China Approves ASA-100

The Aviation Suppliers Association is pleased to announce that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the ASA-100 Quality System Standard for use under Chinese law.

Under CAAC guidance, Chinese air carriers who purchase parts from distributors need to ensure that the distributor has been appraised and accredited by one of the recognized industry organizations. AC-120-FS-058 Rev. 3. Recognized organizations are listed in CAAC’s IB-FS-MAT-001. The first such organization was the Civil Aviation Maintenance Association of China (CAMAC). The second is now ASA.

September 15, 2020 letter from CAAC, appointing ASA as a “recognized organization” under IB-FS-MAT-001 with respect to the ASA-100 Quality System Standard

This is the culmination of a multi-year dialogue between ASA and CAAC (and CAMAC). This should alleviate one of the concerns that ASA members have raised with respect to their efforts to support Chinese Air Carriers.

USM Alert

Members have also raised concerns about recently-published CAAC standards for Chinese air carrier purchase of parts from aircraft-disassemblies and other used serviceable material. ASA has been speaking with CAAC about this issue and is developing a solution to propose to CAAC. The solution will be designed to protect the interests that CAACis trying to protect, while also providing a reasonable path that allows safe aircraft parts to be sold.

About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. Since 1992, he has represented aviation trade associations and businesses that include aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturers, distributors, and repair stations, as well as both commercial and private operators. Blog content published by Mr. Dickstein is not legal advice; and may not reflect all possible fact patterns. Readers should exercise care when applying information from blog articles to their own fact patterns.

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