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Sarah Says
2021 Annual Conference
Anti-Viral Measures
ARSA Works
Regulatory Update
Legal Brief
ARSA on the Hill
Training
Membership
Resources
Industry Calendar


Sarah Says

Upon Reflection

By Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director

The end of the first month of the year brings my birthday: a 24-hour period of reflection. I look back over much more than the past year or even decade and I look forward to more than the next twelve months.

I use my current knowledge to assess failures and the steps taken over the years to lessen or mitigate those known hazards. The analysis is both professional and personal. The professional endeavor deals with facts first; in the administration of the trade association that would be the number of dollars generated by membership and more importantly the number of members that renew!

The satisfaction and engagement of the membership is paramount to ARSA’s success. The ability to retain a company’s financial investment means providing a discernible return in the most trying times. The measures taken by the association’s team over the last two years has increased renewal rates from 76.9 to 82.5 percent – an incredible achievement in an extremely trying year.

That professional achievement is built on almost four decades of watching and studying the birth of the aviation industry and agencies since their inception, then working tirelessly for the businesses bearing the weight of their oversight. This experience allows the association to manage the intersection of business and government to its members’ advantage. Following the entire “regulatory creation” process demands applying the proper emphasis on legislative efforts to ensure whatever is passed to the regulator can be managed.

To wit, the “new” executive order entitled “Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation” is a clear message that government agencies will no longer be “hemmed” in by the supposed limits imposed by the last president. All the work performed by the industry and the federal agencies to assess performance measures, promises of “transparency” and adherence to the plain language of the regulations is for naught. While this all sounds drastic for business, it means that agency employees that were shuffling paper and being over scrutinized by the Department of Transportation can now get back to the “real” work of getting the regulations and policy aligned.

Executive Orders come and go. They are often burdensome to an agency rather than liberating for the regulated parties. The executive branch has full prosecutorial authority over its regulations and can refuse to enforce any that are not required by law. Executive orders are merely the method by which those decisions are transmitted to agencies. Such presidential declarations must be taken for the political message being conveyed; federal agencies are the method by which many goals of a current administration will be forecast.

That is why the association does not play party politics in its legislative activities and continues to manage the regulatory fallout of any enacted legislation. As I reflect and look forward, by professional measures, the team I am lucky enough to call on – from my direct friends and colleagues at the law firm and the association’s board to those around the world – has stood me and the association in good stead for nearly four decades and will do so in the future.

Since my personal success is tied to my professional success, it is a more difficult nut to crack satisfactorily. As many know, my husband is Marshall Filler, law partner and managing director of the trade association; an intricate and intimate relationship to assess. I am happy to report that age brings the ability to know with absolute certainty that the only constant is change. No matter what is happening “now,” it is already gone, and the future is the next discernible second of my life.

That future brings the possibility of and ability to change and it must be embraced. There are many adages regarding that reality, and it sure is difficult for humans to manage, but it is a truth that I hold at the end of every birthday’s 24-hour reflective period. And I work every year on getting my personal “now” closer to the real second in time to minimize and mitigate future negative outcomes.

 


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2021 Annual Conference

Register Now

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March 9-12, 2021
Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia & Online

Registration is open for the 2021 ARSA Annual Conference. The association’s team is planning a “hybrid” event with both in-person and virtual attendance options. It will be hosted from March 9-12, 2021.

Learn more about the event and register by visiting arsa.org/news-media/events/arsa-conference or reviewing the content below.

Information

ARSA is working with InReach Continuing Education Solutions, which provides the training platform used for the association's training program, to deliver the online portion of the 2021  Annual Conference. Through the platform, participants will get livestream access to presentations, panels and discussions occurring during the event.
The ARSA and InReach teams are putting the finishing touches on the event platform. The public version is available for review at inreachce.events/event/12224. Current registrants will be provided attendee access prior to the beginning of the event.

Executive to Executive Briefings: Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Industry executives participate in meetings with senior executive branch officials organized by ARSA. Participation is limited to annual conference sponsors, with the number of slots available to each sponsoring organizations dependent on level of support. 

9:30 a.m. | Introductory Briefing
10:00 a.m. | Department of Commerce
Bart Meroney, Senior Policy Advisor for Manufacturing

11:00 a.m. | Department of State
Richard Yoneoka, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

12:00 p.m. | Midday Break
1:00 p.m. | Airlines for America
Sharon Pinkerton, Senior Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Policy

2:00 p.m. | U.S. Department of Labor
John Ladd, Administrator, National Office of Apprenticeship

3:00 p.m. | U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ed Mortimer, Vice President of Transportation & Infrastructure (invited)

Legislative Day: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

After a morning of briefings and policy updates. Legislative Day participants meet with members of Congress as well as personal and committee staffers to connect the impact of the maintenance community to each state and congressional district. The day will include ARSA's release of its Annual Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment, produced by Oliver Wyman – CAVOK, as well as the presentation of the association's Legislative Leadership Award.

8:15 a.m. | Welcome & Introductions
Learn about the new administration and Congress and how they will impact your company and your industry and what you can do to impact the process.
Alex de Gunten, ARSA 2021 Government Affairs Chairman and Business Development Officer, HEICO
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA
Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations, ARSA

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Congressional Meetings (Scheduled Independently)
ARSA's legislative team will provide assistance as needed for Legislative Day attendees to schedule meetings with the offices of their elected officials.

11:00 a.m. | House Aviation Subcommittee Staff Briefing
Alex Burkett, Minority Staff
Holly Woodruff-Lyons, Minority Staff Director

1:30 p.m. | Oliver Wyman/ARSA 2021 Global Fleet & MRO Market Report
Tom Cooper, Vice President – Aerospace, Oliver Wyman

2:00 p.m. | Conversation with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)
AAR President John Holmes will present the 2021 ARSA Legislative Leadership Award to Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) for her outstanding efforts to enact economic relief legislation to protect repair station jobs and improve the regulatory and workforce environments for repair station.

3:00 p.m. | Senate Aviation Subcommittee Staff Briefing
Ronce Almond, Majority Staff, Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
Michael Reynolds, Deputy Policy Director, Senate Commerce Science & Transportation Committee

Annual Repair Symposium: Thursday, March 11, 2021

The centerpiece of Conference week, ARSA convenes a full day of substantive panel discussions covering key regulatory compliance and business issues.

8:30 a.m. | Welcome & Introductory Remarks
ARSA is the voice of the global aviation maintenance industry. Find out how the association is advocating for your interests with legislators, regulators and the media and how you can help advance the industry’s collective interests.
Sarah MacLeod, Executive Director, ARSA
Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President, ARSA

8:30 a.m. | Keynote Address
A. Bradly Mims, Deputy Administrator, FAA

9:00 a.m. | Break
9:15 a.m. | Opening Salvo—Conversations with the Regulators
International agencies will provide updates on the regulations, policies and procedures governing the maintenance industry. Note: While all participants listed will be involved in Conference content development, "active presenters" will depend on moderator needs.
Rick Domingo, Executive Director, Flight Standards Service, FAA
Dan Elgas, Manager, Strategic Policy Branch, FAA
Thomas Mickler, Washington Representative, EASA
Karl Specht, Principal Coordinator, Organisation Approvals, EASA
David Malins, Head of Airworthiness, UK CAA
Neil Williams, Safety Policy Manager, Operations, UK CAA
Jeff Phipps, Chief, Operational Airworthiness, Standards Branch, Transport Canada Civil Aviation
João Souza Dias Garcia, Manager, Operations Regulations and Support, ANAC Brazil
Li Heping, Continuous Airworthiness & Maintenance Division, Flight Standards Department, CAAC
Xue Shijun, Deputy Director General, Flight Standards Department, CAAC

