FAA reauthorization: To believe or not to believe
In May, the aviation community was abuzz when House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman James Oberstar all but guaranteed that a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill will be signed into law by President Obama before the current extension expires on July 3. Oberstar's comments followed a proclamation by the senior Republican on the T&I Committee, Rep. John Mica, that there is a "50/50" chance of FAA reauthorization legislation being completed this year. According to sources on Capitol Hill, House and Senate staff is in the process of working through minor difference between the bills approved by each chamber, but had yet to broach the significant disparities, making it unlikely that work on the bill will be completed by the July 4, recess. So, who do you believe? More
Ramifications for repair stations
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Congress this month is expected to renew efforts to finish work on a long-awaited comprehensive aviation bill. House and Senate leaders hope to reconcile differences before the end of June in an attempt to reach a compromise agreement on sweeping FAA reauthorization legislation that covers an array of issues, including measures with long-term ramifications for repair stations. More
FAA says: Replace old mufflers
If the muffler on your reciprocating aircraft engine is more than 1,000 hours old, you should replace it to help minimize the chance of getting carbon monoxide in the cockpit, according to a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin released by the FAA. The recommendation is not mandatory. The FAA based its suggestion on the results of a technical study by Wichita State University that was completed last year. The researchers surveyed accident data from the NTSB and found that when CO was a factor, the muffler system was the top source. More
AMTSociety announces 'Passing the Wrench' program
AMTSociety recently created a program called "Passing the Wrench," a way to promote the profession of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians. "Historically, AMTs have been known to assist their fellow colleagues and passionately promote their industry throughout their entire career," said Tom Hendershot, Executive Director, AMTSociety. "It’s only natural to bring those two qualities together to honor late AMTSociety members. By extending the life of their tools, we are extending their contribution to the industry!" More
FAA bill provision could affect US maintenance jobs
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Members of Congress are urging House transportation leaders to preserve American jobs by accepting the Senate version of a foreign repair station oversight provision in the FAA reauthorization bill. As the House and Senate work to reconcile their FAA reauthorization bills, negotiators must address differences regarding a requirement for inspections of FAA-certificated foreign repair stations and drug and alcohol testing of foreign repair stations workers. More
Deciphering maintenance data
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All maintenance executives struggle with the promise, burden and sometimes confusion of information technology. Early systems chiefly addressed compliance with regulations and reliability, thus preventing costly schedule disruptions. Major progress has been made on these fronts. Today IT increasingly aims for economic gains. But to make business sense, IT must reduce costs for penalties, administration, parts, touch labor or overhead. Or it must increase revenue by cutting downtime, further boosting reliability or improving sales by in-sourcing airline maintenance departments. More
FAA Safety Briefing, May/June 2010
In his book The Next Hour, pilot and former editor of Flying magazine Richard L. Collins writes about flying safely the next hour, which, he says,is the most important hour in any pilot's logbook. Collins stresses the importance of understanding and managing the risks inherent in flying. And, to the theme of this issue of FAA Safety Briefing — the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen — from his perspective of 50-plus years of flying, Collins looks ahead. He is confident better things will come and writes, "for general aviation, today's headwind can and will be turned into tomorrow's tailwind." More
The CASA Briefing
Australia's general aviation parts manufacturing industry now has easier access to the lucrative U.S. market. This follows the signing in Washington this month of amendments to the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between Australia and the United States. The amendments mean Australian Parts Manufacturing Approvals for many general aviation aeroplanes are now recognized in the states. This simplifies the process for the export of these aviation parts to the U.S., as well as reducing costs. Australian general aviation parts manufacturers will no longer have to obtain an approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to sell their parts in the United States. More
Government sets up panel to ensure aviation safety
In the aftermath of the Mangalore air crash that claimed 158 lives, the government on Friday set up an advisory body headed by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief Naseem Zaidi to recommend measures to further strengthen aviation safety. The first meeting of the newly-formed Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC) is scheduled for June 3. More
Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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;
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• the hostile language in the pending FAA reauthorization bill); and
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Delta TechOps named 'Best MRO in the Americas'
Delta Air Lines' maintenance division, Delta TechOps, was recognized by Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance Magazine as the "Best Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Provider in the Americas." This is the third industry award the team has received in recent weeks. More
Columbia Helicopters deploys two aircraft to Gulf oil spill
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Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the deployment of a second heavy-lift helicopter to Louisiana to assist with efforts in preventing the further spread of the Gulf oil spill. The helicopters will also assist with clean-up operations already underway. More
Mid-Continent Instruments' Cindy Highbarger earns CFO Award distinction
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Mid-Continent Instruments has proudly announced that Chief Financial Officer Cindy Highbarger has been named a recipient of the Wichita Business Journal's first CFO Awards. One of 12 elite CFOs, Highbarger was chosen from more than 100 nominees in three categories based on company size. More
Effect of volcano on jet engines being tested
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A major U.S. jet engine maker recently announced it will investigate the effects of volcanic ash on the engines of aircraft that have flown through the plume. Honeywell Aerospace's engines powered several of the planes sent up to collect scientific data after eruptions of the volcano in southern Iceland in April and May suspended European air travel. The planes, which accumulated dozens of hours of flying in the clouds, were operated by Germany's national aeronautics research center DLR and by the British weather service. More
Maintenance worker at TIMCO Aviation Services falls to his death
TIMCO Aviation Services lost a long time and valued employee, Preston Strickland in a tragic accident at its Greensboro, N.C., facility on last Friday. More
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site http://www.arsa.org/FDYTC. 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