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MDCP Modification and Replacement Parts Association

PMA parts are commonly used by U.S. aircraft owners and operators and, with rare exceptions, all PMA parts makers are American firms.

Aircraft Parts Original or Aftermarket: Both Are Safe

PMA parts are essentially aftermarket parts that aircraft owners and operators use in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft. PMA parts are designed and produced to meet strict Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety regulations and quality standards. They are an affordable and safe alternative to replacement parts made by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Markets Targeted 

  • China
  • France
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

Project Description

  • Lead technical seminars abroad about FAA-approved parts.
  • Create a PMA parts conference in Europe.
  • Participate in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) expos abroad.
  • Bring foreign buyers to MARPA’s annual conference to meet U.S. exporters.

U.S. Industry 

  • Projected Exports Generated by 2019: $567,000,000
  • Exports Generated by 2018.12.31: $29,379,713
  • Exports Per Dollar of Award$98
  • Aircraft parts
  • Period2014-2019

Key ITA Collaborators

Promotion of PMA Parts

Many potential purchasers have never even heard of PMA parts. And those that do know about PMA parts may have been misinformed with misleading statements about safety. Such statements, often provided by non-U.S. OEM suppliers, discourage the use of PMA parts.

In fact, all PMA parts are required, under FAA regulations, to provide a level of safety equivalent to OEM parts. And many PMA parts manufacturers go a step further. They design and produce their products to exceed the tolerances and specifications of the OEM part.

MRO service providers, aircraft owners and operators will not buy PMA parts unless they understand that they are as good or better than the OEM parts. MARPA is addressing this head-on with promotional and educational missions to Belgium, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

How U.S. Parts Comply With Regulations Abroad

Even if potential purchasers abroad realize that PMA parts are safe and suitable, they may not know whether or how use of such parts may be allowed in their country’s regulations. They may not know, for example, about Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements (BASA) that already exist.

A BASA is negotiated between the United States and another country to institutionalize aircraft standards that have already been harmonized and to establish a framework for further harmonization. A BASA can reduce the need for duplicative regulatory oversight. Under some BASAs, certain aircraft parts may be exported from the United States to the destination country with no other approval required. 

Member Companies Are Key

MARPA’s promotional and educational activities include the participation of its member companies. Because they design and manufacture PMA parts, they have a deep understanding of safety and quality requirements.

MARPA-led outbound technical and educational missions are natural springboards to developing new client relationships. But MARPA also leads delegations to trade shows abroad like MRO Middle East and ASET Tokyo. And in addition to the outbound activity, MARPA connects international visitors to U.S. manufacturers at its annual conference in Las Vegas.