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2022 – Edition 12 – Year in Review

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Table of Contents

Worth Doing Again
December’s Work
2022 in Review
Resources
Upcoming Events


The President’s Desk

Always Going

The December edition of the hotline (which you’re reading) always recaps key events from the previous year. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the past so we can learn from shortcomings and build on success.

Reading these “end of year” editions – including the final two Dispatch newsletters of December, which recapped top stories from the general media and ARSA’s website – makes the association’s work feel cyclical. We wind down one 12-month period and start up another. In reality, it’s constant. We observe the turning over of the calendar, but the attention of the association’s team and its board is always tuned to the needs of the industry.

I invite you to walk through the most important hotline stories from 2022 below; they follow a few “live” updates from December. As you do so, consider how ARSA’s work is ongoing. Use this review to refocus on what will continue in the new year, what new opportunities will arise, and what we will do about them together.

Each story will take you to the hotline edition in which it originally appeared, so be sure to check ARSA.org for updates on issues you find particularly important. Also, stay on top of all that matters to the industry by finding all of the association’s communications in your inbox…there have been big changes in our periodicals, click here to see what they mean for you.

Let’s all keep working together. As is often said in ARSA’s office: “There are no days off in aviation safety.”

Josh Krotec
2023 ARSA president | First Aviation Services, Inc. senior vice president

 


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December’s Work

2023 Annual Conference – Register Now

March 14-17, 2023

Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. with Livestream Options for Online Participants

Event Information | Registration | Hotel Reservations

Experience the maintenance community’s premier event. Join ARSA members and invited guests from around the world to engage governments, network with peers and improve the state of the aviation world. In-person attendees may select a “Conference Ambassador” to receive free livestream access back at the fixed location.

 


EASA Documentation for SMS Transition

In November, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) made public a series of resources for EASA Part 145 maintenance organizations implementing new safety management systems (SMS) requirements. The new requirements became effective on Dec. 2 and apply to holders of EASA Part 145 approvals not subject to a bilateral agreement.  Maintenance organizations in the United States, Canada and Brazil will continue to comply with the current bilateral aviation safety agreements and their corresponding maintenance implementation or guidance procedures.

According to a Nov. 11 letter from the agency, approval holders should refer to its documentation index for updated guidance material. The new requirements allow for a two year transition phase, giving approval holders until Dec. 2, 2024 to fully comply with European Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1963. During the SMS transition phase, compliance verification will be limited to the “Classic Part-145 requirements” of the new regulation.

In a separate letter, EASA announced the application of a “transition finding” to all approval holders. The letter explained the “finding” allowed each organization “to maintain its approval valid [sic] even if not in compliance with the novelties introduced by the Part-145 regulation, providing the necessary time to concentrate on the implementation of the SMS change without undue pressure.”

To support approval holders during the transition, EASA has published SMS assessment guidance and a matrix for transition phase regulatory compliance. The matrix covers every section of EASA Part 145, identifying “novelties” for compliance by late 2024.

To access EASA’s information page for foreign Part-145 approval holders (those located outside the EU and not subject to a bilateral), click here.

ARSA members seeking full analysis of EASA’s SMS requirements for non-bilateral foreign repair stations should refer to the September 2022 edition of the hotline.

 


Multidisciplinary Training at HELI-EXPO 2023

In early March 2023, in the lead up to the ARSA 2023 Annual Conference, ARSA’s training team will offer a multidisciplinary slate of options during HAI HELI-EXPO 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sarah MacLeod, Marshall S. Filler, and Christian Klein, executive team members of the association (and managing members of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C.) will lead a number of professional education courses as well as three “Rotor Safety Challenge” presentations.

Any participant who completes one of their professional education courses (which are provided on behalf of OFMK) and submits his or her completion certificate to ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto (brett.levanto@arsa.org) will be given a code to access one free hour of ARSA online training.

Click here to register for the event and stay tuned to heliexpo.com/education for registration information.

Professional Education Courses

Note: These sessions are provided by MacLeod and Filler on behalf of OFM&K and are listed in schedule order.

Drug and Alcohol Testing: From Regulatory Basics to Business Needs

March 5 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

This course reviews the drug and alcohol testing requirements in Titles 14 (Aeronautics and Space) and 49 (Transportation) of the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). It also provides guidance on setting up these programs, including instruction on how safety-sensitive functions are defined as well as how to avoid many common testing program mistakes that can subject companies to enforcement action.

Session information

Know the Rules Like You Know Your Tools

March 5 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

This session covers the FAA’s organization, authority and process for promulgating rules, then walks through the general requirements in 14 CFR to explain how its various components link together in a “regulatory chain” that must be comprehended by aviation businesses. Topics specific to maintenance include part 43 maintenance, preventive maintenance, rebuilding and alteration; part 65, subpart D mechanics (certification); part 65, subpart E repairmen (certification); and part 145 repair stations.

