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Revised MARPA COS Guidance is Now Available for Comment

One of the many ways MARPA supports the PMA industry is through the issuance of its Continued Operational Safety (COS) system guidance material.  In order to continue to improve safety and address industry and regulatory concerns, MARPA regularly revises its COS guidance and makes the revised guidance available to the public. MARPA recently issued Revision 3 … Continue reading

FAA to Update the Engine Endurance Testing Rule

The FAA is forming an FAA-industry working group to look into engine endurance testing pursuant to 14 C.F.R. 33.87. This could be your chance to affect the rewrite of an important engine certification rule! Continue reading

MARPA Seeks Your Input as We Work to Improve the Manufacturing Reporting Requirements

The PMA industry has an opportunity to affect the FAA reporting rules for manufacturers! 14 C.F.R. 21.3 requires reporting to the FAA of certain failures, malfunctions, and defects. The FAA’s Rulemaking Committee is examining this rule to recommend improvements, and your input could be invaluable to our efforts. Continue reading

Help MARPA Understand Your Costs of Regulatory Compliance

MARPA continues to work diligently in support of the FAA’s Part 21 ARC. We previously posted on the MARPA 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! Continue reading

What Does it Cost YOU to Meet FAA Requirements?

What are your cost centers associated with obtaining a PMA? We need to baseline the costs associated with certification/approval to support FAA efforts to improve the design approval system. Your input in response to these queries will be invaluable! Continue reading

Supply Chain Management Handbook

Are you using the Supply Chain Management Handbook (SCMH) as a tool to support your supplier control mechanisms? All PMA manufacturers have an obligation to control their suppliers in accordance with 14 C.F.R. 21.137. The FAA-approved quality manual will have a mechanism for accomplishing this but how do you improve your processes? The International Aerospace … Continue reading

Updated Agenda for Int’l Safety Conference

Today, EASA issued an updated agenda for the 2013 EASA / FAA International Aviation Safety Conference. The Conference is the annual meeting among EASA, FAA, TCCA and other regulators to discuss new paradigms in regulatory oversight. This meeting directly impacts the aviation industry, which is the subject of this regulatory oversight! Continue reading

Help Shape the Future of Part 21!

The SMS/Part 21 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) will affect each and every manufacturer of PMA. MARPA will therefore be there every step of the way, working to ensure that the interests of PMA community are protected. But in order to ensure that we guard our members’ interests, we will need your assistance and feedback! If your company tracks the cost of regulatory compliance, whether in dollars, personnel, man-hours, paperwork, or any other metric, we want to hear from you. Continue reading

FAA Guidance on Major Repair/Alteration Data: Open for Comment

FAA draft guidance on major repair and alteration data approval is open for public comment through June 12, 2013. This is a significant draft gudance document that is worth reviewing by anyone or who relies on FAA-approved data. Continue reading

MARPA Works on the Future of FAA Certification

MARPA attended the SMS/Part 21 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) which is developing the new rules that will affect certification and approval of aviation products and articles. This project will definitely affect every MARPA member and could be the most important rulemaking activity affecting the PMA community in over 60 years! Continue reading