Since 2001, the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) has hosted annual conferences that bring together experts and leaders within the PMA industry and regulatory realm to tackle key issues facing the modification and replacement parts arena. The 2021 MARPA Conference will be held in autumn of 2021, with dates to be announced.
For your referennce, the 2020 MARPA Conference was previously held online from October 21-22, 2020 as a virtual event.
As announced by MARPA President Jason Dickstein, MARPA held our 2020 Annual Conference as a virtual conference rather than an in-person meeting in Orlando, Florida as previously planned. The decision was made cooperatively by MARPA and the Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at Sea World (our conference venue). After polling the membership and reporting the result to the hotel, we agreed that it would not be possible to hold a Conference at the hotel as scheduled. The current state of Covid-19-related executive orders in Florida (which discourage large meetings and require quarantines) also impacted the decision.
The 2020 MARPA Conference provided another excellent opportunity for senior executives, design and engineering staff, quality assurance staff, and compliance staff with PMA manufacturing companies to keep abreast of major trends in the industry. PMAs have been identified by air carriers as an important part of their cost-reduction plans moving forward from the pandemic, so the Conference featured useful information to help the industry move forward together.
Please remember to thank our sponsors, whose generous support allowed MARPA to provide this complimentary virtual event to support our membership and the entire aviation community. Our industry-leading sponsors help MARPA do more than merely continue to work on behalf of the PMA community during Covid-19; they have allowed us to increase our efforts to promote PMA and to protect PMA. You can see our sponsors' names here on the website, as they were seen throughout the virtual Conference. Sponsorship opportunities for future events still exist, and more information will be available soon to tell you how you can showcase your company before a global online audience.
You can find the agenda for the previously-held 2020 MARPA Conference here, for your reference.
If you have ideas about speakers or topics for future events, please feel free to contact the Association by emailing MARPA@PMAparts.org. We always welcome your input.