Positive Publicity

As part of ARSA’s ongoing Positive Publicity Campaign (PPC), the association is actively working to enhance the media’s understanding of our $65 billion industry and its vital importance to global civil aviation. To accomplish this goal, ARSA monitors media coverage about aviation maintenance to spread the word about the valuable role repair stations provide their communities in jobs, economic opportunities, and community involvement. These are some of this month’s top stories highlighting the industry’s contributions.

September 2013

FedEx Donates Boeing 727 to NCTC (Prairie Business)

High-Flying Aviation Business Adds New Hangar (Lewiston News-Argus)

Mesa Air Group, United Airlines Sign Aircraft Agreement; To Hire 850 Workers (Air Transport World)

Desert Jet Maintenance Gets Part 145 Repair Station OK (AIN Online)

Airline plans maintenance facility in South Bend (Post-Tribune)

Northrop Grumman Donates Two Cessna 400 Series Aircraft to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (The Wall Street Journal)

Aerospace Company Moves HQ, Jobs to Clovis (ABC30)

AAR Secures FAA Approval to Begin MRO Operations in Lake Charles, LA (

August 2013

Beechcraft Lands Blockbuster $1.4 Billion King Air Deal (Flying)

20 GTCC Aviation Program Graduates Hired at TIMCO (

JFI Jets Donates GII to Long Island Vocational Academy (AIN Online)

AAR to Open New Aircraft Maintenance Facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana (PR Newswire)

$200,000 Rapid Response Grant Boosts Aviation Technology Program at SOWELA (KATC)

STC’s New Aviation Training Center Now Ready for Takeoff (Effingham Herald)

Aviation Company MaxFlight Announces Move to Waco (Waco Tribune)

West-MEC Launches First Adult Career Tech Program (Peoria Times)

July 2013

AAR Sees Continued Strength in Commercial MRO Market (Aviation Week)

Empire Aviation Services Expands in Michigan with Relocation to Detroit Metro Airport (Michigan Chronicle)

FedEx to Donate 727 to Everett Community College Aerospace Program (My Everett News)

Bangor Airport Wins $580,000 Federal Grant to Help Aircraft Maintenance Company Expand (Bangor Daily News)

Rock Valley Aviation Program Expanding (Beloit Daily News)

ANC Partners with ART for Internship Program (Northeast Arkansas Town Crier)

UND Donates $25,000 to Troubled LA A&P School (AIN Online)

WMU Aviation Student Wins Gold Medal at SkillsUSA Championship (MLive)

Commercial Jet Inc. to Invest $12 Million in Dale County Aircraft Maintenance Operation (Made In Alabama)

New Mexico-Based Aerospace Service Firm to Open New Division in South Broward (Real Estate Rama)

June 2013

Aviation Program to Take Flight at Ivy Tech (Indiana Daily Student)

Snecma America Engine Services Donates Engine Parts to Embry-Riddle (AIN Online)

Class Offers Aerospace Maintenance Training Overview (Columbia Basin Herald)

RVC Aviation Maintenance Program Announces Expansion (

$500k Secured to Build New Hangar (The Tullahoma News)

The Booming Field of Aviation Technology (Huffington Post)

MRO Deal Could Propel Rockford Economy (Rockford Register Star)

West Start Aviation Launches New and Improved “Experience on Call” App (D.O.M)

U.S. Airline Industry to Maintain Profitability in 2013 (PCB Design 007)

Boeing Plans $28-million Expansion (San Antonio Express-News)

May 2013

AAR Holds Career Fair in Fort Worth to Tap Experienced Aircraft Mechanics (Aviation Pros)

Aircraft Technician School in Hagerstown, Maryland Opens Expanded Campus at Airport (Washington Post)

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. Opens New Maintenance Hangar at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield (The Republican)

FedEx Donates Jet to Aviation Technology (Laney Tower)

Midair S.A. to Establish $28 Million Maintenance Facility at Melbourne, Florida International Airport (Area Development)

Vector Aerospace Announces Multimillion Dollar Expansion at its Andalusia, Alabama Facility (Aviation Pros)

West Star Aviation to Expand Current Full-Service MRO Facilities (DOM)

Bombardier Expands Maintenance Capacity for Commercial Aircraft at its Largest Service Center in Tucson, Arizona (Aviation Pros)