2021 – Edition 8 – September 3

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Table of Contents

Note: The order of material varies in hotline emails, but is always presented the same on this landing page. Readers scrolling through content on or printing this page will find it organized consistent with the table of contents.

Taking Lead
Anti-Viral Measures
ARSA Works
Quality Time
Legal Brief
ARSA on the Hill
Industry Calendar

Taking Lead

Investing in Cost Avoidance

By Brett Levanto, Vice President of Operations

Executive Director Sarah MacLeod refers to ARSA as the maintenance community’s insurance policy. “Nobody calls me when they’re having a good day,” she explains regarding her constant attention to the regulatory compliance challenges of the international maintenance industry. Access to ARSA’s expertise saves precious hours and dollars that would have been lost in trying to navigate a problem alone.

An ARSA board member puts the value another way: cost avoidance. Belonging to the association, utilizing its resources, learning from its expertise, and networking through its events proactively limits future burdens.

To avoid future costs, invest in ARSA during the development of yearly budgets; plan support across the six pillars to ensure short- and long-term success:

  • Membership – The vital baseline amount that maintains access to ARSA’s wide range of member benefits.
  • Members getting members – Get your membership dues to zero! Sponsor new companies to join the association; ten percent of the new member’s paid dues is credited to your membership fee. Enjoy an immediate return for very little effort.
  • Publications for compliance – ARSA’s revamped Model RSQM Compilation and other compliance and advocacy materials can ensure efficient and effective regulatory compliance. Members are given a taste of the association’s publications through the free tools at org/publications.
  • Events – The Annual Conference, with its Executive-to-Executive Briefings, Legislative Day and Annual Repair Symposium, is the international civil aviation maintenance community’s premier event for regulatory compliance and networking. Dedicate funds for registration, sponsorship, and travel for immediate and future benefits.
  • Training – ARSA’s constantly-expanding training library has more than 80 on-demand sessions that your whole team can “attend” throughout the year. The money expended will be returned triple every time a compliance issue raises its head.
  • Sponsorship – Set aside funds to highlight the good work your company supports (send a message for guidance.)

Include an unprecedented return on investment in your company’s 2022 budget; supporting the association in multiple ways is simple and well-justified in immediate and long-term benefits.


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Anti-Viral Measures

FAA Global Leadership Meeting Goes Online

To keep tabs on all of ARSA’s work related to the pandemic, visit

On July 20, the FAA announced plans to host its 8th Annual Global Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 22-23. The event will focus on “Restart and Recovery.” On Aug. 18, the agency moved to an entirely-online format after originally advertising an in-person attendance option.

To see the event agenda, click here.

To register for the event, click here.

Visit for recaps of the 2017 and 2019 meetings.

Click the cover image to view the agenda.


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ARSA Works

Recruiting the President

On Aug. 5, ARSA joined a coalition of aviation stakeholders in a letter to President Biden outlining government actions to support technician career development.

“The pandemic took an enormous toll on the aviation maintenance industry,” the letter said. “Many seasoned workers left the industry…those departures have only exacerbated a long-standing and well-documented workforce crisis.”

Citing ARSA survey data as well as reports from the Aviation Technician Education Council, the submission advised the president to undertake four measures (for each, see related association work):

(1) Increase funding for FAA workforce grant programs (
(2) Facilitate military-to-civilian career transitions (
(3) Support establishment of National Center for Advancement of Aviation (July 27, 2020 update below).
(4) Message positively about transportation careers (

To read the full letter, click here, it was signed by the following organizations in addition to ARSA:

Aviation Technician Education Council
Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Organization
AAR Corp.
Choose Aerospace
Universal Technical Institute
STEM Education Coalition
Teamsters Airline Division


UK CAA, FAA “Special Arrangement” Session Materials

On Aug. 5,the FAA and UK CAA released the presentation materials associated with the agencies’ public outreach session covering their “Special Arrangement for the Continuity of Aircraft Certification Projects.”