Session Information

Regulations Affecting Aircraft Part Purchase and Sale

March 6 – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

This course reviews the civil aviation regulations in 14 CFR that impact the purchase, sale, receiving, stocking, inspection and installation of civil aviation articles for maintenance purposes. It also overviews other guidance as well as regulatory and contractual requirements that should be considered.

Session information

Public Aircraft Operations

March 6 – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

This course provides instruction on the statutory provisions and FAA guidance governing public aircraft operations. It covers the basic requirements for an aircraft to be operated as a public aircraft, what constitutes an eligible governmental function, and the practical implications of using the same aircraft to conduct both civil and public operations. It also discusses the FAA policy regarding operations conducted under contract for a government entity.

Session Information

Rotor Safety Challenge Sessions

Note: These sessions are provided on behalf of ARSA.

Self-Disclosure – Avoiding Self Exposure

March 7 – 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST

This session reviews the elements of the FAA’s self-disclosure programs and provides methods for addressing non-compliance with creating unnecessary scrutiny.

Session Information

Building a Professional Relationship with the Government

March 7 – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST

This session provides a road map for building a positive relationship with civil aviation authorities. It begins by describing the rules that should always be considered when engaging with aviation safety regulators, then provides instruction on how to introduce your company and maintain consistent contact — not just when there’s a problem. The session concludes by providing strategies for maintaining a professional relationship with regulators.

Session Information

Best Practices in Maintenance Recordkeeping

March 7 – 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. EST

This session explores the regulatory responsibilities of creating and maintaining maintenance records. It will help participants to define:

  • Regulatory responsibilities of the operator versus the maintenance provider in creating and maintaining maintenance records
  • How obligations can be shifted by contract but not under aviation safety regulations
  • Maintenance recordkeeping regulations, the documents essential to making airworthiness determinations.

Session Information

Whether you are able to participate in Atlanta or not, much of the material presented ARSA’s team members at HELI-EXPO is available through the association’s online training program. To review the library of available courses and register for immediate access to on-demand sessions, click here.

 


IATA, ICAO Seek ARSA Member Input on Training & Diversity

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has requested ARSA member feedback to a new survey launched by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Personnel Training and Licensing Panel (PTLP).

The panel was created in January 2020 and has working groups focused on aircraft automation (for pilot training), competency based training and assessment, flight simulation training devices, and diversity, equity, inclusion issues. More than 100 members and observers participate in the panel’s work, mostly from ICAO member state governments and some international trade associations, but ARSA is alone in ensuring the maintenance industry’s perspective is considered.

The survey collects industry data in areas consistent with the working groups. For maintenance organizations, the focus is on competency based training, simulation training devices, and diversity matters. The questionnaire includes 22 questions; the completion time and complexity of information needed to respond will vary by respondent and coordination may be required within the responding organization. Respondents will be given access to results based on the contact/demographic information shared.

The deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2023.

To access the survey, visit https://forms.office.com/r/wkE2Qaenf0.

Questions regarding the survey should be sent to Dragos Budeanu, IATA senior manager of engineering and maintenance. Click here to email Mr. Budeanu. 

 


UK Certification “Special Arrangement” Ends

On Dec. 8, the FAA and UK CAA issued a joint statement confirming the January 2023 termination of the Special Arrangement for Continuity in Aircraft Certification Projects.

“The two-year transition period and this associated Special Arrangement will end on 01 January 2023,” the agencies said. “From that date, the provisions of the Special Arrangement will no longer be available, and all validation projects must follow the processes set out in the Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness established between the UK CAA and the FAA.”

To read the statement, click here.

To download the UK CAA/FAA IPA, click here.

Key Documents & Contacts

UK CAA/FAA MIP

FAA INFO 22004

Recording of and presentation from FAA Webinar on Nov. 15, 2023

For updated access to documents from the agencies, visit the FAA’s Dynamic Regulatory System (drs.faa.gov), select “Other Documents” and then “International Publications” from the left-hand menu. The UK CAA also publishes documents on its bilateral agreements page.

Submit questions about the MIP/MAG to 9-awa-afs-intl-coordinator@faa.gov or call 858-999-7671.

UK CAA/FAA IPA

 


Welcome & Welcome Back – New & Renewing Members [Full Year]

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 2022.

