Airworthiness of SUPs may be Complicated, but the Allegations here appear to Merit Criminal Actions

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ARTICLE: NJ man charged with plane parts fraud scheme


There is no doubt that determination of what constitutes Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) is complex. Whether a SUP is in an airworthy condition, it conforms to the TC design and the part has the required cradle-to-grave documentation are very important requirements and sometimes difficult to confirm. The above photograph makes it clear that it is not an eye test. Suppliers, distributors, operators and MRO’s that have large inventories of everything from major structures to small piece parts, face difficult assessments that require considerable expertise.

That said, the report of this individual’s alleged crime appears to involve reprehensible behavior. Any effort to introduce parts of unknown origin or in irreparable condition or lacking in inspection/quality/documentation should be dealt with criminally.

In almost all instances, the criminal courts are not the right forum for aviation safety matters. This general rule is particularly applicable, when the facts involve an accident; there the criminal law’s sanctions tend to inhibit the determination of why an accident happened. Here, thankfully, no accident has occurred and the intent of the alleged perpetrator seems clear. This particular SUP’s case is not the first nor will it be the last as evidenced by the following recent history:

Pennsylvania Man Convicted in False Aircraft Inspection Scheme
Former Carson Helicopter Executive Indicted for Fraud and Endangering the Safety of Aircraft in Flight
Revoked South Florida Repair Station Shop Supervisor Sentenced to Prison for Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
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Former Operations Manager Pleads Guilty to Recklessly Endangering Aircraft
Southern California Chemical Processing Company Sentenced for Providing False Statements Related to Aircraft Parts
Multiple Individuals Sentenced for their Roles in an Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
Georgia Aviation Consultant Sentenced for Producing Fraudulent FAA Supplemental Type Certificates
South Florida Woman Sentenced for Her Participation in a Fraudulent Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
Former Northern California Company Owner Charged in Superceding Indictment For Fraudulent Aircraft Repairs
Two South Florida Residents Sentenced in a Fraudulent Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
Revoked South Florida Repair Station Shop Supervisor Convicted at Trial for Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
Iowa Man Sentenced for Falsifying His Pilot Flight Log
Pennsylvania Aircraft Repair Company Indicted For Aircraft Parts Fraud; Company Official Arrested
South Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Aircraft Parts Fraud Conspiracy
Revoked South Florida Repair Station President, Vice-President, and General Manager Plead Guilty to Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
California Man Guilty of Submitting a False Document to the FAA
South Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to a Fraudulent Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
Aviation Consultant Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
Three South Florida Residents Sentenced in a Fraudulent Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
Southern California Chemical Processing Company Pleads Guilty
South Florida Aircraft Parts Inspector Pleads Guilty to a Fraudulent Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
Southern California Chemical Processing Company Charged for Falsification of Aircraft Parts
South Florida Individuals Plead Guilty to a Fraudulent Aircraft Parts Conspiracy
South Florida Men Sentenced To Jail Time and Ordered to Pay $1.45 Million in Restitution In Aircraft Parts Fraud Conspiracy
Sixteen South Florida Aircraft Company Employees Indicted In a Conspiracy To Commit Aircraft Parts Fraud
Former Cessna Employee Sentenced to 18 Months Incarceration for Selling Stolen Aircraft Parts on Ebay
Business Owner Sentenced for Sale of Counterfeit Integrated Circuits to the U.S. Government
South Florida Men Convicted in Connection with Aircraft Parts Fraud
FAA Certified Designated Airworthiness Representative and Aviation Mechanic Indicted For Conspiring To Falsify An Aircraft Inspection

The SUP’s problem is not going away and if you want to learn more please click here and register for the SUP’s training course planned for later in 2013.

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