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New Requirements for PMA Holders include Enhanced Supplier Requirements

The FAA is proposing changes to the Part 21 manufacturing rules. A number of these will impact PMA holders. It will be important for the PMA community to provide comments to this NPRM. Continue reading


MARPA Files Papers with the FAA on Proposed Repair Station Rule Changes

MARPA has filed comments in response to the FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning repair stations and their ratings. Although the ratings proposal was the centerpiece of this proposed rule, many of the proposals that caused the most concern were those unrelated to the ratings element of the proposal. Continue reading

SBA Repair Station Rule Roundtable

MARPA, as well as other members of the aviation community, recently attended a Small Business Administration roundtable to discuss the effects of the FAA’s proposed Aviation Repair Station rule. The FAA explained the the purpose behind the rule and members of industry voiced a number of concerns and objections regarding the costs and collateral effects of the rule. Continue reading

Proposed Repair Station Rule Could Interfere with Repair of PMA Parts

Today, the FAA published a proposed amendment to the repair station rules, with a particular focus on a change in the repair stations ratings system. This proposal could have the unintended effect of decreasing the repair stations that are legally permitted to repair a PMA part, even though they are technically qualified. Continue reading

MARPA files SMS Comments

On Monday, MARPA filed comments on the FAA’s Safety Management Systems (SMS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Continue reading

SMS – Get Involved or the Joke May be On You!

The Comment period for the SMS rule remains open through March 7, 2011. This article examines some of the features of the proposed SMS rule and exhorts the industry to offer constructive comments to the FAA in order to focus the rule to better meet its safety goals. Continue reading

FAA Delays SMS Deadline

The FAA has delayed the deadline for submitting comments on the Safety Management Systems (SMS) proposed rule. The new deadline for comments on the FAA’s SMS proposal is March 7, 2011. Continue reading

New FAA Standards: Fatigue Tolerance Evaluation of Metallic Structure NPRM

The FAA has published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that would implement a new fatigue tolerance standard for transport category rotorcraft (Part 29 rotorcraft). The proposed rule would specifically require applicants to submit their fatigue tolerance evaluation methodologies to the Administrator for approval. Continue reading