Timken has acquired assets of Gilbert, Ariz.-based Extex, which specializes in manufacturing FAA-approved aftermarket parts for turbine engines. During its 13 years of operation, Extex expanded its portfolio of parts manufactured under FAA parts manufacturer approval (PMA) regulations to serve three powerplant lines–the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6, Honeywell auxiliary power units and the Rolls-Royce 250.
The FAA is looking for comments from the industry on a revision of Order 8120.2, production approval and certification management procedures.
The FAA recently stopped short of chiding OEMs for threatening to invalidate warranties if FAA-approved PMA (parts manufacturing approval) parts are used in place of OEM parts, but the agency did underscore the legality and interchangeability of such parts.
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).
Possibly as a result of its Repair, Alteration and Fabrication Team study, the FAA issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin SAIB NE-08-40, which reiterates the need for companies that make parts under Parts Manufacturer Approval regulations “to support the continued operational safety (COS) of their design.” While the agency said in the SAIB that “PMA and STC parts are thoroughly evaluated for compliance with respect to any changes t
PMA parts maker Extex is finding current business so good it has embarked on an ambitious new expansion program. Newly appointed personnel include a broader marketing team anchored by industry veteran Dave Daniels from Honeywell, where he held key positions in marketing and product support. As vice president of sales and marketing, Daniels also joins division newcomers Claudia Becker, Dwayne Brittingham and Mike McNabb.
The Drake Group’s FAA certification training programs for managers and engineers involving TC/STC/PMA and TSO categories, previously presented at companies on-site or at Drake’s base in Las Vegas, now are also available on its Web site, company president Robert Honzik announced at NBAA 2002. Conference attendees can learn more about the new program at Booth No. 3636.
Rosen Aviation said it has received FAA approval for 25 cabin entertainment system components. Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) was obtained for products relating to display systems, the RosenView LX moving map, a single-disc DVD player, various connector kits, arm mounts and harnesses.
Aftermarket parts manufacturer Heico has jump-started sales of FAA-approved PMA replacement parts to airlines with a new agreement it signed with British Airways in early May. Heico, with its subsidiary Seal Dynamics (Hall 2B Stand L14D), will not only sell PMA parts to British Airways but will manage the airline’s PMA parts buying activities.
Helicopter owners who use after-market parts made by Extex (Booth No. 3109) under the FAA’s PMA (parts manufacturer approval) rules can now benefit from the company’s new customer assurance program (CAP).
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