The FAA has updated guidance provided to field inspectors on how to determine the recommended form of approval for aircraft alterations. Maintenance and modification companies and avionics installers often encounter problems when seeking agreement with the FAA on what qualifies for field approval by FAA inspectors and what needs to go through the more time-consuming supplemental type certification or DER data approval process.
AINmxReports » August 27, 2008
According to the FBI, federal laws against tampering with aircraft do not apply to the bizarre situation that occurred at Chicago O’Hare Airport on August 19, when a zealous Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inspector decided to “test” the security of unoccupied American Eagle ERJs.
PMA manufacturers might have a harder time exporting their civilian aircraft parts due to a new International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rule issued by the State Department, according to the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA).
Nit Subramaniam has joined BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul as director of technical process improvement. He retired from Garrett Aviation/AlliedSignal in 2005 after 26 years but continued to do consulting work for the company, developing engineering and quality procedures for manufacturing and maintainability processes on the TFE731, TPE331 and CFE738 engines and 36-series APUs.
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.