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ARSA Board: Step up advocacy on Capitol Hill
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For over 25 years, ARSA has been the voice of aviation maintenance, promoting and defending the industry in the regulatory, legislative, and media arenas. Unfortunately, the challenges have increased exponentially, as hostile legislation targeting our industry has proliferated. To keep up, we all need to step it up! ARSA's Board of Directors, members, and industry leaders have asked that ARSA expand its legislative outreach program to shape the debate about contact maintenance on Capitol Hill. Doing so will require a more robust and proactive role reaching out and engaging lawmakers and their staffs. More

GAO: FAA delays hurt aviation industry
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The FAA needs to a better job of issuing certifications and approvals, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a recent report. A lack of efficiency and consistency in how the FAA interprets its own rules adversely affects the aviation industry, causing delays and higher costs, the analysts found. To improve its performance, the GAO says, FAA should develop a process to track how long it takes to act on requests for certification or approval and the causes of each delay, then use that data to assess the extent of delays and figure out how to better allocate resources to reduce wait times. Also, the GAO says, the FAA should use that data to create a system of measurable performance goals and track performance toward those goals. More

"The Aviators" spreads joy of flight
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"The Aviators," a new show airing on PBS stations this fall that brings general aviation to a wider audience, is coming to AOPA Aviation Summit. Produced by FourPoints Television, "The Aviators" was developed, written and presented by pilots — for pilots and nonpilots alike. More

Business looks to Republicans to block rules, taxes
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The Republican victories in Congress mean U.S. companies from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to WellPoint Inc. may be able to weaken or block what they consider President Barack Obama's anti-business policies on health care, the environment, taxes and financial reform. Republicans retook the House of Representatives yesterday with a gain of at least 60 seats, their biggest increase since 1938. The party will use its first majority in the House since 2006 to try to eliminate funding for parts of Obama's health care bill opposed by business as well as curb regulations and government spending, Jay Timmons, executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, a Washington based lobbying group, said in an interview before the election. More

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MRO industry grappling with engineer shortage
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The maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry needs to boost the size of its workforce to cope with the world's growing feet of aircraft at a time when engineers are coming under increasing pressure on the job, making the industry less attractive to new recruits. "This industry is 24/7 and has a harsh demand on a person's time," says Alex Choo, assistant honorary secretary of the Singapore Institute of Aerospace Engineers (SIAE), as well as a qualified engineer. More

FAA proposes safety management systems for airlines
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In a continuing effort to take the U.S. aviation system to the next level of safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to require Safety Management Systems (SMS) for most commercial airlines. Safety management systems give operators a set of business processes and management tools to examine data from everyday operations, isolate trends that may be precursors to incidents or accidents, and develop and carry out appropriate risk mitigation strategies. They are a formal approach to managing an organization’s safety through four key components — safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion. More

Fact sheet — Safety management systems
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is always working to take the U.S. aviation system to the next level of safety. Safety Management Systems (SMS) are beginning to play a key role in making an extraordinarily safe system even safer. With SMS, the FAA and the aviation industry can examine data from everyday operations to isolate trends that may be precursors to incidents or accidents. More


ARSA will hold its Legislative Day on Capitol Hill and its Annual Repair Symposium March 31 - April 2, 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, VA. The Annual Repair Symposium is the perfect place to connect with officials from the FAA and other aviation authorities, as well as key members of Congress and your colleagues in the industry.

More details will be provided in the coming months, and registration is expected to open in early December. Check here often for updates!

Aviation bill to be a priority for House Republican
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The Florida Republican in line to take over the House Transportation Committee said his first priority next year will be to pass a long-delayed bill to finance an overhaul of the nation's aging air-traffic navigation system. Rep. John Mica, said in an interview that to get the aviation bill passed, he will remove union-backed measures pushed by outgoing Chairman James Oberstar, who lost his bid for re-election. Both the airline industry and the Obama administration want action on the measure to pay for upgrading the air traffic control network to a satellite-based air navigation system, which advocates say should reduce congestion in the air. The House and Senate have each passed a version of the bill, but efforts to merge them stalled this year amid debates over several controversial provisions. Among them was a measure pushed by Mr. Oberstar that would make it easier for FedEx Corp. employees to unionize. More

