This week, MARPA is in Japan at the 2013 Aerospace Industry Exhibition Tokyo (ASET 2013). MARPA has an exhibit booth featuring information about the PMA marketplace and about our membership.
MARPA is not alone! Both Heico and Jet Parts Engineering sent staff to participate in the PMA panel during the conference. The panel featured two hours of presentations about PMA and questions and answers about PMA. It was attended by over a hundred aerospace professionals interested in learning more abut PMA.
In addition, though, several of our members sent literature to the conference, and MARPA has been handing their information to interested conference attendees. Those members were:
So far, we’ve seen a lot of interest from Japanese manufacturing companies in partnering with PMA companies from the United States, so the literature from member companies has been very helpful in educating the Japanese marketplace about potential US partners.
Many Japanese companies seem able to bring novel production technologies and novel solutions to the table as potential partners/suppliers. But that has not been the sole focus of this trip. We also had an opportunity to spend time with representatives from both ANA and JAL during our trip. Both air carriers remain keenly interested in the potential posed by PMA.
We were fortunate to be invited to deliver training sessions to both ANA Trading and ANA’s Materials Management Department. Both organizations were very gracious hosts. PMA was an important topic in each of those training sessions, and there were lots of insightful questions.
As many of you know, MARPA has been an active participant in the FAA’s efforts to develop both Design Organization and SMS regulations that would apply to the manufacturing community. This gives our members an exceptional opportunity to influence the regulations so that they will make sense and preserve safety.
The FAA is working on regulations that would require most design approval holders to be Design Organizations, which would be similar to EASA DOAs (under EASA subpart J in Europe). FAA Engineering Division Manager Dave Hempe will be at the MARPA Annual Conference to talk to companies about the costs and benefits of such a requirement.
The smallest companies (including many PMA companies) could be excepted from those design organization rules. But even those excepted companies will likely have to met some standard; the lower risk posed by excepted companies would mean that the standards applied to them could be lower.
This raises the question “how much of an organization SHOULD a small company be required to have as a minimum FAA standard?” We will be looking to the PMA community to help answer this question!
Soon, we will be soliciting volunteers for a limited engagement subcommittee that will be tasked with recommending those minimum standards. We anticipate that volunteers will be expected to commit to participate in between one and three one-hour-long telephone conferences – there will be no live meetings and no travel required. The purpose of those calls will be to solicit input about minimum standards that could apply to all design approval applicants and holders (even the smallest ones).
We really are going to need your help on this so please consider donating your time in order to register your opinion about what is reasonable for your business to do.
We will be publishing more details soon, but please contact us if you think you would like to participate!
George Powell’s family has set a date for a celebration of George’s life. This will be a cocktail reception to remember George and his impact on aviation. The reception has been set for the day after the MARPA Conference so that people from out of town can easily travel from the MARPA Conference in Las Vegas to Arizona to attend the reception and pay their respects to the family.
Please RSVP to email@example.com.
We hope to see all of the MARPA community at this very special event.
George’s children will be establishing an aerospace engineering scholarship in George’s name to honor his love of aviation and learning. More details should be available at the reception.
We previously wrote in this space that MARPA will be attending the 2013 Aerospace Industry Exhibition Tokyo (ASET). As a benefit to our members, MARPA plans to feature member-company literature in our booth to allow you to make connections with the Japanese aerospace manufacturing market. This is just one of the benefits of MARPA membership. ASET offers an excellent opportunity get in front of a substantial segment of the Japanese aerospace manufacturing community; at the last conference over 23,000 people attended!
In order to help us feature member companies in the MARPA booth, members must ship their literature to us in Tokyo. To ensure we are able to showcase your literature, you must follow these steps:
1. Act quickly! ASET runs October 2-4. You should plan to have your literature arrive absolutely no later than Monday, September 23. This will allow adequate time to ensure your package clears customs.
2. Ship your package to:MARPA (Booth No. G-01) c/o AEROSPACE INDUSTRY EXHIBITION TOKYO 2013 2013 Management office Tokyo Big Site 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063, Japan
3. Email Katt Brigham at MARPA with your package tracking information. This should include the date the package was shipped and the estimated date of arrival. You should also include the contents of your package so we know what to look for.
4. Confirm your package arrives in Tokyo. When you have confirmed arrival email Katt to let us know as well.
Remember it will take about a week for your shipment to clear customs upon arrival in Japan. It is therefore vital that you ship your literature in time to ensure arrival by September 23.
MARPA is excited to be able to offer this opportunity to its members. If you have any questions about shipping, please contact Katt at (202) 628-6777 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARPA co-founder George Powell died on Friday, September 6 after a battle with cancer.
George’s aviation career began as an aircraft pilot during World War II. He then spent a career as an engineer and customer support manager for Bell Helicopter (highlighted by a daring escape from Iran when the Shah’s government fell).