10:45 a.m. | Break (Approximate; Opening Salvo to continue after)
12:30 p.m. | Lunch
2:00 p.m. | Careers in Crisis
While some believe the international business impacts of the pandemic - including furloughs and other workforce reductions - staved off a long-brewing human capital crisis, the opposite is true. Learn about how businesses can continue to focus on their people regardless of forces beyond their control.
Kyle Kaiser, President, Veteran Internships Providing Employment Readiness (VIPER)
April Keister, Quality Engineer, Barnes Aerospace

3:00 p.m. | Extended Break
4:00 p.m. | What Have We Learned?
Regardless of our best hopes, there will be no "return to normal" from the pandemic. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, if we make good on the lessons learned from a year of ongoing disruption.
P.J. Anson, CEO, STS Aviation Group
David Kelly, Vice President of Strategy & Marketing, HAECO Americas
William Morris, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Wencor Group
Brian Prentice, Partner, Oliver Wyman

Member Day: Friday, March 12, 2021


9:00 a.m. | Annual Membership Meeting
ARSA's Managing Director will discuss the state of the association and update members on goals and priorities for the coming year. Following the membership presentation, members will hear from the FAA's Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety.
Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, FAA

10:00 a.m. | ARSA Workshop
The ARSA team will close out the event by walking through a series of key initiatives and updates from the association's work on behalf of the industry.
To stand up for ARSA and the maintenance community by sponsoring the 2021 Annual Conference, contact Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto or submit your interest using the registration form. To download a PDF containing these options, click here.

Platinum – $10,000

Notation in all publicity, marketing and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, conference attendee contact list, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, specific thank you in ARSA periodicals, ten hours of free online training, complementary registration options include three participants (virtual or in person) for the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as either (a) three virtual participants in Legislative Day or (b) three in-person attendees to entire event. At the Platinum Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (please note the list in this document does not reflect current availability):
  • Virtual Conference Experience
  • Executive to Executive Briefings
  • Legislative Day – All Day
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Ice Breaker Reception
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Club Lounge Happy Hour
Projected value of benefits and services (advertising, training, complimentary event attendance): At least $9,500
Thank you to the 2020 Platinum Sponsors
AeroKool Aviation
Coopesa
Lufthansa Technik
Moog Aircraft Group
Wencor Group

Gold – $7,500

Notation in all publicity, marketing and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, conference attendee contact list, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, specific thank you in ARSA periodicals, five hours of free online training, complementary registration options include two participants (virtual or in person) for the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as either (a) two virtual attendees Legislative Day or (b) two in-person attendees to entire event. At the Gold Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (please note the list in this document does not reflect current availability):
  • Congressional Directories/Resources
  • Legislative Priorities Brochures/Resources
  • Digital Companion/Electronic Materials
  • Legislative Day – Continental Breakfast
  • Legislative Day – Congressional Briefing and Luncheon
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Continental Breakfast
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Luncheon with Special Guest
Projected value of benefits and services (advertising, training, complimentary event attendance): At least $6,750.
Thank you to the 2020 Gold Sponsors
Aircraft Electric Motors
Columbia Helicopters
Component Repair Technologies
Delta TechOps
First Aviation Services, Inc.

Silver – $3,500

Notation in all publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, conference attendee contact list, specific email alerts to association contacts), recognition in event materials and from the podium, complementary registration options include one participant (virtual or in person) for the Executive to Executive Briefings as well as either (a) one virtual registration to Legislative Day or (b) one in-person attendee to entire event. At the Silver Level, sponsors may select one of the following to specifically support (please note the list in this document does not reflect current availability):
  • Nametag Lanyards
  • Hotel Room Keys
  • Annual Repair Symposium – Coffee Break
Projected value of benefits and services (advertising, complimentary event attendance): At least $3,200.
Thank you to the 2020 Silver Sponsors
AeroTEC
The Giles Group
HAECO Americas
HEICO
SONICO
Turbine Controls

Supporter – $2,500

Notation in all publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch, ARSA team email signatures, specific email alerts to association contacts), and recognition in event materials and from the podium. Projected value of benefits and services (advertising): At least $1,750.

Contributor – $500-$2,499 (or equivalent in-kind support as appropriate)

Notation in some publicity, marketing, and periodicals (e.g., the hotline, Dispatch), and recognition in event materials and from the podium. Thank you to the 2020 Contributors
AOG Reaction
Jet Aircraft Maintenance, Inc.
Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C.
Safran
The Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Government Service First bestowed on Leo Weston himself in 2005, the Weston award honors an instrumental figure in ARSA's birth by recognizing individuals who embody his commitment to the industry's safety and success. The symposium provides a venue for association members and invited guests from around the world to network and discuss issues that matter to the aviation maintenance industry. It is the perfect time to respect the history of the repair station community and honor the good works of those who support it. Click here to learn more about the award. For information about the 2020 Weston Award honoree, click here.

Registration

To submit a sponsorship commitment, register or change or cancel an existing registration, complete the following form. After submission you will be redirected to a separate completion page. If you attempt to submit the form and this page reloads, please check for errors in your entries (usually an item has been skipped accidentally) and resubmit.

 


Sponsor Salute

Registration Form | Event Information | Sponsors

March 9-12, 2021
Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia & Online

Conference sponsors represent the best of ARSA’s membership. The 2021 list will continue to grow and every company represented in March will be standing up for the maintenance community by supporting its premier event. See and celebrate those that have already committed.

To learn how to join them (or to register to benefit from their investment), visit the event page. You may also contact ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto directly.

Platinum

     

Gold

     

Silver

     

Contributor

     

 


What You’ll See

Registration Form | Event Information | Sponsors

March 9-12, 2021
Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia & Online

The 2021 Conference will be different…but also very much the same as previous years. The “hybrid” nature of the event, which provides options for in-person or online attendance, will introduce new technology (remote connectivity tools!). Regardless, the camera lenses, computer screens and human eyes will experience the world-class content that has always been the cornerstone of the maintenance community’s premier event.

Get a feel of the recent past through the following short videos produced by Hothouse Media, which use footage and interviews filmed during the 2019 and 2020 events. Learn more about this year’s plan and reserve your place by visiting arsa.org/news-media/events/arsa-conference.

2020 Annual Conference – ARSA: A Factor in Industry Success

2019 Annual Conference – Catch a Glimpse

 


Familiar Tools

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March 9-12, 2021
Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia & Online

ARSA is working with InReach Continuing Education Solutions, which provides the training platform used for the association’s training program, to deliver the online portion of the 2021  Annual Conference.

Any of the association’s hundreds of training users will be quite familiar with InReach’s system and how to access ARSA content through it. For those who want to learn about – or brush up on – the experience, this is the perfect time to learn by registering for a session.

To learn about the online training program, visit arsa.org/training-2/arsa-training or review the menus below. Regardless of how you get to know the tools, be sure you’re registered to utilize them during the Annual Conference from March 9-12.

