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FAA shutdown ends
Aeronautical Repair Station Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On Aug. 5, the Senate ended a two-week partial closure of the Federal Aviation Administration by clearing the 21st extension of VISION 100, the 2003 law providing the agency its operating authority. The Senate approved the House-backed extension (H.R. 2553), by unanimous consent. H.R. 2253 restores agency operating and funding authority through Sept. 16 and contains controversial provisions denying Essential Air Service funding to certain rural airports. As part of the agreement, the Obama administration has agreed to waive the EAS subsidy reductions for most of the airports impacted by the cuts. More

FAA shutdown: Tell your story
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Congress' failure to legislate and provide timely authority for the FAA had serious ramifications for the agency and the nation's aviation system. The FAA lost $30 million a day due to its inability to collect many aviation taxes. The agency also furloughed 4,000 of its "non essential" workers, and issued stop work orders on 241 aviation infrastructure projects valued at more than $8.8 billion — in turn forcing countless private sector employees out of work.

Despite these facts, little was known about the practical implications of the shutdown, especially as it relates to aviation maintenance. ARSA wants to hear your story: Did the shutdown impact your business?

Your stories will help us explain the consequences of Congress' inaction.

ARSA blasts biased reporting
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Some folks just can't seem to get their facts straight. That seems to be the problem with Seattle's KIRO television news station. KIRO has conducted a series of reports disparaging the use of contract aviation maintenance, particularly overseas repair stations. Throughout the series, there is no mention of the industry's positive economic benefits or stellar safety record. Rather, the hackneyed tactic of finding anonymous disgruntled employees and letting them complain on camera with unsubstantiated allegations is allowed to pass as journalism.

To read ARSA's response to KIRO's biased reporting click here.

EASA begins the process of implementing SMS rules
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The European Aviation Safety Agency has formally begun the process of implementing Safety Management System regulations. EASA issued the Terms of Reference for task number MDM.055 on July 18. This task anticipates the creation of adequate rules and guidance material to permit EASA to implement a set of SMS rules. More

Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul sector soars
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If there were ever a fine example of a community working together for a common goal, it was seen in July when a vital and growing sector, aviation, got a big boost. The Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation in Ontario, Canada, the non-profit organization that operates the local airport, received government investments to help enhance its infrastructure with a hangar expansion. This will enable the airport to address a major impediment to growth. More

Training trends within the aircraft repair industry
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The aircraft composite repair community will be facing new challenges over the coming years. Some of these are likely to prompt more training needs with the advent of commercial aircraft with composite primary structures — Boeing's 787 and Airbus Industries' A380, in particular. Training companies and composite-repair organizations are looking for better ways to keep their technicians more up to date on the latest developments in composite structures and repair techniques. More

Mica: 'Every tool at our disposal will be utilized' in future FAA negotiations
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Democrats accused House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., of putting cuts to rural airport subsidies in the short funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration in retaliation for Democrats objecting to labor provisions in a larger bill for the agency, but Mica said that all options would be on the table in future negotiations. More

ARSA Members Getting Members Program
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There is no better advertisement than a satisfied customer. Members are the best people to get others to join, and we have made it simple — fill out a pre-written letter and send it to another company, encouraging them to sign up. If they become a member of ARSA, you get a discount on your dues! Click here for more information!

FAA Safety Briefing 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.

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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AAR unveils new aviation wheel and brake services facility
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AAR celebrated the grand opening of a new Aircraft Wheel and Brake Services facility. This new 12,500 square foot facility is an extension of AAR Landing Gear Services, which has operated in the greater Miami area since 1987. More

Let's talk aviation maintenance: Conversation with Chief Inspector, Lyle Sunderland
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Kelly Billon, had a lot to learn about the aviation maintenance industry when she became an intern for Aircraft Technical Publishers' popular "Ask Bob" forum. Billon spent four years studying at a renowned aerospace university, but had little, if any exposure to the people behind the propeller: The hardworking individuals that enable aircraft, and graduates, to soar. After exploring blogs, forums, and news articles, she realized her growing knowledge base was lacking a human perspective. She decided to sit down and talk with someone. Upon arriving at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach, Fla., campus, Billon met with Chief Inspector, Lyle Sunderland. More

Russian general aviation getting ready for take-off
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General aviation in Russia remains in a moribund state, although the potential for its development is strong and the first signs are emerging of hope for the near future, primarily in the form of new legislation. More

SR Technics and Mubadala's Sanad Aero Solutions sign component maintenance and technical training agreements with Virgin Australia
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SR Technics and Virgin Australia have concluded major component maintenance and technical training agreements. Leveraging the full scope of Mubadala Aerospace's global MRO capabilities, some services will also be completed out of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, SR Technics' sister company. These agreements will cover full nose-to-tail integrated component solutions; and are complemented with a component financing solution from Sanad Aero Solutions. More

Maintenance training center being established
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The Aviation Maintenance Technician Program at Northland Community & Technical College, Thief River Falls, Minn., has been awarded a three-year, $4.99 million grant U.S. Department of Labor grant. This grant was given to establish the very first Unmanned Aerial Systems Maintenance Training Center in the U.S. 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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