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Anti-Viral Measures

For the use of its members and the larger aviation community, ARSA is maintaining this page as a resource for virus-related updates on policy initiatives and business needs. Please bookmark this page, as the association’s team will use it as a central point of communication on the topic; information displayed here is current as of the posting date displayed above.

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ARSA Updates & Actions

International Aviation Policy Resources for Pandemic Response
ICAO Establishing Information Portal Updated
Relief Bill is Good News for America’s 250K Aviation Maintenance Workers
From the FAA: Exemptions, Deviations and Other Virus Related Information Updated
Relief Bill Includes Repair Stations Updated
DOT Resources on D&A Testing During Crisis Updated
FAA Updates Industry on Oversight Continuity Updated
Repair stations as essential services
Remote connectivity for continued work with teleworking government personnel Updated
Proposal to president and U.S. Congress for maintenance industry relief Updated
Online training resources/discounts

Get Involved – Advocacy Tools

Seeking essential services exemption from state quarantines or stop work orders

U.S. Legislation & Relief Efforts

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) Updated
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

General Informational Resources

World Health Organization
International Civil Aviation Organization
U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
European Union Aviation Safety Agency
Transport Canada Civil Aviation New
National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil New
Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom New
Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority New
U.S. Department of Treasury New
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


ARSA Updates & Actions

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ICAO Establishing Information Portal
March 27, 2020 – Page Updated On April 1 with New Content
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Airworthiness Panel (AIRP) has established a repository for member states to upload relevant information on policies and procedures instituted to handle virus mitigation measures. Since many states are instituting alleviating measures to help deal with the pandemic and ICAO is considering the official end of the COVID-19 contingency period to be March 2021, a central manner of explaining each state’s measure was instituted.

Relief Bill is Good News for America’s 250K Aviation Maintenance Workers
March 27, 2020
On March 27, Congress officially responded to the aviation maintenance industry’s pleas for economic assistance in the face of pandemic-related air travel disruptions. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act passed this week by the Senate and House directs specific relief to repair stations and their employees.

From the FAA: Exemptions, Deviations and Other Virus Related Information
March 26, 2020 – Page Updated Multiple Times with New Content
The FAA’s Flight Standards organization has issued several deviation and information memoranda and bulletins to assist in continued operations of air carrier, schools, pilots and repair stations. The agency has also granted several requests for exemption from training requirements of parts 121 and 135.

[Updated] Relief Bill Includes Repair Stations
March 26, 2020 – Page Updated on March 27 with New Content
On March 25, House, Senate and White House negotiators reached a deal on a massive coronavirus relief package. In addition to resources for healthcare workers and others on the front lines, the legislation contains provisions aimed at businesses. The initial draft includes specific relief for repair stations.

DOT Resources on D&A Testing During Crisis
March 25, 2020 – Page Updated on March 31 with New Content
Following up on a March 24 update provided to industry by the FAA, ARSA queried the agency’s Drug Abatement Division regarding its posture on drug and alcohol testing regimens during the current national emergency and was given a prompt response to first refer to the Department of Transportation’s postings on the issues and then to reference the FAA’s own Q&A on any unanswered concerns.

FAA Updates Industry on Oversight Continuity
March 24, 2020 – Page Updated Multiple Times with New Content
The FAA’s Aviation Safety organization updated the some 20 industry trade associations with the agency’s assurance that it is working to ensure continued operations with respect to certification, oversight, training and industry interfaces and deadlines during the next 90 or more days.

Repair Stations as Essential Services
March 20, 2020
Members and association contacts facing stop work or quarantine requirements imposed by state governments should utilize the following information in coordinating response to seek exemption under essential service requirements. When possible, engage with fellow aviation businesses or interest groups such as chambers of commerce and always review state law and business regulations

If You’ve Got a Phone, You’ve Got an Inspector
March 20, 2020 – Page Updated on March 31 with New Content
The White House has directed government agencies to “utilize the full extent of their legal authority and discretion to execute this realignment” and to “maximize telework … while maintaining mission-critical workforce needs.” For ARSA members in the United States, that means remote connectivity options for connecting with FAA personnel.

ARSA Proposes $11 billion+ MRO Industry Relief Package
March 17, 2020 – Page Updated Multiple Times with New Content
ARSA has proposed a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry relief package to Congress and the president designed to ensure repair stations can continue to pay employees and to encourage airlines to continue to contract for maintenance during the downturn.