ARSA Online Training

Price: One-hour sessions are $75 for ARSA Members and $150 Non-Members. Classes with special pricing are indicated on this page. (Member prices provided to certain associations through reciprocal arrangements. Sessions will often be available at lower prices through bundles, coupons and other special opportunities.)
Government employees: Contact ARSA directly for auditing opportunities.
Registration: Registration and payment may be processed directly through the training platform/course catalog (free account creation required).
Technical questions and assistance: Click here for FAQ and technical support from training platform vendor.
Refunds: No refunds are granted for ARSA training sessions. When classes are canceled, registrants can choose from future courses of equal value. If a registrant is unable to attend a live session, their registration allows access to the on-demand, recorded version of the webinar.
IA Approval: A number of ARSA training sessions have been accepted for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal credit. These sessions are denoted on their registration page with their FAA course acceptance number (in red).
Benefits: Registration for an ARSA-provided training session includes:
  • Access to the live class session on the scheduled date (if applicable).
  • Unlimited access to the on-demand, recorded version of the webinar to be made available after the live session is complete (or at time of purchase, for on-demand classes).
  • A copy of the presentation and all reference material with links to relevant resources and citations.
  • A certificate* upon completion of the session as well as any required test material.
*Only registered participants are eligible to receive a completion certificate for each session. Certificates are delivered automatically via email after the completion criteria – usually viewing the session and submitting an associated test – are met.
OFM&K Training Portal: All of ARSA's training sessions are provided through OFM&K's training portal. As the training provider of choice for ARSA and a trusted resource for the aviation community, the firm's training materials represent a vital tool for entities pursuing regulatory compliance and business success. All of the courses are administered via PotomacLaw.InreachCE.com, which is not part of ARSA's website.

Complying with Part 145 – “Soup to Nuts” (Four Hours) Instructor: Sarah MacLeod Description: Specially recorded with a hand-picked audience for interactive discussion, this session thoroughly reviews 14 CFR part 145, discusses the application of the rule and overviews some practical implications of obtaining and maintaining a repair station certificate. Pricing Note: This is a four-hour session and is $300 for members and $600 for non-members. Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Sessions Accepted for IA Renewal Credit Eight of ARSA's on-demand training sessions have been accepted by the FAA for Inspection Authorization renewal credit under 14 CFR § 65.93. Each session is currently available for registration and immediate access:Click here to purchase all eight sessions (plus one required prerequisite) at a “bundled” discount – let ARSA take care of your IA renewal requirements this year. Click here to purchase all eight sessions (plus one required prerequisite) at a “bundled” discount.

The following general subject areas are covered by sessions currently available in ARSA's training library. Search these and other topics directly via the online training portal (click here to get started).

Aircraft Parts


Audit Activism & Prophylactic Lawyering


Drug & Alcohol Testing


Human Factors


Instructions for Continued Airworthiness


Parts 21, 43, 65, 145 (and others)


Public Aircraft"Going Global" - International Regulatory Law


Grassroots Advocacy


Recordkeeping – "Finishing the Job with Proper Paperwork"


The Fourth Branch of Government (Administrative Agencies and Procedures)


Self Disclosure Programs and Practices

 


Annual Meeting Announcement

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March 9-12, 2021
Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia & Online

The ARSA Annual Member Meeting is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference; this year it will take place during the Breakfast and Annual Report on Friday, March 12 at 8:00 a.m.

ARSA President Gary Fortner will address members regarding the state of the association. After Fortner’s presentation, attendees are welcomed and encouraged to raise matters relevant to ARSA and the industry it represents.

If you are unable to attend – conference registration is open – but would like to submit comments/questions to ARSA’s board, please do so via the mechanisms available on arsa.org/contact.

 


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Anti-Viral Measures

Feedback on PSP Extension

To keep tabs on all of ARSA’s work related to the current pandemic, visit arsa.org/anti-viral-measures.

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Department of Treasury published the Payroll Support Program Extension (PSP2) application for passenger air carriers and contractors.

The ARSA-supported program was originally created in March 2020 as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and has since provided assistance to more than 600 companies. PSP2 was created by the Consolidated Appropriations Act when it was enacted in December 2020.

Treasury closed the application portal at the end of January. While the agency had initially stated applications could be received after the Jan. 25 deadline – noting that late submissions might not be considered – it then shut down the system claiming the PSP2 was “oversubscribed.”

After the program’s rollout, ARSA was contacted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking feedback about the program. The GAO asked the following questions:

(1) What worked well and what has not worked as well for your members when applying for and receiving PSP2 funds (e.g., application process, guidance, communication from Treasury staff)?
(2) What are you members’ views on the requirements new to PSP2 (e.g., recalling employees)?
(3) Given the size of PSP2 payments and outlook for the aviation sector, will this be enough to allow your members’ to stay in business until passenger demand for air travel and related services recover? Please explain.
(4) What has worked well and what has not worked as well for your members with regard to Treasury’s process for monitoring compliance with the initial Payroll Support Program (PSP1) agreement terms, such as Treasury’s guidance, recipient portal, or outreach/enforcement?

The association’s team has collected input from several key members, if you have experience with either round of the Payroll Support Program you are encouraged to share it with ARSA.

 

Click the logo to go to the PSP2 information page.

 



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ARSA Works

Closing Out 2020

Each quarter the board of directors receives reports on the association’s activities and finances. Step into a board member’s shoes by reviewing the financial health and operations, legislative and regulatory reports highlighting advocacy on behalf of aviation safety between October and December 2020.

Financial Health

The association finished 2020 on budget. Considering the difficult business conditions experienced across the industry, the sustainment of member renewals and recruitment of new companies highlighted the industry’s continued commitment to the association.

Regulatory Advocacy

  • Followed NTSB decision on ARSA effort to intervene before Board in two cases concerning repairman certificate denials.
  • Delivered preliminary report of ARAC Part 145 Working Group.
  • Reported release of change 8 to the U.S.-EU Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG 8).
  • Engaged EASA regarding release to service under EU rules of aircraft with “protype” parts installed following issuance of a design approval consistent with the data referenced on the “prototype” EASA Form 1s/FAA 8130-3s, etc.
  • Reported on FAA Notice 8900.574, concerning “non-mandatory revision” to OpSpecs paragraphs for FAA-certificated repair stations located in the United Kingdom.
  • Reported on FAA and UK CAA presentations regarding agreements taking effect after Jan. 1, 2021 related to the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
  • Maintained pressure on FAA to initiate aviation maintenance workforce grant program.
  • Worked with FAA to create task to review and make recommendations on training for Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee (SOCAC) subcommittee—follow on action from work with Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee preliminary report in second bullet above.

Legislative and Lobbying

  • Successfully lobbied Congress for:
  • Supported bipartisan effort to create new public-private cost share program to provide economic relief to aviation manufactures and repair stations.
  • Executed agreement for enhanced ARSA congressional database and grassroots platform.
  • Participated in fundraiser for House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-Mo.).

Communications and Surveys

ARSA in the News – Selected Industry Coverage

A4A And Aviation Week Present 2020 MRO Awards
October 28, 2020 | Aviation Week
Three MRO luminaries, including ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod, received awards at Aviation Week Network’s virtual MRO Transatlantic event on Oct. 28.

2020 Aviation Maintenance Technician Award Recipients
November 13, 2020 | AviationPros
The newly incorporated Choose Aerospace, a coalition of stakeholders pursuing greater awareness of opportunities in aviation maintenance, is proud to announce its inaugural slate of scholarship and award recipients.

Using Aviation to Help Veterans Adjust to Civilian Life
November 18, 2020 | AOPA
VIPER is in the process of launching the VIPER Aviation Maintenance Program, working with the FAA, the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, and other groups on its design.