 To access PDF copies of the presentation files, click each of the images above.

A recording of the session is available on the FAA’s YouTube channel:

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


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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Quality Time

Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed by contributing authors do not necessarily state or reflect those of ARSA and shall not be used for endorsement purposes.

“Like Google for Regulations”

By The FAA DRS Development Team

What do the letters DRS mean to you? The FAA hopes they will come to mean quite a lot (and asks for your help in the process).

The Dynamic Regulatory System is going to turn some heads. DRS is a comprehensive knowledge center that combines an ever-expanding number of document types from more than a dozen repositories into a single searchable application. It will keep growing.

Bottom line: When you’re researching the aviation safety rules, DRS will isolate what you need in moments, not hours.

“This is a win across the board: for AVS, FAA, and for all of aviation,” said Ali Bahrami, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety at the time of the system’s release. “Building DRS has been a huge undertaking. We reached beyond AVS to our global aviation partners. There’s a vast diversity of the kinds of jobs we do—and the kinds of information each of us looks for. DRS is a tailor-made solution for individuals as they do their own regulatory research. It’s like Google for aviation safety.”

DRS is a treasure trove. It centralizes aviation safety rules and related guidance. It includes all information found in the Flight Standards Information Management System, the agency’s Regulatory Guidance Library and more than a dozen other information sources. Information is updated every 24 hours.

Search results include links among and between CFR sections and related guidance or supporting documents – more than two million are available for search via a complex search engine. Users can make basic searches or construct advanced queries, applying a variety of filters to browse pending, current and historical versions of all documents.

In a word, DRS never gets old.

“The system represents a giant step forward in providing consistency and standardization of regulatory interpretation,” said DRS Program Manager Pete Devaris. “Research projects that used to take days of effort now can be done with a few clicks and in a matter of minutes.”

Making good on that giant step demands taking further steps. The system’s initial operating capabilities far exceed the requirements set by congressional mandates for DRS development, but there is much to be done. The FAA needs ARSA members’ help – along with the support of the entire aviation community – to improve the resource. As the agency adds features and functionality, it needs feedback right now:

(1) Make sure is bookmarked on every computer in your facility and a regular stop for regulatory compliance questions. )EDITOR’S NOTE: The authors encourage you to make the DRS your first stop for questions, but graciously accepted the assciation’s reminder that members should “Ask ARSA First.”)

(2) Carefully review instructions available at

(3) Every time you use the system, consider the experience. How could it be better? Submit thoughts by clicking on “DRS Feedback” on the top banner of the site and submitting the form.

The Dynamic Regulatory System is a comprehensive knowledge center of regulatory compliance material from the FAA Office of Aviation Safety. Get started with the DRS by visiting



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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.

EOs – What’s Old is New

By Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President

Last month ARSA reported on President Biden’s recent executive order (EO) directing agencies to consider how regulations and policies affect competition in regulated industries. To take advantage of the “new” directive, ARSA wrote Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson and the White House describing the anticompetitive impact of FAA’s inconsistent enforcement of maintenance manual rules.

The association is on constant alert for ways to leverage government actions to members’ advantage; using EOs to that end is nothing new. In 2017, when President Trump issued similar regulatory reform EOs, ARSA and Airlines for America (A4A) jointly submitted a list of rules ripe for modification or elimination.

EOs are fixtures in the federal policy landscape. Every U.S. president (except William Henry Harrison) has used issued at least one; the most famous maybe the Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln in 1862.

The U.S. Constitution doesn’t specifically grant presidents the authority to issue EOs that control the policies and actions of federal agencies under the executive branch. The authority is derived from the president’s other constitutional powers: to faithfully execute the laws and the office of the president, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, to serve as commander-in-chief of the armed forces and to conduct foreign policy. Congress may also authorize action through EOs in specific circumstances. For example, under the Defense Production Act, the president may control the general distribution of material in the civilian market if it’s a scarce and critical material essential to national defense.

