Manufacturing Regulations & Distributors

Manufacturing Regulators& Distributors By Jason Dickstein March 2000 Recently, a question was posed to the Airline Suppliers Association (ASA) from a distributor that works closely with several United States manufacturing companies. A...

Some distributors may feel that a part is approved by the PC holder if it is listed in the illustrated parts catalog (IPC). Do not fall into this trap. Do not use the IPC listing as the basis for a statement that a part is approved by the PC holder. Listing a part number in an IPC does not mean that the manufacturer of the part has production approval, and it does not mean that the manufacturer of the part has direct ship authority. It only means that the PC holder buys the part, inspects it within the context of its own quality system, and installs it when it meets the inspection requirements. Except in the most unusual cases, a distributor should not attest to the proposition that a PC holder has granted any form of approval to another company's parts unless those parts have been run through the PC holder's own quality system (in which case they may be approved parts by virtue of the PC holder's own production approval).

Aviation parts distributors sometimes purchase parts that are manufactured outside of the scope of the PMA rules. One reason they do this is upon the request of an air carrier or other customer. The customer's engineering department may have made a determination that the part is acceptable for installation.

AMT's Annual Aviation Distributor Listing

AMT's Annual Aviation Distributor Listing

Adams Aviation Supply Co. Ltd., Hunter House, Biggin Hill Airport, Kent, TN16 8BN, England, (44) 1959 576129; Distributor of maintenance items: avionics, instruments, and pilot supplies to customers worldwide.

Aero Quality Sales, 47 Harbor View Ave., Stamford, CT 06902, (800) 288-1954; Distributor of nickel-cadmium and lead acid batteries, battery servicing, and GSE. As an authorized, stocking distributor for Marathon, SAFT, Gill, Concorde, Christie, Tronair, and Aero Design PMA packs; we carry a multi-million dollar inventory that enables us to same day shipping of stock items.

AeroSafe Products Inc., PO Box 4755, Marietta, GA 30061, (888) 666-7885; Manufacturer and distributor of cleaning agents and equipment as well as Giliberti electric ground support equipment. Visit our web site at

Aerospace Products International (API), 3778 Distriplex Dr. North, Memphis, TN 38118, (901) 365-3470; A distributor of over 150 lines of aerospace products selling to the general aviation, regional and commercial airline, and military markets. In addition to its Memphis site, API also operates full-service locations in Calgary and Montreal. Visit our web site at

Airparts Co. Inc., 2310 NW 55th Ct., Bay 128, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309, (954) 739-3575; and 1991 Airport Rd., Wichita, KS 67208, (316) 943- 2377; Distributor of aircraft parts, accessories, equipment and tools including airframe and engine items, GSE, and shop tools.

Airparts Depot, The, PO Box 460492, San Antonio, TX 78246, (210) 494-1520; An online distribution service created to provide aircraft operators with one single aircraft parts and supplies source. From brand name consumables, avionics, and compontents to pilot supplies; customers can find it all on

Allied International Corp., 7 Hill St., Bedford Hills, NY 10507, (914) 241-6900; Distributor for a variety of products from Parker Hannifin - Stratoflex Div., Federal Mogul Champion, Southwest Products Co., Electro Adapter Companies, and Eurofarad.

Ascent Aviation Products, One Mill St., Parish, NY 13131, (800) 272-3681; Supplies a variety of aviation petroleum, chemical, and service products, as well as Surface Seal® Coated Glass for aircraft windshields. Customer support representatives are available 24 hours for emergency services.

AV-OX Inc., 6734 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406, (818) 787-3852 and 1812 Production Ct., Louisville, KY 40299, (502) 499-5432; Sales, service, and product support for aviation oxygen equipment. Scott Aviation authorized distributor.

Aviall Inc., 2075 Diplomat Dr., Dallas, TX 75234, (972) 406-6693; The world's largest independent distributor of new aviation parts, representing some 180 quality manufacturers and distribute parts to more than 13,000 general aviation operators and 300 airlines worldwide. From an ISO 9002-registered central distribution facility in Dallas, to stocking locations worldwide, Aviall is focused on providing the best service in the industry.

Aviation Fabricators 805 N. 4th St., Clinton, MO 64735, (660) 885-7531; Offers STC products include divans and cabin utility enhancement products. CRS capabilities encompass seats, recline acuators, ovens, and many other components. Visit us at

AVGROUP Inc., 3580 Pierce Dr.,Atlanta, GAÊ30341, (800) 458-6177; A stocking distributor of avionics, instruments, and rotablesÊfor corporate and regional turbine-powered aircraft. Avgroup specializes in support the Citation, King Air, and Cheyenne airframes, but also offers full lines of Garrett pressurization equipment, Starter/Generators, and Wheels and Brakes for all airframes up to Hawker and Gulfstream.

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