New Members

January

Derco Aerospace, Inc., R04

February

Florida Aerospace, LLC dba Florida Aerospace Training Center, EDU
Jetpower Aviation, Inc., R01
Tinker Airforce Base, R01
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Corp

March

Aero Systems, LLC, R01
Glass Aero, Inc., R01

April

Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services dba PEMCO World Air Services, R05
Avgroup, Inc., R01

June

July

Atlantic Cape Community College, Edu
Aereos Defense, LLC, Assoc
Airbus Americas, Inc., Assoc
GA Telesis Component Repair Group Southeast, LLC, R04
Vanguard Aerospace, LLC, R01

September

October

AllClear Aerospace & Defense, Inc. dba AllClear Repair Services, Inc., R03
Construction Helicopters, Inc dba CHI Aviation, R02

November

Aircraft Accessories of Oklahoma, Inc., R03
Tunica Air Group, LLC dba FTair LLC, R02

Renewing Members (Member Since)

January

AeroParts Manufacturing & Repair, Inc., R04, 2016
Aerospace Quality Research & Development 145, LLC, R01, 2006
AerSale Component Solutions, Inc., R03, 2013
Air-Cert, LLC, R01, 1990
Air Shunt Instruments, Inc., R02, 1999
Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc., R06, 2010
Aircraft Component Repair, Inc., R03, 1987
Alirio Aircraft Services Inc. dba 24Jets, R01, 2019
Aviation Consultants, Inc. dba ACI Jet, R03, 2021
Barfield Precision Electronics, LLC, R04, 1996
Brothers Aviation Maintenance Services, Inc., R01, 2016
Carpe Diem Aviation Services of Missouri, Inc., R02, 2012
Colorado Northwestern Community College, EDU, 2021
Consolidated Turbine Specialists, LLC, R03, 2018
Corporate Service Supply & Manufacturing, Inc., R01, 2016
Delta TechOps Services Group, Corp, 2002
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Inc., EDU, 2012
Evans Composites, Inc., R03, 2021
Federal Aerospace Institute LLC, EDU, 2021
First Class Air Repair, R02, 2016
Genesis Aviation, Inc., R04, 1994
Giles Group, Affil, 2013
IHI Corporation, R06, 2019
INAir Aviation Services Company, R02, 2003
LAUNCH Technical Workforce Solutions, LLC, R01, 2019
Ohlinger Industries, Inc., R04, 2006
Parker Lord , R04, 2002
Pem-Air, LLC, R01, 2021
Peninsula Avionics, Inc. , R01, 2021
Rapco, Inc., Assoc, 1990
Rotortech Services, Inc., R02, 2019
S.E.A.L. Aviation  LLC, R03, 2014
SkyWest Airlines, Inc., Assoc, 2010
Southwest Turbine, Inc., R02, 2018
Tailwind Inspection, Inc., R01, 2006
Team J.A.S., Inc., R02, 2004
TMC Engine Center, Inc., R02, 2021
VSE Aviation Services, Inc., R03, 2006
Wencor, LLC, Corp, 2018

February

Advanced Composite Structures Florida, R03, 2015
Aero Hydraulics, Inc., R01, 2021
AeroRepair Corp., R03, 2012
AerSale Roswell Aircraft MRO Operations Cente, R05, 2011
Aircraft Armature Inc. dba TSA Rewinds Florida, Inc., R02, 2019
Aerotech Engineering Consultants, R03, 2019
Alpha Aircraft Services of America, Inc., R01, 2012
Answers Aerospace Engineering LLC, R01, 2021
Barfield, Inc., R05, 1995
Columbus Aero Service LLC, R01, 2021
Compressed Gas Systems, LLC, R02, 2012
Continental Aircraft Support, Inc., R03, 2004
E.B. Airfoils, LLC., R03, 2001
Erickson Air-Crane, R05, 1997
Gables Engineering, Inc., Assoc, 1995
Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, R04, 2018
Honeywell International, Inc.- Phoenix, Corp, 1996
Lufthansa Technik AG, Corp, 2001
Master Air Parts, Inc., R01, 2013
Mingo Aerospace, LLC, R03, 2005
Moog, Inc., Corp, 1997
S3 AeroDefense, LLC, R02, 2010
Sky Aircraft Maintenance, R01, 2021
Scott Richard Aircraft Maintenance, R02, 2010
Skytech Aviation, Inc., R01, 2013
Southwest Aerospace Technologies, LLC, R01, 2019
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., R04, 2005
Tarrant County College, EDU, 2017
Thales Avionics, Inc., R04, 2006
Western Aero Repair, Inc., R03, 2011
Windsor Airmotive West Chester Division-Barnes Aerospace, R04, 1995

