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Survey: Government Shutdown Costing Repair Stations Millions in Delays
With the government now entering its third week of closure, the impact is being felt around the country. Sixty-one percent of the respondents to an ARSA survey of its members reported they are experiencing delays due to the limited resources of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which furloughed about 16,000 employees.
Repair stations cite difficulty accomplishing basic requirements such as completing corrective actions assigned during customer pre-award audits and waiting on manual approvals by flight standards district offices. The hamstrung agency is cutting into the profitability of an industry dependent on certifications.
Of those able to calculate the cost of lost productivity due to FAA delays, some repair stations estimated they're losing $2,000 each day the government's doors are closed while others expect the interruption's expense will exceed $100 million. Some businesses (13.3 percent) stated they expect to furlough employees if the government closure continued past the two-week point.
The holdup has driven the majority of repair stations (86.7 percent) responding to ARSA's survey to increasingly consider taking advantage of the delegation authority provision under Part 183, as ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod suggests in her blog article, "Taking Control." With the FAA's 2011 authorization shutdown certainly fresh in the industry's memory and fear of future setbacks due to tight resources, nearly three quarters (73.3 percent) of the repair stations believe the agency should allow more approval authority.
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MacLeod Addresses MRO-network: Airline E&M North America
ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod appeared yesterday at MRO-network's Airline E&M North American conference on a panel discussion titled "Understanding Airline Priorities in North America." The session addressed a number of key issues including:
MacLeod will also be chairwoman for day number two of the event. To learn more about MacLeod's appearance, please visit:
- Is cost efficiency key in all aspects?
- The advantages of a modern fleet versus working an aging fleet — Is a brand new fleet essential?
Reasons for buying new aircraft, and what to do with the old
- Do airlines avoid high technology in order to stay profitable?
- Is there a shift from heavy maintenance to a line maintenance focus?
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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.
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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
March 25 & 26, 2014 — Las Vegas, NV
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.
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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.
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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:
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- Laboratory and collection site setup and coordination
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- 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
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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. 15-16, 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
Aviation Groups Rally at Capitol against Shutdown
Air-traffic controllers, airline pilots and airport executives recently held a rain-soaked rally at the Capitol to protest the government shutdown. Though controllers continue to work and airlines continue to fly, about 200 representatives of aviation groups said the shutdown that began Oct. 1 threatens safety, interrupted hiring and halted modernization efforts.
Landmark Aviation Completes Purchase of Hangar Space at Smith Reynolds Airport
Landmark Aviation has completed the acquisition of the former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. corporate hangar at Smith Reynolds Airport, a commercial real-estate developer said.
Landmark had been negotiating for the property at 3901 N. Liberty St. for several months. It is gaining 35,000 square feet in hangar space and 14,000 square feet of office space, according to CBRE Triad.
Aviation Companies Unite to Open Williston Jet Center
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Fargo Jet Center, North Dakota's largest provider of aviation services, recently announced a joint venture with Denver-based Ross Aviation and Williston, N.D.- based Overland Aviation. The joint venture has purchased the assets of the current Fixed Base Operation in Williston and will operate as Williston Jet Center.
Lufthansa Technik Malta Expands Overhaul Capacity
Lufthansa Technik Malta, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, is expanding its hangar capacity for maintenance and overhaul work on Airbus widebody aircraft. With the addition to the smallest of the three hangars in Malta, which has been used to date only for narrowbody aircraft, the building will be able to accommodate aircraft up to the size of an Airbus A330 or A340.
Indonesia's Lion Air to Use New MRO Base to Attract Third-Party Customers
The construction of a new and much-larger MRO facility in Batam will allow Indonesia's Lion Air to move into third-party maintenance work, as well as catering to the carrier's own rapid fleet growth.
Boeing Injects More Money into Aircraft Maintenance Program
For Michael Jasieniuk getting support to help him obtain his aircraft maintenance engineer's licence changed his career path dramatically.
"Without this I'd probably still be cleaning ice at a curling rink," said Jasieniuk, who recently graduated from Saskatchewan Aviation Learning Centre.
Jasieniuk and others were on hand to hear the Boeing Company's announcement to commit another $750,000 to the program.
Helicopter Donated to Northern Lights College Aircraft Maintenance Program
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering students at Northern Lights College have a new training tool to learn on, and yes, it can fly. Thanks to the generous donation by the Dwyer family of Valleyview, Alberta, a Hughes 300 helicopter has been added to the school's fleet.
Ukraine Now Meets ICAO Safety Standards
The FAA has upgraded Ukraine's safety rating from Category 2 to Category 1 following an international aviation safety assessment of the country's civil aviation authority in July. A Category 1 rating means Ukraine now complies with the highest level of ICAO safety standards and its air carriers can add flights and service to the U.S. With the Category 2 rating, Ukrainian airlines were allowed to maintain existing service to the U.S. but could not establish new services.
Flying Colours Corp. Experiences Record Increases in Maintenance Activity
Flying Colours Corp. the U.S. and Canadian based MRO, completions and refurbishment business has experienced record increases year on year in terms of maintenance activity requests and output.
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