What is the EASA position on PMA (Parts Manufacturer Approval) approvals?
EASA has documented how an approval can be issued by the Agency to an organisation under the regulatory oversight of the FAA for a part designed under their PMA system. Refer to EASA policy in ED Decision 2007/003/C.
What can I do if I do not need the certificate anymore (surrender of certificates)?
In general the ETSO authorization needs to be in place for continued airworthiness purposes. Even if your company might have stopped production a long time ago there could still be units in service.
In order to have an ETSO certificate surrendered please send an e-mail request (application form not available) to new.applications [at] easa.europa.eu . State the approval number and the reason for the surrender. You will receive a confirmation e-mail containing the next steps, which are usually:
allocation of the surrender exercise to EASA PCM or NAA
notification of all ICAO states about the intended surrender
analyse the comments of this notification
accept or refuse the requested surrender
revoke the certificate
update the list of EASA products
notification of the revocation to the public.
Following this, a PCM would check the issue and if found o.k. we would issue a Certification Information with comment period and following the feedback received, later the final Certification Information. The PCM will also decide if it is necessary to have a comment period or if the issue can go right to the decision and the final certification information. Once the surrender has been decided you will receive a decision letter and you will have to return the original certificate to EASA.
The EASA Form 1 is the Authorised Release Certificate released by a POA holder for stating that a product, a part, or a component was manufactured in accordance with approved/not approved design data. NB: the same for is suitable for Maintenance Organization as well. Exhaustive explanation how to fill the Form 1, can be found in Appendix I of Part 21 (page 87).
Where can one obtain a copy of the MOPS for ETSO C109?
Copies of Global Systems, Inc. document “Minimum Performance Standards (MPS) for the Airborne Navigation Data Storage System,” dated March 31, 1983 may be purchased from Global Systems, Inc., 2144 Michelson Drive, Irvine, California 92715, ATTN: Production Manager, Navigation Data, Telephone: (714) 851-0119.
In 1985 the cost for a single copy was $10.00 to cover postage and handling. Global Systems, Inc., permited the document to be reproduced and used without further authorization.