Safety Management Systems

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Challenges Apparent in Reconciling Performance Based Regulations and Emerging Technologies

MARPA had the opportunity this week to attend the 2016 FAA-EASA International Aviation Safety Conference that was held in Washington, DC. The conference provides an opportunity for the regulatory agencies and industry to get together to discuss emerging issues in aviation safety and strengthen the cooperation between both the regulators themselves as well as the … 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

Smart Goal Setting is the Key to Management Success, Says Ringger

One of the best classes I attended at the AVM PMA Summit in London last week was focused on management skills for an engineering environment. George Ringger lead a session focused on the difference between decisions and goals in the manufacturing business environment. Ringger has taught at Embry-Riddle and advised business on manufacturing and continuous … 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

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

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

Seeking Working Group Members to Help Develop New FAA Manufacturing Regulations: Apply Now!

Have you ever wanted to influence the regulations that affect your business? Well, NOW is your best opportunity to do so! The Part 21/SMS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) is undertaking a major project to review Part 21 and (1) to make it consistent with ICAO Standards for Safety Management Systems, (2) add regulations to create a design organization and (3) update the regulation as necessary. MARPA is soliciting members interested in participating as working group members to work with the FAA on the new rule changes. Please contact us by March 7, 2013 if you are interested. Continue reading