Courts will strike down an EO in the absence of express or implied legal authorization or when the EO is inconsistent with the expressed will of Congress. In, 2018 San Francisco successfully sued to block a Trump executive order directing federal agencies to withhold funds appropriated by Congress to cities providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants. The Court held the order was unconstitutional because Congress, not the president, is vested by the Constitution with spending authority and there was no statutory authority for the president to add conditions. Congress can also repeal an EO (and override a veto if the president disagrees) or render it ineffective by prohibiting the expenditure of federal funds to implement the EO.

Unlike federal statutes, which remain the law of the land until repealed or overruled by the courts, a president can revoke any EO. President George Bush issued an EO requiring federal contractors to post a notice that employees could not be forced to join or maintain membership in a union. President Clinton revoked it. George W. Bush reinstated it. And Obama revoked it.

While EOs don’t directly impact individual citizens, in recent years presidents have used the tool to impose obligations on federal contractors with the hope that the concept gains acceptance and takes hold throughout the broader economy. Earlier this year, President Biden issued an EO requiring federal contractors to pay workers employed on federal contracts a $15 minimum wage.

EOs can be threats or opportunities within each election cycle. ARSA will continue to monitor the administration’s EOs and advise members as issues arise. We’ll also keep looking for opportunities to harness the power of EOs to advance industry interests.

To review EOs issued by the Biden administration, go to

For more an analysis of legal issues from the Congressional Research Service, go to


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ARSA on the Hill

The Gathering Storm

By Christian A. Klein, Executive Vice President

It will be a busy, acrimonious autumn on Capitol Hill.

President Biden and congressional Democrats will work to enact their agenda including a $3.5 trillion-dollar domestic spending package and the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate this summer. The latter includes $30 billion for aviation ($25 billion for airports. and $5 billion for air traffic control).

Getting massive spending bills passed is difficult under the best of circumstances, so with another fight over the debt ceiling pending, the gloves will be off. The federal government is expected to hit its debt limit in October or November. While Republicans supported raising the debt ceiling twice under President Trump, 46 GOP senators including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have already sent a letter to President Biden expressing opposition to another increase. Lack of Republican support will no doubt force Democrats to add the increase to a budget resolution, which can pass the Senate with a simple majority vote (and avoid a filibuster).

Protracted debt ceiling fights shake financial markets and can lead to the U.S. defaulting on financial obligations for the first time ever, undermining an already problematic economic recovery, due to the resurgence in COVID cases.

But wait. It gets worse: Democrats will press their investigation of the January 6 insurrection focusing on the roles played by congressional Republicans and President Trump.

Republicans will focus on the Biden administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan to inflict as much political damage on the new president as possible. Since his inauguration, the president’s approval ratings have generally ranged between 50 and 60 percent, but in the wake of the Afghanistan withdrawal, those numbers have fallen to the mid-low forties. Lower approval numbers makes it harder for the president to convince Democrats, let alone Republicans, to support administration priorities.

The one issue that can bring the parties together is Mother Nature: Hurricane Ida, the wildfires, and other disasters. The recent hurricane left a path of destruction from Louisiana to New York, killing dozens, while wildfires continue to threaten homes, towns and cities; supplemental spending bills to provide relief and recovery resources is a certainty. Whether Democrats will attempt to tie relief to the debt ceiling bill and other priorities to relief packages is yet to be determined.

Oh…And the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 and none of the FY 2022 appropriations bills have been enacted, which means that Congress must pass a short-term appropriations bill just to keep the government operating past the end of the month.

It’s going to be a heck of a month!


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Make ARSA Training Work

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 (

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, 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 To learn more about the association’s training program and see course availability, visit

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


Drug & Alcohol Testing

Follow Marshall S. Filler through his exploration of drug and alcohol testing requirements in both 14 CFR parts 14 and 49. In Filler’s words, remember: “This is not a logic exercise…it’s a regulatory exercise.”

