Avoiding the Expenses Associated with Hidden Hazmats in Aircraft Parts

Is that aircraft part that you are shipping to your customer a hidden hazmat? And are you complying with federal laws that affect the shipment of those parts? Many repair stations and air carriers ship aircraft parts that are hazardous materials, and they may not even recognize them as hazardous materials! It is important to […]

Tips for Repair Stations with Foreign Clients

Many repair station professionals think that repairs are not covered by export regulations.  This is not the case!  Items intended to be repaired, and items that have been repaired, are generally subject to export regulations when they cross international borders.  The regulations often offer exceptions and loopholes that make it easy to make these transactions […]

8130-3 Tags on Your Parts

There has been significant hub-bub in the United States over recent changes to the FAA-EASA agreements. The gist of the changes is that US-based dual-certified repair stations must receive a Form One (from the EU or Canada) or an 8130-3 (from the US) for each part/ component in order to be able to use that […]

FAA 8130-3: Making Export Tags Look Like Domestic Tags

The FAA really is trying to make it easier for industry to use safe aircraft parts. I have been writing blog articles about the FAA’s problems with the 8130-3 (Airworthiness Approval Tag), but relatively little press has been given to the FAA’s efforts to make the 8130-3 tags better. A recent policy memo from the […]

There is A Lot Going on with Documentation!

FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have been discussing new ways to document and transfer aircraft articles across international borders. This ends up affecting the rest of the world, because it sets standards for how both of those authorities will operate that they then incorporate into their other international relationships. Many of the […]

You’ve Got to Fight for Your Right to PMA-ty

Over the years, I have heard a lot of debate about the use of PMA parts on leased aircraft. Challenges may arise from restrictive clauses in lease agreements that prevent the use of PMA on the asset. This can cause particular headaches when the lessor is an air carrier that is looking to reduce maintenance […]

Drones in Maintenance: The New Frontier

After a flurry of activity at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the United States finds itself in the midst of an emerging (if slowly) regulatory regime governing the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as UAS or, more commonly, “drones.” Although the FAA is still working through the process of […]