AIA Tackles Counterfeit Parts
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has launched a counterfeit parts “integrated project team” to create standards for government and industry to reduce the risk of introducing counterfeit parts into the aviation system and “engage” the government to discuss enforcement policies to help prevent counterfeit parts distribution. This does not apply to FAA-approved PMA parts, even those not sanctioned by OEMs. PMAs, by AIA’s definition of counterfeit parts, are not suspicious. An AIA spokesman noted that the association’s counterfeit efforts apply to the entire aerospace industry, not just civil aviation, and that “the door is open” if other associations would like to join the counterfeit parts effort.