic. I see the world in shades of gray. Sure there's a line of thunderstorms, but I can go around them. A good mechanic sees the world in black and white. I'm sorry, the turbo-entabulator has defluxed, the aircraft is grounded. You're not going to hear a mechanic say, Well, you know, it's pretty airworthy — give it a shot." More

From the FAA: SMS — What it means for the AMT?
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One of the popular buzzwords today in aviation is SMS or safety management system. So what is SMS, what is its function, and more importantly, what does it mean for the maintenance technician? This article looks at a basic overview of what the SMS initiatives are and how it concerns the maintenance technician. More

US, Saudi Arabia seal Open Skies agreement
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The United States and Saudi Arabia recently initialled an Open Skies agreement, easing air transit red tape between the two nations, the U.S. government said. "This agreement strengthens and expands our already strong trade and tourism links with Saudi Arabia, and will benefit American and Saudi Arabian businesses and travellers," a statement from the State Department said. More

Please mark your calendar for the 2011 ATA e-Business Forum to be held June 6-8, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal, Canada.Held in conjunction with the S1000D User Forum, this combined event will provide a high level overview of the latest developments in information exchange for the commercial aviation industry to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations.

More details will soon follow.

Learn more about the ATA e-Business Program.

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EU raises concern over German safety regulator
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Germany's Federal Aviation Office is weak when it comes to oversight of airlines registered in the country, the European Union has found. In a stunning finding concerning one of the EU's leading aviation member states, aviation safety officials note that ramp inspections have found increasing numbers of faults with German carriers. More

NLRB decision on Boeing plant is a dangerous precedent
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During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama promised organized labor that he would support their agenda. Having failed to get labor’s priorities through Congress, the Obama administration is seeking to achieve the same goal through regulation. For example, the president campaigned on passing card check, a union-backed measure that eliminates the secret ballot in union organizing elections. In appropriately dubbed the “Employee Free Choice Act,” card check actually eliminates free choice by allowing union organizers to watch as an employee checks yes or no to unionize the company. More

FAA Safety Briefing March/April 2011
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The new issue of FAA Safety Briefing supports the great safety outreach efforts the FAA Safety Team, or FAASTeam, is doing with its 2nd Annual Safety Standdown. The main Standdown event is on April 2 in Lakeland, Fla., in conjunction with the 2011 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo and FAASTeam members around the country are holding more than 90 local Standdown events. The articles in the March/April 2011 FAA Safety Briefing complement the four Standdown themes: Positive Flight Attitude, Going Beyond Preflight, En Route Cruise, and Maneuvering Flight. More

Positive Publicity

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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Contract maintenance is under assault in the media, with bad press having negative political consequences. ARSA is working to get out the facts about the industry: Repair stations make air travel safer, air carriers more efficient, and important economic contributions. Our Positive Publicity Campaign, PPC, needs your support.

Through the PPC, ARSA has already:
    • Analyzed public perceptions of contract maintenance;
    • Quantified the industry’s global economic impact and positive U.S. balance of trade; and
    • Determined the industry’s state-by-state employment footprint
We're currently finalizing research on the economic benefits of bilateral aviation safety agreements, which are threatened by hostile legislation. The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during the next phase of our PR campaign.

For more details about the PPC, click here.

Pledge your financial support here.

Columbia Helicopters dispatches second helicopter to Texas fires
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Columbia Helicopters has dispatched a second heavy-lift helicopter to assist in battling the extensive wild fires burning throughout Texas. The Columbia 107-II helicopter recently departed from the company's headquarters, and should arrive in Abilene, Texas soon. More

Airline unions form global alliance
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Fourteen airline unions from the United States and seven other countries have formed a cooperative global organization to give workers a stronger voice in dealing with the world's major airlines. The One World of Labor Council was created recently during a two-day meeting of union officials in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Transport Workers and sponsored by the London-based International Transport Workers Federation. More

Trans Aero Helicopter moving base, 30 jobs to Loveland Airport
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Trans Aero Helicopter Services is moving its base of operations and 30 jobs to the Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport in Larimer County, Colo., this summer, making it the airport's largest employer. More

AMES wins Boeing 777 line maintenance contract from German cargo airline, Aerologic
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This contract covers line maintenance support of AeroLogic's Boeing 777 freighter aircraft at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. More

Boeing sending lots of work to San Antonio
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As it works to certify and get both the 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 jetliner into service with airlines and cargo haulers, Boeing is having to send lots of work to its San Antonio facilities. Both the 787 and now 747-8 test flight jets are being routed to Texas for refurbishment before they are shipped to the buyers, the Seattle Times reports. More

Duncan Aviation adds new authorizations for China CAAC repair station certificate
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Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce the addition of several authorizations to the Civil Aviation Administration of China Repair Station Certificate in Lincoln, Neb. New authorizations were granted to the current repair station certificate after a CAAC audit of the Duncan Aviation facility in Lincoln. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its website. By accessing the links, provided in blue, 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 , or FR, publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars, or ACs, 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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