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FAA Plans Jan. Webinar on New China Trade Agreement

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) entered a new bilateral agreement on Oct. 17, 2017.  That Agreement will affect US-China trade in aviation parts and products.  The FAA has agreed to hold a webinar to explain the new Agreement.

The new Agreement is known as an Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) and it replaced the previous agreement, the Schedule of Implementation Procedures (SIP), which had been signed in 1995 (and amended since then).

The FAA’s webinar for industry will address what they are trying to achieve with this IPA, and what the IPA will mean for industry. This webinar mirrors a presentation delivered to FAA staff in November 2017, focusing on the use of the IPA when the FAA is acting as the Certifying Authority (that is, export of US-made stuff). It is intended to provide industry with the background and major concepts of the agreement, and highlight specific areas relevant to CAAC validation of U.S. products.

When the trade associations previewed this presentation on December 1, we had a number of concerns about the way that this affected PMA.  The presentation did not alleviate many of these concerns, but it did give us a chance to express our concerns and to ask questions.

For more details on our PMA concerns about this Agreement, see our prior post:
Selling PMAs to China? New FAA Policy Harms PMA Exports!

The webinar is available online and costs $30.  It will be held January 17, 2018 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM ((GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)).  It is hosted by ARSA.  The expected agenda is:

  1. FAA – CAAC IPA Status and Background
  2. FAA – CAAC IPA Change Management Plan
  3. Q&A
  4. FAA – CAAC IPA Key Validation Concepts
  5. Validation Process Overview – FAA as the Certifying Authority (CA)
  6. Summary
  7. Q&A

Registration is online at


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 Air Carrier Purchasing Conference, and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association. He also represents private clients drawn from the spectrum of the aviation industry.


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