Interested in all five D&A sessions (you can see the rest below)? Click here to purchase them together and save.

Requirements of 14 CFR part 120
This session provides basic information on the Federal Aviation Administration’s drug and alcohol testing requirements contained in Title 14 CFR part 120, Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (full description available on registration page).
Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Requirements of 49 CFR part 40
This session provides information on the requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT) set forth in 49 CFR part 40, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs (full description available on registration page).
Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Traps for the Unwary
This session provides information on avoiding many of the common drug and alcohol-related mistakes that can subject companies to enforcement action, typically in the form of civil penalties (full description available on registration page).
Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

D&A Testing – Safety Sensitive Functions
This session covers “performance” of “safety-sensitive functions” in a repair station that is subject to 14 CFR part 120, Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. It focuses on the regulatory definitions of those activities and how they should be integrated into the repair station’s quality system and business practices. It also provides guidance on when tested employees should be removed or remain in the random testing pool.
Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Case Study: Testing Your Knowledge
This session will test the participants’ knowledge of the drug and alcohol testing requirements in 14 and 49 CFR by presenting several hypothetical case studies (full description available on registration page).
Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

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 To learn more about the association’s training program and see course availability, visit


Certification Procedures

In November 2016, Marshall S. Filler wrapped up a three-part series on 14 CFR part 21, “Certification Procedures for Products and Articles.” The entire series is available for unlimited on-demand viewing.

Want all three sessions? Click here to  purchase them together and save.

Part 21 – Overview
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.
Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Part 21 – Design Approvals & Design Changes
This session reviews the elements necessary to obtain design approvals for civil aviation products, including type certificates, amended type certificates and supplemental type certificates. It will explain the requirements for obtaining approval of design changes to those certificates including the changed product rule. Finally, it will describe the design requirements for obtaining a parts manufacturer approval and technical standard order authorization, and for obtaining approval of design changes to those articles.
Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Part 21 – Production Approvals
This session explains the requirements for obtaining a production approval for civil aviation products and articles as well as the elements of an FAA-approved quality system and the method for making revisions to that system. It also addresses the privileges and responsibilities of production approval holders including the issuance of airworthiness approvals and authorized release documents for aircraft engines, propellers and articles.
Click here to register and get access for 90 days.

Registration for an ARSA-provided training includes:

  • Access to the on-demand, recording for unlimited viewing over 90 days.
  • 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 To learn more about the association’s training program and see course availability, visit


Regulatory Compliance Training

Test your knowledge of 14 CFR §§ 11.35 & 11.37, sensitive and proprietary information in rulemaking comments.

Click here to download the training sheet.


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Members Continue to Ask…How’s Marshall?

ARSA Managing Director & General Counsel Marshall S. Filler spent August undergoing and recovering from not one, but two open-heart surgeries. The initial procedure included installation of a “bovine replacement” for Filler’s aortic valve. An infection imperiled the original implant, requiring a subsequent operation to remove the bull and install a mechanical valve and pacemaker.

After stimulating intense debate as to whether the installation of a bovine valve constituted major repair (aren’t lawyers made of bull) or alteration (the PAH was no longer available and the DAH did not provide ICA), ARSA’s team provides this update in terms the aviation community can appreciate:

