The most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension H.R. 5900, P.L. 111-216 expires on Sept. 30. Will Congress continue funding until the end of the year? Or will lawmakers enact a long-term extension pushing FAA reauthorization until next year? The future of the FAA reauthorization bill is uncertain; however, there is no doubt that labor unions are pressuring Congress to approve provisions altering requirements for FAA's oversight of foreign repair stations and mandating drug and alcohol testing of safety sensitive employees. The obvious place to attach these changes is to the next extension. More
Small business bill sails through Senate
The Small Business Lending Fund Act H.R. 5297 saga ended when the Senate approved the long-stalled legislation, 61-38. Among the bill’s provisions are:
• Reinstatement of the 50 percent depreciation bonus for 2010;
• Creation of a lending fund to provide capital for small businesses; and,
• An increase in Sec. 179 expensing levels to $500,000 (with a phase-out threshold of $2 million) for 2010 and 2011. More
Aviation Awards Program — 2010 gift donors
General Aviation Awards Program Share
For nearly 50 years, the General Aviation Awards Program has recognized a small group of aviation professionals in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and flight safety for their important contributions to the aviation community.
This awards program is a partnership and a cooperative effort between more than a dozen sponsoring organizations from the aviation industry and the Fedral Aviation Administration (FAA). The selection process begins with local offices. Panels of aviation professionals from within those four fields then select national winners from the pool of regional winners. More
Help wanted: Boeing says airlines need 1 million workers
Boeing says the airline industry will need to hire more than one million workers over the next 20 years to prepare for a wave of 30,000 new aircraft. The airlines will need to hire 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance crew workers between 2010 and 2029, the aircraft maker said recently. More
Aircraft engineers criticize aviation safety regulators
Aircraft Engineers International (AEI), the international body representing aircraft engineers, is becoming increasingly concerned about the approach being taken by the world's leading aviation regulators towards safety. Recent events in the United States and on-going events in Australia and Europe have highlighted that regulators are becoming far too close to those they regulate, and as a consequence are losing their objectivity. More
Uniting behind aviation's environment efforts — Time for global framework
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently called on the world's governments to unite in support of aviation's ambitious targets to combat climate change and agree to a global approach at the upcoming International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Triennial Assembly in Montreal. More
NLRB opens door to stealth card check despite Becker's conflict of interest
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In placing radical union lawyer Craig Becker on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) via recess appointment this past March, President Obama may have unleashed a more potent weapon to advance organized labor's interests than even he realized at the time. In a 3-2 decision on August 27, the board voted to review its ruling of three years ago, Dana Corporation [351 NLRB No. 28 (2007)], which granted dissenting workers the right to undo a successful (i.e., employer-recognized) union card check campaign. More
Cessna union rejects contract, but won't strike
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Molly McMillin wrote in The Wichita Eagle, "Machinists union members at Cessna Aircraft will head to work instead of the picket line Monday after they failed to get the votes required to strike. Fifty-eight percent of members voted to reject Cessna's seven-year contract on Saturday, but only 49 percent voted to strike. Without the two-thirds vote required to approve a strike, the members accepted the contract by default." More
HAI announces the 2011 "Salute to Excellence" Awards series
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For 50 years, HAI has celebrated the outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations through the "Salute to Excellence" Awards program. HAI is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Golden Anniversary program. Winners will be recognized at the "Salute to Excellence" Banquet, to be held on Monday, March 7, 2011 during HELI-EXPO 2011 in Orlando, Fla. More
ARSA Dispatch available through MultiBriefs app
ARSA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create ARSA Dispatch, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. ARSA Dispatch is now part of the new MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. For those without iPhones, not to worry. We also have Blackberry and Droid versions. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs."
FAA Safety Briefing September/October 2010
In this issue we focus on proficiency and its absolute importance for pilots and aviation maintenance technicians. We provide tips on developing your personal improvement plan, address getting back to flying after an absence, give suggestions on how AMTs can keep their edge, talk about the complicated subject of receiving compensation for your flying, and more. More
Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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.
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Boeing plane-subsidy ruling submitted by WTO to EU, US in trade dispute
The World Trade Organization handed the European Union and the U.S. its ruling on an EU complaint alleging some American aid to Boeing Co. was illegal, a trade dispute that has dragged out for six years. The confidential preliminary judgment responds to a counter-case that the EU filed in 2004 after the U.S. initiated the dispute. More
US Airways selects TIMCO for B767 airframe maintenance
TIMCO Aviation Services recently announced that US Airways has selected its Macon, Ga., operations for airframe base maintenance on its B767 fleet of aircraft beginning late in 2010. The work will mark the first B767 fleet maintenance to be performed at Macon since the recently launched expansion of TIMCO's fleet capabilities at the facility, located at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga. More
AAR profit rises on sales to government customers
Aircraft parts and maintenance provider AAR Corp., recently posted higher first-quarter net income as sales to government and defense customers jumped 45 percent from a year ago. The company said it earned $13.7 million or 35 cents per share in the quarter ending Aug. 31, beating analysts' estimates of 30 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters. In the previous year quarter income was $10.2 million or 27 cents per share. More
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site http://www.arsa.org/FDYTC. 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 (FR) publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars (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