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New DHS Secretary Nominated, ARSA Eager for Repair Station Security Rule
On Oct. 17, the White House announced President Barack Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Johnson, a former general counsel for the Department of Defense, will take over for Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left office in September to become president of the University of California system.
Upon Senate confirmation, Johnson will oversee programs including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and dictate finalizing the overdue repair station security rule. The TSA's inaction on this issue means the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still faces a moratorium on certificating foreign aviation repair stations that has plagued the industry since 2008.
"The TSA is repeatedly missing deadlines on this rule, costing the U.S. repair stations looking to expand millions of dollars in lost potential revenue. We have high hopes the new DHS secretary will come into office ready to lead so we can finally see a finished rule," said Christian A. Klein, ARSA's executive vice president. "As ARSA says every day, good safety and security means good business. We look forward to working with Johnson and his team to ensure they understand what the aviation repair station industry is doing to further that mission."
In 2003, Congress first mandated the TSA finalize repair station security rules. After years of inaction, in 2007 lawmakers once again required the agency to complete work on the regulations, prohibiting the FAA from approving new foreign repair stations after Aug. 3, 2008, if the TSA didn't comply.
Stay tuned to ARSA as Johnson goes through the confirmation process.
Government Shutdown Ends, Default Averted ... For Now
On Oct. 16, the House and Senate approved legislation (H.R. 2775) to end the two-week federal government shutdown and permit increasing the debt ceiling. President Obama signed the bill into law almost immediately after it was sent to his desk.
While the continuing resolution (CR) sets discretionary funding at an annualized rate of about $986 billion, slightly less than the fiscal year 2013 levels after the Budget Control Act's automatic spending cuts (sequestration), the CR increases the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations budget $100 million higher than the post-sequestration rate (annualized rate at $9.248 billion). Additionally, the debt ceiling is suspended through Feb. 7, 2014. However, government funding once again expires on Jan. 15, 2014, setting up another showdown early next year.
The deal also requires the House and Senate to appoint conference committee members to negotiate a budget framework by mid-December.
Unfortunately, reopening the federal government doesn't ameliorate the hit ARSA members took during the shutdown. Sixty-one percent of respondents to an ARSA survey reported experiencing delays due to the FAA's limited resources. Repair stations cited 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. Of those able to calculate the cost of lost productivity due to FAA delays, some repair stations estimated losing $2,000 each day the government's doors were closed while others expect the interruption's expense to exceed $100 million.
With the possibility of another shutdown in January, ARSA will continue to educate lawmakers about how not providing the FAA the resources to fulfill congressional mandates has a detrimental impact on the small-to-medium-sized business-dominated aviation maintenance industry.
To see how your House member voted on the CR, click here.
To see how your Senator voted on the CR, click here.
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ARSA Blog: Private Businesses Get Stiffed with Government Shutdown
This week, ARSA Vice President of Communications, Policy and Planning Eric Byer discusses how private businesses get stiffed with the latest government shutdown.
Read Byer's blog and others at http://blog.arsa.org/.
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Fall Webinars Cover Variety of Government Regulations
The fall lineup of online training webinars hosted by ARSA covers a wide range of governmental issues that aviation businesses face regularly. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod will be presenting on the topic of the FAA Enforcement Process. The webinar will review the regulations, policies and procedures that create notices of proposed civil penalties or certificate actions and the due process provided by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Following that, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, MacLeod will host a webinar on Answering an LOI. The training session will review the regulations, policies and procedures that generate letters of investigation and the best methods for responding to governmental questions.
Keeping with the theme, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, ARSA Managing Director & General Counsel Marshall S. Filler will host a webinar titled Public Aircraft Primer, which explains the statutory provisions and FAA guidance governing public aircraft operations. It covers the basic requirements for an aircraft to be operated as a public aircraft on behalf of federal, state and local governments, including the difference between government-owned and government-leased aircraft, what constitutes an eligible governmental function and the practical implications of using the same aircraft to conduct both civil and public operations. It also discusses the recent FAA policy regarding operations conducted under contract for a government entity.
To register for any of these upcoming webinars, click here.
For any of ARSA's previously recorded online training sessions, click here.
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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.
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 .
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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.
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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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- 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
Vector Aerospace Ramps Up Services in 2013
Corporate Jet Investor
Vector Aerospace Engine Services — Atlantic and SECA, a Vector Aerospace Company, have increased their Mobile Repair Team (MRT) capabilities and worldwide coverage.
Gulfstream to Launch Enhanced and Rebranded Maintenance Tracing Program, MyCMP
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently announced it has redesigned the website for its industry-leading maintenance tracking system — Computerized Maintenance Program (CMP) — to provide customers with easier site navigation and greater functionality. The upgrade includes a name change. In early November, the program name will change from CMP.net to MyCMP.
HondaJet to Open Customer Service Facility in NC
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
The slow and steady opening of Honda Aircraft Co.'s headquarters and manufacturing hub in North Carolina takes a new step with completion of a building for customer-service operations.
Alaska Airlines Dedicates Aircraft to Nation's First College Preparatory, Aviation-Themed High School
Local business and government leaders joined students, educators and alumni from Raisbeck Aviation High School onboard a specially themed Alaska Airlines jet this morning for the grand opening of the new facility for the nation's first public, college preparatory, aviation-themed high school. The "Spirit of Education," a Boeing 737-900ER, is dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School and will fly for six months around the carrier's route network.
AMTSociety Announces Aircraft Maintenance Education and IA Renewal Seminars
AMTSociety announces dates for its Aircraft Maintenance Education and IA Renewal Seminars. Continual learning is a key component to aviation safety, your career and our profession. AMTSociety strives to provide its members with benefits that aid in their personal and professional growth. Through our aircraft maintenance educational seminars (the Roadshow Consortium), live training seminars provide ongoing learning opportunities.
ST Aerospace Books $600 Million in New Orders in 3Q
Air Transport World
ST Aerospace has secured new orders worth about $600 million in the third quarter.
New orders include airframe, component and engine maintenance, cabin retrofits and freighter conversions. Orders comprise 17 passenger-to-freighter conversions, a cabin reconfiguration project for two Boeing 767-300s and an EASA Supplemental Type Certificate for cabin retrofits of six A330s.
Europe Moves to Extend Aviation Emissions Tax
Air Transport World
In a surprise move that could undermine the work achieved on aviation emissions by the ICAO Assembly earlier this month, the European Commission (EC) is proposing to extend its tax on aviation emissions to the portion of international flights that occurs within European Union (EU) airspace.
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