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FAA Engineering and Production to Merge!

Today’s Federal Register announced that some of the manufacturing policy-makers at FAA Headquarters will merge into a single unit. The engineering division and the production division are currently separated into two different offices, and they will become one office effective February 9.

Today, in addition to the office of the director, there are five different offices/divisions within the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service:

This change will merge AIR-100 and AIR-200 into a single division, which will be known as the Design, Manufacturing, and Airworthiness Division, and will bear the mail-stop code AIR-100.  The new division will feature five branches:

  • Certification and Procedures Branch (AIR-110)
  • Technical and Administrative Support Branch (AIR-120)
  • Systems and Equipment Standards Branch (AIR-130)
  • Operational Oversight Policy Branch (AIR-140)
  • System Performance and Development Branch (AIR- 150)

The Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) Organizational Design Concept (AODC) has been working for several years on ways to better organize Aircraft Certification.  AODC identified some overlap in certain functions being performed by AIR-100 and AIR-200.  The merger allows the two divisions to reduce some duplication in those administrative functions.

David Hempe, who leads AIR-100 today, will continue to lead the merged division.

MARPA Winter Meeting Scheduled for February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC

Don’t forget that the 2013 MARPA Winter Meeting will be held in Washington, DC on February 12, 2013.

Expected speakers include:

  • Joe White, Managing Director, Engineering and Maintenance, Airlines For America
  • John Milewski, PMA Program Manager, Federal Aviation Association
  • Kevin Cox, Partner, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Our topics for discussion will likely include PMA developments, streamlined PMA for non-safety-sensitive (NSS) parts, Instructions for continued airworthiness, air carrier needs, and tax laws and regulations with a particular affect on PMA parts manufacturers.  In addition to our speakers, we will be discussing our government affairs program and strategic planning for the Association.

The Winter meeting is an intimate opportunity to work closely with the Association and the Board on topics of special interest to MARPA members.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please RSVP to MARPA at (202) 628-6777. There is no charge for registering for this meeting; and the meeting is open to all MARPA members.

MARPA Conference Friday Schedule

Looking for the schedule for the MARPA Conference on Friday?  Here it is!

OCTOBER 5, 2012 – DAY TWO GENERAL SESSION
7:00am – 10:30am Registration in the main lobby; assistance and advice concerning post-conference airport transportation will be available
8:30am – 10:00am
Frederic Copigneaux, Deputy Certification Director, European Aviation Safety Agency Day Two Keynote: Europe and PMA
David Hempe, Manager – Aircraft Engineering Division (ACS), Federal Aviation Administration Challenging Regulatory Thinking
John Milewski, PMA Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration Streamlined PMA, A New Paradigm for FAA Review of Non Safety Sensitive Projects
10:00am – 10:30am BREAK
10:30am – 12:30noon
MRO Panel: How Do MRO Priorities Affect PMA Purchasing?Moderated by Andy Shields of Wencor Joined by a panel of major MRO representatives, including:

  • Andrea Ferrenberg, Soundair Aviation Services
  • John Grimshaw, Triumph (Wellington)
Steve Jones, Lead Engineer, American Airlines Overcoming Impediments to Using PMA Parts
Air Carrier Panel: Ask Questions and Get Answers! Moderated by Steve Jones, Lead Engineer, American Airlines Joined by additional MARPA Air Carrier Members

  • Tom Komin, American Airlines
  • Daniel Ferry, US Airways
  • Ed Pozzi, United Airlines
  • Michael Rennick, Delta Airlines
  • Frank Tribble, American Eagle Airlines
  • Peter Requa, Southwest Airlines
RAFFLE! —- Must be present to win —-

SPONSORED BY AERO BRAKE & SPARES, INC.

MARPA Conference: Thursday Schedule

Looking for the schedule for the MARPA Conference on Thursday?  Here it is!

