Have you started using the FAA’s streamlined process for PMAs on Non-Safety-Sensitive (NSS) parts, yet?
Found in FAA Order 8110.119, the streamlined process involves following the MARPA 1100 Standard for PMA applications for NSS parts (which is available on our website). Those who follow that standard (and confirm that they meet the elements of the FAA Order) are entitled to expedited processing. The FAA’s goal is to turn-around NSS PMA applications that meet the MARPA standard within 30 days.
A 30-day turn-around would provide NSS PMA applicants with an improved ability to make commitments to customers about expected production and delivery times when those times hinge upon PMA issuance. This should also encourage companies to seek PMA for NSS parts.
The process does not alleviate the applicant of their obligation to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations (remember, you must certify compliance as part of your PMA application); but it does provide a standardized format that should make it easier for FAA ACO engineers to review and approve such applications, consistent with the FAA’s commitment to using risk-base tools to assign resources.