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.
Parts Manufacturer Approval
Sabreliner 40 and 60 operators now have another choice for aircraft equipped with ABSC (Goodyear) brakes. Rapco Fleet Support (RFS) of Hartland, Wis., has been awarded parts manufacturer approval (PMA) for its replacement brake components.
International Communications Group (ICG) is now an FAA-approved repair station. The certificate was issued to the Newport News, Va.-based aeronautical communications specialist (Booth No. 729) on September 15.
PMA parts manufacturer Heico reported it is on track to meet its 2008 earnings-per-share guidance. The Hollywood, Fla. company’s net income increased 18 percent, to a record $12.827 million, or 47 cents per diluted share, for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2008, up from $10.914 million, or 40 cents per diluted share, for the same period last year.
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 th
“PMA parts? Ooh, now there’s a murky area,” said a maintenance supervisor who oversees the upkeep of an offshore oil support helicopter fleet numbering well over 100. His is the kind of large-scale operation where saving 10 percent on routine maintenance results in significant additions to the year-end bottom line.
“As an OEM we look at the product as a whole and not just as a collection of individual parts. We design our engines as an entire system,” Wayne Russell, manager of parts support for Pratt & Whitney Canada, told AIN. Russell said some engine parts have a high enough turnover rate that it becomes economically attractive for some companies to produce them for aftermarket installation.