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ARSA Supports Effort to Increase Part 147 School Flexibility

ARSA Supports Effort to Increase Part 147 School Flexibility

ARSA submitted supportive comments to the Federal Register notice related to a Southern Utah University petition for exemption from the curriculum requirements of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 147.21(a)-(c). SUU is an accredited member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and an ARSA educational member. The school is planning to expand its existing aviation program –… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 20-Apr-18

ARSA Comments on Revised Rulemaking Procedures

ARSA Comments on Revised Rulemaking Procedures

On June 29, ARSA submitted comments on the FAA’s proposed revisions to 14 CFR part 11. The purpose of the rulemaking was to improve the clarity and flow of the rules; however, the proposal needed some input from the public to achieve that objective. For instance, in § 11.27 the agency proposes to enumerate advisory… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 30-Jun-16

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ARSA points out ridiculous FAA hangarage rule

ARSA points out ridiculous FAA hangarage rule

ARSA requested the FAA’s chief counsel clarify the applicability of 14 CFR § 145.103 housing requirements. The association questioned the agency’s position that a repair station must have a hangar to enclose the largest aircraft listed on its operations specifications – even if work is limited to airframe components and no aircraft is ever housed…. Read more »

Source: ARSA, 11-Dec-15

ARSA warns FAA not to lose primary focus while creating new UAS regs

ARSA warns FAA not to lose primary focus while creating new UAS regs

On April 23, ARSA submitted comments to the FAA’s proposed rule regarding its control of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The association added its voice to the thousands who provided guidance to the agency in its pursuit of new regulations to oversee the use of the vehicles commonly referred to as “drones.” While its comments recognized the congressional imperative that the FAA… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 30-Apr-15

ARSA complains to FAA about repair station rule change

ARSA complains to FAA about repair station rule change

ARSA asked the FAA to clarify when the new owner of a repair station can apply for an amended versus a new certificate. The change to the repair station rule, which became effective Nov.10, 2014, revised Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 145.57(b). That section states the new owner of repair station assets… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 05-Feb-15

HAI, Aviation Industry Press Senate Leaders for Action

HAI, Aviation Industry Press Senate Leaders for Action

HAI on Nov. 11 joined 16 other aviation associations in pressing the US Senate leadership to bring two important bills forward for a vote as soon as possible, before the 113th adjourns in December. In a letter to Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the associations say S.1893, the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform… Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Nov-14

30 Years of ARSA

30 Years of ARSA

On Oct. 15, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) celebrated its 30th birthday with a reception and dinner to open the 2014 Strategic Leadership Conference (SLC). The event continued on Oct. 16 with a full agenda that explored the state of the aviation maintenance industry. For participants, the invitation-only SLC is a yearly opportunity to… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 23-Oct-14

ARSA Endorses Component Control as Preferred Provider for Third Year in a Row

ARSA Endorses Component Control as Preferred Provider for Third Year in a Row

Component Control announced it is continuing for a third year as ARSA’s exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions.  Component Control’s Quantum MRO and Logistics software provides a best practices platform for aviation repair organizations to efficiently and comprehensively manage MRO processes while promoting adherence to rigorous quality and regulatory standards. “Over the… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 08-Oct-14

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“Serious” Petition to FAA

“Serious” Petition to FAA

On Sept. 22, a coalition of aviation trade associations asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fix a seven-letter mistake in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that would create serious headaches for the aviation maintenance industry. The group, which includes the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), the Aerospace Industries Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association,… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 25-Sep-14

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FAA Aims to Streamline Certification Processes

FAA Aims to Streamline Certification Processes

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced new policy intended to streamline the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) process. The new procedures prioritize U.S. aircraft projects and aim to afford increased predictability and improved response time. Under the now-obsolete project sequencing process, which began in 2005, the agency failed to provide certificate applicants… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 25-Sep-14

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ARSA’s Grand European Tour…In One Hour

