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Home   Legislative Action Center   Careers   Library   Symposium   Train to Gain May 19, 2011

Time for the 19th FAA extension
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On May 13, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., introduced legislation (H.R. 1893) that would continue Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding through June 30. More

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Keep the pressure on!
Aeronautical Repair Station Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The likelihood of another FAA extension gives us more time to urge lawmakers to refrain from micromanaging the aviation maintenance industry in a final re-authorization bill.

If you are among the dozens of repair stations from across the country to participate in our unprecedented grassroots effort, thank you! If you haven’t participated, it's your turn. Now is not the time to take the foot off the gas. We must keep the pressure on!

ARSA to Obama: Don't restrict political speech
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A draft executive order circulated by the Obama administration would require companies to disclose their political spending, and that of their officers and directors, when bidding on federal contracts. More

Airbus/Boeing duopoly has enough staying power
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Another shake-up, record sales and disillusionment are likely in store for the "middle" of the commercial air transport market — the 150- to 220-seat segment. But don't count on next month's Paris air show to provide a long-overdue clarification. More

FAA warns of LightSquared tests in Nevada
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning that GPS service in a 330 nautical mile circle of Nevada could be "unreliable or unavailable" for six-hour stretches until May 27 as broadband wholesaler LightSquared tests whether a signal from one of its proposed 40,000 towers upsets satellite navigation. More

Export Certificate of Airworthiness
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On March 15, the European Union and the United States concluded an agreement on cooperation in the regulation of civil aviation safety (8312/09). The agreement entered into force on  May 1.

The purpose of the agreement is to enable the reciprocal acceptance of findings of compliance and approvals, promote a high degree of safety in air transport and ensure regulatory cooperation and harmony between the U.S. and the EU in regards to airworthiness approvals and monitoring of civil aeronautical products, environmental testing and approvals of such products, and approvals and monitoring of maintenance facilities.

US, Colombia sign new Open Skies air transport agreement
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The U.S. and Colombia signed a new Open Skies air transport agreement that will increase the number of passenger and cargo flights between the two countries and boost competition in the aviation market. More

FAA expresses concern over technician fatigue
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The most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip conveys the FAA's growing concern about fatigue - in this case technician fatigue. The issue has long been associated with pilots but rarely with technicians. More

Enabling lean MRO
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Driven by ever-changing business models, global competition, high fuel costs, and other unavoidable doing-business costs, fleet aircraft operators (both commercial and military) have developed a simple business strategy — control operating costs across the broad spectrum of the aircraft maintenance cycle by implementing processes designed to mitigate economic fluctuations. More

Aviation repair school to hold job fair
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The Aviation Institute of Maintenance's Indianapolis campus will hold a career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 20. The event will feature several employers who will discuss employment expectations and have employment opportunities. More

You are invited to attend the 2011 ATA e-Business Forum to be held June 6-8, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. 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, material and flight operations. This is the industry's premier event to learn about 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 (Spec 2000, S1000D, iSpec 2200, Spec 42 and Spec 2300), learn how the industry has attributed significant savings and operational efficiencies to the use of these global specifications.

Airlines, manufacturers, distributors, repair agencies, suppliers, solution providers and government agencies are all welcome!

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US clears Delta to team with Virgin Blue Group
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U.S. regulators approved Delta Air Lines Inc.'s plan to coordinate operations with other carriers as part of the Virgin Blue Group, a move that could help Delta gain business on flights between the U.S. and Australia. More

Why Charlie Taylor should matter to you
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It is the birthday of the father of aviation maintenance — and engineering and manufacturing — Charles E. Taylor. Born in 1868 in a small town in Illinois, Charles Taylor went from working as a bicycle repairman for the Wright Brothers to building the engine that powered their historic 1903 flight at Kitty Hawk. Talk about reinventing yourself! But despite his unparalleled contributions to the history of flight, his accomplishments, like his name, are relegated to the dust bin of history. More

Preventive maintenance
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Doing things before problems occur in an effort to prevent inopportune failures? What a concept! The term "preventive maintenance" does have an official definition as well as implications assigned by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. According to the Administrator: "Preventive maintenance means simple or minor preservation operations and the replacement of small standard parts not involving complex assembly operations." This definition has been tweaked a bit to enable pilots to perform certain functions on their aircraft and the guidelines are presented in Federal Aviation Regulation 43.3. More

High priority for pilots and maintenance professionals
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Helicopter Association International urges all pilots and maintenance professionals to read the FAA's proposed legal interpretation on various provisions in the regulations applicable to airworthiness directives. More

FAA Safety Briefing May/June 2011
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The new issue of FAA Safety Briefing explores how developments in the National Airspace System affect and benefit general aviation pilots. Articles highlight some of the changes and challenges of flying in today’s NAS, and provide tips pilots can use to meet those challenges safely and efficiently. Feature articles highlight changes to the NOTAM system, how controllers are working with pilots to improve communication, and what goes into the establishment of a Temporary Flight Restriction.

The issue also explores the transformation of the NAS that the FAA is undertaking: the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen. Over time, NextGen will fundamentally change how the agency manages air traffic. To prepare for NextGen, it is important for GA pilots to keep abreast of what those changes will mean.

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.

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Delta completes new economy configuration on more than 100 aircraft
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Delta Air Lines has completed configurations on 108 aircraft to support its new premium economy product, "Economy Comfort." The carrier unveiled plans for Economy Comfort in February of this year, stating the new seats would feature up to four inches of additional legroom and offer 50 percent more recline than its standard economy seats. More

Dreamliner engine gets key FAA approval
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Boeing Co. officials have long promised that the company's new 787 Dreamliner would be delivered with the capability to fly new, long-range routes between cities that aren't currently connected. That promise was affirmed as engine maker Rolls-Royce Group PLC said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had granted a crucial certification to its Trent 1000 engine, which will be one of two engines used to power the Dreamliner. More

Mid-Continent Instruments - West honored by FAA
Helicopter Association International via Rotor News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mid-Continent Instruments's shop in Van Nuys, Calif. has earned Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Full Class 1, 2, 3 Radio and Class 3 Accessory repair certification from the FAA. 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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