March

Accurate Accessories, LLC, R01, 2002
AERO Component Repair, LLC, R01, 2011
Aircraft Electric Motors, Inc., R04, 1984
AMETEK Aircraft Parts & Accessories, Inc. , R03, 1985
AOG Reaction, Inc., R02, 1993
Av8 MRO, LLC, R03, 2014
Avio Turbine Techs, LLC, R01, 2021
Cargo Systems, Inc., R01, 1999
Cobalt Aero Services LLC, R03, 2012
Crew Aviation LLC , R01, 2021
Chromalloy, Corp, 1993
Coopesa, R.L., R06, 1996
Earp Aviation Repairs LLC, R01, 2019
Flight Power Repair Group, LLC , R03, 2021
Gardner Aviation Specialist, Inc. dba Precision Aircraft Services, R01, 2018
Helimax Aviation, Inc., R03, 2019
NORDAM Group LLC-Repair Division, Corp, 1984
SAFETECH USA, INC., R02, 2002
SONICO, Inc., R02, 1995
Toledo Jet Center, LLC, R03, 2010
World Class Accessory, Inc., R01, 2007

April

AEE-EMF, Inc. d.b.a. Aircraft Electrical Electronics, R01, 2009
All Nippon Airways Co., LTD, Assoc, 2001
Avionics Shop, Inc., R01, 2011
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems, LLC, R02, 2002
Cadorath Aerospace Lafayette, LLC, R03, 2005
EcoServices, LLC, R02, 2020
Harman’s Repair Station, Inc., R01, 2012
IAR Technical Services LLC, R02, 2017
L. J. Walch Co., Inc., R03, 1985
NAASCO Northeast Corporation, R02, 2002
Pac West Helicopters, Inc., R01, 2009
Piedmont Propulsion Systems, LLC, R03, 2011
PropWorks Propeller Systems, R02, 2021
Southern Air Repair, Corp., R01, 2016
Triumph Airborne Structures, LLC, Corp, 2003
Vibrant Corporation, R02, 2021

May

AeroKool Aviation Corporation, R03, 2017
ATP USA, Inc., R01, 2017
Aviation Safety Products, Inc., R01, 2013
Business Jet Services, LTD. dba Business Jet Access, R02, 2021
Ford Instruments & Accessories, LLC, R01, 2018
Jet Center MFR dba Southern Oregon Skyways, R02, 2006
Ozark Aeroworks, LLC , R02, 2015
Pennsylvania State University, R01, 2016
Performance Repair Group, LLC, R02, 2013
Quality Aviation Instruments, Inc. dba QAI Aerospace, R03, 2012
Southwest Airlines, R06, 2005
TAE Aerospace, Inc., R01, 2019
Turbine Aircraft Logistics, LLC, R01, 2021
WGI, Inc. dba Westfield Gage Company Overhaul and Repair, R03, 2018

June

Aerospace Engineering Group, S.L., R03, 2014
Aerospace Turbine Rotables, Inc.-Texas, R01, 2016
Aeroworx, Inc, R02, 2010
Air Transport Components, LLC, R03, 2015
Aircraft Specialties, Inc., R03, 2019
Ametek Ameron, LLC dba Ameron Global Product Support, R01, 1989
Aviation Repair Resources, Inc. (ARR), R02, 2009
Bemidji Aviation Services, Inc., R03, 2017
Eastern Airlines Technic Co., Ltd., R04, 2017
F&E Aircraft Maintenance (Miami) L.L.C , R06, 2012
Fleet Support Services, Inc., R01, 2013
Heli-Parts Nevada LLC, R02, 2005
Houston Aircraft Instruments, Inc., R01, 2002
Marvel-Schebler Aircraft Carburetors, LLC, R02, 2011
MT Texas, LLC, R03, 1990
MTU Maintenance Hannover GmbH, R06, 2007
S & T Aircraft Accessories, Inc., R02, 2003
SAI Flight Support Company, R01, 2016
Southwest Airmotive Corp., R01, 2012
Warner Propeller and Governor Co., LLC, R02, 2010

July

Aero Design Services, Inc., Affil, 2000
Aero-Mark MRO, LLC-dba Certified Aviation Services, R02, 2015
Aerotron AirPower, Inc. dba Fokker Services Americas, R04, 1990
Arista Aviation Services, LLC, R04, 2018
Bemidji Aviation Services, Inc., R03, 2017
Cosgrove Aircraft Services, Inc., R01, 2021
Dan Brauhn-Indian Hills Community College, Edu, 2015
IBM Flight Services, Assoc, 1997
EXTEX Engineered Products, Inc., Assoc, 2002
Florida Jet Center, Inc., R02, 2013
General MRO Aerospace, Inc., R03, 2015
Lynden Air Cargo, LLC, Assoc, 2000
Metro Aviation, Inc., Assoc, 2003
Nampa Valley Helicopters, Inc., R02, 1993
Pacific Aero Tech, LLC, R03, 1994
REB Technologies Inc., dba REBTECH, R02, 2003
Regional Avionics Repair, LLC, R03, 2006
Rotorcraft Repair & Manufacturing, LLC, R01, 2019
Texas Air Services, Inc., R02, 2003
Twin Manufacturing Co., dba TWIN MRO, R04, 1993
Unipak Aviation, LLC, R02, 2003