ARSA’s Grand European Tour…In One Hour

On June 9, ARSA toured Europe to spread the word about the FAA’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding drug and alcohol (D&A) testing at foreign part 145 certificated repair stations. Thanks to Washington’s centrality to international aviation issues, the team was able to “touch down” in multiple nations in one room. ARSA’s D&A… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 11-Jun-14

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ARSA soliciting input from FAA-approved maintenance orgs outside USA

ARSA soliciting input from FAA-approved maintenance orgs outside USA

On March 17, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to collect information to draft regulations regarding controlled substance and alcohol testing of part 145 repair station employees located outside the United States. To help in the preparation of comments as well as to gather information about current industry practices, ARSA… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 13-May-14

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Global Helicopter Mechanic Career Survey

Global Helicopter Mechanic Career Survey

The aviation maintenance industry needs to find and grow technically skilled and trained talent. With global air traffic expected to expand at a healthy rate over the next twenty years, the demand for certificated repair stations–and the mechanics and technicians who staff them–will continue to rise. Looming retirements in the current workforce combined with the… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 08-Apr-14

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ARSA surveys impact of ban on new foreign FAA repair station certificates

ARSA surveys impact of ban on new foreign FAA repair station certificates

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has launched a new survey to measure the impact of the ban on new foreign repair station certificates. Congress prohibited the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from acting on foreign repair station certificate applications submitted after Aug. 3, 2008 because the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had not finalized repair station… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 28-Jan-13

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FAA backtracks on maintenance duty time limitations

FAA backtracks on maintenance duty time limitations

In a major victory for the aviation industry, on December 26, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) withdrew its faulty legal interpretation of maintenance duty time limitations prescribed in Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) section 121.377. Specifically, the agency reversed course on its May 18, 2010 legal interpretation meant to clarify the application of… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 09-Jan-13

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ARSA survey paints picture of industry audit burden

ARSA survey paints picture of industry audit burden

ARSA is working closely with international aviation authorities to reduce the overwhelming number of contract maintenance audits. The Association recently conducted an industry survey to address the present reality of nearly nonstop, overlapping, and duplicative audits by helping it get an accurate picture of the audit burden repair stations face. Conducted in tandem with a… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 04-Jul-12

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FAA looks to revise drug/alcohol regulations for air tour operators

FAA looks to revise drug/alcohol regulations for air tour operators

On July 2, the FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to revise certain provisions in its drug and alcohol (D&A) testing regulations; comments to the NPRM are due by August 31, 2012. The changes are primarily aimed at allowing Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 121 and part 135 operators with commercial… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 04-Jul-12

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ARSA takes a look at FAA’s rewrite of 145

ARSA takes a look at FAA’s rewrite of 145

On May 21, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would significantly revise 14 CFR part 145, the regulation governing aviation maintenance repair stations. While ARSA is still analyzing its implications, staff has completed a side-by-side comparison and a red-lined version of the current vs. proposed rule. Among other things, the NPRM preamble asserts… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 11-Jun-12

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FAA proposes new repair station regulations

FAA proposes new repair station regulations

On May 21, the FAA released a proposed rule that would bring significant regulatory changes to repair stations operating under 14 CFR part 145. “As with all proposed rules, it may create as many problems as it is trying to fix,” noted ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod. “ARSA notes that there are proposals for permanent housing, satellite… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 23-May-12

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Good safety is good business ARSA tells congressional panel

Good safety is good business ARSA tells congressional panel

Aeronautical Repair Station Association Senior Vice President Gary Fortner, vice president of Quality Control & Engineering at Fortner Engineering in Glendale, Calif., testified before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee about the excellent work repair stations across the country and around the world are doing to ensure aviation safety. “For repair stations, good… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 25-Apr-12

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ARSA suggests changes to NTSB certificate review actions

ARSA suggests changes to NTSB certificate review actions

ARSA submitted comments to a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) regarding the rules of practice in air safety proceedings. ARSA’s comments propose changes that would bring balance to FAA certificate actions by giving a repair station greater ability to defend itself in the face of agency actions, when appealed to the NTSB…. Read more »

