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Register Now for Tomorrow's Noon Webinar: Answering a Letter of Investigation
Tomorrow at noon (Eastern), ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod is hosting an online training session providing a review of the regulations, policies and procedures that generate letters of investigation and the best methods for responding to governmental questions.

To register for the webinar, click here.
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ARSA Blog: On Planned Growth
This week, ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod discusses the association's future strategic direction.

Read MacLeod's blog and others at

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ARSA Comments on FAA Standardization Delays
Last week, the House Subcommittee on Aviation conducted a hearing titled "Review of FAA's Certification Process: Ensuring an Efficient, Effective, and Safe Process." The purpose of the hearing was to review progress the FAA has made in implementing provisions from the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that require the agency to address inconsistencies with regulatory interpretations and streamline its certification process.

Specifically, Sec. 313 required the agency to convene an advisory panel to determine the root causes of the FAA Flight Standards Service's and Aircraft Certification Service's inconsistent interpretation of regulations and develop recommendations to standardize the application of aviation safety rules.

In its statement to the subcommittee, ARSA highlighted the report made by the advisory panel (Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee) as well as the lack of progress in implementing the recommendations. 

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House Gears Up to Strengthen Aviation Security
On Oct. 29, the House Homeland Security Committee approved legislation that would enable the aviation industry to offer greater feedback on the development and implementation of policies, programs, rulemaking, and security directives.

The Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act (H.R.1204) introduced last March by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., would establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The committee, broken down into four subcommittees (Air Cargo, General Aviation, Perimeter Security, and Risk-Based), would provide recommendations to the TSA on ways to remove redundancies and apply a more targeted approach to improving the security of our nation's aviation network.

ARSA's legislative team played a leading role in getting Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., to submit an amendment including repair stations as participants on the advisory panel. The Homeland Security Committee approved the amendment along with the bill, which will likely be sent to the House floor for a vote in the near future.

Stay tuned to ARSA as the story develops.

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Deviation(s) to FAA Orders 8100.8, 8100.15, and 8120.23 Issued
On Oct. 24, the FAA's Aircraft Certification Service and Flight Standards Service Offices issued a memorandum allowing field office personnel to extend deadlines for recurrent training and requisite oversight duties. Requirements that were due to be completed in October 2013 may now be granted extensions through Jan. 31, 2014.

According to the FAA:

"This extension is at the discretion of the FAA and is based, among other factors, on the acceptable performance of the individual designee or organization. If notified by the responsible AIR or AFS office, designees and organizations that are due for renewal in the month of October may continue to perform their authorized functions through Jan. 31, 2014. This is not an automatic extension. Please assure that your affected members do not assume they have the extension. If there is a question as to whether this extension applies to a specific designee or organization, and they have not heard from the responsible FAA office, the designee or organization please encourage them to contact their respective FAA office to inquire as to their status."

To review this memo, please click here.

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Aviation Maintenance Resource Site Takes Flight
Addressing the need for a single hub of information about the aviation maintenance industry, today the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) announced the launch of (AVMRO).

AVMRO, which stands for aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul, features a page on the industry explaining the efficiency of contract aviation maintenance, the global regulatory framework governing the sector's operations, and the importance of bilateral aviation safety agreements. The site also contains reports showing the industry's economic and employment footprint globally, within the United States, and for each individual state.

"AVMRO is the go-to place for anyone looking for information about the aviation maintenance industry," ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein said. "Whether you're a lawmaker trying to understand the impact of your policy decisions, a journalist looking for background information and economic data, or a student researching career opportunities, AVMRO will be a useful tool."

The new website also includes a feed to the industry's Twitter hashtag #AVMRO and connects to an MRO jobs board, ARSA newsletters, a press kit, and ARSABlog.

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MacLeod To Be Featured Speaker at AMTSociety Seminars This 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 this 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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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:
  • 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
Click here to visit the ARSA Career Center.

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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:
  • 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
For more information, visit or call 800.493.9707.

To review ARSA's Drug & Alcohol Resource Page, please click here .

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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.

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Upcoming Events


Vector Aerospace and Era Helicopters LLC Sign Five-Year Support Contract for S76 and AS350 Fleets
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America has signed a five-year agreement with Era Helicopters LLC for repair and overhaul of dynamic components for Era's Sikorsky S76 and Eurocopter AS350 fleets.
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Delta TechOps Launches Aircraft MRO Library of PDF Resource
Digital Journal
The library currently consists of various PDFs which offer insight into the knowledge and experience of Delta TechOps professionals. The PDFs contain accessible information ranging from repairing a single component to maintaining an entire fleet.
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Texas Votes on Aviation Tax
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Voters will decide the fate of nine proposed constitutional amendments on the Nov. 5 ballot, including one with significant implications for aviation manufacturers, repair stations, and other businesses that maintain an aircraft parts or equipment inventory.
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Monarch Aircraft Engineering Prepares for MRO Operations at Birmingham Airport
Monarch Aircraft Engineering has completed the commissioning testing for aircraft maintenance at its new 110,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art maintenance facility at Birmingham Airport in the United Kingdom.
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Air India's MRO Unit Operational by Mid-2014
Aviation Week
The $100 million MRO project in Nagpur in western state of Maharashtra is part of an agreement between the national carrier and Boeing following an order for 737s and 787s, which was placed by Air India in January 2006.
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HAECO Group Completes 100th Freighter Conversion
Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company released that its joint venture company Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering Company has completed a Boeing 737 converted freighter for SF Airlines.
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