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Congress "keeps it clean"
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Last week, Congress approved a "clean" extension of the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding law Vision-100 until Dec. 31 (H.R. 6190). President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the near future. Unlike the prior extension (H.R. 5900, P.L. 111-216), the latest does not contain any political payoffs. However, our work is not complete. Congress will have to consider another extension during the "lame duck" session, which follows the elections. Labor unions, watching Democratic power in Congress slowly slip away, are pressuring lawmakers to approve provisions altering requirements for FAA's oversight of foreign repair stations and mandating drug and alcohol testing of safety sensitive employees. More

President Obama signs small business bill
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The push for the Small Business Lending Fund Act (H.R. 5297) ended when President Obama signed the bill into law on September 27, giving Democrats a key policy victory. The legislation creates a lending fund for small businesses while offering several tax incentives. Among the bill’s provisions are:

• Reinstatement of the 50 percent depreciation bonus for 2010, retroactive to the beginning of the year;

• 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.

ARSA midterm election preview webinar — Save the date!
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ARSA members are invited to join us for a discussion about the upcoming elections on October 7th at 2:00 p.m. EST. To take part in the Webinar:

• Go to

• Click the "Join" button for the session ARSA Pre-Election Forecast Teleconference.

• To join the session, enter your Name, E-mail address and Session password (11111), then click the “Join Now” button.

ARSA's legislative team will preview the midterm elections; discuss how ARSA members can get involved; and inform participants about the importance of the November elections for the aviation maintenance industry. More details will follow in the coming days, but please plan on joining us! For more information, contact Daniel Fisher, ARSA's legislative counsel at


ARSA will hold its Legislative Day on Capitol Hill and its Annual Repair Symposium March 31 - April 2, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, VA. The Annual Repair Symposium is the perfect place to connect with officials from the FAA and other aviation authorities, as well as key members of Congress and your colleagues in the industry.

More details will be provided in the coming months, and registration is expected to open in early December. Check here often for updates!

FAA bill delayed again
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The U.S. House and Senate recently passed another three-month extension of FAA's operating authority, meaning there will not be a full FAA reauthorization bill until December at the earliest. The current extension is due to expire at the end of September, and the new one will last through Dec. 31. More

Study of aviation maintenance instructors under way
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Doug Larson, a graduate researcher at the University of Minnesota, is conducting a survey of maintenance technicians "to look at the experience and education of aviation maintenance instructors and see what it tells us about the job of educating maintenance technicians." He is asking all aircraft maintenance instructors to take a 15-minute anonymous online survey. "I am constantly looking at how to make maintenance training more effective and efficient,” he said. “Back in the early 1990s when the federal aviation regulations were, for the most part, brought into harmony with European requirements, the maintenance regulations under Part 65 were never harmonized with EASA's Part 66. More

ACSF announces new honorary board member James Ballough
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The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to announce the selection of James J. Ballough, former director of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Flight Standards Service, as the newest member of the ACSF Board of Governors. Ballough is a 40-year veteran of the aviation community and has aeronautical aviation experience as a government regulator and industry aviation professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and studied at Harvard University-Kennedy School of Government. He retired from the federal government after a distinguished career spanning 27 years — 24 of those years were with the FAA. Currently, Ballough is the president of JBallough Global Aviation Solutions, LLC. More

EPA requests aerospace industry data on air toxics as part of residual risk review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Environmental Protection Agency is asking 1,000 aerospace manufacturers for detailed information about toxic air emissions from their facilities, part of an effort to determine whether further controls are needed to limit hazardous emissions, according to a notice to be published in the Federal Register Sept. 28. EPA is seeking information from aerospace manufacturing and rework facilities about emissions of hazardous air pollutants from coatings and spray booths, storage tanks, and other processes as it evaluates the health risks from the pollutants that remain after adoption of current emissions controls. The agency also has requested information about the types of emissions control devices being used by the facilities as well as information about emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction. EPA will accept comments on the information collection request until Oct. 28. Comments may be submitted at and should reference docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0450. For more information, contact Kim Teal in EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards at (919) 541-5580 or More

FAA takes step toward new safety culture
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Self-reported pilot and air traffic control safety information will be integrated for the first time to give the Federal Aviation Administration a more complete picture of safety concerns, the FAA recently announced. The Aviation Safety Action Program and the Air Traffic Safety Action Program both allow airline employees to report problems that are not deliberate or criminal in nature without fear of retribution.