OCTOBER 4, 2012 – DAY ONE GENERAL SESSION
7:00am – 5:00pm Registration in the main lobby
8:30am – 10:00am
Mike Arata, Managing Director-Project Engineering and Technical Operations, United Airlines Day One Keynote Speaker
Jason Dickstein, MARPA President MARPA’s 2012 Accomplishments, and What They Will Mean for YOUR 2013
10:30am – 12:00noon
Carol Giles, President, Carol E. Giles & Associates, Inc. Regulatory Challenges and FAA Compliance IssuesGiles recently retired as the Manager of Aircraft Maintenance for the Federal Aviation Administration. She has been involved in the regulations and policies that affect the use of PMA parts, and will share her experience with PMAs and discuss some recent FAA guidance that affects PMAs, including ICA guidance that helps to protect PMA parts from anticompetitive ICA licensing agreements (those anti-competitive agreements tended to undermine safety). She will share her thoughts on strategies for PMA success under a compliance paradigm.
Ed Bayne, Enterprise & Industry Interface, Boeing  (on behalf of IAQG) International Aviation Quality Group Update, including the AS9100 series of standards
Tom Cooper, Sr VP and Principal, Team SAI, Inc. PMA Industry Economic Outlook
12:00noon – 1:30pm LUNCH SPONSORED BY ABLE AEROSPACE
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Thomas Dunlap, Partner, Dunlap Grubb and Weaver Manufacturing Liability and Strategies for Avoiding LitigationStrategies for protecting your business from unwarranted product liability claims.
Fred Elliot, US Department of Commerce Exports and the PMA MarketElliott describes the tools and programs available from the Commerce Department that can help PMA manufacturers identify non-US customers, and can facilitate export of parts to more customer.
David Daniels, Vice President North America, Wencor Group PMA and Legacy Programs
3:00pm – 3:30pm BREAK SPONSORED BY AERO-INSTRUMENTS
3:30pm – 5:00pm
John Milewski, PMA Program Manager, Federal Aviation Administration Quality Systems Development for PMA Manufacturers: Next Step
Tom Enyart, Manager Propulsion Branch, LAACO, Federal Aviation Administration [due to FAA travel policies, we expect Mr. Enyart to join us by video conference] The Continued Operational Safety Plan: Are You Ready?
Walter Desrosier, Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance, General Aviation Manufacturers Association Safety Management Systems and PMADesrosier is an instrumental part of the aviation rulemaking community. He has served as the chair of the manufacturing team in the FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee on SMS and we continue to partner with him to develop SMS proposals tat will work for the manufacturing community. Desrosier will provide an update on where the current SMS plans are taking us.

Last Chance to Book a Hotel Room at the MARPA Discounted Rate

The MARPA 2012 Conference will be held in a month, on October 3-5, 2012 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel.  But the deadline for making hotel reservations at the discounted rate is Monday, September 3!

We have negotiated a room rate of $129.00 per night (not including taxes) for single/double occupancy. This rate applies on a limited basis for rooms up to three days before and after the event, for those who wish to extend their stay. This is the lowest rate available to any group at the Conference Hotel during this time period!  In order to qualify for this special rate, you must book your room by Monday, September 3, 2012. Click here for a link to the hotel for the MARPA room block. Clicking this link should automatically reference the 2012 MARPA discount code (which is mrpmrpa).

You can also call the hotel directly at (800) 750-0980. Make sure to ask for the “MARPA” rate in order to get our discounted rate!

MARPA Annual Conference Hotel Information – Reserve Your Room Before They Sell Out

The MARPA 2012 Conference will be held October 3-5, 2012 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel.  Please make your reservations early for the Conference: the hotel has sold out early for the past several years and we expect the hotel to sell out again this year.

We have negotiated a room rate of $129.00 per night (not including taxes) for single/double occupancy. This rate applies on a limited basis for rooms up to three days before and after the event, for those who wish to extend their stay.  This is the lowest rate available to any group at the Conference Hotel during this time period!

In order to qualify for this special rate, you must book your room by Monday, September 3, 2012. Click here for a link to the hotel for the MARPA room block. Clicking this link should automatically reference the 2012 MARPA discount code (which is mrpmrpa).

You can also call the hotel directly at (800) 750-0980. Make sure to ask for the “MARPA” rate in order to get our discounted rate!

MARPA Conference Agenda for October 14, 2011

Welcome to the Closing Day of the 2011 MARPA Conference.  We’ve put together this Agenda in order to make sure that attendees can find what they’re looking for!  If you have any questions, please ask anyone wearing a Staff ribbon or a Board ribbon.

Please remember to submit your Conference Survey and your Association Survey before you leave. We use this feedback to help improve MARPA programs for the members. Also, each timely-submitted survey enters the completing-party in the Conference-end drawing for a MARPA-radio-controlled helicopter (you must be present to win!).