August

AAR Corp., Corp., 1985
Aircraft Systems Division of Com-Jet Corp, R03, 2011
Airframe Components by Williams, Inc., R02, 2003
Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, Inc. , R01, 2020
AllFlight Corporation, R03, 2011
Aviation Repair Solutions, Inc., R02, 2006
CorpAir Supply Company, Inc. dba AVMATS Component Support, R02, 2001
Cross-Check Aviation, R02, 2003
E.U.A. Air Support, Inc., R01, 2003
Eagle Creek Aviation Services, Inc., R04, 2016
Gyro Specialist, Inc., R01, 2011
HEICO Aerospace Corporation, Corp., 1992
Hot Section Technologies, Inc. , R02, 2017
International Turbine Industries, LLC, R02, 2010
Intrepid Aerospace, Inc., R02, 2016
Jordan Propeller Service, Inc., R02, 2002
Millennium International, L.L.C., R02, 2013
MTI Aviation, Inc., R02, 2011
NFF Avionics Services, Inc., R01, 2010
National Flight Services, Inc., R04, 1991
Pacific Aerospace, LLC, R01, 2005
Pacific Turbine Brisbane, R03, 2018
Palm Beach Aircraft Propellers, Inc., R02, 2001
Paz Aviation, Inc., R02, 2016
Precision Aero Technology, Inc., R03, 1993
R.W. Raddatz, Inc., R02, 2004
Rotron, Inc. dba Ametek Rotron, R02, 2016
S & K Aerospace dba AE & C Services, LLC, R01, 2017
Signature Engines, Inc., R02, 2017
Team Aerospace, Inc., R01, 2005
Tennessee Aircraft Company, Inc., R01, 2012
Unical 145, Inc., R04, 2012
Unicorp Systems, Inc., R03, 2003
Zee Company, Inc., R02, 2019

September

Aero Instruments & Avionics, Inc., R04, 1991
Aerospace Turbine Rotables, Inc., R04, 2011
AerSale Goodyear Aircraft Operations Center, R04, 2015
Air Cargo Equipment, Inc., R01, 2010
Air Technology Engines, Inc., R03, 2006
Aircraft Ducting Repair, Inc., R03, 2002
Aircraft Lighting International, Inc., R01, 2018
Airforce Turbine Service, Ltd., R02, 2010
Airfrance Industries-KLM Engineering & Maintenance, Assoc, 2010
Ameron Global Product Support, R02, 2004
Aviation Blade Services Inc., R02, 2018
The Boeing Company, Corp, 1996
Citadel Completions LLC, R04, 2018
Curtiss-Wright Actuation Systems, R03, 2003
Empire Airlines, Inc. dba  Empire Aerospace, R03, 2002
Engine Disassembly Services, Inc. dba Engine Overhaul Services, R01, 2018
First Aviation Services, Inc., Assoc, 2018
Gateway Alliance Co. dba Affinity Aeronautical Solutions, LLC, R02, 2018
JET Aircraft Maintenance, Inc., R04, 2010
Mach II Maintenance Corp., R04, 2018
Midway Aircraft Instrument Corporation dba Midway Aerospace, R02, 2004
Offshore Helicopter Support Services, Inc. dba DART Aerospace, R02, 2019
Pearl River Community College, Edu, 2020
PPG Industries Inc.-dba PPG Aerospace Transparencies, R02, 2005
PT. Wira Jasa Angkasa , R03, 2021
Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Corp, 1997
Schaeffler Aerospace USA Corporation, R02, 2012
Sherwood Avionics & Accessories, Inc. dba Sherwood Aviation, R04, 2021
Tech-Aire Instruments, Inc., R01, 2012
Thomas Global Systems, LLC, R02, 2012
Turbine Weld Industries, LLC, R03, 2020
Turbines, Inc., R02, 2017

