Repair Stations: is it the Ides of March or is the FAA in the midst of a Part 145 sweep?

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Repair Stations: is the Ides of March or is the FAA in the midst of a Part 145 sweep?

Random Actions precipitated by Ides of March

Or conscious FAA campaign to enforce Part 145

The FAA is moving towards a kinder, gentler Enforcement Policy; emphasizing compliance and reducing the significance of punishment. As John Duncan explained early in this transition:

“Over the past three decades, the organization has changed dramatically as it adopted and adapted to new technology, 
Duncan said. Yet the culture stayed the same. That culture reinforced the thinking that inspectors should “know everything 
about everything,” he said, but added, “That’s a failed concept.”



It was expected that the movement to the new regime would take time and that the field might resist this change in their job description.  Further, there have seen a few actions which did not seem to fit the new more understanding profile.

Below is the 3rd major FAA action against a Part 145 entity in March. Is this a pattern of reverting to the old Penalization days or just the random fate of the  Ides of March?

[ History of March 15:  it was the date for a number of significant  religious observances. In Roman business practices it became a date on which creditors demanded payments on debts. Then in 44 BC, it bumped up in historical significance when Julius Caesar was assassinated. The Emperor was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate, led by Brutus and Cassius.]

The most recent FAA Part 145 action a revocation:

FAA Revokes Aviation Technologies’ Repair Station Certificate

 

…FAA has issued an Emergency Order of Revocation against Aviation Technologies, of San Antonio, Texas, for falsifying maintenance records.

The FAA alleges that between July 2015 and October 2017, a non-certified individual who was not an employee of Aviation Technologies 
performed work on a variety of aircraft parts. This person then contacted Aviation Technologies to provide paperwork certifying that 
the work was completed in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

During an investigation, FAA inspectors determined that Aviation Technologies issued documents stating that it had performed maintenance 
on approximately 89 aircraft parts, even though the company had never seen, inspected or observed the alleged maintenance performed on 
those parts.

The FAA further alleges that the parts were sold for installation on transport category civil and foreign aircraft, creating potentially 
unsafe conditions. The parts included control surfaces, thrust reverser components and other safety critical components. The FAA worked 
with Aviation Technologies to have all of the parts recalled.

The FAA press release indicates that Aviation Technologies has surrendered its certificate. However, there is NO INDICATION on its website that its Part 145 certificate.

Is this a pattern of FAA putting the Part 145 sector under scrutiny?

1.  What’s A SUP-MIDO Issues A UPN And AIR 800 Rescinds It?

 

2. FAA Bares Its Enforcement Teeth In AeroBearings Revocation Order

Paperwork, data and other details are common to all three cases. It is not clear whether there have been meetings between the FAA and the certificate holders about what would be in compliance? Have there been differing opinions as to what the FARs require and the absence of any resolution forced the Revocations?

Either

  • the Ides of March cast its magical marking on these Repair Stations

or

  • there are three Part 145s with significant problems

or

  • the FAA may be reducing its enthusiasm for the new Compliance postures

or

  • ????


 

 

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