  • Marshall’s 2021 annual inspection was accomplished by a new mechanic, (doctor), who determined that a previously untroubling engine pressure/timing issue (heart murmur) had turned unacceptable for continued service. The mechanic issued a disapproval for return to service with a list of discrepancies requiring consultation with an engine expert (cardiologist) who subsequently referred Marshall to a specialist in engine maintenance and alteration (cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgeon) for detailed inspections and determinations of the maintenance and alteration needed for continued operation.
  • After obtaining a ferry permit from the maintenance specialist (surgeon) to undertake a golf outing before grounding, Marshall reported to the heavy maintenance facility (hospital) for needed repairs and alterations the first week in July. The heavy maintenance provider (surgeon and his team) performed a biological (bovine) replacement of an important pump component (aortic valve) and issued the return to home (service) after five days monitoring.
  • The release to service (home) was revoked after three weeks due to foreign object damage (an infection in the replacement material and basic structure). Upon an emergency return to the heavy maintenance provider (hospital) in late July, the infected area was flushed repeatedly, and the data (samples of the infected area) was sent to laboratories for testing and analysis by an expert (infection disease (ID) doctor) while corrective actions were developed.
  • The ID doctor performed immediate corrective and preventive actions by introducing cleansing agents (strong antibiotics) to arrest the spread of the foreign object through other vital systems. At the same time, the heavy maintenance provider (surgeon and team) determined that the replacement component needed to be removed and swapped with artificial material (mechanical valve).
  • After successful accomplishment of the engine (heart) major alteration (installation of mechanical valve) in early August, extensive inspections, monitoring, and testing was performed on fluid pressures, levels, elements, and operational stability. The results necessitated the installation of engine (heart) monitoring and adjustment equipment. The heart utilization monitor (HUM or pacemaker) was installed after which a fluid level and content replacement process (blood transfusion) brought the engine up to acceptable performance standards and another approval for return to service for limited operations was issued.
  • Since his release from the heavy maintenance facility (hospital) Marshall is operating under a provisional airworthiness certificate, which requires periodical operational tests and performance reviews with a particular focus on fluid (blood) elements (essential minerals, hemoglobin, etc.) and levels (antibiotics, coumadin, kidney functions). Adjustments to and monitoring of the HUM system (pacemaker) have been accomplished and that item has been approved for return to service with instructions for continued ability (ICA) requiring periodic monitoring and adjustment depending upon the activity reports being automatically uploaded to the principal anatomical safety inspector (ASI or cardiologist).
  • With respect to the engine and aircraft, the ICA have been issued for the recovery and testing phases of operations. Final ICA are expected to include consistent monitoring of fluid (blood) levels and organ functions, recurring inspections of the structure (rib cage), adjustments to the HUM and supplemental inputs (antibiotics, coumadin, aspirin, etc.). The ICA will be issued on or before his standard airworthiness certificate is issued that allows him to return full operations. Service bulletins and other monitoring adjustments are expected over the next six to twelve months.
  • His principal ASIs (cardiologist and ID) expect a standard airworthiness certificate to be issued six to eighteen months from completion of work.
  • As with all operational approvals, they are only good if required maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations are performed, including mandatory inspections.

Marshall can communicate while under the provisional certificate and happily accepts personal messages from dispatch (cell phone) or via ACARS (email).


Quick Question – Pandemic HR

ARSA is gathering information to help inform members about best human resource practices for managing pandemic risks. Share your experience and (most importantly) questions via this month’s “quick question”:

If the embedded survey does not appear/load, open the survey independently by visiting:

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.

Click here to see what questions have been asked and answered…and keep a lookout for more.

For more information about this or any other question, contact Brett Levanto (


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 August:

New Members

Cosgrove Aircraft service, Inc., R01
Quality Aircraft Accessories, Inc., R01
PT. Wira Jasa Angkasa , R03

