China Sees Opportunity in PMA Parts
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). Parts made under FAA PMA (parts manufacturer approval) regulations “play an important role in helping to keep prices reasonable,” according to a presentation by the Civil Aviation Administration of China’s Liu Xiaojie. China has even adopted the PMA process and is approving parts made by Chinese manufacturers, according to Marpa, and so far the Chinese government has approved more than 400 parts and 60 Chinese PMA manufacturers. “This level of government support for PMA parts is encouraging, and it makes it clear that China is going to reflect an important growing marketplace for FAA-PMA companies,” Marpa stated. PMA parts in China (not necessarily manufactured there) are used not only for airframes but also for engines such as the CFM56 series.