Source: ARSA, 11-Apr-12

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Component Control to participate in ARSA Annual Repair Symposium

Component Control to participate in ARSA Annual Repair Symposium

Component Control, exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), announced that it will participate in the ARSA Annual Repair Symposium, March 14 – 16, 2012, at The Ritz Carlton, Arlington, Va. Component Control will be on-hand to answer regulatory-based business process questions and discuss the business… Read more »

Source: Component Control, 13-Mar-12

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FAA and EASA revise Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG) provisions

FAA and EASA revise Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG) provisions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have issued a revision to Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG) provisions. The MAG, originally released on May 3, 2011, contains implementation procedures for the U.S./EU Aviation Safety Agreement; it contains three sections relevant to 1) regulatory authorities 2) U.S.-based repair stations and 3) EU-based approved… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 07-Mar-12

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Compromise FAA Bill takes “common sense” approach to maintenance oversight

Compromise FAA Bill takes “common sense” approach to maintenance oversight

On Jan. 31, FAA reauthorization conference committee members formally blessed a bipartisan, bicameral agreement authorizing the FAA through fiscal year 2015. The FAA Modernization & Reform Act of 2012 is expected to be approved by the House and Senate and signed by President Obama before the 23rd extension expires on Feb. 17. “ARSA congratulates House… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 06-Feb-12

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Component Control endorsed as ARSA preferred supplier for MRO and logistics software

Component Control endorsed as ARSA preferred supplier for MRO and logistics software

Component Control announced today that it has been approved as the exclusive preferred provider of MRO and logistics software solutions by the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). ARSA members must comply with many complex procedures to achieve the FAA certification required to operate their repair facilities. The use of Component Control‟s Quantum MRO and Logistics… Read more »

Source: Component Control, 31-Jan-12

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ARSA weighs in on proposed FAA ICA policy

ARSA weighs in on proposed FAA ICA policy

On Jan. 4, ARSA submitted its comments to the FAA’s draft policy regarding the availability of instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA). The Association believes that the current policy must be rewritten to ensure that the regulations are not used to justify contractual restriction and to discourage such practices. While ARSA is pleased to see the FAA taking an interest… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 11-Jan-12

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ARSA 2012 Annual Repair Symposium – Registration opens

ARSA 2012 Annual Repair Symposium – Registration opens

The Symposium includes sessions on updates to regulations, policies and procedures that govern the maintenance industry, and more. Legislative Day gets you informed on the issues that affect your business and includes Capitol Hill meetings with your representatives, senators and congressional staff. More details for the Symposium will be posted as they become available. See… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 18-Dec-11

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FAA responds to ARSA letter concerning multiple part identification

FAA responds to ARSA letter concerning multiple part identification

In response to an ARSA request, the FAA will review agency policy and guidance regarding part identification when more than one number is applied to a part at production. In a Dec. 6, 2011 letter, FAA Aircraft Maintenance Division Manager Steven Douglas stated that the FAA, “[shares ARSA’s] concern that the presence of multiple part numbers may… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 12-Dec-11

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ARSA tells Congress to complete FAA Reauthorization Bill

ARSA tells Congress to complete FAA Reauthorization Bill

The uncertainty created by Congress’ failure to pass a new, multiyear reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is wreaking havoc on the aviation industry and undermining the competitiveness of American aviation maintenance providers, ARSA told House and Senate leadership in a Dec. 1 letter. “While the country desperately needs the predictability of a new… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 07-Dec-11

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ARSA launches project to measure benefits of aviation bilateral agreements

ARSA launches project to measure benefits of aviation bilateral agreements

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has launched a survey to assess the economic impact of bilateral aviation safety agreements (BASA). The survey is another step in ARSA’s on-going effort to obtain economic data that will inform lawmakers, regulators, media, and other key audiences about the aviation maintenance industry. Other ARSA studies have quantified the industry’s… Read more »

Source: ARSA, 02-Feb-11

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