By the 1980s, society felt George was ready to retire but George had different
plans. He became active as a PMA manufacturer and as an independent DER. He was passionate about small business and he helped many of today’s PMA companies get on their feet.
The idea of MARPA was born during the late 1990s, when George, Jim Reum and I sketched out our ideas for a trade association on the back of a cocktail napkin during the lunch break at an Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee meeting.
George served as the first President for the Association, and after he stepped down he remained an active guiding voice for MARPA. He was important mentor who helped to guide me and many others within the PMA community. He frequently communicated his ideas to the FAA, helping to shape the policies and regulations that affect the aerospace community.
George was never the sort who could rest – he always wanted to be active and involved. He was one of the leading voices on the MARPA Leasing Committee during the last year of his life. Despite the cancer, he also was active in supporting aerospace businesses right up until days before he passed.
George’s family is planning a celebration of life ceremony in October. They are trying to plan the celebration in Arizona just after the MARPA Conference in order to permit more of George’s friends and business associates from the aerospace industry to conveniently attend (more details are coming soon, and final details will depend on availability).
His family is working on a scholarship fund for aerospace engineering at George’s alma mater (RPI). We hope to have more details on this effort to share with the industry by the time of the MARPA Conference.
MARPA and the industry will be forever indebted to George for his leadership and guidance.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2013 MARPA Conference on October 23-25 in Las Vegas.
This year’s conference will review some of the new FAA programs that affect PMAs, and also offer a glimpse into the new policies and regulations that will affect the PMA community in the near future. A special highlight will be an opportunity to speak with FAA Engineering Division Manager Dave Hempe about Safety Management Systems (SMS). He is particularly interested in knowing what SMS will cost small businesses, This is an opportunity to ask questions, express your concerns, and provide information about potential costs.
And as always, we have A LOT of customers registered for the conference so there are tremendous sales opportunities waiting for PMA-company attendees as well!
We continue to add more information to the agenda about speakers and events, so be sure to check out the online Conference Agenda.
Not yet registered? The Conference Registration form is available online. Just fill it out and email or fax it. Questions? Call Katt Brigham at (202) 628-6777 and she will provide answers!
Make sure your registration reaches MARPA before the next deadline to get the current registration discount! The next deadline is Sept 21, 2013 and meeting that deadline will save MARPA members $200 (for the first-registrant from a company) to $300 (for each additional registrant from a company) over the cost of on-site registration.
You don’t have to be a member to come – non-members are also welcome to attend the Conference for the non-member rate.
Ed Pozzi of United Airlines has agreed to accept the position of Chair of the MARPA Air Carrier Committee.
Ed began his aviation career with United Airlines as a Customer Service Representative at Long Island MacArthur Airport in 1984 handling all aspects of airport operations. In 1990 he was promoted to engineering as an engineer in the 757/767 Fleet Technical Service group providing technical support for aircraft systems and interiors.
Ed has nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, all with United Airlines, holding a variety of managerial positions within engineering as well as representing United Airlines as the first airline employee to accept an internship with a Presidential-appointed Member of the NTSB in Washington, DC
Ed has demonstrated exemplary leadership as a change agent reinventing the PMA process by applying LEAN principles to many aspects of PMA development and approvals. This has resulted in PMA cost savings for United’s Technical Operations. He has also developed and implemented data mining methods to identify problematic, high cost, high usage parts for new PMA opportunities.
Please join me in welcoming Ed as the new Chair!!
Ed has some exciting plans for the Committee. I hope all of our air carrier members will all be able to join him at the Air Carrier Committee Meeting on October 23 (part of the MARPA Annual Conference) as well as the brainstorming session he is planning to examine a lobbying effort aimed at producing an air carrier PMA-approval-checklist that would be published as an FAA Advisory Circular. Information on these events can be found at the MARPA Conference Agenda, and the details will be updated as more information becomes known.
The FAA has published for public comment a draft advisory circular: AC 20-24D, Approval of Propulsion Fuels and Lubricating Oils.
Since the 2009 revision to the FAA’s manufacturing regulations, all materials and other articles for aircraft have been required to be approved by the FAA under PMA, TSOA, or PC or to fall into one of the stated exceptions found in 14 C.F.R. 21.9. This means that lubricating oils are required to be approved or to be manufactured and made available under a standard. The guidance in 20-24D makes it clear that the SAE standards specify testing standards for lubricating oils but that they are insufficient to reflect a standard for production purposes; and therefore the FAA must approve lubricating oils (e.g. through the TC for original oils, and though other means like STCs for subsequently defined oils).
The guidance appears to be out-of-date relative to the 2009 changes to the FAA’s regulations in light of the fact that it does not address production approval. Thus, the concerns with the regulations are not necessarily with the proposed revisions, but rather with the failure of the proposed revisions to bring the guidance up to the existing regulatory standard.
