Aircraft Certification Service
(AIR) Draft Advisory Circulars (ACs) Open for Comment
06-29-2016: This advisory circular (AC)
provides guidance for the initial and follow-on airworthiness approval of aircraft weather radar
systems meeting the latest revision of the Technical Standard Order (TSO) C63, Airborne Weather Radar
Local drone users, industry watchers OK with new FAA
06-27-2016: North country drone users and industry watchers are, for the most part,
happy with new Federal Aviation Administration regulations for commercial unmanned aircraft use.
With 1 Announcement, the FAA Just Created an $82
Billion Market and 100,000 New Jobs
06-23-2016: On Wednesday, June 21, the FAA finalized the
rules for commercial UAVs, or drones. The market has been anxiously awaiting those rules for several
years. While hobbyist UAV use was allowed, commercial use was specifically prohibited until now.
US military losing billions in aircraft crashes
06-21-2016: The US military is
facing growing questions about the way it trains pilots and maintains aircraft after it lost several
servicemen and billions of dollars in damages in a recent spate of aircraft crashes.
ARSA, Industry Allies Call for Correction to
"Untenable" Parts Documentation Guidance
06-14-2016: On June 10, seven trade associations and
four aerospace companies — led by ARSA — requested the directors of flight standards for the FAA and
EASA revise guidance on international parts documentation.
FAA proposes $350,000 fine against Amazon for hazardous shipment
06-13-2016: The Federal
Aviation Administration proposed a $350,000 fine Monday against Amazon.com for allegedly violating
hazardous-materials regulations governing an air-shipment of cleanser with sulfuric acid.
Employers Have Six Months to Prepare for New
05-23-2016: On May 18, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its
highly-anticipated revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime provisions, which will
go into effect Dec. 1, 2016.
Should airlines pay to get FAA tech past the 1990s?
05-13-2016: Without stable funding, the Federal Aviation
Administration might never successfully modernize the nation's air
traffic control system. That's why many are calling for the
government to take a big step back from air traffic control and let
a not-for-profit corporation run the show.
Bald Eagle Blamed For Deadly Plane Crash
05-04-2016: The Alaska fireball was the first US civilian plane
crash to result in deaths after an impact with a bald eagle, say
FAA Warns of Fatigued Latch Springs on Pilot Seats
05-03-2016: Worn-out latch springs could cause the pilot seats on
some Dassault Falcons to slide aft and the pilot or copilot to lose
contact with the flight controls, according to an
FAA Airworthiness Directive issued yesterday.
Works: FAA Policy Jeopardizes AD Compliance
April 29, ARSA requested the FAA revise a legal interpretation
regarding second and third-tier documents that are purportedly
incorporated by reference (IBR'd) in an airworthiness directive
(AD). ARSA's letter points out that the legal interpretation — and
existing guidance — violate the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)
and force maintenance providers to divine what is required to
comply with the AD.
Boeing Ramps Up
Push Into the Airplane Parts Business
04-24-2016: Boeing Co.
is ramping up its push into the parts business, as part of a broad
effort to cut costs and secure a new source of revenue even more
lucrative than making aircraft.
Maintenance Is Key Industry For U.S. Economy
According to the 2016 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment released
at a Capitol Hill briefing by the Aeronautical Repair Station
Association (ARSA), the U.S. civil aviation maintenance industry —
often an unseen part of the aviation industry — employs more than
270,000 people and generates $43.1 billion in economic activity.
FAA orders 'urgent' engine fixes for Boeing 787 Dreamliners
it as an "urgent safety issue," the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered modifications on specific General Electric engines on
some 787 Dreamliners because an icing problem could force those engines to shut down in flight.
New Parts-Release Requirements Pushed Back To October
04-21-2016: The FAA and
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) pushed back introduction of a key provision in the newest maintenance regulatory guidance shared by the agencies, citing input from repair stations
that need more time to work the changes into their procedures.
Federal Aviation Act Does Not Preempt Products Suit
04-20-2016: In a case involving a
malfunctioning airplane engine that led to a fatal crash, a federal appeals court has ruled that the Federal Aviation Act, which largely
governs in-flight safety, does not pre-empt state law products liability claims.
Arizona flight school was in the 'best position' to
prevent Germanwings crash
04-20-2016: More than half of the families affected by the March 2015 Germanwings crash have filed a suit against the Arizona flight school that trained
suicidal co-pilot Andreas Lubitz. DW spoke to the law firm behind the suit.
Thousands of Zodiac seats subject of FAA proposed AD
04-19-2016: US FAA officials are proposing to issue an airworthiness directive (AD) for the removal of certain aircraft seat components produced by Zodiac Seats California LLC, after
determining that over 10,000 seating systems "may cause serious injury to the occupant during forward impacts when subjected to certain inertia forces."
Survey Spotlights Repair Station Audit Burden
04-19-2016: Input from nearly 70 repair stations in a
recent industry survey on audits underscores the thoroughness that regulators and customers exhibit when auditing facilities to ensure they comply with rules and standards.
ARSA Takes Aim At McCaskills Repair Station Amendments
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) is taking aim at two proposed amendments -- both from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) -- to the Senate's FAA reauthorization bill.
Survey Shows Audit Frequency Still Hampers Repair Stations
04-14-2016: FAA-certificated repair stations continue to undergo scores of audits each year, including duplicative ones that the agency is working to reduce, an Aeronautical Repair Station
Association (ARSA) survey...
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