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Selling PMAs to China? New FAA Policy Harms PMA Exports!

CHINA EXPORT ALERT: The United States has signed a new Agreement with China that prevents the export of certain aircraft parts – and these were parts that were legal to export to China before the new agreement. Continue reading

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MARPA Remains Vigilant on behalf of its Members

Last month MARPA attended the Certification Management Team (“CMT”) meeting in Ottawa.  For those unfamiliar, the CMT is a quadrilateral group comprised of the FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, and ANAC Brazil that works to optimize the certification process under the bilateral agreements among the partner agencies.  The decisions that come out of this group can … Continue reading

MARPA Files Comments on Propeller PMA Policy

MARPA files comments with the FAA to guard against onerous propeller PMA policy. Continue reading

PMA Parts Must be Marked – But Drawings? There are Options!

The FAA has clarified the PMA marking requirements as they apply to PMA drawings. The clarification opens up a new mechanism for companies to streamline their processes. Continue reading

MARPA Joins Industry Groups Securing Reissuance of FAA Notice 8900.380 Policy

On August 2 MARPA joined a petition signed by 12 other industry groups seeking the extension of FAA Notice 8900.380.  This effort was spearheaded by the Aviation Suppliers Association. Yesterday, the FAA responded to the petition by agreeing to reissue the policy for another year. Continue reading

DRAFT Materials Advisory Circular – Extension of the Comment Period

MARPA asked the FAA for a extension of time to file comments on the draft Materials AC. Continue reading

MARPA Needs Your Comments on the FAA Materials AC

MARPA needs your help in developing comments on the FAA’s draft Materials Advisory Circular. This highly complex AC has the potential to broadly affect MARPA members and the PMA industry. Continue reading

FAA Draft Advisory Circulars Need Your Comment

Several draft FAA Advisory Circulars are currently open for comment of which MARPA members should take note.

Today the FAA’s Engine and Propeller Directorate released draft AC 33.15-3 Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) Metallic Part Material Compliance Using Comparative Test and Analysis Method for Turbine Engines or Auxiliary Power Units. This AC is intended to provide guidance to assist PMA applicants in developing tests to demonstrate the equivalence of materials with that of the type design materials. Continue reading

FAA Draft Policy Statement on Modification Articles Open for Comment

The FAA has issued a draft policy statement clarifying when PMA is a suitable method to approve a modification article that does not constitute a major change to type design. Continue reading

The 21st Century Model of Certification

The FAA is talking very seriously about a radical new model of certification for the aerospace industry focusing on approval of design processes and risk-based oversight. The FAA would like to introduce this new model at the 2015 MARPA Conference. This could reflect a tremendous opportunity for members to be on the cutting edge of the new compliance paradigm. Continue reading