Chinese air carriers and regulators made positive comments about FAA-approved PMA parts at the Independent and Alternative Materials Conference held in China from November 11 to 12. The conference was sponsored jointly by Heico and Chromalloy and attracted about 80 participants from Chinese airlines, according to the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (Marpa).
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“Proposed Advisory Circular: Commercial Parts,” along with a change to FAR Part 21 regarding commercial parts, might prove a case of a pound of prevention providing an ounce of cure.
The Modification and Replacement Parts Association (Marpa) is holding its annual conference from October 27 to 29 at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas.
Changes to the FAR Part 21 manufacturing rule published last October 16 are slated to go into effect on April 16 next year, including a modification to the standards for manufacturing. Currently, only parts specifically manufactured for installation in type-certified aircraft are regulated by the FAA, but the changes would expand the parts covered.
Partsbase, an online business-to-business parts locator service for the aviation, aerospace and defense industries, has acquired PMA Parts Finder (PPF). For the past 10 years the PMA Parts Finder computer program has been locating PMA parts and their holders. The output of the program can be directed to screen view or printed lists, machine-readable data files or, in the case of PMA holders, to address labels or mail merge data documents.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) could, by year-end, publish proposals to clarify and simplify approval procedures covering design and production of some non-critical parts by companies other than original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Such parts manufacture approval (PMA) processes could increase competition in a market that provides North American carriers access to thousands of less-expensive replacement parts.
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.
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 published for manufacturers of aircraft and aviation products new regulations that will update and standardize FAA requirements. The agency says the change “will better align [regulations] with the current global manufacturing environment.”
The FAA published new regulations for manufacturers of aircraft and aviation products that will update and standardize FAA requirements to better align them with the current global manufacturing environment. They will become effective April 14 next year. The agency first issued most of its certification rules in 1964, when a typical business model involved many aircraft manufacturers with relatively few suppliers.