October

A Plus Avionics Corp. dba AvionTEq, R01, 2020
A.O.G Aircraft Services Inc., R01, 2018
AerSale Landing Gear Solutions, R03, 2009
Aircraft Inspection Services, Inc., R01, 2013
Arkwin Industries, Inc., R02, 1994
Aviation & Marketing International, Inc., R01, 2021
Calvin Taff Electronics, Inc., R01, 2003
Columbia Helicopters, Inc., R06, 1998
Commercial Jet, Inc., R04, 1999
Component Repair Technologies, Inc., R05, 1995
Dassault Falcon Jet do Brazil, R02, 2010
Dassault Falcon Jet – Wilmington Corp., R05, 2002
EuroTec Vertical Flight Solutions, LLC, R02, 2004
Federal Express Corporation, Assoc, 2000
Fortner Accessory Service Corp., R01, 2002
Global Parts Aero Services, R01, 2012
HAECO Americas, Corp, 2000
Ikhana Group, LLC dba Ikhana Aircraft Services, R04, 2003
MRO Holdings, Corp, 2017
Peter Stonefield, Affil, 2010
Rapco Fleet Support, Inc., R01, 2008
SDM Avionics LLC, R01, 2019
Soniq Aerospace, LP, R01, 2016
STS Aviation Group, Corp, 2020
Trace Aviation, R02, 2017
Turbine Standard, Ltd., R03, 2003
Yuba-Sutter Aviation, R01, 2018
Wavestream Corporation, R04, 2021

November

Aero Products Component Services, Inc., R03, 2019
Air Shunt Instruments, Inc., R02, 1999
Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc., R06, 2010
Ammark Aerospace Group, LLC, R01, 2020
Austin Aerotech Repair Services Inc., R01, 2012
Bridger Aviation Repair LLC dba Bridger Aerospace, R03, 2019
Michael Daniel, EDU, 2020
Federal Aerospace Institute LLC, EDU, 2021
Fieldtech Avionics & Instruments, Inc., R04, 2016
Fire-Tec Aero Systems, LLC, R01, 2013
Gulf Aerospace, Inc., R02, 2005
Helicopter Accessory Service East Inc., R02, 2018
Helicopter Services, Inc., R01, 2019
JETTECH, L.L.C., R02, 2021
Linear Motion LLC, R02, 2017
MHIRJ Aviation ULC , R05, 2021
Miami Aircraft Structures, Inc., R02, 2003
Midwest Turbine Service, LLC, R01, 2015
Quality Aircraft Accessories, Inc., R01, 2021
Repairtech International, Inc., R03, 1992
Safran Nacelles Services Americas, LLC, R02, 2017
Southwind Aviation Supply, LLC, R02, 2008
VSE Aviation Services, Inc., R03, 2006

December

Aircraft & Component Technical Services, LLC, R02, 2009
Aviation Consultants, Inc. dba ACI Jet, R03, 2021
Ballard, Dakota T., Military, 2022
Brothers Aviation Maintenance Services, Inc., R01, 2016
Carbon Component Tech Services, LLC, R01, 2019
Carpe Diem Aviation Services of Missouri, Inc., R02, 2012
Central Cylinder Service, Inc., R01, 1985
Columbus Aero Service LLC, R01, 2021
Delta TechOps Services Group, Corp, 2002
Flight Power Repair Group, LLC , R03, 2021
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Corp, 1999
Inflatables International, Inc., R01, 2002
MTU Maintenance Dallas, Inc., R02, 2020
Nelson Engineering Co., R02, 2013
Papillon Airways, R03, 2011
Parker Lord , R04, 2002
SkyWest Airlines, Inc., Assoc, 2010
Southwest Turbine, Inc., R02, 2018
StandardAero Alliance, Inc., Corp, 2010
US Technicians, Inc., R01, 2021
Turbine Controls, Inc., R04, 1988
Valcor Engineering Corporation, R01, 2004

 


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 from December 2022.

To view the list, click here.

 


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Aviation Life Calendar

Something exciting happens every day in an aviation career.

If you want to keep aviation in the forefront of career choices, celebrate success every day with these resources. Every one provides a positive view of the industry’s ability to make the impossible an everyday event by individuals from every walk of life, socio-economic level, race, creed, color, religion, orientation, and physical capability.

Check back regularly for updates.

Month Day Event or Celebration
All All This Day in Aviation
December All This Day in Aviation History – December
December 7 International Civil Aviation Day
December 17 Wright Brothers Day
January All This Day in Aviation History – January
January 9 National Balloon Ascension Day
February All This Day in Aviation History – February
February 8 National Kite Flying Day
February 8 International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 18 National Battery Day
February 19-25 National Engineers Week
March All This Day in Aviation History – March
March All International Women’s History Month
March 1-7 National Invest in Veterans Week
March 8 International Women’s Day
March 6-10 Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
April All This Day in Aviation History – April
April All National Internship Awareness Month
April 12 International Day for Human Space Flight
April 27 National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

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2022 in Review

Each story will take you to the hotline in which it appeared (which means readers should beware the timeliness of references and seek follow up on key issues).

Leading Off

January: The association’s Annual Conference ensures that at least once a year, the international maintenance industry can listen to and talk directly with leading aviation safety agencies. The “talk” may be through electronic and electrical pulses that few understand (thank you 5G providers), but it is available, useful, usable, and fruitful.

