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Opinions Sought on AC 33-8 (PMA on engine and APU parts)

What do you think of AC 33-8?

AC 33-8 is the “Guidance for Parts Manufacturer Approval of Turbine Engine and Auxiliary Power Unit Parts under Test and Computation.”  This guidance has been out in the industry for six years now.  A number of our members have reported that this guidance has been useful for them.

MARPA will be meeting with the FAA in four weeks and one of the topics will be AC 33-8.

Please get us your comments – positive or negative – on this document.  Let us know if it has been useful (and what has been useful, if possible).  Let us also know whether any of the AC language poses problems or could be improved.  Also, if you think that the guidance is  missing anything, then let us know what additional information could be useful in the guidance.  Please send your comments to us by email or leave a response in the blog comments.

Unique One-on-one Meeting Opportunity with Korean Aviation Companies at the 2015 MARPA Conference!

MARPA and KOTRA invite you to meet with some of South Korea’s most innovative aviation parts manufactures during the first day of MARPA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. On June 15th, 2015, KOTRA and MARPA signed an MOU signaling the beginning of a partnership to further bolster business between MARPA members and Korean manufacturers. KOTRA has been working with MARPA to foster relationships between Korean suppliers and US PMA companies. By working with Korean companies as partners, US companies have the ability to make these parts available worldwide.

KOTRA and MARPA have worked with several Korean companies, who were invited to the conference through the support of KOTRA, to attend the 2015 MARPA Conference to meet with their US partners. One on One round table meeting appointment times will be available on October 28th.  During these meetings, you will have the opportunity to meet and discuss potential future business initiatives with these exciting new companies..

Attending will be*:

We hope you will be able to take advantage of this unique relationship building opportunity during the 2015 MARPA Conference!

To view available timeslots, please click here.  To reserve an appointment time, please contact Benjamin Brand at KOTRA, to schedule. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and incur no additional fee. Time slots can be reserved up until registration at the 2015 MARPA Conference on October 28th, but are expected to book quickly- so don’t delay! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

*Please be advised that appointment times are scheduled based on reported availability, and are subject to change at MARPA’s discretion.

If you have any questions, please contact Benjamin Brand, KOTRA Global Partnering Consultant at (646) 918-5854 or

Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency, otherwise known as KOTRA, operates under Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE), as the national trade and investment promotion organization.  KOTRA is a non-profit agency that promotes and facilitates bilateral business relationships between Korea and the world since its foundation in 1962.







MARPA Member Opportunity for Tokyo Aerospace Symposium 2015!

MARPA is pleased to announce that we will be at the Tokyo Aerospace Symposium 2015, and you can be there too!  MARPA President Jason Dickstein will give a presentation discussing PMA and the advantages that it represents.  MARPA will have an exhibit booth at the Tokyo Aerospace Symposium 2015 for all three days of the event.  This is an excellent opportunity to further raise industry awareness about the value and benefits of PMA and about MARPA itself.

While this is a fantastic opportunity for making connections in the Japanese aerospace manufacturing market, we recognize that not ever member can afford to add this to their trade show agenda, so MARPA will be featuring literature from members at their booth.  That’s right – you can have your company literature included in the MARPA literature rack at TAS 2015 in Tokyo!

COST: Free to MARPA members (it is a membership benefit).

HOW BIG IS THIS CONFERENCE: The ASET2013 conference, this event’s predecessor, welcomed 29,417 visitors for the aerospace trade floor.

YOUR REQUIREMENTS: YOU are responsible for producing your company materials.  YOU are responsible for shipping the materials to the convention center and for alerting us to look for it.

WHAT WE WILL DO: We will keep your literature in our literature rack or on our display table (depending on factors like size and volume of member response) and hand it out to interested conference-attendees.

HOW DO I GET STARTED: Contact Katt Brigham at

We hope to see MARPA members take advantage of this opportunity, and look forward to this wonderful event.  Planning to attend?  Let MARPA know!  We’d love to see you there.

MARPA Conference Discounts End This Friday!

The 2015 MARPA Conference is a must-attend event, and time is running our to register at the discounted rate!