ARSA-placed Industry Editorials

AMT Magazine Maintenance Professionals Share Career Stories
October 2020 | Christian Klein
Aviation Week Focus On Outcomes To Evaluate Emerging Tech
October 2020 | Brett Levanto
Thoughts On A Lifetime In MRO Advocacy
November 2020 | Sarah MacLeod
Aviation Policy Forecast: What To Expect
December 2020 | Christian Klein
DOM Magazine Even Sobering Knowledge is Power
October 2020 | Christian Klein
Lawyers Ruin Everything
November 2020 | Sarah MacLeod
What Really Counts
December 2020 | Christian Klein

Surveys

Quick questions re: Engaging Elected Officials (October; 4 responses), 2021 Conference Planning (November/December; 61 Responses).

Events, Meetings and Training

Events

Opened registration for the 2021 Annual Conference.

Meetings

  • Sarah participated in six meetings of FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) and working groups.
  • Brett and Sarah coordinated six meetings related to ARSA’s repair station manual compilation.
  • Brett participated in eight FAA Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force and subcommittee meetings.
  • Christian participated in dozens of lobbying coalition meetings related to aviation workforce and economic relief legislation.
  • Sarah participated in a Helicopter Association International (HAI) “Ask an Aviation Attorney” HAI@Work webinar (Oct. 1).
  • Christian and Brett held coordination meetings with Oliver Wyman (Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11).
  • Christian presented to the Regional Aviation of Russian and CIS 2020 Conference (Oct. 20).
  • Christian participated in a Runway to Recovery Coalition meetings (Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 1).
  • Marshall participated in the Quadrilateral Maintenance Management Team industry meetings (Oct. 23, 26).
  • Brett participated in a meeting with representatives from Veteran Internships Providing Employment Readiness (VIPER) to discuss military-to-industry transition (Oct. 30).
  • Sarah participated in an FAA Safety Oversight and Certification Oversight Committee and related subcommittee meetings (Nov. 4, Dec. 1, Dec. 16).
  • Sarah participated in a FAA Flight Standards Transparency, Performance, Accountability, Efficiency Aviation Rulemaking Committee meeting (Nov. 4).
  • Brett presented on the impact of COVID-19 on repair station staffing as part of the Global Airline Training and Simulation Conference (Nov. 10).
  • Sarah participated in a Safety Oversight and Certification Aviation Rulemaking Committee Sub Team Reports meeting (Nov. 19).
  • Christian and Brett participated in a briefing by FAA and UK CAA about BREXIT implications for the maintenance sector (Dec. 2).
  • Marshall participated in EASA Engineering and Maintenance Technical Committee meetings (Dec. 3, Dec. 4).
  • Christian participated in TSA’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee annual public meeting (Dec. 10).

Board Administrative

The board approved a resolution to move forward with distribution and sales of the new ARSA Model RSQM Compilation in conjunction with the law firm which manages the association and produced the content of the documents.

 


FAA Opens Grant Program Applications

On Jan. 19, the FAA announced it was officially accepting applications for both of the new aviation workforce development grant programs mandated by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.

The Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grants provide money to expand the pilot workforce and educate students to become pilots, aerospace engineers or unmanned aircraft systems operators. The Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers Workforce Development Grants will help prepare a more inclusive talent pool of aviation maintenance technicians. Applicants from academia and the aviation community can submit applications through www.grants.gov through March 22.

Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 for any single grant per fiscal year.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity for each grant provides detailed information on eligibility, deadlines, evaluation criteria and application procedures. To ensure fair and open competition for the grants, answers to public questions will be posted on the FAA website at www.faa.gov/go/awd. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the site to review answers to frequently asked questions, eligibility requirements and guidelines that may assist them to complete their grant application.

ARSA and its allies have been working with the agency throughout its development of the program. The association’s understanding is this first round of grants will disburse funds appropriated for 2020, which had been authorized by Congress but not expended. Since the  programs were again fully funded for FY 2021 (as part of the year-end omnibus), there will be another solicitation later in the year to utilize the 2021 funds. While the government’s plans may change and for the sake of demonstrating the importance of workforce investments, interested parties should move quickly to submit an application.

In the months ahead, ARSA will be encouraging Congress to once again fully fund the programs for FY 2022 while monitoring implementation to ensure the grants serve the collective objective of a strong, well-trained aviation workforce.

Key links and resources for the maintenance community:

(1) FAA Aviation Workforce Grant Programs Information Page
(2) FAA Application Procedures for Workforce Development Grants
(3) Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Aviation Maintenance Workforce Grant Program

ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein issued the following statement in recognition of the opening of applications:

“The launch of the grant programs is another important step towards solving the maintenance industry’s long-standing workforce challenges. ARSA appreciates the bipartisan support the programs have received on Capitol Hill and the partnership of our many allies from across the aviation industry who helped us reach this milestone.

“Unfortunately, we find ourselves in very different circumstances than when the program was conceived more than three years ago. Today, in addition to fostering collaboration between schools, businesses, unions and government to recruit and prepare the next generation for successful aviation careers as maintenance technicians, these grants will also help rebuild our workforce in the wake of unprecedented economic disruption.

“We hope ARSA members will step up, partner with others in their communities and seize the important opportunity these new programs represent.”

Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 for any single grant per fiscal year. Applications are due into www.grants.gov by March 22 and do not require the previous submission of a notice of intent (which the FAA had encouraged – but not required – be done by Jan. 29).

For more information on the program development and a chronicle of ARSA’s leadership of the effort beginning in 2018, visit arsa.org/grant-program.

For a detailed review of the grant application process, read this month’s “Legal Brief.”

 



Reviewing US-EU MAG Change 8

The new Maintenance Annex Guidance (change 8) associated with the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the United States and the European Union will enter into force on March 19, 2021.

ARSA’s expectation is that few, if any, changes will be required for U.S.-based repair stations with existing EASA supplements. Members that have not done so already should consider making references to the MAG “generic”; remove mentions of specific change levels so future editorial updates are not required.

To assist in review, the association has prepared two basic cross reference documents (clicking each of the following links will download the related Microsoft Word Document):

(1) U.S.-EU MAG, SECTION A – SPECIAL CONDITIONS – CROSS REFERENCE
(2) U.S.-EU MAG, SECTION B, APPENDIX 1 – GUIDANCE FOR THE EASA SUPPLEMENT – CROSS REFERENCE

Complete the documents by noting the “compliance reference” in your manuals, EASA supplement and/or related documentation associated with each element. Make changes to your system as necessary; if none is required, send a message like the following to your inspector:

Dear XXX,

Please find attached cross reference matrices to the U.S.-EU MAG Section A—Special Conditions and Section B, Appendix 1—Guidance for the EASA Supplement showing our current RSM and Supplement complies with MAG 8. Frankly, the differences between MAG 7 and 8 were grammatical and typographical in nature. Capitalized items became lower case, “shall” changed to “must”, “will” to “shall”, previously completely spelled out items became acronyms and the like, thus no changes to our RSM or Supplement are required to comply with the March 2021 deadline.

If you have any questions, refer to arsa.org/mag or contact the association.

 


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.

 


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Regulatory Update

FAA Activates “Dynamic Regulatory System”

On Jan. 15, the FAA made its new Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS) available to the public. The system combines more than 65 document types from more than a dozen different repositories into a single searchable application, centralizing guidance material from the Flight Standards Information System (FSIMS) and the agency’s Regulatory and Guidance Library (RGL). The system is updated every 24 hours and includes pending and current versions of all documents along with their revision history and links to the Code of Federal Regulations provision on which the document is based.

