New Paid Leave Laws, and a New Payroll Tax Credit

New Paid Leave Laws, and a New Payroll Tax Credit

Congress has passed a number of new laws in response to Covid-19. One of them establishes two new forms of paid leave: paid parental leave and paid sick leave. This article explains how they apply and also explains the payroll tax credit that is used to offset the impact to businesses. For those of you…

New Part 145 Requirements for Supplier Evaluation

New Part 145 Requirements for Supplier Evaluation

Is your Part 145 organization evaluating its suppliers? A new European rule now requires Part 145 organizations to engage in supplier evaluation. The new standards offer a number of different strategies for accomplishing this evaluation, so it doesn’t have to be a burden; but it has become a requirement, so Part 145 organizations ought to…

Incidents, Accidents, Turbulence, and Parts Disclosures

Incidents, Accidents, Turbulence, and Parts Disclosures

A friend sent me an email asking about incidents and accidents occasioned by turbulence. The member found it odd that turbulence (an every-day industry occurrence) would yield an incident or accident report. The query identifies one of the problems with our industry’s reliance on the accident-incident determination as the basis for identifying whether there may…

Optimism on Aviation Trade with China

Optimism on Aviation Trade with China

As I sit down to write, America is on the verge of a trade war with China. And as the earliest salvos of that trade war were announced, where was I headed? China. I spent the week, after the President announced the trade sanctions against China, in Shanghai. I was certain that it would be…

Getting Closure When You Ship Aircraft Parts

Getting Closure When You Ship Aircraft Parts

Everybody talks about getting closure. It is a theme in pop songs and sappy movies. But surprisingly few discussions exist about closing your packages. Aircraft parts are shipped throughout the world. When you close the box on a shipment, are you thinking about whether your closure complies with the regulations? When you ship aircraft parts,…

FAA Renews Critical Stop-Gap Measures for Repair Stations

FAA Renews Critical Stop-Gap Measures for Repair Stations

If you work for a dual-certificated (FAA & EASA) repair station then you have probably been wondering what is going on with documentation requirements. You are probably throwing around terms like “MAG 6,” “8130-3” and “Bilateral Agreements” at parties and around the water cooler. And if you haven’t been discussing these items, then you should…