Goodyear emphasizes importance of aircraft tire pressure checks
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Most people are familiar with the cliché "too much of a good thing," but there is no such thing as excess when it comes to checking aircraft tire pressure. Aviation tires' design and construction differ from automobile tires, and though it is important to maintain the correct pressure in car tires, proper aircraft tire pressure is the most important factor in aircraft preventive maintenance. As a result, pilots and maintenance personnel must resist the temptation to follow the same schedule they would use in checking their cars' tires to determine that their aircraft tire pressure is correct. More

New members guide 2010
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Here's a new listing of the members of the House. More

FAA reauthorization update
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Congressman James Oberstar lost his bid for reelection on Tuesday when Republicans regained control of the U.S. House of Representatives, meaning Representative John Mica will likely replace Congressman Oberstar as Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, with West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall becoming the ranking member on the committee. More

Repair stations and MRO
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Maintenance, repair, and overhaul, or most often referred to by the acronym MRO, is a phrase widely used these days to describe aircraft maintenance activity. For many people, the MRO organization is thought to be one of those large companies that holds numerous repair station authorizations from different aviation authorities around the world, and it accomplishes major maintenance on transport category aircraft that primarily belong to airlines and leasing companies. Although this is true, the repair station industry goes beyond providing services for just this one segment of aircraft maintenance; it is huge, covering all segments of aircraft maintenance. Regardless of what segment of the aircraft maintenance industry you work in, be it general aviation aircraft, business aircraft, helicopters, airline, military, or government, you name it, aircraft owners and operators today rely on numerous organizations as part of their overall maintenance, repair, and overhaul requirements. More

MRO Operations — Upgrades and maintenance
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The words upgrade, refurbishment, and modification are frequently heard throughout the industry. I’m told it’s not uncommon to hear of a corporate flight department considering what it may take to operate an aircraft for longer periods of time rather than replacing it with a new aircraft. If a flight department were to keep an aircraft for a longer period than perhaps was originally planned, would consideration be given to upgrading it to gain operating efficiencies and to provide a new feel and look for the passengers? More

Please mark your calendar for the 2011 ATA e-Business Forum to be held June 6-8, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal, Canada.Held in conjunction with the S1000D User Forum, this combined event will provide a high level overview of the latest developments in information exchange for the commercial aviation industry to support engineering, maintenance, materiel and flight operations.

More details will soon follow.

Learn more about the ATA e-Business Program.

Learn more about S1000D

Notice of CAAC audit in 2010
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Your application needs to be submitted as soon as possible. In order to arrange the on-site audit in January, March and April of 2011, China Civil Aviation Maintenance will need the following repair stations to submit your application before Nov. 20, 2010 if you still want to apply for CCAR145 approval. More

MRO strategy: Eastern promise
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There is no argument that the past few years have given the maintenance, repair and overhaul sector a rough ride. Airlines have cut capacity and parked aircraft. The simple fact is that fewer aircraft flying means a drop in business. And, unfortunately for the MRO service providers, the news going forward is not too bright either. More

Qantas rejects union maintenance concerns
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Qantas has rejected as "outrageous" union concerns over the outsourcing of maintenance of its aircraft, after the mid-air explosion on one of its A380s. Qantas has suspended all of its A380 flights across the world while the carrier investigates the cause of the blast in one of the plane's four engines shortly after departing Singapore for Sydney recently. More
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FAA Safety Briefing November/December 2010
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The November/December 2010 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on a subject fundamental to pilot safety: abnormal and emergency situations. The issue stresses the delicate art of planning for the "unplanned" and outlines several of the tools and resources pilots need to handle emergencies. Articles provide tips on unusual attitude recovery, partial-power takeoffs, and knowing what to do when your aircraft’s electrical system fails. Also, this issue's Hot Spots article highlights the work FAA has been doing to identify the leading causes of GA fatal accidents. More

HAI introduces the 'Salute to Excellence' Rolls-Royce excellence in Helicopter Maintenance Award
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Helicopter Association International's mission is to advance the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce. That mission charges each of us to commit ourselves to promoting the highest level of safety and efficiency. This culture of professionalism is nurtured when we encourage and recognize outstanding achievement and contributions made by individuals and organizations. Each year the "Salute to Excellence" Awards program recognizes these outstanding achievements. More

Support ARSA's Positive Publicity Campaign
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Help ARSA with its public relations initiative to improve the legal, regulatory, and business climate for contract aviation maintenance companies!