The agency has stated it will continue to add features and document types to the DRS, eventually “sunsetting” FSIMS and the RGL. 

To access the system, visit drs.faa.gov.

 


Releasing UK-registered Aircraft for Service

To ensure aircraft registered in the United Kingdom can be approved for return to service by EASA-approved part 145 certificate holders, the U.K. CAA issued Decision No. 3. The decision follows the requirements of a 2013 EASA regulatory interpretation requiring the “foreign authority” affirmatively state that an EASA part 145 certificate holder release is acceptable.

The U.K. CAA requires:

(1) The EASA part 145 certificate be issued before December 31, 2020. After that date, for US located repair stations, the U.S.-U.K. BASA and Maintenance Agreement Guidance (MAG) applies to U.S. based repair stations.
(2) That particular language be used in the “maintenance release” document.

To access the complete U.K. CAA Decision No. 3 document, click here.

To review the EASA 2013 regulatory interpretation, click here.

Repair stations in the US need to familiarize themselves with the U.S.-U.K. MAG. To download a copy, click here.

To access ARSA’s information page on Brexit, click here.

 


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Legal Brief

Editor’s note: This material is provided as a service to association members for educational and informational purposes only. It does not constitute legal or professional advice and is not privileged or confidential.

Grant Application Circuitous but Worthwhile

By Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President

The association-driven grant program to support aviation maintenance workforce development passed a major milestone with the FAA’s release of the long-awaited Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The program created by the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Law (Sec. 625) is now officially up and running for grant applications of between $25,000 and $500,000.

The application process might look intimidating and complex, but not to an industry that runs on government processes, forms and documentation. With this overview and a detailed review of the NOFO and its sources and resources, ARSA members can submit strong applications.

Where can I obtain information and the program and how to apply?

Since the article cites page numbers in the NOFO, the first step is to retrieve and keep that document handy.

To access the NOFO and related program information:

(1) Click here OR go to grants.gov, search for “20-FAA-AWD-AM-1” and click the “20-FAA-AWD-AM-1” link under “Matching Results.”
(2) From the maintenance workforce grant program main page, you can obtain relevant documents and forms to apply.

  • The NOFO is on the “Related Documents” tab.
  • The various application forms are on the “Package” tab and can be accessed by clicking the “Preview” link.

There are several other web pages with more information:

Who is eligible to apply?

One or more of any of the following entities (pages 7 to 9):

  • An organization that holds an FAA certificate issued under 14 CFR parts 21, 121, 135 or 145.
  • A labor organization representing aviation maintenance workers.
  • An accredited institution of higher education or a high school or secondary school.
  • A state or local governmental unit.

While the law contemplated joint applications (i.e., by an aviation company/union, school, AND governmental entity), the FAA is allowing individual applicants, while encouraging partnerships. The NOFO (pages 8-9) states that:

Individual entities, teams, and new providers able to prove they meet the eligibility requirements may apply for a grant.  The Government encourages applicants to partner with others as appropriate to satisfy Congressional intent in the Act and to otherwise meet the requirements of the merit criteria, without limitation, to help the applicant provide additional opportunities, assistance and resources to ensure success and sustainability of the proposed project.

Entities may only submit one application as a “lead” applicant but can participate in more as a non-lead member (page 7). As with most government grants, entities that have been debarred or suspended from doing business with the federal government are disqualified from participating in the program (page 9).

When are applications due?

Submission must be by 11:59pm eastern time on March 22, 2001 (page 2).

How much money is available?

The NOFO makes a total of $5 million dollars available, which the FAA is drawing from the funds appropriated by Congress for 2020. The minimum grant award is $25,000, the maximum is $500,000 with no cost-share or matching contributions required (page 9). Looking forward, Congress has already appropriated an additional $5 million for 2021 so the agency plans an additional application cycle later in the year to disburse the next round of money.

How may grant money be used?

The law was drafted to support a wide variety of recruitment and training initiatives. In addition to the specified activities, the law and NOFO include a catch-all category for initiatives that “otherwise enhance aviation maintenance technical education or the aviation maintenance industry workforce” (page 5-6). Specific program concepts include those that:

  • Establish new educational programs that teach technical skills used in aviation maintenance, including purchasing equipment, or to improve existing programs.
  • Establish scholarships or apprenticeships for individuals pursuing employment in the aviation maintenance industry.
  • Support outreach about careers in the aviation maintenance industry to primary, secondary or post-secondary school students or to communities underrepresented in the industry.
  • Support educational opportunities related to aviation maintenance in economically disadvantaged geographic areas.
  • Support transition to careers in aviation maintenance, including for members of the Armed Forces.

Grant money may not be used to offset pre-award costs or application expenses or for facility construction or research. Administrative costs may not exceed 10 percent of the grant award. Applicants can elect to accept a cap of 10 percent on de minimis indirect costs or negotiate an alternative rate with the government (page 15).

How soon must the money be spent?

Generally, money must be expended by the recipient within 12 to 18 months of the award (page 7).

How much oversight will the FAA perform of grant awardees?

In addition to regular progress reports and a final report due within 90 days of the end of performance period, the agency reserves the right to conduct site visits of application institutions and facilities to observe curriculum delivery and review all documents related to grant performance (page 7).

What technical requirements are associated with the grant application process?

Applicants must be registered in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) (page 17). (Creating an individual user account to register your entity is free.)

When submitting the application, a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI, also called a DUNS Number) is required (page 12) and can be obtained through fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

Grants.gov, the online system for submitting application also requires registration.

Many ARSA members already do business with the federal government, so the company may be registered in SAM and have a UEI/DUNS number. Coordinate internally to avoid duplicate registrations and the resultant confusion or delay.

What must be included in the application?

Appendix II of the NOFO (page 29) contains a checklist of the documents and information that must be submitted. All referenced forms are accessible online (see, ”Where can I obtain information and the program and how to apply?” above). The application package must include:

  • SAM registration information.
  • The entity’s UEI/DUNS number.
  • Documentation showing the applicant’s proof of eligibility (e.g., a copy of your FAA certificate).
  • A copy of the lead applicant’s most recent audit (if available).
  • A signed cover letter from the applicant (lead) and all non-lead co-applicants providing a narrative description of the project (see below).
  • Contact information for the project lead.
  • A completed Standard Form (SF) 424 (“Application for Federal Assistance”)
  • Budget information, including a completed SF-424A (“Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs” and budget narrative.
  • SF-424B (“Assurances for Non-Construction Programs”).
  • Project Abstract Summary, including a completed Eligible Project Attachment form.
  • SF-LLL (“Disclosure of Lobbying Activities”).
  • Project/Performance Site Locations form.
  • Key Contacts/personnel attachment form.
  • ACH Vendor Payment Enrollment form.

What must be included in the narrative description?

The narrative cannot be longer than 25 pages, it must be double-spaced, use 12-point Times New Roman font, have one-inch margins and page numbers on the lower right corner of each page (page 10). The content must include:

  • An abstract briefly describing the project and why it is eligible for funding (i.e., that it will support one or more of the types of activities for which grants may be used).
  • Applicant (lead) information, including (as appropriate) information about non-lead partner organizations describing the role of each.
  • Any conflicts of interest and how they will be mitigated.
  • A detailed project overview, including a description of activities, benefits, performance goals and metrics, an explanation of applicant’s ability to carry out the project, what resources the applicant will provide to support the project, how activities will be monitored, assessed, and documented and a project timeline.
  • A specific funding request (supported by the various budget documents).

How will the FAA judge applications?

