The FAA issued an emergency order of revocation against Marpat Aviation of Switzer, W.Va., on August 27 for allegedly violating some conditions of its rotorcraft external-load operator certificate. The FAA believes Marpat failed to use a qualified chief pilot, falsified an application for renewal of its certificate and refused to comply with repeated FAA instructions to amend its flight manual. The agency says the company also operated its aircraft in a careless and reckless manner. Marpat subsequently surrendered its operating certificate.
Modification and Replacement Parts Association
The FAA released final versions of two important pieces of guidance: FAA Order 8110.42D Parts Manufacturer Approval Procedures, which cancels revision C; and FAA AC21.303-2 Application For Parts Manufacturer Approval Via Tests and Computations Or Identicality. Both have a direct effect on PMA producers.
The Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) report on recommended changes to general aviation aircraft certification regulations has been released, just in time for the opening of this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show on July 29. And, in what appears to be encouraging support from the federal government, new Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx expressed support for the recommendations.
Part 135 flight and duty regulations are not yet on the front burner of aviation rulemaking, John Duncan, deputy director of FAA Flight Standards Services, told attendees at the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) safety symposium last month. The agency has a full plate writing new regulations because of congressional mandates included in the “Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010.”
In an effort to strengthen and speed up the certification process for Part 23 aircraft, a government/industry working group is trying to find a better approach to getting aircraft, avionics and powerplants to the market faster.
The world market for PMA Parts will reach $749 million by the year 2017, according to a report from Global Industry Analysts of San Jose, Calif. PMA Parts–A Global Strategic Business Report predicts the robust gains will be driven by Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and South America.
The FAA is seeking new members to join the new Commercial Air Tour Voluntary Accreditation Program Working Group, which will address an FAA assignment to the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (Arac) regarding air tour operator maintenance programs. A previous group, the Commercial Air Tours Maintenance Working Group, had recommended that Part 91 and 135 tour operators flying aircraft with nine or fewer passenger seats develop a voluntary accreditation program that would be used for operators to maintain their aircraft under a continuous airworthiness maintenance program (Camp).
The deadline for interested parties to submit comments about the FAA’s proposed policy statement regarding “Inappropriate DAH [Design Approval Holder] Restrictions on the Use and Availability of ICA” closed December 5. Two aircraft manufacturers–Boeing and Gulfstream Aerospace–commented, as did two associations, the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) and the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA).
The FAA has issued new and revised guidance to the aviation industry regarding development and implementation of Airworthiness Directives (ADs). Details on the new guidance were published in an FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB NM-11-53).
Operators that subscribe to Goodrich-Messier publications must sign an agreement that precludes the use of FAA-approved wheel and brake parts manufactured under FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) regulations.
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