Renewing Members

A Plus Avionics Corp. dba AvionTEq, R01, 2020
Aeronautical Technology, Inc. dba Precision Aero Technology, R03, 1993
Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, Inc. , R01, 2020
Aero-Mark MRO, LLC-dba Certified Aviation Services, R02, 2015
Aircraft Lighting International, Inc., R01, 2018
Aircraft Systems Division of Com-Jet Corp, R03, 2011
Airframe Components by Williams, Inc., R02, 2003
Ameron Global Product Support, R02, 2004
Ametek Ameron, LLC dba Ameron Global Product Support, R01, 1989
Arista Aviation Services, LLC, R04, 2018
Aviation Repair Solutions, Inc., R02, 2006
The Boeing Company, Corp, 1996
CorpAir Supply Company, Inc. dba AVMATS Component Support, R02, 2001
Dassault Falcon Jet – Wilmington Corp., R05, 2002
Curtiss-Wright Actuation Systems, R03, 2003
Eastern Airlines Technic Co., Ltd., R04, 2017
General MRO Aerospace, Inc., R03, 2015
HEICO Aerospace Corporation, Corp, 1992
International Turbine Industries, LLC, R02, 2010
Intrepid Aerospace, Inc., R02, 2016
Jordan Propeller Service, Inc., R02, 2002
National Flight Services, Inc., R04, 1991
Pearl River Community College, EDU, 2020
Paz Aviation, Inc., R02, 2016
REB Technologies Inc., dba REBTECH, R02, 2003
Regional Avionics Repair, LLC, R03, 2006
Rotron, Inc. dba Ametek Rotron, R02, 2016
Signature Engines, Inc., R01, 2017
Team Aerospace, Inc., R01, 2005
Unical 145, Inc., R04, 2012


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Stand Up for ARSA

In order to provide world-class resources for its members, the association depends on the commitment of the aviation community. By sponsoring events and activities, supporters can help ARSA’s work on behalf of repair stations to endure.

Need a place to start? For information about opportunities, contact Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto (


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ARSA strives to provide resources to educate the general public about the work of the association’s member organizations; should you need to provide a quick reference or introductory overview to the global MRO industry, please utilize

Anti-Viral Measures

For the use of its members and the larger aviation community, ARSA is maintaining this page as a resource for pandemic-related updates on policy initiatives and business needs. It is the association’s central point of communication on the topic

Resources for Dealing with the Government

As a repair station, dealing with the government, particularly the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is inevitable. Building a good relationship with government officials in good times will help keep the bad times at bay.


On June 23, 2016, citizens of the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the European Union in a national referendum. Fifty-two percent of voters voted for the UK to “leave” the political and economic union joining it to 27 other member states.

Industry News Roundup

ARSA monitors media coverage on aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations play globally by providing jobs and economic opportunities and in civic engagement. These are some of this month’s top stories highlighting the industry’s contributions. You can explore these stories through ARSA’s Dispatch news portal.


Industry Calendar

Conference Dates Location
MRO Asia-Pacific 9/20-24/2021 Online
U.S. FAA’s 8th AGLM 9/22-23/2021 Washington, DC
AVIACENTER-Conference on Regional Aviation 9/23/2021 Moscow, Russia
7th Annual Girls in Aviation Day 9/25/2021 Middle River, MD
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
FSANA’s Designated Pilot Examiner Symposium 10/26-27/2021 Nashville, TN
Fall 2021 Aviation Safety InfoShare 11/2-4/2021 Pittsburgh, PA
MARPA Annual Conference 11/3-4/2021 Orlando, FL
LABACE 2021 11/9-11/2021 Sao Paulo, Brazil
DUBAI Airshow 11/14-18/2021 DWC, Dubai Airshow Site
EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 12/9/2021 Online
EASA-FAA International Aviation Safety Conference TBD/2022 TBD
MRO Latin America 2/9-10/2022 Cancún, MX
MRO Middle East 2/22-23/2022 Dubai, UAE
HAI Heli-Expo 3/7-10/2022 Dallas, TX
ARSA Annual Conference 3/8-11/2022 Washington, DC
WAI Annual Women in Aviation Conference 3/17-19/2022 Nashville, TN
ATEC Annual Conference 3/20-23/2022 Fort Worth, TX
AEA International Convention and Trade Show 3/28-31/2022 New Orleans, LA
Purdue University National Aviation Symposium 4/6-8/2022 West Lafayette, IN
ABACE 4/12-14/2022 Shanghai
MRO Americas 4/26-28/2022 Dallas, TX
NBAA Maintenance Conference 5/3-5/2022 San Antonio, TX
EASA Rotorcraft and VTOL Symposium 11/16-18/2022 Koelnmesse, Germany

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