Your customers have already registered – the MARPA Conference has a higher air-carrier-to-manufacturer rate than any other conference.  Hear directly from your customers what they think about PMA, and how you can work with them to better your partnerships.  Erick Yep from Copa Airlines will be presenting the workshop “How Does An Air Carrier Approve A PMA?”, and MARPA Air Carrier Committee Chairman Mike Rennick from Delta Air Lines will be delivering a can’t-miss presentation titled “PMA Savings, Safety, and Reliability: An Air Carrier Testimonial”.

Have you been wondering what you can do to improve your relationship with the FAA?  Carol Giles will bring her more than 35 years of experience to you when she presents “Managing Your Relationship With the FAA – Strategies for Working Together”.  The FAA often attends the MARPA Conference to announce regulatory updates and changes that will impact your business, and this year is no exception.  Learn more and have the chance to ask questions about the upcoming revisions to Order 8120.22 directly from FAA Aviation Safety Inspector Angelia Collier.  Presentations are on the agenda to be delivered by David Hempe; AIR-2, and Robert Sprayberrry; the aerospace engineer primarily responsible for the FAA’s national PMA policy.

Click here to view the 2015 MARPA Conference agenda, and don’t forget to register and to book your room at the Renaissance Las Vegas before time runs out!

Last Call for the 2015 MARPA Trade Mission To China!

MARPA is organizing the first-ever PMA Trade Mission to China (Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing) in response to your feedback!  The Trade Mission will occur from November 9-13, 2015.

The extended registration deadline ends tomorrow, September 11th!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to join MARPA in China to introduce air carriers and MROs in China to the concept of PMA, and to the significant advantages that they can recognize by doing business with PMA manufacturers from the United States.  We hope that this will help increase PMA sales into these regions, since MARPA already knows you can sell FAA PMA parts in China!

The mission will begin for MARPA Guangzhou, November 9th.  Then we will spend November 10th – 11th in Shanghai and November 12th – 13th in Beijing meeting with air carrier and MRO sales targets.  These meetings are arranged in conjunction with the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration office, and will offer Gold-Key Services in each location.  This means that they will work to assure that your customers are eager to meet with you, translation service is available at each meeting, and each company will have the opportunity to expose customers to your products and services.


  • Commercial Service and Export Assistance Center’s Gold Key Services in all three cities
  • Translator/Interpreter services in-country during each meeting
  • Printing and/or shipping of member company’s promotional materials within a “mission guide book” provided to customers
  • Ground transportation from the MARPA hotel to each meeting
  • Pre-arranged meetings with vetted customers and companies in each city of the Mission*

*MARPA is currently working with U.S. Commercial Service to confirm meetings with targeted carriers and customers chosen through feedback from MARPA members.  These meetings are subject to change.

  • Guangzhou – China Southern Airlines, GAMECO
  • Shanghai – China Eastern Airlines, China Cargo Airlines, Yangtze River Express  
  • Beijing – CAAC, Air China/Air China Cargo, China United Airlines, AMECO Beijing, and Tianjin Airlines 


  • Air transportation to the starting point of the Mission and from the ending point of the Mission to their final destination
  • Air and ground transportation between Mission cities unless otherwise noted
  • Personal hotel accommodations
  • Meals and incidentals (except any covered under Gold Key Services
  • Visa services and fees in order to meet travel requirements
  • Any additional incidental costs or expenses

If you aren’t yet selling into Asia, then this is a wonderful way to start meeting potential customers.  If you already have business in China, then you won’t want to miss this exceptional opportunity to renew acquaintances and build more business.  MARPA has been planning this 2015 trade mission since late 2014, and we’ve enjoyed incredible support from our US government contacts.  This trade mission is undertaken in partnership with the US Department of Commerce, and we are being assisted by the International Trade Administration and the Commercial Foreign Service officers in the embassies and consulate offices.  This is a valuable membership benefit that is available to help MARPA members increase their export business so make sure you take advantage of it!

Registrations are available for MARPA members on a first-come-first-served basis until the extremely limited slots of this program is full.  Have you made your decision?  Would you like to register today?  Click here for a registration form to return to MARPA: 2015 China Trade Mission Registration Form

If you would like more information, then please contact the Association.  We’d love to hear from you.  Call or email Katt Brigham at 202.628.6777 or

Visit MARPA at Booth 507 for ACPC 2015!