7:30 am – noon Registration Desk Hotel Lobby
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Renaissance I
7:30 am – noon Exhibits Open Renaissance I
8:30 am – 10:00 am Opening Session Renaissance II-III
>→Day Two Keynote: How will the FAA Support the Industry’s Increasing Certification / Approval Needs?, David Hempe, Manager, Engineering Division, Federal Aviation Administration
→European Plans for Parts, Frederic Copigneaux, Deputy Certification Director, European Aviation Safety Agency
→ New Developments in PMA Regulation and Policy, John Milewski, PMA Program Manager
10:00 am – 10:30am Break Renaissance II-III
10:30 am – 12:00 noon Renaissance I
PMAs and the Government Market Panel
Moderated by Stu Nibley, Dickstein Shapiro LLP and joined by Ryan Perry, US Air Force
→Air Carrier Panel: Ask Questions and Get Answers!, Moderated by David Linebaugh, Delta Tech Ops and joined by additional MARPA Air Carrier Members:

  • Steve Jones (American Airlines)
  • Ed Pozzi (United Airlines)
  • Jim McPhail (Delta Air Lines)
  • Pete Lauria (Delta Air Lines)
  • Lutz Michnikowski (Lufthansa Technik)
→Meeting Closes … THANK YOU! At the close of the meeting, we will hold a drawing for a MARPA-radio-controlled helicopter

MARPA Conference Agenda for October 13, 2011

Welcome to the First General Session Day of the 2011 MARPA Conference.  We’ve put together this Agenda in order to make sure that attendees can find what they’re looking for!  If you have any questions, please ask anyone wearing a Staff ribbon or a Board ribbon.

October 13, 2011

MARPA General Session Day One

7:30 am – 5:00 pm Registration Desk Hotel Lobby
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Renaissance I
7:30 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open Renaissance I
8:30 am – 10:00 am Opening Session Renaissance II-III
→Day One Keynote Speaker Tony Charaf, President, Delta Tech Ops
→MARPA’s Efforts to Make Life Easier for the PMA Industry, Jason Dickstein, MARPA President
10:00 am – 10:30am Break (Sponsored by Aero-Instruments) Renaissance II-III
10:30 am – 12:00 noon Session II Renaissance II-III
→PMA Industry Economic Outlook, Mike Holland, Aerostrategy
→Making Money in the PMA Industry, Peter Zimm,SH&E
→Research Tax Credit and Other Tax Tips in a PMA Environment, Kevin Cox, LarsenAllen
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm Lunch (Sponsored by Able Aerospace) Renaissance I
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Session III Renaissance II-III
→Industry Developments to Support Supplier Oversight, Ed Bayne, Boeing (on behalf of IAQG)
→PMA Safety Record – the Empirical Analysis, Larry Shiembob, Timken
→ 3D Manufacturing: Not Just Science Fiction, Greg Elfering, 3D System Corporation
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break (Sponsored by Aero InstrumentsAero Instruments) Renaissance I and Renaissance Hallway
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Session IV Renaissance II-III
→ Regulatory Changes and FAA Advice, Gregory Johnson, Aircraft Safety Engineer, FAA
→ Working with Delegated Authority, Andy Shields, Vice-President, Wencor
→PMAs for Articles: How to Manage the Intersection between PMA and TSOA, Darren Lovato, DER Technologies

FAA Funding Extended Through January 31, 2012

As we reported earlier, the deal to extend FAA funding through January 31, 2012 is in place.  The Senate approved the extension bill yesterday.  The House had approved this earlier this week.

While this permits the FAA to operate for a few more months, the continuing resolution still fails to permit the FAA to confidently develop a strategic plan for the nation’s aviation infrastructure.

Don’t Forget the PMA Summit!

While the PMA community eagerly anticipates the 2011 MARPA Conference (October 12-14), don’t forget that the PMA Summit will take place three weeks after the MARPA Conference.

The PMA Summit is an Aviation Maintenance Magazine conference that is meant to bring information about Parts Manufacturer Approvals (PMAs) to European airlines and maintenance organizations.  It takes place in London on November 3-4, 2011.  Although the conference is being organized by Aviation Maintenance Magazine, MARPA is sponsoring the conference because of the important and positive messages that it will convey about PMA.  For Europeans who cannot make the three-day MARPA Conference in October, the PMA Summit in November represents another great opportunity to learn about PMA and how it can fit into your safety agenda.

PMA Summit sessions will explore the issues surrounding use of Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) and  Designated Engineering Representative (DER) repairs from a global perspective.

MARPA Members enjoy a special discounted rate on the two day registration of £495.00 GBP (as opposed to the full price which is £595.00 GBP).

More information about the PMA Summit is available from Aviation Maintenance Magazine – contact their publisher, Adrian Broadbent, directly by email sent to abroadbent@aerospace-media.com.

 

For more information about the MARPA 2011 Conference, go to MARPA’s website or send MARPA an email.  Wondering who is coming to the 2011 MARPA Conference?  You can see the early registration list (registrants as of September 11, 2011) online.

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