Collaboration Brings Results Across the Globe

April: Collaboration is “the action of working with someone to produce or create something.” In the international business of aviation, collaboration with many is needed to produce or create useful results.

The Julie Andrews Principle

June: Think about your favorite things. Whether it’s a shop or snack item, breakfast cereal or television show…even a trade association…you had to be introduced to it.

Our Platform

September: After a year spent bolstering ARSA membership, outgoing President Terrell Siegfried reports on that work and looks ahead to the association’s next focus.


ARSA Works

FAA Announces New Part 147 at ARSA Conference

March: During his keynote address on March 10, FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Billy Nolen — who has since become acting administrator — announced significant progress in the decades-long trial of updating 14 CFR part 147, Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools.

ARSA Continues Press on Parts Documentation

June: On June 10, ARSA responded to the FAA’s reversal of its 2016 acceptance of the association’s E100 Form as a means of compliance with parts documentation requirements under the privileges of part 43 for the U.S./EU Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG).

Working Group Instructs FAA on Handling Multiple Locations

July: Last month, the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee accepted a special report from the ARSA co-chaired Part 145 Working Group on the ability of a repair station to work from multiple locations under a single quality system.

ARSA’s Work is Yours

August: The association will take a position on broad, complicated issues and hold fast for the good of all.

EASA Briefs on SMS for Non-Bilateral Foreign Repair Stations

September: On Sept. 19, EASA hosted a webinar to explain its new safety management system requirements for EASA-approved Part-145 organizations outside the European Union in countries without a bilateral agreement.

Measuring Progress at Fall Roundtables

October: On Oct. 13, ARSA hosted its annual Leadership Roundtable sessions in Washington, D.C. Each year, the association focuses the attention of its board of directors — in town for its annual meeting the following day — on the issues most important to aviation stakeholders from across the regulatory chain.

UK Approval Applications Open in January

November: On Nov. 15, the FAA hosted a webinar on the Maintenance Implementation Procedures and Maintenance Agreement Guidance established between the United Kingdom and United States.


Legal Briefs

Across the Pond

March: Focusing on one portion of the global discussion contained in the “Opening Salvo” panel held during the Symposium portion of the 2022 Annual Conference. Review the recording of UK CAA Rulemaking Manager Neil Williams’ presentation, then learn how to get access to all the event recordings. Note: Plan your 2023 Conference participation via the event webpage.

Layman Lawyer — Pulling the Cord

April: On April 14, ARSA commented on an airworthiness directive issued by the FAA against certain MARS A.S. emergency parachutes. The association questioned the agency’s authority to issue such an AD and requested its withdrawal.

Demand Your Due

June: Don’t assume FAA inspectors are right and you are wrong.

Layman Lawyer — Government Agency

August: As part of the U.S. Executive Branch, the FAA holds broad discretion in executing its functions. ARSA members should close out this series on the agency’s Compliance Program by considering what this latitude means to them.

Emergency Certificate Actions

October: Continuing a series on the enforcement powers of the FAA and how certificate holders can manage them, this installment walks through the when, why, how and “what do you do now” of emergency certificate actions.


ARSA on the Hill

ARSA, Allies Object to Anti-Repair Station Bill

May: In a letter sent May 27, ARSA and nine other leading aviation trade associations told the bipartisan leadership of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee to “just say no” to the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act.

From Horrible to Better

June: The repair station bill that emerged from the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee in June may not be “policymaking at its best,” but ARSA’s impact on the process helped make it a heck of a lot better than it could have been (and the work’s not done).

Softening SAMSA

September: In September, the U.S. House passed a significantly amended version of Rep. DeFazio’s anti-repair station bill. Despite considerable improvement, ARSA considers the bill a solution in search of a problem.


Training & Career Development

Out of the Blade Shop and Into the Future

January: In January, ARSA helped an Embry Riddle student in Daytona Beach, Florida obtain industry speakers for the school’s Society of Aerospace Technicians. John Brennan, general manager of ARSA member Aviation Blade Services in Kissimmee, volunteered to share his experience and insight related to employment and career development with the group.

The Nuts & Bolts of Giving Back

January: At the end of 2021, a group of aviation leaders personally invested in the future of the industry. After the Wings Club lost a scholarship sponsor, several past “Nuts and Bolts Award” winners — including ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod — stepped up.

Runways to Good Jobs at ACTE Event

March: On March 23, ARSA Vice President of Operations Brett Levanto addressed participants at the National Policy Seminar of the Association for Career and Technical Education. ACTE represents organizations and individuals actively engaged in providing hands-on and skills-based education pathways, including schools, workforce investment bodies, educators and administrators.