Phase One, Step Two to quantify the economic impact of the aviation maintenance industry, nationally and internationally is currently underway, but we need your assistance!

ARSA has contracted with AeroStrategy, an aerospace consulting firm, to:

• Develop an economic profile of the global MRO industry;
• Assess the economic impact of US-EU Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (which is threatened by the hostile language in the pending FAA reauthorization bill); and
• Determine the industry’s economic footprint on a state-by-state basis

The results of the research will be incorporated into messages and materials used during Phase Two of the campaign.

For more details, click here.

Pledge your support here.

ARSA Members in the News

Boeing, Netherlands sign maintenance, repair and overhaul agreement
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The Boeing Company and the Netherlands Ministry of Defense Logistic Center Woensdrecht recently entered a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) framework agreement to expand the center's capabilities and develop opportunities for Dutch industry. The alliance is aimed at ensuring the readiness of CH-47 Chinook and AH-64D Apache helicopters operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, as well as broadening regional MRO activities through support of other military and civilian aircraft. More

Chromalloy announces FAA repair specification designated engineering representative
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Chromalloy recently announced that Claudio Costa, Director of Engineering, has received special delegation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Repair Specification Designated Engineering Representative (RS DER). "Claudio has reached an important milestone of achievement in successfully meeting all FAA requirements and completing the rigorous RS DER process," said Bruce Johnson, Vice President, Engineering Technical Service. "The RS DER delegation allows him to approve multiple-use repairs for gas turbine engines, and other key activities." More

Pratt & Whitney Canada signs multi-Year engine maintenance contract with Aramco Associated Company
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Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a multi-year Fleet Management Program® (FMP® Program) contract with Aramco Associated Company (AAC), an affiliate of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company. Under the terms of the contract, P&WC will provide engine support for the Saudi Aramco-operated AgustaWestland AW139 fleet based in Saudi Arabia. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company. More

Jet Aviation Teterboro, N.J., expands maintenance capabilities
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Jet Aviation recently expanded its maintenance capabilities at its Teterboro, N.J., location to add Dassault Falcon 7X and Cessna Citation X (750) aircraft to the company's FAA repair station authority. The company has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to perform maintenance services on Dassault Falcon 7X and Cessna Citation X aircraft. More

TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil performs C-checks on TAP fleet aircraft    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rio de Janeiro, Nov. 4, 2010. As the controlling company of TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil since 2005, TAP Portugal will now take advantage of Rio de Janeiro facilities of its Latin American subsidiary to perform C-checks on a series of A330/A340 aircraft in its fleet. Upon completion of the program’s initial stage, the first aircraft was delivered to TAP Lisbon on October 10. The nose-to-tail services provided for the aircraft were done in line, at Galeão airport, thus avoiding undesirable costs of transfers to position the airplanes for the overhaul. The program will run through mid-February, with a short break in December, in order to make better commercial use of the aircraft. It is expected that other airplanes from TAP's fleet arrive at the hangars of TAP M&E Brazil yet this year. More

United, Delta gain Republican allies on outsourcing, antitrust
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United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. are among U.S. carriers that will gain as Republicans use their new majority in the House to scrap proposals to limit the outsourcing of maintenance work and to subject global alliances to antitrust enforcement. More

Final Documents/Your Two Cents
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ARSA now keeps a list of Final Documents and Your Two Cents on its website By accessing the links (provided in blue) you will find a complete list of items the Association has noted as important to aviation design, production and maintenance activities.

Final Documents: This list includes Federal Register (FR) publications such as proposed and final rules, Advisory Circulars (ACs), Orders, Notices, policy statements and related material of interest to ARSA members. The date shown is the date of FR publication or other official release.

Your Two Cents: Provides you with the opportunity to provide input on rules and guidance that will affect you. Agencies must provide the public with notice and an opportunity for comment before their rules change. Your input matters. Comments should be received before the indicated due date; however, agencies often consider comments they receive before drafting of the final document begins.

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