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Register Now for Today's Noon Webinar: ICA Webinar Part 2
Today at noon (eastern), ARSA Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall S. Filler is hosting an online training session providing an overview of the regulatory basis for continued airworthiness (ICAs) instructions. This webinar is the second of two covering ICAs and will address the following:
To register for the webinar, click here.
- Importance of ICAs and ARSA's regulatory objectives
- Various design approval holder practices that affect the availability and use of ICAs, some of which have regulatory implications.
- Latest FAA guidance and the efforts of the joint EASA-FAA-TCCA working group to clarify and harmonize the pertinent regulatory requirements.
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ARSA Blog: Taking Control
Last week, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod discussed how members with delegated authority should take control of their own destiny during this government shutdown.
Read MacLeod's blog and others at http://blog.arsa.org/.
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Government Shutdown Update
As of 12:01 a.m. (eastern) last Tuesday, Oct. 1, the federal government shut down due to Congress' inability to agree on a continuing resolution. Unfortunately, both Democrats and Republicans are entrenched and compromise is unlikely in the near future. ARSA staff has spoken to lawmakers and senior staff over the past few days, and their message is there is no end in sight to the shutdown and we should brace for a prolonged closure. Meanwhile, it's clear the longer this lasts, the worse it will get.
Below is the latest information about the status of operations at federal agencies your company interacts with regularly. ARSA has launched a survey to assess the impact the government shutdown is having on association members.
Federal Aviation Administration
Learn more about how the shutdown will affect Department of Transportation operations by clicking here.
- FAA employees will be reduced from 46,000 to 30,000 (approx.)
- Air traffic controllers will not be furloughed; federal and contract control towers are unaffected
- All FAA rulemaking has ceased, but airworthiness directives (ADs) will continue to be issued
- Flight Standards is operating with 200 employees
- According to the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, more than 2,900 aviation safety inspectors worldwide are being furloughed, while 300 supervisors at certificate management offices are working in the event of an incident or accident
- Aircraft Certification (AIR) is now operating with 100 employees; besides ADs, all other activity is halted
- NextGen development has ceased
- The aircraft registry is no longer processing transactions of any kind
- Special Flight Authorizations (ferry permits) are suspended
- FAA Research, Engineering and Development is operating normally
Transportation Security Administration
National Transportation Safety Board
- The TSA continues to operate normally at airports, with security programs remaining unaffected by the shutdown
- Many professional staff at TSA Headquarters have been furloughed, likely further delaying rulemakings
ARSA staff will continue to monitor delays caused by the shutdown and provide regular updates. Please let us know how your company is being impacted so we can ensure Congress knows how its actions or inaction is impacting aviation maintenance companies.
- The NTSB was deemed "non-essential." Investigators will only visit accidents involving a significant loss of life.
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More Delays for Repair Station Security Rules?
With a resolution to end the federal government shutdown seemingly out of reach, visitors to national parks won't be the only ones impacted by congressional gridlock.
For the aviation maintenance industry, it will result in postponed certifications and inspections. It will also likely mean a further delay in finalizing repair station security rules, which have already been on hold for more than a decade due to agency inaction. While some in the industry were optimistic the regulations would be out in the coming weeks, a prolonged shutdown all but assures a longer wait and a greater economic impact resulting from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) moratorium on certificating new foreign repair stations.
ARSA continues to work behind the scenes with lawmakers to "lift the ban" on FAA certifications of overseas maintenance facilities, particularly in light of what will probably be further delay in the repair station security rules. The Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of Management & Budget haven't made finalizing the regulations a priority in the past 10 years and it's unlikely it will be considered an "essential" function during the shutdown.
We need the aviation maintenance community's continued pressure on Congress to introduce legislation. To keep the process moving forward, lawmakers need a combination of education from the association's legislative team and hearing from constituents who provide the votes that send them to Washington. Contact Daniel Fisher, ARSA vice president of legislative affairs, to learn more about the association's efforts and what you can do to help.
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ARSA to SBA: FAA Ignored Small Business Protections; Members Encouraged To Write Congress
On Sept. 26, ARSA urged Small Business Administration (SBA) Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant to request the immediate withdrawal of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed airworthiness directive (AD) regarding the replacement of certain cylinder assemblies.
Regarding this particular rulemaking, the agency underestimated the compliance costs by failing to determine the actual number of engines impacted, labor rates, and price for replacement items. The rudimentary economic data provided by the agency is inadequate, inaccurate, and unsubstantiated. There is also no doubt the FAA’s proposal exclusively impacts small businesses; in fact, merely having the NPRM in the public realm is impairing such entities.
Agencies should not be permitted to run afoul of the law without repercussion. If the FAA is allowed to continue inaccurately assessing the small business impact of proposed rules, the entire industry will feel the consequences. ARSA contends the FAA should withdraw the proposed rule until it can include the correct economic material required by the RFA.
To view the comparison between the industry's and the FAA's regulatory evaluation of the proposed rule, click here.
The comment period was recently extended to Dec. 11. To submit a comment to the Federal Register, click here.
Urge your lawmakers to hold the FAA accountable for not following congressional mandates to protect small businesses at ARSAaction.org.
