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The best kept secret in Aircraft Maintenance

January 29, 2014

Understanding the importance of PMA Parts in the aviation industry

Skeptics within the aviation industry have avoided using PMA parts for decades – mostly due to fears that they are not as safe or high in quality as OEM parts. But more and more aircraft owners, engineers, and mechanics are realizing that the quality, durability, and safety levels of PMA parts are equal to OEM parts – because they have to be.

Simply put, the FAA requires PMA parts to function by the same standards as OEM parts. Their approval and quality control processes are just as rigorous. You can view a full list of FAA regulations and policies for PMA parts right on their website.

The only difference is price – PMA parts are substantially less expensive. Which is part of the problem. The old adage, “you get what you pay for” has long been on the minds of aircraft mechanics as they weigh their options for replacement parts. 

But it appears as though the tide might be changing, as the anticipated value of the commercial aircraft PMA market is anticipated to rise at an unprecedented level. In fact, according to a recent report by Visiongain, the value projection for 2014 is over $15 billion – an exponential jump from last year’s projection, at just $625 million. So perhaps the benefits of PMA parts are no longer a secret. 

Because Betatronix projects often begin as high level system or functional requirements, we have great latitude when proposing new designs. And our partnerships with some of the most prominent OEMs in the Aerospace industry (along with the fact that we are an OEM ourselves), enable our engineers to bring a strong OEM perspective to the table when collaborating on a PMA project or aircraft modernization program. This unique insight allows us to accelerate the development cycle and minimize costly redesign in test iterations. Let our engineers know how they can help you on your next PMA project.