St. Louis, Missouri, March 11, 2010 – Midcoast Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certificate Organization Designation Authorization (STC ODA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The designation enables the company to produce STCs in-house in support of its maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions activities.
The new STC ODA status replaces the company’s previous Designated Alteration Station (DAS) approval. The change supports the FAA’s goal of improving efficiency by allowing certain functions to be performed by a qualified entity.
Midcoast Aviation’s 100-person engineering department provides the design, analysis and testing required to support the complex and customized systems requested by Midcoast’s customers. In 2009, Midcoast produced 12 DAS STCs with the assistance of the FAA. It now is able to execute them with its own ODA resources.
“Earning the STC ODA designation is a testament to the strength of Midcoast Aviation’s engineering team,” said Midcoast President Don Petersen. “Midcoast Aviation provides highly-personalized solutions for its clients. Being an STC ODA will allow us to better serve our customers.”
Midcoast Aviation, an affiliate of the Jet Aviation Group of Companies, is a full-service AS9100-certified aircraft maintenance, modifications and completions provider. The company employs more than 1,500 people at the St. Louis Downtown Airport and its Savannah, Ga., locations. Just recently, the company announced that it renamed the Savannah-based MRO and completions center “Midcoast Aviation,” effective January 1, 2010. The Midcoast operations have in-house design and engineering departments, along with on-site cabinetry, upholstery, composite, avionics, sheet metal and paint shops. Midcoast Aviation is a Bombardier and Embraer authorized service center and also a Dassault Falcon, Hawker and Gulfstream center of expertise. For more information, visit www.midcoastaviation.com.
Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 5,100 employees cater to client needs from over 24 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, fixed base operations, along with aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of more than 200 aircraft. For more information, please visit www.jetaviation.com.
New ODA rules allow the FAA to delegate more responsibility to private industry, helping reduce the FAA’s workload while streamlining aircraft certification and inspection.
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Calls to the hotline number – 877-313-5999 – are answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week by a qualified member of Midcoast’s MRO division.
Armed with this new privilege, Atlantic Aero can approve technical data, issue and amend STC’s (Supplemental Type Certificates) and complete other designated certification tasks.