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ARSA cautions Clinton on aviation exports
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The Aeronautical Repair Station Association has told the Obama administration that legislation pending on Capitol Hill threatens to undermine the global competitiveness of the U.S. aerospace industry. In a letter sent yesterday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein warned that proposed language in the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill will obstruct aviation maintenance exports and hinder the ability of U.S. companies to compete internationally. In a recent visit to the Boeing maintenance facility at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, Secretary Clinton acknowledged aerospace is the United States’ leading export. More

General Aviation award winners named
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Outstanding individuals from the areas of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety will be recognized under the General Aviation Awards program for 2010. More

Photos of plane fixed with tape arouse concern
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An online post, which reveals shocking midair photographs of a Kunming Airlines aircraft flying with aluminum tape rolled around its wing, has triggered concerns over flight safety. However, according to aviation experts, there is no need for worry, as "aluminum tape is commonly used as a temporary measure to fix planes." More

Feds under pressure to open US skies to drones
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Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot air balloons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the ground. More
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Alaska Airlines earns ninth consecutive FAA 'Diamond Award' for maintenance training excellence
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Alaska Airlines has received the Federal Aviation Administration's Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence for the ninth consecutive year. The Diamond Award, the FAA's most prestigious maintenance honor, recognizes Alaska's ongoing commitment to aircraft maintenance and training excellence. More

Eurocopter Canada and Ecole nationale d'aerotechnique to jointly provide enhanced helicopter maintenance training in Quebec
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Eurocopter Canada Limited and École nationale d’aérotechnique recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide helicopter industry professionals and aircraft maintenance students entering the helicopter industry with enhanced technical and maintenance training in the Province of Quebec. More

FAA opens NextGen integration laboratory
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FAA opened a NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability display facility June 8, at its William J. Hughes Technical Center at Atlantic City International airport. The NIEC is a research platform where scientists will use simulation to explore, integrate and evaluate NextGen concepts, including area navigation, trajectory-based operations, flying unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system, and more. The NIEC display area compliments existing facilities and equipment at the Technical Center. More

FAA Safety Briefing, May/June 2010
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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
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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.

ARSA Members in the News

AAR announces moves to strengthen MRO and defense businesses
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AAR recently announced that it has named Dany Kleiman Group Vice President of the Company'a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul segment. In this capacity, Kleiman will oversee all of AAR's MRO activities and will be responsible for growing the Company's domestic and international MRO business. More

Lufthansa Technik prepares for A380
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The first Airbus A380 to enter Lufthansa Technik's purpose-built tail dock here eased into position as planned in April, with no expensive noises. This smoothly choreographed event marked the culmination of seven years of planning for Lufthansa Technik's A380 project group, even though the aircraft used for the trial was a flight test aircraft. Lufthansa's first A380 was scheduled to arrive in May. More

Winners announced at UBM Aviation's ATEM Awards
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Lufthansa Techknik was the major winner at this year's Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance Awards, organized by UBM Aviation, winning two titles plus the Best All Round MRO Service Provider award.. The winners were announced at a ceremony on May 4, attended by more than 500 industry executives. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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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.
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