65 lawmakers urge House T&I leadership to accept Senate's foreign repair Station provision
On May 15, a bipartisan group of 65 House members delivered a letter to House Transportation & Infrastructure leadership in support of the Senate’s foreign repair station language as the chambers meet to reconcile differences between the House and Senate Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bills. Several ARSA members weighed-in with their House members to join the effort led by Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga. Barrow wrote a similar letter last spring. Both the House and Senate FAA reauthorization bills contain provisions that single out the aviation maintenance industry. The House-passed legislation dramatically alters requirements for FAA's oversight of foreign repair stations, which will result in retaliatory measures by key trading partners (including the European Union, and the collapse of bilateral agreements designed to facilitate aviation safety and commerce. If the House foreign repair station provision were to become law, aviation maintenance companies that operate internationally would see a dramatic increase in regulatory oversights costs, which would make it more difficult to survive and compete. Parallel language in the Senate — passed FAA reauthorization legislation exempts repair stations in countries with which the U.S. has bilateral aviation safety agreements from the overly burdensome and impractical requirements of the House bill. While ARSA remains deeply concerned that Congress is arbitrarily targeting the aviation maintenance industry, when compared to the House bill, the Senate legislation is more respectful of international agreements and will allow our industry to continue to build upon our nation's $2.4 billion positive balance of trade in the aviation maintenance sector without retaliation by our key trading partners.
Click here to view the full text of the latest Barrow letter.
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Icelandair equips aircraft to gather ash data
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Icelandair wants to help the aviation industry capture more data on aircraft flying in volcanic ash clouds, so its maintenance operation, Icelandair Technical Services, installed equipment in a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle that will enable the aircraft to measure ash cloud density, says Jens Bjarnsson, senior VP of technical services for Icelandair. More
Sky's the limit for Oklahoma's aerospace industry
Faced with lower-priced foreign competition and a tough economy, the Oklahoma aerospace industry is developing new techniques for maintenance and repair of aircraft and building innovative engines that use biofuels. Oklahoma's aerospace industry is an essential part of the state's economy. According to the Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance, the industry is responsible for more than 143,000 jobs in the state, a $5 billion annual payroll, and nearly $12 billion in industrial output or about 10 percent of Oklahoma's economy. More
Costello: FAA reauthorization would boost airlines
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The airline business is one of the most volatile industries, and the past three years have illustrated this fact all too well. The price of oil has fluctuated from the $147 per barrel of a roaring economy to the $40 per barrel of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. A major merger was completed and another has been proposed. Consumer issues have been major news. Airlines have cut capacity and instituted a variety of new fees in an effort to make ends meet, and several airlines have not made it. While it has been a rocky period, some signs point to an improving climate for aviation. More
FAA issues tire-safety rules
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Prompted by landing-gear tire failures that led to a fatal 2008 plane crash, U.S. regulators have established new rules to ensure proper tire pressure on more than 200 Learjet business aircraft. Slated to be issued Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration, the safety directive requires U.S. operators to conduct more-frequent landing gear inspections of Learjet 60 models, which are especially susceptible to takeoff hazards from under-inflated tires. More
FAA keeps 2020 ADS-B deadline, but costs and questions remain
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FAA's final rule outlining equipment requirements for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) received a mixed reaction from industry groups, which see the FAA as the primary beneficiary. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced the release of the much-anticipated rule, stating the agency has reached a "major NextGen milestone." 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
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;
• 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.
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Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey signs engine services agreement With Lufthansa CityLine
Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey and Lufthansa CityLine have signed an agreement regarding services for more than 40 aircraft engines. According to the new exclusive contract, Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey will cover services in all aspects of maintenance, repair and overhaul of the General Electric CF34-10 engine type powering Lufthansa CityLine's present and future Embraer 190/195 series fleet. More
TIMCO LineCare launches line maintenance support station in Panama City; third station launch in last two months
TIMCO Aviation Services recently announced that TIMCO LineCare™, the company’s line maintenance division, began supporting multiple airlines with comprehensive line maintenance services at the newly opened Panama City airport in Florida. The opening of this station is the third opening in 2010 for the rapidly growing division of TIMCO. TIMCO LineCare™ opened stations for multiple customers in Boston and Denver earlier this spring. Currently, TIMCO LineCare™ has 21 locations at key airports throughout the U.S. and will continue assessing a number of additional new locations consistent with its customer support strategy. More
Metro Aviation helps Midwest Medical Transport Company take to the air
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What began in 1987 as Platte County Ambulance Company in Columbus, Neb., is now Midwest Medical Transport and the company is taking to the air with their first air medical helicopter. Completed in Shreveport, La., by Metro Aviation, the new, highly equipped patient transport Eurocopter EC135P2+ helicopter is configured for single pilot IFR operations as well as night flight using night vision goggles for increased safety and efficiency. More
Aircraft assembly hiring taking off at Boeing Charleston, S.C.
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Part of the deal that brought Boeing Co. to South Carolina included creating nearly 4,000 new jobs. Now the plane maker is ramping up efforts to fill hundreds of positions with experienced workers. Boeing recently announced that is looking for laborers to do assembly work, installations and inspections. More
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services opens line maintenance station for business jets
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services GmbH, Berlin based leading specialist in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Bombardier Business Aircraft, will set up a line maintenance station in Riga, Latvia, in the summer of 2010. Together with its local Partner, Baltic Business Aviation Center Ltd., FBO Riga Ltd., and Lufthansa Technik's VIP & Executive Jet Solutions division, LBAS will offer line maintenance support for corporate aircraft including Bombardier* Learjet*, Challenger* and Global* business jets, as well as Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ models. 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