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Should MARPA Support Repeal of the Estate Tax?

MARPA has been asked to sign onto a letter supporting a bill that would repeal Subtitle B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that relates to estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes. Is this something our members support? We want to hear from you. Continue reading


Will the New FAA Manufacturing Rules Lead to a “Quicker Approval Process”?

The FAA has stated that it expects the new Part 23 rules to lead to “an expected quicker approval process” for parts. What does this mean for the PMA community? Continue reading

“Expected Operating Conditions” as a PMA Parts Design Metric

The FAA has revised part 23 by adding a design metric related to ” the expected operating conditions of the airplane.” PMA applicants seeking approval for parts for Part 23 aircraft should start to be aware of these standards. Continue reading

New FAA Manufacturing Rule Permits Greater FAA Flexibility in Building Approval Programs

In December, the FAA published a significant final rule that made major changes to the manufacturing rules, including a change to 14 CFR 21.9(a) that aligns it with 14 CFR 21.8(d) and permits the FAA greater flexibility in approving articles, especially those that pose a low risk to safety in aviation. Continue reading

Minor Change to the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness Rule

The FAA has made very minor changes to 14 C.F.R. 21.50(b). This is a very important rule to many of our readers because it establishes the design approval holder’s obligation to provide and make available Instructions for Continued Airworthiness. Continue reading

New Small Aircraft Rules May Change the Standards for PMAs

The new Part 23 rules become effective on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. All PMA applications subject to Part 23 and submitted on or after that date should ensure that they show compliance to the new regulations. In some cases, these may make some significant changes. One example is found in the rule for flight, navigation and powerplant instruments. Continue reading

FAA-AIR Transformation Process Continues

The FAA is continuing to implement its AIR transformation, and will soon begin realigning the organization. This will be the first step of the transformation visible to industry. Continue reading