New Part 145 Requirements for Supplier Evaluation

New Part 145 Requirements for Supplier Evaluation

Is your Part 145 organization evaluating its suppliers? A new European rule now requires Part 145 organizations to engage in supplier evaluation. The new standards offer a number of different strategies for accomplishing this evaluation, so it doesn’t have to be a burden; but it has become a requirement, so Part 145 organizations ought to…

Incidents, Accidents, Turbulence, and Parts Disclosures

Incidents, Accidents, Turbulence, and Parts Disclosures

A friend sent me an email asking about incidents and accidents occasioned by turbulence. The member found it odd that turbulence (an every-day industry occurrence) would yield an incident or accident report. The query identifies one of the problems with our industry’s reliance on the accident-incident determination as the basis for identifying whether there may…

Optimism on Aviation Trade with China

Optimism on Aviation Trade with China

As I sit down to write, America is on the verge of a trade war with China. And as the earliest salvos of that trade war were announced, where was I headed? China. I spent the week, after the President announced the trade sanctions against China, in Shanghai. I was certain that it would be…

Getting Closure When You Ship Aircraft Parts

Getting Closure When You Ship Aircraft Parts

Everybody talks about getting closure. It is a theme in pop songs and sappy movies. But surprisingly few discussions exist about closing your packages. Aircraft parts are shipped throughout the world. When you close the box on a shipment, are you thinking about whether your closure complies with the regulations? When you ship aircraft parts,…

FAA Renews Critical Stop-Gap Measures for Repair Stations

FAA Renews Critical Stop-Gap Measures for Repair Stations

If you work for a dual-certificated (FAA & EASA) repair station then you have probably been wondering what is going on with documentation requirements. You are probably throwing around terms like “MAG 6,” “8130-3” and “Bilateral Agreements” at parties and around the water cooler. And if you haven’t been discussing these items, then you should…