AJW Technique

Fast track to certification at the new Montreal MRO

The primary MPM was submitted for approval in late November 2012, followed shortly by the working procedures, forms, data collection procedures for tooling and test equipment certification, and system backup detail and documentation. AJW Technique’s technicians’ qualifications, prior experience, and training certainly helped expedite the process. The TCCA reviewed the MPM, details were explained and clarified, and certification was awarded in January 2013.

  • Next certify the facilities beginning with a restricted scope. Pennycuick adds, “We chose the galley equipment cell and the coffee makers as the test component. This approach let them present their business systems, technician certifications, work process, tooling and test equipment calibrations for a defined production unit.” An example of the 6S quality process was in evidence where each work station included a complete set of hand tools that were outlined so it was easy to see where each belonged and when one was missing. Pennycuick explains this ensured that all tools were standardized, calibrated and certified, and technicians would not use their own tools or need space for personal tool boxes.
  • TCCA conducted the audit and granted certification for the coffee makers at the end of January. Because of the bilateral agreements between TCCA and the United States, they also received FAA repair certification for U.S. and Canadian-registered aircraft components. Early in 2012 Europe and Canada signed a similar bilateral agreement so AJW Technique added some additional content and a supplement to its MPM to recognize and meet EASA’s small differences and received EASA certification by the end of March. Pennycuick states that, “AJW’s policy is always to work to the highest standard.”

During the initial audits other AJW Technique employees were preparing additional component units for certification. The tooling and test equipment was getting whatever calibration maintenance or replacements were necessary to bring them to certification and production. The avionics suite of components was certified next and the electrical components were put in the queue. AJW Technique is also pursuing AS9110 certification at this time.

AJW Technique employees were gracious hosts and it was easy to see why they have grown into one of our industry’s largest companies. AJW’s senior managers acknowledged that Allan Pennycuick was the man of the hour and a capable and frugal Scotsman who did not waste time or resources. After our tour of the facility and their certification process discussion, it was easy to agree with that statement. We left the next morning but I remained curious as to how the new AJW family member was doing and if the next phases of the certification process had gone as well as the first. I saw the following update on www.aviationpros.com.

Paris, June 17, 2013: AJW Technique

Just seven months after acquisition AJW Technique has achieved full TCCA/FAA and EASA certification and was awarded the TCCA Design Approval Organization (DAO) status. Allan Pennycuick states: “We have worked very hard to ensure that the strictest standards of excellence have been adhered to throughout every stage of this facility start-up. Quality takes absolute priority here at AJW Technique and due to focused management and team commitment we have not missed a single deadline. AJW Technique is looking to strengthen its position as a global MRO and gain regional certification for Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, and China.” The British may have an empire of another kind in the making.


Charles Chandler began his aviation career as a junior mechanic for American Airlines and retired after 27 years of service.

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