IMG_20150830_140922MARPA is in Booth 507 at the ACPC 2015 event!  Stop by to say hello if you’re attending the Aviation Networking Forum.

Korea PMA Workshop – a Success!

MARPA and the Korean Trade Promotion Agency (KOTRA) delivered a PMA workshop in Seoul this week.  Hosted at KOTRA Headquarters in Seoul, the workshop provided an opportunity to begin educating the Korean aerospace community about the value of FAA-PMA parts.  It also afforded the PMA community an opportunity to begin strengthening business relationships  with the Korean aerospace industry.

The MARPA Perspective

MARPA’s President, Jason Dickstein, spent the first day of the workshop laying the goudnwork for understaing the PMA process.

The room was packed with about 60 participants from all sectors of the Korean aeroaspace community.  MARPA discussed issues like the parts approval process, the safety, reliability and economic advantages afforded by FAA-PMA, and strategies for partnering with US PMA companies in order to increase trade and increase the profis of both companies.

Three of our members attended the workshop.  Representatives from Heico, Jet Parts Engineering, and the Wencor Group joined us at the workshop and had an opportunity to network with potential suppliers from Korea’s manufacturing community as well as potential customers from MROs and airlines.  

The Government Perspective

We were honored to be joined by Ha Girl Chung, the Deputy Director of Aircraft Certification for Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infastructure and Transportation.  Mr. Chung was a key negotiator in the recently updated technical implementation procedures for the US-Korean bilateral aviation safety agreement.  He reviewed the elements of Korean law that permit the acceptance of US PMA parts in Korea, and he also explained Korea’s own ability to issue PMA for parts made in Korea.  

Privately, Mr. Chung told MARPA that Korea would like to begin issuing domestic PMA.  This was foreshadowed by last years update to the US-Korean technical implementation procedures, which left a specific reservation (a place holder) for US acceptance of Korean PMA parts. 

Mr. Chung poses questions Wencor’s Mark Powell

The Airline Perspective

Asiana and Korean Air Lines were both well-represented at the event.  Hoon Yong Kim, from Korean Air, delivered a presentation about his air carrier’s PMA policy.  He explained that his carrier does not currently use critical PMA parts, but that they would like to expand their current use of non-critical PMA (critical PMAs are less than 1% of all PMAs).  Mr.Kim said that they are particularly targeting interiors parts, right now, but they would like to increase both the quantity and the scope of the PMAs that they use.

What specific qualities does Korean Air seek?  Mr. Kim explained that parts partners need to hold FAA PMA (other nations’ systems are currently not on his radar) and they should be prepared to support Korean Air in cooperative analysis.  He described one situation where a supplier helped Korean Air perform a root cause analysis. Despite the fact that the root cause was unrelated to the supplier, the supplier provided continued engineering support.  During subsequent conversations, Mr. Kim confirmed that he is looking for companies that have established systems like MARPA’s Continued Operational Support (COS) program.

The PMA Perspective

All three of the MARPA members who were on hand had an opportunity to meet and speak with the attendees.  Steve Johnson from Jet Parts Engineering added some insightful questions to the workshop.  Joe DePaoli of Heico explained that his company and his peers from other PMA companies were interested in opportunities to work with Korean manufacturing companies with specialized technologies, and also with Korean manufacturing companies that are already making certain types of parts and who could use those skills to manufacture parts that could be approved under FAA-PMA.  

Mark Powell of the Wencor Group delivered the anchor presentation at the end of the workshop, and he summarized the process that helped to ensure that PMA parts met the highest standards.  


KOTRA and MARPA have begun a partnership to promote US-Korean aerospace trade with a focus around PMA parts.  MARPA members should expect – and should look forward to – future oppotunities to increase their trade with Korean businesses.

Don’t Forget To Book Your Rooms for the 2015 MARPA Conference!

The 2015 MARPA Annual Conference is just a couple of months away!  Don’t forget to register for the Conference and to book your room at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel.  Rooms can sell out quickly, so it’s important to make sure you have yours reserved!

The 2015 MARPA Conference will be held from October 28-29, 2015 and will feature workshops, networking opportunities, and information sessions that benefit all aspects of the FAA-PMA industry!  For more information about the Conference, please click here or visit MARPA at!  We hope to see you in Las Vegas!

