Mission & Goals

The alliance has three main goals to improve aircraft modification challenges, this goals can be achieved through various initiatives that aim to create a transparent, distinct and independent market for aircraft retrofits.

Our Mission

We work together for a transparent, distinct and independent market for aircraft retrofits that offers more choice for operators and added value for the aviation industry. Our alliance is open to all market participants including aircraft manufacturers, airlines, suppliers and lessors, because we are convinced that a strong and transparent retrofit market will benefit everyone.

Aircraft modifications, such as the installation of new cabins, connectivity solutions or avionics systems can be approved and documented through a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) offered by providers such as the IAMA members.

The alliance addresses customer concerns with regard to documentation, data availability and a worldwide customer support network across different regulatory systems with various national authorities.

The main objectives of the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance are to agree to common standards for the documentation and quality of Supplemental Type Certificates, to establish an available, secure documentation platform for airline customers and aircraft owners using STCs, and to inform the relevant public and expert communities about the advantages of STC-approved solutions.

STCs are a fast, cost-efficient way to provide modifications, and IAMA is a promising approach to address the critical points of documentation simplicity and continued after-sales support.

Bernhard Randerath
Vice President Design, Engineering and Innovation of Etihad Airways Engineering

Our goals

  • STC has value
  • STC incorporates methods to ensure safety and integrity
  • STC incorporates methods to preserve asset value
  • Predictable standards throughout the value chain
  • Connect members to combine their strength
  • High standards adressing pains e.g. worldwide transferability
  • Audits to ensure sustainability and reliability
  • Visionary and strong community

IAMA wants to eliminate the STC stereotype and educate our members' customers to the fact that some modifiers provide a product with quality equal to the manufacturer. Through standards and auditing of our members, IAMA will help our members' customers find the modifiers that meet their individual quality requirements.

Marc Haycock
Envoy Aerospace, Partner, April 2nd 2019

IAMA Key Initiatives

The main objectives of IAMA are to agree to common standards for the documentation and quality of Supplemental Type Certificates, to establish an available, secure documentation platform for airline customers and aircraft owners using STCs, and to inform the relevant public and expert communities about the advantages of STC-approved solutions.

In addition, value retention and reliable life-cycle support are essential factors for aircraft operators and owners. IAMA jointly develop transparent standards that will help our customers make the right decisions.

Andreas Gherman
Head of the Design Organization at Lufthansa Technik

Our Working groups

Various working groups on different topics are being established within IAMA in order to create a transparent, distinct and independent market for aircraft retrofits.

STC Standard working group

The IAMA STC Standard working group is to simplify the STC projects lifecycle from the customers point of view, establish standards for a predictable quality throughout the life-cycle and endorse the STC by having an IAMA STC brand, which increases the STC advantages and reduced the risk of independent modifications.

Members of the working group

  • Adrian Honer, Partner @Envoy Aerospace
  • Arthur Reekers, Airworthiness/Certification Engineer @GKN Fokker Services
  • Dilek Senay Yazici, Head of Airworthiness @Etihad Engineering
  • Dirk van Os, Chief engineer @GKN Fokker Services
  • Ingo Krauß, Design Engineer @Euro-Composites
  • Karl Bock, Principal Design Engineer @Lufthansa Technik AG
  • Paul Johnson, head of DOA/POA @Carlisle IT
  • Ryan Beech, Director, programs @The Angelus Corporation

Steering head:
Romain Mbwang Seppoh
Head of Design organisation @EAD Aerospace

Certification & Authority Affairs working group

The Certification & Authority Affairs working group is to gain recognition from and establish good relations with key authorities (EASA, FAA, TCCA, etc.) and to support solutions for easier STC transferability.

Members of the working group

  • Adrian Honer, partner @Envoy Aerospace
  • Dagmar Elten, Head of quality Management Design Organisation @Lufthansa Technik AG
  • Dennis Santamaria, Head of Airworthiness @Euro-Composites
  • Eric Anderson, Director of Engineering and Certification @Carlisle IT
  • Rick Visser, Manager Office of Airworthiness @GKN Fokker Services
  • Romain Mbwang Seppoh, Head of Design Organisation @EAD Aerospace

Steering head:
Dilek Senay Yazici
Head of Airworthiness @Etihad Engineering

IAMA community and aligned information campaign working group

The IAMA Community and aligned information campaign working group is too educate about value of the STC and educate to overcome common risk prejudices by teaching methods used to reduce or eliminate risk. In parallel the community is seen to increase business between members by knowing members strengths and capabilities. In no case, IP of a member will be shared.

Members of the working group

  • Christophe Guillemin, Programs & Operations Director @EAD Aerospace
  • Ellen Newton, Brand & Content Marketing Specialist @GKN Fokker Services
  • Marco Wagendorp, Business Development Manager Engineering Services @GKN Fokker Services
  • Matt Haycock, Operations Manager @Envoy Aerospace
  • Patrick Hengels, Manager Business development @Euro-Composites
  • Scott Allan, President @The Angelus Corporation
  • Shevantha Kamil Weerasekera, Head of Engineering @Etihad Airways Engineering

Steering head:
Thomas Frercksen
Manager Business Development @ Lufthansa Technik AG

Intellectual property & OEM Affairs working group

IAMA and its member respect the individual IP rights of all stakeholders in the retrofit market. The purpose of the Working Group “Intellectual Property & OEM Affairs” is to reflect and discuss inefficiencies in current IP handling processes to work on future common practices between IAMA members and stakeholders.

Members of the working group

  • Bernhard Randerath, Vice President Design, Engineering and Innovation @Etihad Airways Engineering
  • Dirk van Os, Chief Engineer @GKN Fokker Services
  • Frans van de Pol, Director Engineering @GKN Fokker Services
  • Ingo Krauss, Design Engineer @Euro-Composites
  • Jeff Behlendorf, Director of Product Management, Integrated Products @Carlisle IT
  • Marc Pinault, CEO Eclipse Satcom @EAD Aerospace
  • Mark Haycock, Partner @Envoy Aerospace
  • Ole Dünhaupt, Design Verification Engineer @Lufthansa Technik AG

Steering head:
Nicole Noack
Managing Director @IAMA