Greensboro, North Carolina – Atlantic Aero, Greenwich AeroGroup (NBAA BOOTH 1039) – October 20, 2009 – Greenwich AeroGroup’s Atlantic Aero announced today that it has received a letter of TC ODA (Organization Designation Authorization) designation from the FAA Atlanta ACO (Aircraft Certification Office). This was the fourth such letter to be issued in the history of the Atlanta ACO. 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 that the company has been found qualified to perform.
“Prior to receiving this award, Atlantic Aero was an established DAS (Designated Alteration Station) for some 12 years” commented Jim Spinder, President of Atlantic Aero. “We successfully issued over 70 STC’s as a DAS and learned to command the administrative, compliance and technical skills associated with this responsibility as demonstrated by several consecutive DAS related FAA audits which revealed no findings. Considering the added benefits for us and Greenwich AeroGroup, the decision to evolve to an ODA platform came naturally,” he added.
“Congratulations to Atlantic Aero” commented Kim Smith, Manager of Small Airplane Directorate, FAA Atlanta ACO. “This is a significant milestone in your organization’s relationship with the FAA. Your demonstrated performance and responsive attitude in working with us contributed to this approval,” she added.
The ODA adds significant flexibility to the company. Whereas a DAS was limited to projects under the auspices of its repair station certificate, the holder of an ODA can undertake projects based on its organizational qualifications (ODA & DER staff). “This capability is a great tool for our network” added Jim Ziegler, CEO of Greenwich AeroGroup. “Being the holder of an ODA will benefit our MRO businesses, Atlantic Aero, Western Aircraft and Summit Aviation by significantly improving our ability to facilitate new installations and up-grades for our customers,” he added.
Greenwich AeroGroup located in Greenwich CT, owns and operates full service providers of general aviation services including: maintenance, avionics; interior refurbishment; fixed base operations; aircraft sales, charter and management; manufacturing and engineering; component repair and overhaul; and parts distribution. Current locations include: Atlantic Aero, Inc., located at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, NC; Western Aircraft, Inc., located at Gowen Field in Boise, ID; Summit Aviation, Inc., located at Summit Airport in Middletown, DE; DAC International located in Austin, TX; Matrix Aviation located in Wichita, KS; Professional Aviation Associates located in Atlanta, GA; and Professional Aircraft Associates located in Titusville, FL.