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ARSA Expands Membership Opportunities Through Bylaw Changes

On Oct. 7, during its annual meeting, the ARSA Board of Directors approved a series of changes to the association’s bylaws. The updates simplified the categorization of members and expanded the pool of individuals eligible to independently join the association.

Under the newly-adopted bylaws, a regular member need only possess (or have applied for) a maintenance organization approval issued by a civil aviation authority. Such applicants no longer need to demonstrate that a substantial portion of revenues are derived from maintenance activities. The revenue requirement was also removed from the affiliate membership category for entities that provide other products, articles or services.

The educational membership category, which allowed entry to individuals either teaching at or enrolled in an institution of learning to join ARSA, was expanded to include military service members. As of the board’s adoption, anyone “employed by a branch of a nation’s military” may now apply under the new “Educational or Military Service Membership.”

The October vote was third round of changes to ARSA’s new bylaws since their recodification in 2005. The new language provides a way for the association to expand the scope of its membership – serving a broader population within the maintenance community while protecting eager applicants from obstructed access to ARSA’s resources.

To review the updated bylaws, including the new membership categories as well as additional changes, click here (or navigate to them under the website’s “About” menu). All changes are listed in Appendix A.

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