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

European Parliament passes law to protect accident investigations
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The European Parliament took a step Tuesday toward the adoption of a so-called "just culture" in aviation among EU member states with the adoption of a new law intended "to ensure the independence of accident inquiries." According to the EP, the law provides that "any statements taken from individuals by a safety investigator, as well as voice and image recording inside cockpits and air traffic control units, will be used only for safety investigation, unless there is an overriding reason for disclosure to the judiciary. This will ensure that people can testify without fear to the safety investigators…" The law also requires relevant safety investigation authorities to make public the final accident report "in the shortest possible time" and within 12 months of the date of the accident or serious incident "if possible." More

New hangar, Eagle Aviation expansion are discussed
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Another airplane hangar may allow Eagle Aviation to expand operations in Abilene, Texas, but the price tag won’t be cheap for the Development Corp. of Abilene. Board members made no decision about moving forward with the project during a workshop held on thwe grounds of Eagle Aviation, though the DCOA agreed to move forward with collecting soil samples, a necessary step for any heavy construction project. Preliminary estimates put the cost of the proposed hangar at between $5.4 and $6.1 million. More
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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
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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

Hawker Beechcraft taps Quality Aircraft Accessories to provide overhauled engine accessories
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Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) recently announced it has selected Quality Aircraft Accessories (QAA), a leading distributor of aftermarket new and reconditioned general aviation engine accessories, to provide overhauled engine accessories forits Beechcraft Baron G58 and Beechcraft Bonanza G36 aircraft. QAA will overhaul engine accessories at its repair station in Tulsa, Okla., and deliver them to HBC's parts distribution facility in Dallas, Texas. Future plans call for HBC to stock the overhauled accessories at all of its global distribution points. More

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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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.

For more details, click here.

Pledge your support here.

ARSA Members in the News

AAR receives FAA and CAA approvals for 757-200 interior modifications
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AAR has received design approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Chinese Airworthiness Authority (CAA) for a custom interior modification for 757-200 aircraft operated by Xiamen Airlines. The modification is designed to reconfigure 757-200 aircraft into a dual-class configuration by installing VIP first-class sections with lie-flat seats in the forward cabins of the aircraft. More

Mid-Continent Instruments promotes chief financial officer to vice president of internal operations
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Mid-Continent Instruments proudly announces the promotion of Cindy Highbarger from Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to vice president of internal operations. One month after being recognized as one of her city's top CFOs, Highbarger is being honored again — this time with a promotion to the position of vice president at the leading manufacture, overhaul and repair facility of quality aircraft instruments. More

TIMCO to perform work for US Airways
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Greensboro, N.C., based TIMCO Aviation Services said US Airways has selected its Macon, Ga. operations to perform airframe base maintenance on the airliner's B767 fleet of aircraft starting later this year. According to a press release, the work will mark the first B767 fleet maintenance performed at Macon since the recently launched expansion of TIMCO's fleet capabilities at the Georgia facility. More

Bombardier selects over 20 Canadian suppliers for the CSeries and Learjet 85 aircraft programs
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Recently, during a short ceremony held at the Quebec Aerospace Association Annual Convention, Bombardier Aerospace will announce over 20 Canadian suppliers have been selected for the CSeries and Learjet 85 aircraft programs. Representatives from each company will be on hand for an official photo. More

Spirit AeroSystems to service Brazilian jets
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Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. said recently it has been picked by Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA to do thrust reverser work on some of the airline's Boeing aircraft. Wichita, Kan., based Spirit will service the reversers on next-generation Boeing 737-700 and 800 aircraft at a repair station in Wichita. In addition, Spirit will work with the airline to develop thrust reverser services at the airline's maintenance operations at Brazil's Tancredo Neves International Airport, and it will buy spare parts from Spirit, Spirit said in a statement. More

Spirit AeroSystems and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes announce agreements
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Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. recently announced its selection by GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes to exclusively provide Next-Generation Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 CFM56-7 thrust reverser service bulletin modifications 737-78-1069/737-78-1079 and repair services. Spirit will supply these services at its FAA approved Repair Station located in Wichita, Kan. More

Lufthansa Technik to provide component services for Aeromexico
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Aeromexico and Lufthansa Technik have signed a contract regarding component services for a total of 34 aircraft. In the coming ten years the Mexican airline will be provided with Lufthansa Technik's comprehensive Total Component Support TCS® for its entire fleet of Next Generation Boeing 737-700s and -800s. The first services for Aeromexico have already begun. More

PATS Aircraft Systems poised to pursue standalone business plan
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With the recent completion of the sale of DeCrane Aerospace's Cabin Management businesses, PATS Aircraft Systems is now poised to pursue its standalone business plan. More

Senate passes small business tax relief
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The Senate recently passed the Creating Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (part of the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act, HR 5297) by a vote of 61–38, and sent it back to the House of Representatives. The bill as passed by the Senate differs from the version the House passed in June, with several provisions added and some dropped, including a provision that would have required grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) to last for a term of not less than 10 years. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its Web site 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.

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