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Chinese Government Expresses Support for PMAs

Are you selling to Chinese air carriers?  If you are not, then you should be!

MARPA attended a Conference in China on November 11-12 that focused on PMA parts and DER repairs.  We participated in a leasing panel on day one and also provided a day two speech discussing the PMA marketplace and MARPA’s efforts to promote Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) parts.  The Conference hosted about 80 participants, representing all of the major air carriers from China.

The Conference included a presentation by Liu Xiaojie, of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).  Mr. Liu explained that engine overhaul cost is a heavy burden on airlines, and PMA parts play an important role in helping to keep prices reasonable.  He explained some of the legal process and the evaluation process associated with developing a relationship between a FAA-PMA manufacturer and a Chinese air carrier.

Mr. Liu also explained that CAAC has been issuing its own PMA approvals to Chinese manufacturers.  The first Chinese PMA was issued in 1998.  So far more there are more than 60 CAAC-PMA holders in China and CAAC has approved more than 400 articles.  In this twelve year history, explained Mr. Liu, there have been no airworthiness directives issued against CAAC-PMA parts.

Mr. Liu concluded by explaining that CAAC is encouraging the operators to communicate with both domestic and overseas companies to promote the use by the Chinese carriers of PMA and DER repairs.  CAAC is trying to establish trust and cooperation between the carriers and the PMA companies and CAAC is encouraging growth in the PMA industry.  This level of government support for PMA parts is very encouraging, and it makes it clear that China is going to reflect an important growing marketplace for FAA-PMA companies.

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About Jason Dickstein

Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.

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