ARSA Discounts Online Training During COVID-19 Response
March 17, 2020
The ARSA team has been heartened by the growing list of businesses and service providers offering additional benefits to the public as the world responds to the spread of COVID-19. Since some of the association’s members have indicated that personnel development and training will be paramount during the period of upcoming business uncertainty, the team has issued a 50 percent discount on all price levels for ARSA online training sessions.

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Get Involved – Advocacy Tools

Essential services exemption from state quarantines

Note: Due to resource limitations, ARSA cannot actively engage each state’s government to ensure repair stations are exempted from stop work orders or quarantines. The information provided here is intended as a resource for companies seeking exemption from their state governments under essential service requirements. When possible, engage with fellow aviation businesses or interest groups such as chambers of commerce and ALWAYS review state law and business regulations.

It is ARSA’s position that aeronautical repair stations certificated by the FAA pursuant to 14 CFR part 145 are businesses that provide essential services that must continue operations.

Federal regulations require U.S.-registered aircraft and related components be maintained by FAA-approved “persons” (14 CFR § 43.3.); specifically, mechanics and repairmen certificated under 14 CFR part 65 and people working under their supervision, repair stations certificated under 14 CFR part 145, air carriers certificated under 14 CFR parts 121 and 135 and, in certain limited circumstances, pilots.

Repair stations provide the majority of maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration services in the United States for aircraft, airframes, aircraft engines, propellers, appliances, and component parts.

Forcing repair stations to cease operations will disrupt and prevent essential government functions (including emergency and police services and U.S. military aviation); commercial air carrier passenger and cargo operations; and general and business aviation operations, including humanitarian relief and essential health services.

In light of the foregoing, federally mandated FAA-certificated repair stations are essential businesses that must be excluded from emergency business closures.

ARSA memorandum to federal, state and local government officials regarding the essential services repair stations provide

Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s “Guidance on the Essential Critical infrastructure Workforce”

Aviation maintenance industry’s employment and economic footprint in each state

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U.S. Legislation & Relief Efforts

Note: This section contains legislation that impacts American businesses, has passed both the House and Senate and has been signed into law. It does not include House or Senate proposals or other developments that are “in the works.”

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act (H.R. 748)

  • Signed into law March 27, 2020
  • Sets aside $25 billion for loans to repair stations, airlines and ticket agents.
  • Creates $3 billion financial assistance program for airline contractors/subcontractors located at airports.
  • Provides direct payments to individual Americans meeting certain income and dependent criteria.
  • Provides forgivable loans to businesses with 500 or fewer employees.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

  • Signed into law March 18, 2020.
  • Expands eligibility under the Family and Medical Leave Act for workers at companies with more than 500 employees for those sickened by coronavirus or taking care of a sick family member (Sec. 3102);
  • Provides benefits for workers laid off because of the coronavirus (Division D);
  • Requires employers with fewer than 500 workers to provide two weeks of coronavirus-related paid sick leave (Sec. 5102);
  • Provides employers with refundable tax credits to offset costs associated with providing paid sick leave (Sec. 7001).

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General Informational Resources

World Health Organization – Personal protection, medical research updates and international country/technical guidance.

International Civil Aviation Organization – Q&A for state​s, air transport operators and the general public

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Personal protection, local medical guidance and community information.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration – Agency-specific updates and announcements.

European Union Aviation Safety Agency – European safety directives and resources.

Transport Canada Civil Aviation – Measures, updates, and guidance issued by TCCA.

National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil – Traveler and airline recommendations.

Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom – CAA preparations, industry advice and the rights of UK citizens around the world.

Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority – Exemptions, health information and advice for industry.

U.S. Department of Treasury

(1) Air Carrier Worker Support – Assistance for airlines, cargo carriers and certain airline contractors and subcontractors
(2) CARES Act loans – Air carriers, cargo carriers, repair stations and businesses essential to national security
(3) Guidelines and Application Procedures for Payroll Support to Air Carriers and Contractors
(4) Paycheck Protection Loans – Forgivable loans for small businesses and companies with 500 or fewer employees
(5) Procedures and Minimum Requirements for Loans to Air Carriers and Eligible Businesses and National Security Businesses

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Resources for businesses and employees.

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