The guidance omits any mention of PMAs for oils, and proceeds as if PMAs were unnecessary. In light of the fact that the FAA has issued PMAs for lubricating oils, this omission seems important. Additionally, as mentioned above, 14 C.F.R. 21.9 now appears to require production approval.
Also, the fact that the FAA has issued PMAs for lubricating oils seems to create an uneven playing field is some participants in the marketplace are not required to obtain PMAs or other production approvals.
The guidance also talks about needing engine manufacturer approval for new lubricating oils. In light of the fact that some PMA holders for lubricating oil are independent of the engine manufacturer, it would appear that the guidance creates a situation where engine manufacturer approval would become a condition for market entry. This appears to potentially violate the Sherman Act .
Comments are due to the FAA at the end of September, so please get us YOUR comments by September 16 so we can make sure we address your concerns in the MARPA comments.
MARPA is pleased to announce that we will be at the 2013 Aerospace Industry Exhibition Tokyo, and you can be there too!
While this is a fantastic opportunity for making connections in the Japanese aerospace manufacturing market, we recognize that not ever member can afford to add this to their trade show agenda, so MARPA will be featuring literature from members at their booth. That’s right – you can have your company literature included in the MARPA literature rack at ASET 2013 in Tokyo!
COST: Free to MARPA members (it is a membership benefit).
HOW BIG IS THIS CONFERENCE: The last conference was in 2011 (it is held every two years) and there were 23,373 visitors for the aerospace trade floor.
YOUR REQUIREMENTS: YOU are responsible for producing your company materials. YOU are responsible for shipping the materials to the convention center and for alerting us to look for it.
WHAT WE WILL DO: We will keep your literature in our literature rack or on our display table (depending on factors like size and volume of member response) and hand it out to interested conference-attendees.
HOW DO I GET STARTED: Contact Katt Brigham by calling or emailing the Association
OTHER CONFERENCE DETAILS:
The Aerospace Industry Exhibition Tokyo (ASET) is the only exhibition held in Tokyo dedicated to specialized aerospace technologies. In addition to the unique business opportunity, ASET also features programs and lectures from key industry figures, as well as business and social networking events.
MARPA will have an exhibit booth for the three day event, October 2-4, 2013, and MARPA President Jason Dickstein will give a keynote address discussing PMA and the advantages that it represents. This is an excellent opportunity to further raise industry awareness about the value and benefits of PMA and about MARPA itself.
DO YOU PLAN TO ATTEND?
ASET has asked for our help in getting the word out about this opportunity, as ASET is seeking PMA companies to join their PMA session. The PMA companies would be asked to introduce their business to the attendees and participate in a PMA panel. As inducement for participation, ASET is offering to provide exhibition booth space (three-day exhibition required) and potentially other inducements to PMA companies who are willing to present at the exhibition.
The city of Tokyo’s event planning subsidiary specifically requested the presence of PMA manufacturers at ASET 2013. This is a great opportunity for our members to exhibit their products in front of a large audience in one of Asia’s key business hubs. It is also a chance to further educate the aerospace community on the advantages of PMA.
If your company is interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact ASET advisor Jay Kato via email at email@example.com. ASET 2013 runs October 2-4, so it is important to act quickly. MARPA hopes to see you there!
MARPA continues to work diligently in support of the FAA’s Part 21 ARC. One of the ARC working groups is focused specifically on performing a cost benefit analysis of the ARCs proposals. We previously posted on the blog a request for our members’ input on what data we should be tracking in order to best estimate costs. Although we have received a handful of responses to date, we still need your feedback to ensure we have an accurate cost assessment as possible!
Our members have reported the following measurable data points
The data your company is able to measure may be similar, or may be different. In either case, we want to hear from you to provide a useful and usable data survey. Remember, at this time we are NOT collecting actual numbers, but merely attempting to determine what data we can reasonably expect to collect in the future to help with our cost benefit analysis. Future data will be collect anonymously to protect our members’ competitive interests while also guarding against costly regulation.
This information will help us to develop metrics for measuring industry costs of regulatory compliance. We will then have a baseline to which we will compare the costs and benefits of the ARC’s proposals. This is industry’s opportunity to provide detailed feedback regarding the costs of FAA regulations. The FAA will be joining us at the MARPA Conference in October, so it is important that we have investigated and reviewed this data prior to that time.
If you have not yet taken the opportunity to respond with what sort of cost data your company tracks, please take a few minutes and let us know. This will go a long way to helping us ensure the Part 21 ARC develops sound and cost effective proposals to deliver to the FAA. Email responses to MARPA Associate Counsel Ryan Aggergaard at firstname.lastname@example.org.