FAA Proposes $514,558 Civil Penalty Against Aerospace Support International for Allegedly Misleading Customers About Parts Airworthiness
Company does not hold FAA Certificate
Accused of fraudulent Paperwork
Holds ISO registration
Civil Penalty enough?
Federal Aviation Administration has sent a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty to Aerospace Support International, LLC, of Doral, Fla. (ASI). The aviation safety agency is requesting a $514,558 civil penalty against for allegedly selling ball bearings without the proper airworthiness documentation. ASI does not hold any FAA certificate because its services do not require such authority.
To break down the allegations, here are the key points of the FAA’s complaint:
The bearings are used in a component that ensures that the aircraft generator provides a steady stream of electrical power to the aircraft.
ASI is alleged to have intentionally duplicated the proper airworthiness documentation of bearings it purchased legitimately to fraudulently attest to the airworthiness of dozens of other bearings it sold to four separate companies.
The company duplicated other paperwork that documented the bearings were made to an industry or commercial standard by an FAA-approved parts manufacturer.
Aerospace Support International’s deliberate and intentional action resulted in a serious risk to the flying public, the FAA alleges.
Accurate and carefully written documentation is critical to aviation safety and a high level of expertise are required by the FAA. Even careless entries can result in criminal sanctions!!!
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If ASI held an FAA certificate, allegations of intentional deliberate and fraud would have justified suspension of revocation of that document evidencing the federal safety approval.
A proposed civil penalty seems hardly adequate under the circumstances. There is nothing mentioned by the FAA which would prohibit ASI from continuing to sell
sophisticated aircraft engine spare parts, accessories and CSD,
IDG and Generators, which includes but not limited to spare parts for Starters,
Hydraulics and Pneumatic.
The ASI website states that the spare parts lines are “primarily from the OEM’s Boeing, Airbus, PWA, Parker, Honeywell, and Hamilton Sundstrand.”
If true, these blatantly dangerous practices need to stop and there needs to be some FAA assurance of the cessation of these fraudulent documents.
ASI does show an ISO 9001:2015 certificate of “registration”. It attests to ASI’s having been assessed and its quality management system approved “FOR MANAGEMENT OF REPAIRS, SERVICES& SALES for General & Commercial Aviation.” The American Global Standards, LLC statement says it is subject to ASI’s “maintaining its system to the required standards, which will be monitored by AGS.” This certificate expired on July 29,2019.
Will the ISO 9001:2015 be renewed?
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