MacLeod To Be Featured Speaker at AMTSociety Seminars Starting Next Month
Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein Managing Member and ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod will be speaking at the next series of aircraft maintenance educational seminars known as AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium. MacLeod will present on topics including maintenance regulations, major/minor, and maintenance recordkeeping. Seminars will start next month in Houston, TX, and continue through March 2014. Event dates and locations can be found below:
November 20, 2013 – Houston, TX
January 8, 2014 – Atlanta, GA
February 12, 2014 – Kansas City, MO
March 5, 2014 – Aurora, CO
Each seminar in AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium meets the requirements contained in FAR 65.93(a)(4) and is acceptable towards 8 hours of training for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal and the FAA AMT Awards Program. In addition to AMTSociety's IA renewal training, you MUST comply with the "actively engaged" requirements in FAR 65.91(c)(1)-(4) to meet the conditions of IA renewal.
Click here to learn more about the AMTSociety's IA Renewal Consortium.
Stay Current: Subscribe to OFMK Daily Intelligence
Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein's (OFMK) daily newsletter, Daily Intelligence, is now available to those looking for news highlights and regulations that will impact the industry. This valuable resource is designed to help ensure your business stays up-to-date on the latest legislative and regulatory developments in Washington, D.C.
Daily Intelligence includes the latest on OFMK's clients, news from Capitol Hill as well as the aviation maintenance and construction equipment industries, pre-published and published federal regulations, and international aviation guidelines.
OFMK is a boutique law firm based in Alexandria, Va., specializing in regulatory and legislative issues facing the aviation maintenance and construction equipment industries. Its clients include the Aeronautical Repair Station Association and Associated Equipment Distributors.
Click here to sign up for a $19.99 yearly subscription. For more information, please contact OFMK Communications Coordinator Matt McKinney or call 703-299-0784.
Check Out ARSA's New Drug Program Management Service Benefit
ARSA, in partnership with NATA Compliance Services (NATACS), is pleased to announce a new drug program management service that provides accurate, fast, and reliable solutions for a safe and compliant drug-free workplace. NATACS is a "one stop" solution providing policy templates, plan setup, regulatory assistance, and program administration. Benefits include:
For more information, visit https://www.natacs.aero/ARSA or call 800.493.9707.
- Laboratory and collection site setup and coordination
- Medical review officer services
- Random drug and alcohol list generation
- Substance abuse referral
- Audit preparation
- Rules and regulations update notifications
- Federal Aviation Administration Drug Abatement
- Division liaisons
- Testing requirements coordination (pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow up)
- Training materials
- Online document management
To review ARSA's Drug & Alcohol Resource Page, please click here .
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:
Click here to visit the ARSA Career Center.
- Browse job listings to see what jobs are available now
- Upload a resume to let employers find you based on your skills and qualifications
- Set up Job Alerts and receive emails with jobs based on keywords you select
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- MRO Network: Airline E&M North America — Oct. 15-17, 2013
- NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention — Oct. 20-26, 2013
- MARPA Annual Conferences — Oct. 23-25, 2013
- MRO Asia — Oct. 29-31, 2013
- International Aviation Forecast Conference — Nov. 3-5, 2013
- SpeedNews 18th Annual Regional & Business Aviation Industry Suppliers Conference — Nov. 6-8, 2013
- International PMA Summit — Nov. 8-9, 2013
- AVM Summit, USA — Nov. 21-22, 2013
- AVM Summit, Europe — Jan. 21-22, 2014
- MRO Middle East — Feb. 5-6, 2014
- ARSA Annual Repair Symposium and Legislative Fly-In — March 19-21, 2014
AAR Surpasses Hiring Goal for New Duluth Aircraft Maintenance Facility
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The aviation industry seems to be soaring to new heights in the Twin Ports.
AAR, a global commercial aviation and defense contractor that just recently set up shop in Duluth, announced that they have surpassed their initial hiring goal.
Boeing Dreamliner Risks Certification Delay on Shutdown
Boeing Co. (BA)'s new, bigger 787 Dreamliner and other aircraft ready to be delivered to airline customers may face certification delays because of a looming U.S. government shutdown.
Metro Aviation Expands New Training Center
Metro Aviation finished its 12,000 sq. ft. training center in February and has already begun expanding the center to allow for more expansive training capabilities. With the goal of providing a turnkey training solution to its customers, Metro is nearly doubling the space of its facility.
United Confirms It's Adding Four Seats to Regional Jets
United Airlines confirmed that it will add four more seats to its regional jets, through the reconfiguration of cabins and the addition of thinner seats.
North State Aviation Gets 2nd United Contract
North State Aviation LLC's transition from startup to established aircraft maintenance company is nearly complete, with the Winston-Salem company on pace to meet an ambitious job-creation pledge about a year ahead of time.
ICAO Assembly Reaches Aviation Emissions Accord
Air Transport World
The ICAO United Nations Aviation Assembly has reached an agreement to develop a global market-based measures scheme for aviation emissions by 2016 that will be implemented in 2020.
Boeing Shanghai Signs First 777 Heavy Maintenance Contract
Director of Maintenance Magazine
Boeing Shanghai Aviation Services Co., Ltd., (Boeing Shanghai) announced it has been awarded its first 777 heavy maintenance contract through an agreement with Russia-based Orenair. Boeing Shanghai will perform a C-check on one of Orenair's 777-200ERs in October 2013.
BAE Breaks into Civil Aircraft Maintenance with Australia Deal
BAE Systems has signed a five-year deal to maintain Australian low-cost carrier Tigerair's fleet of Airbus A320 planes, marking the first major commercial aircraft maintenance contract win for the British defense firm.
Duncan Aviation Earns South American Maintenance Approvals
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Duncan Aviation's facilities in Utah and Michigan receive aircraft maintenance approvals from aviation authorities in Brazil and Argentina.
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