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ARSA applauds clean FAA extension
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"ARSA applauds the House–passed Surface and Air Transportation Programs Act, a clean, four month FAA extension. The Association urges Senators to follow suit before the expiration of current FAA authority on Sept. 16," said ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod. More

House passes 'clean' FAA extension
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The House approved a clean extension of funding and operating authority for the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill (H.R. 2887), which extends agency programs at current funding levels through Jan. 31, 2012, with no policy changes, now moves to the Senate. With the 21st extension of VISION 100, the nation's most recent aviation law, expiring on Sept. 16, urgent action is necessary to prevent another shutdown of the FAA. More

Aviation Rulemaking Committee completes work
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In 2008, the FAA and industry were hit with flight cancellations due to suspected compliance issues regarding airworthiness directives. Two "teams," the Independent Review Team and Airworthiness Directive Compliance Review Team, were chartered and issued reports that discussed recommendations.

In 2009, the FAA Administrator chartered an ARC "to evaluate and address the recommendations of the IRT and AD CRT relating to ADs." The ARC completed its tasks and issued its final report on Aug. 20, 2011. ARSA played an important role on the committee and Executive Director Sarah MacLeod served on its AD Implementation Working Group.

Coburn may look to block FAA, highway funding deal in Senate
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An agreement to keep U.S. aviation, highway and transit programs operating may be challenged by Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn who wants to stop requiring states to spend money on highway beautification and bicycle lanes. More

FAA issues guidance in Airworthiness Directives compliance debacle
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The FAA has issued new and revised guidance to the aviation industry regarding development and implementation of Airworthiness Directives. Details on the new guidance were published in an FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin. The guidance stems from a serious problem that occurred in March and April 2008, when thousands of airline flights were cancelled due to what some believed may have been over-zealous scrutiny of some Southwest Airlines and American Airlines maintenance and inspection practices associated with AD compliance. More

GPS interference puts wireless startup in jeopardy with lawmakers, regulators
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Despite the potential benefits of its business plan, LightSquared, a startup company with the backing of billionaire investor Philip Falcone, has run into significant opposition from regulators and lawmakers because its network interferes with Global Positioning System devices. These interference problems could undermine the entire company, despite the fact that LightSquared has already invested billions of dollars in its plans. More

Manufacturers sue NLRB over union poster rule
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The National Association of Manufacturers has sued the National Labor Relations Board to stop a new regulation by the board that would require employers to post notices informing their workers of their right to organize a union. More

Russian president orders airline overhaul after Lokomotiv Yaroslavl tragedy
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev declared an urgent overhaul of domestic airlines following the Yak-42 plane crash that killed 43 people, robbing the country of the star ice hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. This is the first time that the Kremlin has recognized deep-running problems such as poor aircraft maintenance, a lack of pilots, poor flight training, aging production facilities and negligent state supervision. More

The price is right for aftermarket buys
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Aftermarket consolidation continues in fits and starts with some acceleration in 2011 as maintenance, repair and overhaul providers seek, in part, to get bigger to achieve the benefits of size, which include the availability of capital and technical expertise. But it's not just about size. Maximum efficiency comes from combining the right type of MRO assets to enable more complete packages to airlines, particularly offers that hold down inventory costs. Therefore, acquiring firms look for assets that complement their current business. More

Pledge Now, Pay Later!
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ARSA will hold its Legislative Day and Annual Repair Symposium March 14-16, 2012. That may seem like a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. Now is the time to put some money in your budget so you can sponsor the 2012 Symposium! More

Last Chance! Final FAA BASA Conference this Friday, Sept. 16
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The Federal Aviation Administration, Flights Standards Service, Aircraft Maintenance Division, in cooperation with the European Aviation Safety Agency, will conduct field briefings/workshops in the U.S. that focus on providing aviation safety inspectors and industry aviation professionals with EASA-certificated part 145 repair stations with the tools and knowledge to implement the agreement. 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 September/October 2011
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This issue of FAA Safety Briefing presents the wide world of flying and showcases many of the training and educational opportunities available in aviation. It also has material about how to care for an aging General Aviation aircraft, learn precautions pilots of rental and multi-owner aircraft can take before flying, and become familiar with the latest in efforts to improve runway safety. In addition, the issue's Checklist department takes a look at the legalities of iPad usage in flight. More

Positive Publicity

You Need the PPC and the PPC Needs You!
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ARSA’s Positive Publicity Campaign (PPC) is the aviation maintenance industry's chief advocate. The PPC tells of the maintenance industry’s important role in ensuring a safe and efficient global civil aviation system and it alerts lawmakers and other key audiences to facts about the industry's economic and employment benefits through important research projects.

However, repair stations remain a favorite target of those seeking to disparage the aviation system. Through the PPC, ARSA actively counters misinformed stories about the industry's safety record and regulatory compliance.

The PPC is a separate ARSA fund supported by leading aviation maintenance companies dedicated to improving the climate for repair stations. For the campaign to build upon is success, we need your involvement and support.

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

ARSA Career Center
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The ARSA Career Center is designed to help connect our members with new employment opportunities. The links provided assist those seeking a new job and allow employers and recruiters access to browse resumes and post employment opportunities. More

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Vector Aerospace opens new engine service center in Grapevine, Texas
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Vector Aerospace Corporation, one of the world's leading providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul services is pleased to announce the official opening of Vector Aerospace Engine Services — Atlantic's new service center in Grapevine, Texas, in support of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D and PW100 series of engines, as well as the Rolls-Royce M250 model engine. More

Lufthansa Technik expands in Bulgaria
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Lufthansa Technik Sofia, a joint venture between Germany's Lufthansa Technik and the Bulgarian Aviation Group, announced it will invest another $14 million in the construction of new facilities for aircraft overhaul and maintenance near Sofia Airport. The company, which has served 50 planes of more than 20 airlines in Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa, said it has been flooded by orders and will accept no more by the end of 2011. More

MTU Maintenance successfully enters GE90 MRO market
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MTU Maintenance Hannover has won its first GE90 maintenance customers: Air New Zealand, Southern Air and V Australia will have their GE90-110Bs and -115Bs supported by MTU. The engines are powering the Boeing 777s operated by these airlines. The contracts have a combined value of approximately $550 million. More

TIMCO wins safety award from Georgia Department of Labor
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TIMCO Aviation Services has announced that its base maintenance operation at Macon, Ga., has been selected by the State of Georgia Department of Labor for its annual "Award of Excellence." Through the award, the employees at Macon are being recognized for more than 250 days with no "days away from work" due to workplace injuries or illnesses. More

Embry-Riddle opening new aviation complex at Daytona Beach campus in Florida
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The tower in Embry-Riddle's new Flight Operations Building is 39-feet tall — about double the height of the previous tower — and just one of the features in the new building, part of the James Hagedorn Aviation Complex. The three-building project cost $22.1 million and adds close to 100,000 square feet. The complex now consists of seven buildings that serve more than 2,000 students. More

Columbia Helicopters promotes 2 in key positions
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Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the promotions of Kurt Koehnke to vice president of maintenance and Roy Toavs to director of maintenance.

The Aurora, Ore.-based company owns, operates and maintains the world's largest private fleet of heavy-lift helicopters.

"As part of our continuing effort to support our business challenges and growth, we are promoting Kurt Koehnke to the position of vice president of maintenance," said Mike Fahey, president of Columbia Helicopters. "In his new position, Kurt will oversee all maintenance activity for the company."

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.
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