The agency has identified the following as factors it will use to judge applications, so be sure to address them in your narrative (page 16 – 17):

(1) Project plan. Is the plan clear and achievable? Has the applicant included a budget, a schedule of activities and a description of objectives, performance measurements and the roles various partners (if applicable)?
(2) Applicant resources. Does the applicant have facilities, equipment and human resources to successfully complete the project?
(3) Project impact. To what extent does the proposed project support the education and recruitment of aviation maintenance technical workers and the development of the industry’s workforce? Are the objectives and outcomes clearly identified? Can the program be repeated by other entities? What partnerships and collaborative strategies are envisioned?
(4) Project administration. Has the applicant provided a clear and achievable plan to control expenses and described how project activities will be monitored, assessed, and documented?

All federal programs are complicated, but members identified technician shortage as the biggest strategic threat to the industry; with repair stations foregoing more than $1 billion per year in lost business opportunity. ARSA delivered the means to receive help.

As maintenance activity increase, the technician shortage will be more acute. Now is the time to address workforce challenges by using federal resources for long-term dividends.

 


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ARSA on the Hill

The Next Round

By Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President

After weeks of political chaos, the 117th Congress is finally up and running. The November elections left both chambers in Democratic hands. The House of Representatives by a smaller minority; and with the January’s special elections in Georgia costing the GOP two Senate seats leaving Vice President Kamala Harris with the tie breaking vote.

As the hotline went to press, the Senate’s leaders had agreed to a power-sharing deal modeled on rules from 20 years ago; the last time the chamber was split down the middle.  Democrats will control chairmanships, but committees will have the same number of members from both parties.  Republican and Democratic committee staff budgets will also be equal.  Democrats, however, can break legislative logjams when committees are deadlocked.

Minor Changes to Key Committees

Leadership on key committees affecting aviation has changed very little.  Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), formerly the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee will be chair with the former Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) as the ranking member.  The two have a good working relationship with a bipartisan approach to aviation policy, so we expect the Commerce Committee to continue to function as it has. Senate aviation subcommittee leaders will be named shortly.

Nothing changes on the House side of Capitol Hill: Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) remains chair of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee; Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) stays the ranking member. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) is the aviation subcommittee chair and Rep. Garrett Graves (R-La.), the ranking member.

Register Now for ARSA Legislative Day – March 10

Economic relief and training to rebuild the industry’s workforce are front and center.

Attendees will receive briefings from ARSA staff and House and Senate aviation policymakers. AAR President John Holmes will present the association’s 2021 Legislative Leadership Award and Oliver Wyman will release the ARSA 2021 market forecast and jobs report.

In-person meetings with congressional offices will be replaced by online conversations. It is through these personal exchanges that ARSA and its members have achieved notable victories, including:

  • Creating a new aviation workforce grant program,
  • Securing billions in economic relief,
  • Preventing passage of anti-repair station legislation, and
  • Enacting legislation to update aviation technician training rules.

With the ease of on-line communication, ARSA looks forward to its members educating the new Congress and administration about the industry and its bipartisan policy agenda.

Register here. To arrange an online conversation with your congressional representatives, contact Christian Klein through arsa@arsa.org.

More Relief for Aviation Under Discussion

After approving President Biden’s cabinet, the first order of business for the new Congress is another stimulus/economic relief package. The clock is ticking; important parts of the deal reached in December expire in mid-March.

President Biden has proposed a $1.9 trillion plan. Republicans rejected that big a package but have left the door open to a smaller deal. To ensure a stimulus package can move forward without GOP support, Democrats can use reconciliation, which allows budget-related legislation to pass the Senate with a simple majority. The device used by Republicans during the 115th Congress to pass President Trump’s tax reform bill.

The omnibus bill passed in December extended federal relief that benefited many ARSA members, including the Paycheck Protection and Payroll Support Programs. For others in the aviation supply chain that do not qualify, ARSA has allied with other organizations to promote more comprehensive relief that would broadly benefit maintainers and manufacturers.

The Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Act was reintroduced in January by House aviation subcommittee chairman Larsen and Rep. Ron Estes (R-Ks.). The bill would authorize the Department of Transportation to enter six-month, renewable cost-sharing agreements with eligible companies to keep at risk workers on the payroll.  The legislation was modified from last year’s version to allow money to be used for training, which ARSA members have identified as a priority for recalled and new-hire workers.

ARSA is building support to include the language in the economic relief package discussed above.

 


Want to Learn More About ARSA PAC?

ARSA’s Political Action Committee helps elect congressional candidates who share ARSA’s commitment to better regulation and a strong aviation maintenance sector.   In this critical election year, ARSA PAC has never been more important.  But ARSA is prohibited from sending PAC information to members who haven’t opted in to receive it.

Please take a second to give us prior approval to talk to you about ARSA PAC.  Doing so in no way obligates you to support PAC.  It just opens the lines of communication.

Click here to give ARSA your consent today.

 


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Training

Make ARSA Training Work for 2021

ARSA’s online training program represents its most-valuable benefit to the aviation industry: knowledge gained through training and experience. The association’s team has turned its decades of work on behalf of aviation maintenance into more than 80 hours of on-demand content.

While sessions are available for registration at any time – ARSA member discounts available – companies can also incorporate the association’s training into their regular programs:

(1) Subscription. Make up-front, bulk purchases of training hours. The details of each subscription can be customized, including focus on specific subject areas (e.g., human factors) or options for specially-priced session access after the initial hours have been used.

(2) “Championing” a session. Guarantee a certain number of attendees for training in a particular topic that will also be made available for general registration. Variations include open registration for a live session (i.e., company personnel participate at the same time as general registrants) or a company-specific live event for which a recorded version (not including any company-specific information) is made available for on-demand registration.

(3) Tailored training. Contract ARSA’s management firm Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C. to produce or modify training specific to your organization. The team can then re-record it (or offer it as a separate live session) for ARSA’s training program. Tailored programs are priced differently from ARSA’s hourly rate and are administered by OFM&K, which allows for a client engagement and related attorney-client privilege for all discussion.

Click here to go directly to the training platform (operated by ARSA’s management firm) and begin reviewing available sessions.

For more information about ARSA’s training program, review the menus below. If you have questions or would like to learn more about ways to integrate ARSA training into your own program, contact Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto (brett.levanto@arsa.org).

Price: One-hour sessions are $75 for ARSA Members and $150 Non-Members. Classes with special pricing are indicated on this page. (Member prices provided to certain associations through reciprocal arrangements. Sessions will often be available at lower prices through bundles, coupons and other special opportunities.)
Government employees: Contact ARSA directly for auditing opportunities.
Registration: Registration and payment may be processed directly through the training platform/course catalog (free account creation required).
Technical questions and assistance: Click here for FAQ and technical support from training platform vendor.
Refunds: No refunds are granted for ARSA training sessions. When classes are canceled, registrants can choose from future courses of equal value. If a registrant is unable to attend a live session, their registration allows access to the on-demand, recorded version of the webinar.
IA Approval: A number of ARSA training sessions have been accepted for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal credit. These sessions are denoted on their registration page with their FAA course acceptance number (in red).
Benefits: Registration for an ARSA-provided training session includes:
  • Access to the live class session on the scheduled date (if applicable).
  • Unlimited access to the on-demand, recorded version of the webinar to be made available after the live session is complete (or at time of purchase, for on-demand classes).
  • A copy of the presentation and all reference material with links to relevant resources and citations.
  • A certificate* upon completion of the session as well as any required test material.
*Only registered participants are eligible to receive a completion certificate for each session. Certificates are delivered automatically via email after the completion criteria – usually viewing the session and submitting an associated test – are met.
OFM&K Training Portal: All of ARSA's training sessions are provided through OFM&K's training portal. As the training provider of choice for ARSA and a trusted resource for the aviation community, the firm's training materials represent a vital tool for entities pursuing regulatory compliance and business success. All of the courses are administered via PotomacLaw.InreachCE.com, which is not part of ARSA's website.

