Five Reasons to Choose IAMA-Endorsed Supplemental Type Certificates
Oct 24, 2022
Selecting a suitable modifier can be challenging when planning an update to an aircraft with a Supplemental Type Certificate. Confidence that they will do the upgrade correctly, maintain safety standards and consider the modification’s whole lifecycle is critical. Supplemental Type Certificate quality supports these elements, which is why choosing an IAMA-endorsed STC offers tangible advantages. “Modifying an aircraft with an STC is complex and demanding,” says Nina Schulz, IAMA’s managing director. “Our experts understand this fact, which is why the alliance continues to develop a strong standard that focuses on a holistic approach, with open, transparent communications across all stakeholders. IAMA-endorsed modifiers commit to providing the highest quality STC as prescribed in our Rulebook, and the result is a better experience for aircraft owners and operators.”
Why IAMA-endorsed Supplemental Type Certificates?
There are many reasons how IAMA-endorsed STCs drive better aircraft modification, but here are the top five:
- Number One: A Holistic Approach. Conforming to the IAMA Rulebook produces what could be called a cascade effect whereby each element of guidance builds upon itself, strengthening the overall result. Since IAMA-endorsed members dedicate themselves to following a holistic customer-centric approach, considering the modification’s whole lifecycle even before it is designed—helping build high-quality Supplemental Type Certificates.
- Number Two: Future Upgrades, De-modification, and Transfers Addressed Up-front. Modifiers who follow the IAMA guidelines must be to address maintenance and compatibility with future upgrades beforehand. Additionally, Right-to-Use letters are provided to the aircraft owners, and de-modification data and plans are all generally part of the upgrade package as a matter of practice.
- Number Three: Support Plans Baked Right In. Alliance members are committed to after-sales plans so that operators receive the necessary support when they need it. Planning for After-sales Support starts right at the RFP stage and is critical to a successful modification.
- Number Four: Modification Life Maintained. In a bold move to avoid Orphan Supplemental Type Certificates, alliance members commit to surrendering IAMA-Endorsed STCs rather than abandoning them. This commitment eases the pain of such situations and helps protect the modification’s lifespan.
- Number Five: Dedication to a Rigorous Standard. An independent auditor must audit IAMA modifier members to demonstrate compliance with the IAMA Rulebook. This process reinforces best practices and encourages a customer-centric approach, which means fleet operators, owners and lessors can confidently modify their airplane. “The quality of the STC and the quality of the modifier go hand in hand,” Schulz notes. “Thanks to IAMA members’ commitment to follow the Rulebook, the ultimate result is the highest-quality STC and a smoother, more efficient upgrade experience for the operator.” Established by key market players with decades of experience in the retrofit market, the alliance encapsulates the collective wisdom of its founders. Focused on communication, transparency and consistently high-quality STCs, the alliance is challenging past prejudices in the after-market. IAMA is helping its members, aircraft owners, operators, lessors, and other stakeholders to accomplish their business and operational goals through Supplemental Type Certificate projects.
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