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ARSA comments on FAA's airworthiness directive interpretation
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ARSA submitted comments to the FAA's proposed Airworthiness Directive legal interpretation. The proposed interpretation comes in response to a request from the FAA's Organization Procedures Working Group of the Airworthiness Directive Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee, of which ARSA is an active member. ARSA's comments point out that the FAA's interpretation overlooks the existing relationship between the design, production, operating and maintenance rules in Title 14, Code of Regulations (14 CFR). More



FAA announces BASA training
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The Federal Aviation Administration has announced dates and locations for field briefings/workshops regarding implementation of the bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) between the U.S. and the European Union. The purpose of the sessions is to provide aviation safety inspectors and EASA-certificated part 145 repair stations the tools and knowledge to implement the agreement. More

President's attack on business aviation counterproductive to growth
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The White House has put corporate jets in its cross-hairs, proposing to lengthen the depreciation schedule for corporations that use business and general aviation aircraft.

"The president's attack on business aviation neglects the critical role it plays in the American economy," said ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod. "Business and general aviation quite literally gives wing to our economy, allowing for increased efficiencies and enhanced movement of goods, while employing thousands of Americans in the aerospace industry—including a large number of the 274,000 Americans working in civil aviation maintenance."
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ARSA to host Puget Sound area outreach meeting
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ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein will brief maintenance industry leaders in the Pacific Northwest about the Association’s activities on behalf of repair stations. Planned discussion topics include: FAA reauthorization, ARSA PR activities on behalf of contract maintenance, and recent regulatory efforts. More

President signs 20th FAA extension
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The President signed the 20th extension (H.R. 2279) of the most recent Federal Aviation Administration authorization law, VISION 100, which expired in 2007. H.R. 2279 provides operating authority and funding for the agency through July 22. More

Have You Done Your Part?
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Another FAA extension gives repair stations more time to ensure Congress doesn't throw the aviation maintenance industry under the bus. Many of you have participated in our grassroots effort targeting Senate conferees. If you haven't done so, please participate. For those that did send letters to their senators, now is the time to do it again. More



ARSA chides FAA's definition of duty and rest rules
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The Aeronautical Repair Station Association has submitted a letter to the FAA regarding the agency's proposed interpretation of the Part 121 duty and rest provisions as they pertain to maintenance technicians. More

BASA should lower MRO compliance cost
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Industry groups were encouraged that the FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency took the initial steps to implement a long-awaited Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA). The agreement formally took effect on May 2, and one of the first orders of business was to lay the groundwork for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) standards. More

MRO training faces major challenges
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Aviation maintenance training in North America is grappling with some big questions. From the basic — how does the industry attract and retain more student mechanics? — to the more complex — how can the gap between initial training and employer needs be narrowed without an excessive time and cost burden? There are no easy answers. But the challenges are spawning conversation, debate and some creative solutions. More

Judge denies Boeing motion to dismiss NLRB lawsuit
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A judge denied Boeing's attempt to have a National Labor Relations Board case against it dismissed. The NLRB has accused Boeing of choosing to locate a new plant in South Carolina instead of Washington state in retaliation for strikes by unionized workers there. 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

As the campaign moves forward, the PPC will continue to highlight the benefits of contract maintenance for global civil aviation. The campaign’s next steps will significantly enhance the Association’s public relations capabilities by adding new staff, institutionalizing economic research, more aggressively monitoring and responding to media coverage, regularizing media outreach, developing model PR procedures for the industry, and coordinating media and communications trainings on behalf of the repair station community.

However, for your Association to be successful, we need YOUR help. Please consider pledging your support to the PPC today and join the ranks of industry leaders already backing ARSA’s ambitious agenda for the industry.

Click here for more details about the PPC, or email questions to Jason Langford, ARSA's communications manager.

Pledge your financial support here.
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FAA presents 'Gold Award' to Aerospace Coatings International
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FAA representatives presented Aerospace Coatings International with the William O'Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician "Gold Award" of Excellence. More

Airlines rev up demand for aircraft services
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Airlines, wrestling with record-high fuel prices and a recession, have put off non-essential aircraft maintenance for almost three years. According to the industry, that's about to change. More

Startups signal growing completion and refurbishment demand
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If start-ups are indicators of a healthy completion and refurbishment industry, there is cause for optimism in an industry that has been hard hit over the last several years. Recent months saw the creation of new centers, designers, vendors and consultancies as well as expansion by existing MRO facilities to include cabin outfitting. More

Largest aircraft paint facility in North America opens in Kansas City
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Kansas City, Mo., based commercial aircraft supplier Jet Midwest has recently opened the largest commercial aircraft paint facility in North America at the former American Airlines maintenance facility in Kansas City, Mo. The Jet Midwest Technik 1,200,000 square feet paint facility can accommodate aircraft as large as the new Boeing 747-800 and has already secured a number of paint contracts with airlines from the U.S. and around the world. More

Growing number of Hawker Beechcraft job openings posted
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It's been difficult to find positive signs in general aviation for almost three years. But more than 100 local Hawker job openings posted on job sites, can only be seen as a good sign. "Right now we are hiring for over 100 positions at Hawker Beechcraft," Heidi McNary, Hawker Beechcraft vice president and chief technical officer, said. Those words are like the sound of music to those who are on layoff from local companies like Hawker. More

Kestrel Aircraft finds home in, brings jobs to Duluth, Minn.
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Alan Klapmeier, the ousted co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, is back in Duluth, Minn., creating aviation jobs once again. His latest venture, Kestrel Aircraft, will manufacture airplanes in Brunswick, Maine, but its design operations are in the Lincoln Park area of Duluth. More

Aviation companies invest in new space at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City
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Two new general aviation hangars at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City are the beginning of an effort to bring more business to the area between the airport and Interstate 44. More

Spokane, Wash., summer workshop promotes aerospace jobs
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Need a career, kids? Consider the aerospace industry. Spokane educators and industry leaders created a three-week aerospace workshop that gives area high school students a taste of careers in aviation maintenance, flight operations and air traffic control with the hope of piquing their interest in an industry where jobs are in demand and on the rise. More

LiveTV to spread its wings with global in-flight television
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As airlines all over the world move to bring in-flight entertainment and connectivity to passengers, JetBlue Airways subsidiary LiveTV is gearing up to go global with its own dedicated Ku-band satellite-supported live television service for overseas flights. More

SIA Engineering Company signs $358 million Services Agreement with SIA Cargo
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SIA Engineering Company Limited reported the renewal of its comprehensive Services Agreement with Singapore Airlines Cargo. The existing Services Agreement with SIA Cargo expires in June 2011. The new agreement, commencing July 1, is firm for three years, with a two-year extension if agreed conditions are met. More

Mack Air opens maintenance shop at UCRA
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Mack Air LLC, a provider of aircraft repair and maintenance services, opened a shop at the White County, Tenn., airport last week. The company also operates a maintenance shop at the Shelbyville Municipal Airport in Tennessee and is offering services for light twin and single engine piston airplanes. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents July/August 2011
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The new issue of FAA Safety Briefing presents ideas for enhancing mentoring and professionalism in general aviation. Articles highlight the importance of the attitudes, skills, and knowledge needed to take you to the top of your flying game. On page 28 you'll find profiles of some of GA's top mentors and professionals - the 2011 General Aviation Awards National Winners - who will also be honored at this year's EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis..

In addition, the issue's Nuts, Bolts, and Electrons department covers professionalism in maintenance, and Angle of Attack takes a look at the helpful role type clubs play in enhancing aviation safety.
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