Georgia on My Career-development Mind

June: ARSA Corporate Enterprise Member Chromalloy reports from the Peach State: The Georgia Rural Collaborative Coalition met on June 21 to discuss the vital connection between education and career readiness in rural communities. Active participation in the Georgia effort (or seeking our similar state-wide opportunities elsewhere) places maintenance providers at the forefront of hiring these students once they have been credentialed.

Youth Task Force Wraps with ‘Can’t Wait’ Message

September: On Sept. 22, the FAA-managed Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force held its final public meeting. The body closed its two-year run by delivering its congressionally mandated report and handing government and industry a checklist for improving aviation career opportunities.

Scaffolding for Career Building

November: ARSA follows its own advice: Learning from colleagues at the Aircraft Electronics Association to help translate AEA’s Apprentice Program into a resource for growing careers anywhere in aviation maintenance.


Membership

ARSA Doubly Recognizes Latimer’s Impact

March: On March 10, ARSA bestowed its oldest and newest honors on long-time association volunteer leader David Latimer, HAECO Americas vice president of regulatory compliance. Retiring after decades in service to the aviation maintenance industry, Latimer earned ARSA’s Leo Weston Award for Excellence in Service to Aviation Safety as well as the first official Executive Director’s “Golden Shovel” award.

McHugh Brings New Perspective to ARSA Board

April: On April 20, the ARSA board of directors elected Alison McHugh, vice president of safety and quality at FEAM AERO, to fill the vacant seat previously held by the late Gary Hudnall.

ARSA Survey — Workforce Remains Top Concern

May: ARSA’s 2022 member survey paints a picture of an industry slowly recovering from the pandemic but still suffering a severe labor shortage.

Don’t Take ARSA’s Word for It — Member Feedback

June: Occasionally, the association’s team shares evidence of its impact on those who depend on ARSA as an “insurance policy” against an uncertain world.

Krotec Brings Cross-Disciplinary Experience to ARSA Leadership

October: During its annual board meeting on Oct. 14, the ARSA board of directors elected Josh Krotec to serve as its 2023 president. Krotec is senior vice president of First Aviation Services and has been engaged in the association’s volunteer leadership for several years, serving as government affairs chairman before his election to the board in 2019.


A Member Asked…

Fabrication?

April: My question continues an ongoing discussion of § 21.9(a)(6): “Fabrication by an appropriately rated certificate holder with a quality system, and consumed in the repair or alteration of a product or article in accordance with part 43.”

Sufficient Inspectors?

August: According the § 145.153(a) a certificated repair station must “ensure it has sufficient number of supervisors to direct…work performed.” What’s considered sufficient/insufficient, how is that measured?

D&A Testing for Receiving?

September: In reviewing § 120.215 of covered employees. It is not clear to me if someone performing the receiving inspection function has to be tested under the D&A program.


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Resources

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 AVMRO.ARSA.org.

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.  But ARSA is prohibited from sending PAC information to members who haven’t opted in to receive it.

Careers in Aviation Maintenance

How do you share the industry’s story with the people who could be its future? Teach them about the great work done every day to keep the world in flight. (Even if we can’t recruit somebody, we sure can make them thankful for our work.) 

U.S./EU Maintenance Annex Guidance

See all of the association’s public updates since 2012 on the Maintenance Annex Guidance between the United States and European Union. The page focuses in particular on matters related to parts documentation issues arising since MAG Change 5 was issued in 2015.

The FAA Enforcement Process

There are several reasons the agency may open an enforcement investigative report (EIR). Complaints from former or current employees, routine surveillance of your operations or a problem from a customer are all examples of how an “investigation” starts.

 


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Industry Calendar

Conference Dates Location
Aero-Engines Americas 2/7-9/2023 Dallas, TX
MRO Latin America 2/22-23/2023 Buenos Aires, Argentina
WAI Annual Conference 2/23-25/2023 Long Beach, CA
MRO Middle East 3/1-2/2023 Dubai, UAE
Heli-Expo 3/6-9/2023 Atlanta, GA
ARSA Annual Conference 3/14-17/2023 Washington, DC
ATEC Annual Conference 3/26-29/2023 Chicago, IL
MRO Americas 4/18-20/2023 Atlanta, GA
WATS 2023: 25th World Aviation Training Summit 4/18-20/2023 Orlando, FL
AEA International Convention & Trade Show 4/24-27/2023 Orlando, FL
NBAA Maintenance Conference 5/2-4/2023 Hartford, CT
EBACE 2023 5/23-25/2023 Geneva, Switzerland
Paris Air Show 6/19-25/2023 Paris, France
MRO Beer 6/TBD/2023 Warsaw, Poland
LBACE 8/8-10/2023 Sao Paulo, Brazil
MRO Asia-Pacific 9/26-28/2023 Singapore
Dubai Airshow 11/12-16/2023 DWC, Dubai Airshow Site
 


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