Complying with Part 145 – “Soup to Nuts” (Four Hours) Instructor: Sarah MacLeod Description: Specially recorded with a hand-picked audience for interactive discussion, this session thoroughly reviews 14 CFR part 145, discusses the application of the rule and overviews some practical implications of obtaining and maintaining a repair station certificate. Pricing Note: This is a four-hour session and is $300 for members and $600 for non-members. Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Sessions Accepted for IA Renewal Credit Eight of ARSA's on-demand training sessions have been accepted by the FAA for Inspection Authorization renewal credit under 14 CFR § 65.93. Each session is currently available for registration and immediate access:Click here to purchase all eight sessions (plus one required prerequisite) at a “bundled” discount – let ARSA take care of your IA renewal requirements this year. Click here to purchase all eight sessions (plus one required prerequisite) at a “bundled” discount.

The following general subject areas are covered by sessions currently available in ARSA's training library. Search these and other topics directly via the online training portal (click here to get started).

Aircraft Parts


Audit Activism & Prophylactic Lawyering


Drug & Alcohol Testing


Human Factors


Instructions for Continued Airworthiness


Parts 21, 43, 65, 145 (and others)


Public Aircraft"Going Global" - International Regulatory Law


Grassroots Advocacy


Recordkeeping – "Finishing the Job with Proper Paperwork"


The Fourth Branch of Government (Administrative Agencies and Procedures)


Self Disclosure Programs and Practices

The association’s training program is provided through Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C., the firm that manages ARSA. To go directly to OFM&K’s online training portal, visit potomaclaw.inreachce.com. To learn more about the association’s training program and see course availability, visit arsa.org/training.

What training do you need? Contact ARSA to let the association know and help get it developed.

 



ARSA Training for IA Renewal

In early 2020, the FAA informed ARSA of a 24-month extension to the expiration dates for each of the association’s online training sessions found acceptable for Inspection Authorization renewal credit under 14 CFR § 65.93. The original eight IA renewal sessions produced by ARSA will now remain acceptable until 2023:

Click here to purchase all eight sessions (plus one required prerequisite) at a “bundled” discount – let ARSA take care of your IA renewal requirements this year.

ICA – The Basics
IA Course Acceptance: C-IND-IM-170830-K-010-002
This session provides an overview of the regulatory basis for ICA, including what documents are considered ICA and the obligations of design approval holders to prepare, furnish and otherwise make them available under 14 CFR § 21.50(b). It also covers the related regulations that apply to operators and maintenance providers regarding the use of ICA and their availability. Finally, it shows how the FAA has interpreted some of the more important ICA requirements in Order 8110.54.

ICA – Case Study: Testing Your Knowledge
IA Course Acceptance: C-IND-IM-170830-K-010-001
This session tests the participants’ knowledge of the ICA regulations in Title 14 CFR and FAA guidance by presenting several hypothetical case studies. Each one will focus on one or more of the significant ICA regulatory principles. 

Major/Minor – Major Pain Over a Minor Issue
IA Course Acceptance: C-IND-IM-170830-K-010-003
This session reviews the regulations that govern the terms “major” and “minor” in the world of civil aviation repairs and alterations. Learn the regulatory facts and how to train your FAA inspector so this minor issue doesn’t become a major pain in the derrière.

Part 21 – Overview
IA Course Acceptance: C-IND-IM-170830-K-010-004
This session provides an overview of the aviation safety regulations governing design and production of civil aviation products and articles as well as airworthiness certification of civil aircraft.

Part 65 – Getting a Mechanic’s Certificate
IA Course Acceptance: C-IND-IM-170830-K-010-005
This session reviews the requirements of 14 CFR part 65 subpart D, which concerns aviation mechanics. It walks through the requirements for an individual to apply for a mechanic’s certificate, then defines the privileges and limitations bestowed on that individual by his or her certificate. Finally, it covers the enhancements to a mechanic’s privileges produced by obtaining Inspection Authorization.

Recordkeeping for Mechanics
IA Course Acceptance: C-IND-IM-170830-K-010-006
This session defines the regulatory responsibilities of the operator versus the maintenance provider in creating and maintaining maintenance records, including how obligations can be shifted by contract, but not under aviation safety regulations. It also covers maintenance recordkeeping regulations; the documents essential to making airworthiness determinations.

Regulations Impacting the Purchase of Aircraft Parts
IA Course Acceptance: C-IND-IM-170830-K-010-007
This session reviews the civil aviation regulations in Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations that impact the purchase of civil aviation parts, as well as other requirements that should be considered.

What is “Acceptable to the Administrator”? – The Performance Rules of § 43.13
IA Course Acceptance: C-IND-IM-170830-K-010-008
This session provides an overview of the regulations that use the language “acceptable to” the Federal Aviation Administration and how to determine what makes something acceptable to the agency.

More accepted training…

In addition to these eight sessions, ARSA has current FAA acceptance for 14 other hours of training from its Human Factors series.

Registration for an ARSA-provided training session includes:

  • Unlimited access for 90 days to the recording made available after the live session is complete.
  • A copy of the presentation and all reference material with links to relevant resources and citations.
  • A certificate upon completion of the class, as well as any test material.

The association’s training program is provided through Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C., the firm that manages ARSA. To go directly to OFM&K’s online training portal, visit PotomacLaw.inreachce.com. To learn more about the association’s training program and see course availability, visit arsa.org/training.

 


Regulatory Compliance Training

Test your knowledge of 14 CFR §§ 11.21 & 11.23 general rulemaking procedures.

Click here to download the training sheet.

 


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Membership

ARSA Member Survey Coming Soon

ARSA’s 2021 annual member survey invitation will be sent in February to the email address of every member primary contact. The message will be subjected “ARSA Member Survey Invitation” and come from arsa@arsa.org. Ensure the invitation makes it to your primary contact and that it gets the attention it deserves.

Responses to this year’s survey will be particularly important. Not only will data help improve ARSA services and support its work – as it always does – it will also build the useful description of pandemic impacts provided by “Part II” of the 2020 Member Survey. Please help by keeping an eye out for the invitation and then submitting…or stimulating your primary contact to submit on your company’s behalf.

(If you don’t know who the primary contact is, or don’t think the invitation got through, we can help.)

 


Colleagues Remember – Leo Weston

Since the announcement of Leo Weston’s passing in November of 2020, ARSA has been in touch with colleagues regarding remembrances and honors for the lifelong aviator. As a dedicated servant to the industry and instrumental figure in the association’s founding, Weston’s impact on others was deep; many who knew him have been working to carry on his work and keep his memory.

The first of those efforts has been a resounding success. Led by his fellow volunteer docents at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Smithsonian has raised $25,000 – meeting its fundraising goal – to honor Weston with a plaque on the Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp R-2000 engine on display in the facility’s “engine row.”

