NBAA Praises Important Changes to ATA MSG-3 Document

Contact: Cassandra Bosco

Washington, DC, April 11, 2001 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is pleased to report that the FAA’s Flight Standards Services has approved MSG-3, Revision 2001 as the guideline document for the development of future Maintenance Review Board (MRB) reports. Members of NBAA’s Reliability & Maintenance Programs Subcommittee – particularly its chairman, Leonard A. Beauchemin, Eastman Kodak – were influential in securing important changes to this Air Transport Association (ATA) MSG-3 (Maintenance Steering Group, version 3) document.

MSG-3, Revision 2001 provides an FAA-approved method for developing inspection/maintenance programs on aircraft. Several business aircraft today incorporate maintenance programs derived from the MSG-3 methodology, and in the future, aircraft certification possibly could require manufacturing organizations of FAR Part 25 equipment to use this method when developing a maintenance program.

NBAA estimates that as a result of implementing the MSG-3 process on new or existing aircraft, its Member Companies can benefit from enhanced safety, reduced maintenance exposure, increased aircraft availability and a 30-percent maintenance cost reduction.

The NBAA Reliability & Maintenance Programs Subcommittee is part of the Association’s Maintenance Committee, which addresses business aviation maintenance issues relevant to NBAA Member Companies. For more information on MSG-3 or the NBAA Reliability & Maintenance Programs Subcommittee, visit

NBAA represents the aviation interests of over 6,400 companies which own or operate general aviation aircraft as an aid to the conduct of their business, or are involved with business aviation. NBAA Member Companies earn annual revenues approaching $5 trillion — a number that is about half the gross domestic product — and employ more than 19 million people worldwide. The NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention is the world’s largest display of civil aviation products and services.