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The ARSA board of directors first convened in October 1984 to establish objectives for the global civil aviation maintenance industry's trade group. The 30th anniversary of the association's formation enables us to look back to a different time ... and forward to great things ahead.
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A Look Back
The longest-tenured employee of the association's management firm takes a look back on how far it has come.
Members Getting Members
In the first issue of the ARSA hotline — which has been dutifully delivered since March 1985 — then-Executive Director Tony Obadal issued a challenge to the association's growing membership.
Almost Over Before it Really Began
After the loss of two key players in ARSA's formation, Tony Obadal requested Sarah MacLeod take a letter dissolving the association. Sarah refused; instead she told her "boss" that she would learn the industry and run the association.
On Oct. 15, ARSA celebrated its 30th birthday with a reception and dinner to open the 2014 Strategic Leadership Conference (SLC). For ARSA, 2014's SLC was a perfect opportunity to celebrate three decades of service.
You Make it Possible
In his 2004 message to membership, then-President Gary H. Garvens reviewed the association's recent accomplishments and looked ahead to its challenges for 2005. He expressed a simple truth: "Your ARSA membership makes these products, services and initiatives possible."
In 1993's special symposium edition of the hotline, Executive Director Sarah MacLeod declared regulations "sexy at last!"
ARSA Board, New President Look Ahead
On Oct. 17, Jim Perdue, vice president and manager of sales for SONICO, Inc. in Moses Lake, Washington, was elected president of ARSA's Board of Directors at the group's annual meeting in Montreal.
DOT Looks Forward to ARSA's 60th Birthday
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is working to develop a detailed 30-year plan to outline the future of the nation's transportation network — a "system of systems."
2014 Strategic Leadership Conference — Maintenance in Montreal
ARSA's 2014 Strategic Leadership Conference (SLC), the annual invitation-only gathering of aerospace executives, industry allies and policymakers, featured strategic discussions about the future of the maintenance industry and the association's role in serving the political, operational and economic needs of the aviation community.
Say Aloha to IA Renewal
Continual learning is a key component to aviation safety, regulatory compliance and professional development. A beautiful setting is an added bonus.
ARSA Endorses Component Control as Preferred Provider for Third Year in a Row
On Oct. 7, Component Control announced it is continuing for a third year as ARSA's exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions.
To see all the ways that ARSA is working as the voice of the aviation maintenance industry, visit the ARSA Works page.
Safe Data, Safer Skies
On Oct. 31, ARSA urged the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to affirm its commitment to protect voluntarily-submitted safety information from disclosure to the public.
ARSA's Word on Bonded Repair Size Limits Draft Policy
On Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, ARSA submitted comments to the FAA requesting the withdrawal of Draft Policy PS-AIR-20(xxx)xx-xx: Bonded Repair Size Limits.
Hotline Throwback — 1994: Bread Upon the Water
As always, in 1994 ARSA's Executive Director Sarah MacLeod asked tough questions about the association's value to its members. Of course, she knew never to lead with a question she didn't already know the answer to, so take a look back 20 years and see how your membership [still] sells itself.
"Seriously" be Ready for New Rule Implementation
As reported in ARSA publications, the new repair station rule contains a critical seven-letter omission; it removes the word "serious" from the service difficulty reporting requirements in § 145.221. It becomes effective Nov. 10, 2014 — ensure your business is prepared.
GOP Sweep Doesn't Mean Repair Stations Are Clear
As ARSA celebrated its 30th birthday, the Republican Party rejoiced after winning a Senate majority and increasing GOP control in the House. While Republican control on Capitol Hill should create a more positive political environment for the aviation maintenance industry, it is far from certain. Consequently, this is not the time for repair stations to disengage.
Look Back and Learn — ARSA Compendia
Throughout October, ARSA celebrated its history by looking back — in brief snapshots — at three decades as the voice of aviation maintenance. Beyond nostalgia, there is value in the deep repository of legal analysis, regulatory interpretation and compliance instruction that the firm of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod and Klein has provided for association members over the years.
Final Documents/Your Two Cents
This list includes Federal Register publications, such as final rules, Advisory Circulars and policy statements, as well as proposed rules and policies of interest to ARSA members. To view the list, click here.
Enhancing the Efficiency of the MRO Through Technology
Mohan S Perumal of Ramco Systems begins his exploration of the impact of technology on repair stations with a basic principle: any "tool" that reduces a mechanic's paper work and other administrative tasks frees crucial time to do "real" work — "wrench time." As a direct result, owners realize a cumulative positive impact on the business' bottom lines.
Personal Development — The Dirty Dozen
People make mistakes because they are people — not because they are deficient in some way. Error and success result from the same mental processes so we cannot experience one without the other. Since aviation is terribly unforgiving of human error, we cannot afford to allow mistakes to "escape" and erode the safety of the system.
"Teaching You How to Fish" — Major/Minor Primer
ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod reviews the regulations that govern the terms "major" and "minor" for civil aviation repairs and alterations. The session clears up ambiguity and explains why the differentiation matters.
Regulatory Compliance Training
Test your knowledge on § 145.163 — Training requirements.
Member Spotlight — Central Cylinder Service, Omaha, Nebraska
From its birth as a modest, one-man shop in 1973 to becoming one of the most respected and capable repair stations in the industry, Central Cylinder — like ARSA — has stood the test of time.
Have You Seen this Person? — Jason Dickstein, Washington Aviation Group
If his face looks familiar, it is because Dickstein worked from 1992 through 1997 as Associate Counsel for the law firm managing ARSA. Now the president of his own firm, Dickstein's experience with this association continues to serve him as he supports the aviation industry worldwide.
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Target Your Message: Advertise in ARSA's Newsletters and Website!
Check out ARSA's menu of advertising opportunities for ARSA.org, the hotline, and the ARSA Dispatch. Take advantage of these great opportunities today to showcase your company, a new product or event.
Exhibit, Sponsor the 2015 Repair Symposium
As the maintenance industry's top event devoted exclusively to regulatory compliance, the ARSA Symposium attracts a highly qualified professional audience. Use this opportunity to promote your company while showing support for ARSA.
A Member Asked ...
Q: I could use a little help. Can a repair station manufacturer use equivalent materials or parts in an overhaul or repair? Can we have an o-ring manufactured, which will only be used by us in the maintenance of our customer's oil pumps? The o-ring itself will not be sold to the public.
ARSA strives to provide resources to educate the general public about the work of the association's member organizations; should you need to provide a quick reference or introductory overview to the global MRO industry, please utilize AVMRO.ARSA.org.
Industry and International News Roundup
ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play globally by providing jobs and economic opportunities, as well as through civic engagement. You can explore these stories through ARSA's Dispatch news portal.
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