While aftermarket FAA-approved aircraft parts made by companies holding FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) are common in the U.S., there is no PMA equivalent for companies in the rest of the world that want to manufacture aircraft parts outside the sanction of OEMs.
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The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has developed a new maintenance honor open to any full-time aircraft and/or components maintenance or repair business or a Part 91, 121, 125, 127, 129, 133, 135, 137, 141, 145 or 147 entity that conducts aviation maintenance.
Eurocopter is offering continuing airworthiness management under the EASA’s Part M rules. The manufacturer can thus provide airworthiness maintenance on behalf of operators, for their in-service aircraft.
With passage of the FAA reauthorization legislation growing more likely, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) continues to express concern about the effects of certain provisions on U.S. repair stations.
The FAA issued draft Advisory Circular (AC) 21.93 “Determining the Classification of a Change to Type Design” last year to address the ongoing issue of whether a change to type design falls under the major or minor heading.
The FAA has granted Dassault Falcon the authority to act as organization designation authorization (ODA) for its Little Rock Completion Center and Dassault Aircraft Services-Little Rock facility. The ODA gives Dassault the authority to approve supplemental type certificates (STCs) on behalf of the FAA and replaces the older designated alteration station method of approval.
Although only a handful of countries have regulations in place for approving safety management systems (SMS), most nations are working to comply with an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulation that will require an SMS for international operators of large aircraft and business jets weighing more than 12,500 pounds.
HAI is poised to launch a helicopter safety accreditation program for small operators and is currently in negotiations with the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), which helped develop the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have certified the Gulfstream 150 for a steep-approach angle of up to 6 degrees compared to the normal 3.5 degrees or less. Several airports worldwide require steep-approach certification to land at their facility due to terrain, obstacles or local noise ordinances.