GREENSBORO, NC — August 3, 2009 ... TIMCO Aviation Services announced today its subsidiary, TIMCO Aerosystems, has been awarded Organization Delegation Authorization (ODA) from the FAA Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office (FAA ATL-ACO). By this appointment, TIMCO becomes the first major aircraft maintenance and modification provider to be appointed as a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) ODA.
The FAA ODA system is the latest FAA initiative to ensure aviation safety through improved certification management and enhanced oversight of delegated organizations. Under ODA, Aerosystems will have the FAA authority to issue both design and manufacturing approvals, introducing additional process efficiencies and project schedule responsiveness.
TIMCO had operated as an FAA Designated Alteration Station (DAS) since 1995 and has developed nearly 300 FAA STC’s, mostly related to aircraft interiors and systems integration. The Aerosystems subsidiary is a leading provider of aircraft integration services, interior composite structures and installation kits.
Rick Salanitri, president of TIMCO Aerosystems, noted that, “Receiving this ODA delegation is an important milestone for us. Through our nearly 15-year partnership with the FAA as a DAS, we’ve taken every possible step to earn their highest confidence in our engineering capabilities and internal processes. We believe this ODA delegation will improve the certification process and become an important service enhancement for our customers.”
According to the FAA, “ODA authority is conferred only on those organizations that have been found qualified and capable to perform as a Representative of the Administrator for the purposes of performing design, production, repair, alteration and airworthiness certification procedures.” The FAA established the ODA program in 2005 to increase its oversight efficiency and allow the FAA to focus its resources on identifying and addressing trends, developing best practices, and dealing with critical issues.
About TIMCO Aviation Services
The largest independent base maintenance MRO in all of the Americas, TIMCO Aviation Services provides fully integrated MRO services for commercial and government aircraft operators at its corporate complex in Greensboro, North Carolina, as well as at facilities in Macon, Georgia and Lake City, Florida. In addition, customers are also supported by an engine MRO center and comprehensive line maintenance operations at airports throughout key locations in the United States.
About TIMCO Aerosystems
TIMCO Aerosystems, a division of TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc., is one of a select few providers that can support its customers with a full spectrum of cabin solutions, from state-of-the-art design and engineering to interiors and structures manufacture, integration and certification. Typical projects include interior reconfigurations, flight avionics retrofits, IFE integration, mechanical system changes, STC development, airframe structural modifications, PMA parts and kitting services. In addition, through Brice Manufacturing Company, Inc., a subsidiary of TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc., TIMCO Aerosystems is able to support leading airline customers with innovative seating design and construction.
It officially opened its new 120,000 square foot aircraft interiors manufacturing facility yesterday in Wallburg (Davidson County), NC, near its Greensboro headquarters.
Brice has operated as a part of the TIMCO family of companies since it was acquired in 2002.
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.
The new subsidiary is the only DAS integrator with extensive OEM and integration capabilities focused on the retrofit market