ICA Guidance Now Open For Comment!

The FAA has released for comment two guidance documents pertaining to Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA): Draft FAA Order 8110.54B and Draft Advisory Circular 20-ICA. As many readers of the blog know, MARPA has done, and continues to do, a significant amount of work to ensure that ICA are available and accurate in accordance with the Federal Aviation Regulations.

Draft Order 8110.54B is guidance directed at FAA personnel and persons responsible for administering the requirements for ICA.  Among other changes, the draft reorganizes the Order to reflect material moved to AC 20-ICA (below), and importantly incorporates guidance implementing the FAA’s Policy Statement PS-AIR-21.50.01, Type Design Approval Holder Inappropriate Restrictions on the Use and Availability of Instructions for Continued Airworthiness.  MARPA and the PMA industry were closely involved with, and supportive of the FAA in, the adoption that Policy Statement intended to protect the industry from anti-competitive ICA restrictions.

Draft AC 20-ICA is a new Advisory Circular that removes industry-specific guidance from the internal FAA Order and places it in a stand-alone AC.  This effort is similar to the FAA’s actions in revising Order 8110.42D – Parts Manufacturer Approval Procedures and developing the new AC 21.303-4 – Application For Parts Manufacturer Approval Via Tests and Computations Or Identicality.  Like Draft Order 8110.54B, the draft AC implements the FAA policy on ICA established in the Policy Statement.  The proposed AC provides guidance to design approval holders (DAH) and design approval applicants for developing and distributing ICA.

After a preliminary review these documents appear to offer very positive guidance for the PMA and aviation maintenance industries, and appear in line with the policy positions for which MARPA has advocated for many years.  MARPA will be reviewing both of these documents closely and offering comments and support for these policies to the FAA.  We encourage the PMA industry to review both documents as well.

Comments on both guidance documents must be submitted by October 6, 2015, and may be submitted to the FAA via email to  If you have comments or observations that you feel MARPA should include in its comments to the FAA, email them to Ryan Aggergaard at so the we can include them.

Delta TechOps Vice President of Engineering, Quality and Planning David Garrison to Keynote at MARPA Conference

David Garrison, Delta TechOps

David Garrison, Delta TechOps

The Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) is proud to announce that David Garrison of Delta TechOps will serve as a keynote speaker for the 2014 MARPA Conference.

The Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) is proud to announce that David Garrison, Vice President of Engineering, Quality and Planning at Delta TechOps will serve as keynote speaker for the 2015 MARPA Conference. The MARPA Conference is the Annual Conference for the FAA-approved aircraft parts manufacturing industry. It offers aerospace manufacturing industry professionals an opportunity to meet with customers and also to learn about the latest developments in safety management. In 2015, the Conference will take place October 28-29 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

In Mr. Garrison’s role as Vice President – Engineering, Quality and Planning, he is responsible for Delta’s engineering and technical services, reliability and maintenance programs, inspection, quality assurance and maintenance planning.  Mr. Garrison has been with Delta TechOps for more than 23 years, beginning as a Propulsion Engineer and increasing in title and responsibility during his career, including experience in leadership roles for varied departments  including leading Engine and Component Maintenance, Engineering and most recently the Materials, Planning and Logistics organizations.

Delta TechOps is a division of Delta Air Lines. Over 9,600 Technical Operations employees system-wide provide full-service aviation maintenance  to Delta and service its fleet of more than 750 aircraft. In addition, they provide complete maintenance for more than 150 other operators.

Delta TechOps is proud to offer their customers the same operational expertise, quality, and service that enables Delta Air Lines to enjoy industry leading aircraft and engine reliability at low operating costs.  As a full-service MRO , Delta TechOps can provide comprehensive services including technical training, engineering support, line maintenance services, inventory management, component support, engine overhaul, and engine condition monitoring to keep your fleet flying. And when you are in need of emergency services, Delta TechOps can dispatch their quick-response Disabled Aircraft Recovery Team (D.A.R.T.) to get you back in the air.

Delta Air Lines is one of many air carriers attending the MARPA Conference.The MARPA Annual Conference will take place October 28-29, 2015 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel. More Conference information is available online at:


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