The short biography used in association with fundraising effort was drafted by ARSA to celebrate Weston’s commitment to the industry:

Leo dedicated his career to the aviation industry. He enlisted in the Army/Air Corps after high school and went on to work for Atlantic Aviation, Pan American Airlines, and the U.S. Overseas Airlines. Later in his career, Leo was offered a position at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Leo’s final career post was as an Aircraft Maintenance Inspector at the FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he advocated for the creation of an organization to represent the interests of maintenance providers. The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) was founded as a result, and in recognition of Leo’s role, the Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Service to Aviation Safety was created. The award honors individuals who embody Leo’s commitment to the industry. 

Weston’s fellow docents deserve grateful praise for their leadership and fundraising success. ARSA will continue to support any effort to recognize him and is working with other contacts to determine how else he can be remembered.

ARSA is also collecting memories of Weston’s life and work. If you knew or worked with him and have a story to tell, share it with the association.

To read the full announcement from November, visit arsa.org/arsa-remembers.

Leo in his “native habitat,” in front of a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine installed in a P-47 Thunderbolt. The “Dependable Engines” logo is clearly visible. In the background is a Curtiss-Wright R-3350 on the Enola Gay. The engines in the museum are quiet, but Leo brought them to life. Photo courtesy Joe Thomas.

 


Industry Input on Youth Engagement

Last July, ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto was appointed to the Department of Transportation’s Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force. Since the task force began its work in the late fall of 2020, Levanto and his fellow appointees have been collecting information regarding experiences with youth engagement, career development, workforce needs and industry readiness.

To assist in that work, the association requests input from its members and industry colleagues through the survey below.  It was designed by the task force’s subcommittee on trends, on which Levanto serves, and includes a series of open ended questions about programs, practices, successes and impediments for engaging youth.

In your responses, consider both your professional and personal experience. While the questions focus on aviation, you are encouraged to share good or bad experiences or insights from other industries, particularly if there is reasonable crossover into aerospace work.

If the embedded survey does not appear/load, open the survey independently by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/engagingyouthinaviation.

Note: The survey below is in an embedded window and you may need to scroll down within the window to see/click the “Submit” button.

To learn more about the Task Force’s work, visit arsa.org/youthtaskforce.

 


Welcome & Welcome Back – New & Renewing Members

ARSA’s members give the association life – its work on behalf of the maintenance community depends on the commitment of these organizations. Here’s to the companies that joined or renewed in January:

New Members

Aircraft Technologies Group, Inc., R01
Aviation & Marketing International, Inc., R01
Colorado Northwestern Community College, EDU
Federal Aerospace Institute LLC, EDU
James Campanella, Affil
Daniel, Michael, EDU
Pem-Air, LLC, R02
US Technicians, Inc., R01
Valcor Engineering Corporation, R01

Renewing Members

Aerotech Engineering Consultants, Affil, 2016
Air Shunt Instruments, Inc., R02, 1999
Aircraft Component Repair, Inc., R03, 1987
ATP USA, Inc, R01, 2017
Austin Aerotech Repair Services Inc., R01, 2012
Aviation Avionics & Instruments, Inc., R03, 2012
Aviation Instruments Repair Specialists (AIRS), Inc., R03, 1994
Barfield Precision Electronics, LLC, R04, 1996
Brothers Aviation Maintenance Services, Inc., R01, 2016
Central Cylinder Service, Inc., R01, 1985
Cobalt Aero Services, R03, 2012
Consolidated Turbine Specialists, LLC, R03, 2018
Delta TechOps, Corp, 2002
Gardner Aviation Specialist, Inc. dba Precision Aircraft Services, R01, 2018
Helicopter Services, Inc., R01, 2019
Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, R04, 2018
Ikhana Group, Inc. dba Ikhana Aircraft Holdings, LLC, R04, 2003
Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc., R05, 2006
Mach II Maintenance, R04, 2018
Marx, Dr. Robert, EDU, 2018
Mid-Continent Instruments & Avionics, R04, 1998
Moog, Inc., Corp, 1997
NORDAM Group LLC-Repair Division, Corp, 1984
Rapco, Inc., Assoc, 1990
Rotortech Services, Inc., R02, 2019
Skytech Aviation, Inc., R01, 2013
Southwest Turbine, Inc., R02, 2018
Southwind Aviation Supply, LLC, R02, 2008
Tailwind Inspection, Inc., R01, 2006
Tarrant County College, EDU, 2017
Team J.A.S., Inc., R02, 2004
The Giles Group, Affil, 2013
World Class Accessory, Inc., R01, 2007

 



A Member Asked…

Q: We hold FAA-PMA on a part by license agreement with a manufacturer, what is the requirement for what we should put on the 8130-3 in block 12 with approval issued for FAA/EASA dual release? We are having some internal debates and we’ve gotten some conflicting guidance from our local FAA office(s) on this subject. 

A: The straightforward answer to your question is in the “order” on how to complete an FAA Form 8130-3 for dual release. At the bottom of page 3-7 Order 8130.21H lists examples of the information that EASA expects in Block 12.

The analysis that gets you to that answer starts with compliance to § 43.9, since repair stations that have EASA part 145 certificate issued under the bilateral must comply with the domestic requirements in 14 CFR part 43 and 145 first.

For FAA purposes – a “single release” if you will – there are no requirements to put even the revision level of the CMM in the description of work performed required by
§ 43.9(a)(1). That “interpretation” can be found in the FAA’s Dynamic Regulatory System – search RCCB Decisions and look for the one dated Feb. 4, 2016: Revision Dates on Maintenance Manuals.

Next, the repair station has to look at 14 CFR part 145, which requires compliance with the air carrier customer’s directions under § 145.205; those customers normally require not only the CMM listed, by revision but also the service bulletins and replacement parts used. If the repair station’s quality manual says it is going to do something a certain way (like fill out the form in accordance with Order 8130.21H), it must follow its own requirements under §§ 145.207, 145.209 and 145.211.

Finally, we look at the MAG, and more importantly to the business, the EU operator requirements. Both EASA and EU customers expect a list of parts replaced and/or the entire “work order” that provides more detail on the repairs done and the parts replaced. If the replacement article is “life-limited” additional verbiage in Block 12 will be expected.

Thank you for asking ARSA—I hope the information answers your question and gave you a path for researching similar “issues” that may arise.

Member questions should be submitted directly to the association’s team via arsa.org/contact.

 


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Industry Calendar

Conference Dates Location
PNAA Annual Conference 2/8-11/2021 Virtual Platform
MRO Middle East Summit & Expo 3/1-3/2021 Dubai, UAE
ARSA Annual Conference 3/9-12/2021 Washington, DC
WAI Annual Conference 3/11-12/2021 Virtual Platform
World Aviation Training Summit (23rd) 4/20-21/2021 Orlando, FL
Aviation Safety Infoshare 4/20-22/2021 St. Louis, MO
MRO AmericasMRO Latin America (co-located) 4/27-29/2021 Orlando, FL
NBAA Maintenance Conference 5/11-13/2021 TBD
MRO Middle East 6/TBA/2021 Dubai, UAE
MRO BEER 6/8-10/2021 Istanbul, Turkey
AEA International Convention & Trade Show 6/22-25/2021 Dallas, TX
AeroEngines Americas 6/30-7/1/2021 Dallas, TX
MRO Asia-Pacific 9/21-23/2021 Singapore
RAA 45th Annual Convention 9/25-28/2021 Phoenix, AZ
Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) 10/12-14/2021 Las Vegas, NV
MRO Europe 10/19-21/2021 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
MARPA Annual Conference 10/TBD/2021 TBD
EASA-FAA International Aviation Safety Conference TBD/2022 TBD
 

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