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FAA Confirms Capability Is the Key
On July 29, the Federal Aviation Administration responded to an ARSA request that the agency confirm part-specific training is not required for work performed under a repair station certificate.

ARSA pointed out that the part 65 certification requirement in § 145.157(a), an individual "may not supervise the [work on], or approve and return to service, any aircraft or appliance, or part thereof, for which he is rated unless he has satisfactorily performed the work concerned at an earlier date ...," is only a pre-requisite for granting authorization to approve work on articles for return to service. The part 65 certificate is not issuing the approval for return to service; that certification is made under the repair station certificate.

The FAA agreed there is no requirement for "manufacturer training" or even specific part number/dash number instruction, concluding, "[I]f a person understands the current instructions of the manufacturer, and the maintenance manuals, that person is not required to have specific part number/dash number articles."

ARSA has long maintained that part 145 focuses on the knowledge and ability to perform tasks associated with the maintenance, preventive maintenance or alteration activity. Experience or training on similar methods, techniques and practices, tools, equipment, materials, systems, maintenance requirements and tasks are all relevant. The regulations do not demand the "whens and wheres" of the skills needed to perform specific tasks appropriately; they demand capability.
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Congressmen Spend Recess Studying at Repair Stations
With lawmakers home for the month-long August recess, repair stations across the country stepped up to ARSA's challenge to educate their representatives about the aviation maintenance industry.

On Aug. 22, Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio, member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, & Urban Development, toured Component Repair Technologies' (CRT) Mentor, Ohio facility. CRT's leadership team explained to Joyce the concerns surrounding the ban on new foreign repair station certificates and the possible retaliation from other air agencies, and discussed other business issues such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

On Aug. 28, two ARSA members are playing host. In the morning, senior staffers from Rep. Frederica Wilson's office, D-Fla., will tour Aircraft Electric Motors in Miami Lakes, Fla. Later in the day, Red Aviation in Georgetown, Texas, will visit with Rep. John Carter, R-Texas. Carter is House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, a panel with jurisdiction over Transportation Security Administration funding.

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Healthcare and the Employer Mandate: What You Need to Know
On Sept. 25, ARSA will host a webinar in conjunction with Alper Services on the new healthcare law, specifically the implementation of the employer mandate requiring businesses meeting certain criteria to offer health insurance to their employees.

The Affordable Care Act's employer mandate represents a greater challenge for the aviation maintenance industry than simple compliance with new health insurance regulations. New taxes, fees and directives mean that your business needs to gear up to address the law.

Alper Services' Ryan Holst will deliver a presentation on the latest changes in the legislation to help you make strategic decisions about your health insurance offerings. This will include considerations of whether to offer benefits ("pay or play"), how to structure the benefits and contributions to meet your financial needs, and what areas must be addressed to maintain compliance with the auditable requirements outlined by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.

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Take Advantage of ARSA's Career Center Today!
Looking for positions in the aviation maintenance industry? The ARSA Career Center has jobs specific to what you need, posted by ARSA members as well as members of the Aero Job Board Network. There are many ways to get started:
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Exciting Opportunities for Students to Gain Experience in Our Nation's Capital
Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, a boutique law firm in Alexandria, Va., (across the river from Washington, D.C.) specializing in the aerospace and construction industries, currently has two internship openings for this fall.

Interns will gain firsthand knowledge of the legal, legislative and regulatory process, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how policy is crafted and the impact it has on critical sectors of the economy. Monitoring developments in the nation's capital, drafting content for various client publications, conducting research on related issues, and undertaking many other hands-on assignments will provide the rare opportunity of "seeing how the sausage is made" in Washington.

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Delta TechOps Completes 1st Airbus A330-200 Retrofit Fuel Tank Inerting System (FTIS) Modifications for Hawaiian Airlines
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ATLANTA, June 17, 2013 – Delta TechOps’ maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business recently completed its first fuel tank inerting systems (FTIS) modification work on Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330-200 aircraft, and is now offering the modification work to other A330-200 operators.

This FTIS modification represents the first retrofit in the industry on an Airbus A330-200 aircraft already in service as well as the first time an aircraft has had the work done outside the aircraft manufacturer’s facilities. MORE

ARSA Blog: See What You Have Missed!
Over the last several weeks, ARSA executives have provided commentary on a number of issues ranging from lowering your company's 2013 tax bill to writing new DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx about the association's policy priorities.

Read these blogs and others at

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FAA Updates Form 8130-3
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced a revised FAA Form 8130-3, used for domestic airworthiness approval of new products and articles; approval for return to service of altered aircraft parts; and export airworthiness approvals of aircraft engines, propellers, or articles. The FAA revised the form as part of harmonization efforts with other civil aviation authorities to ease the identification and traceability of goods between the United States and other countries.
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Snap-on Industrial Awards Tools in General Aviation Program
Snap-on Industrial bestowed tools and equipment to the four recipients of the 2013 General Aviation Awards Program, Aug. 1, at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture 2013, in Oshkosh, Wis.
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STC's New Aviation Training Center Now Ready for Takeoff
Effingham Herald
The nearly 30,000-square-foot facility at Savannah Technical College's Crossroads Campus has a 5,000-square-foot hangar, four labs designed and equipped for hands-on instruction and spacious classrooms.
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Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services Opens Another Hangar
The company has opened an additional hangar at its home base in Berlin-Schoenefeld and added a dozen new nobs.
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AgustaWestland to Expand Facilities in Brazil
AgustaWestland released that its Brazilian subsidiary, AgustaWestland Do Brasil, is to undergo a major expansion with the building of a new facility in Sao Paulo, which will include maintenance hangars with space that could accommodate a helicopter final assembly line, training center, bonded warehouse, workshops and other supporting services including a dedicated heliport.
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