WOOD DALE, Illinois, June 6, 2014 -- AAR (NYSE: AIR), a recognized leader in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), has become the first MRO operator to agree to voluntarily share safety information with the Federal Aviation Administration. AAR recently signed an agreement to take part in the FAA’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing program (ASIAS), which is designed to help MRO operators avoid serious and potentially costly safety issues and the FAA to identify high-risk areas.
“The FAA is very pleased to have AAR launch the ASIAS program among MROs,” said Steven Douglas, Manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division, for the FAA. “We believe that sharing and analyzing safety data are important for the aviation industry as a whole.”
Safety and performance are the cornerstones of AAR’s 1MRO Network, comprised of six aircraft maintenance facilities in Indianapolis; Oklahoma City; Miami; Duluth, Minn.; Hot Springs, Ark.; and Lake Charles, La.
“We understand that voluntary reporting is critical to overall safety in the aviation industry and are excited to partner with the FAA’s efforts,” said Art Smith, AAR Vice President and Chief Quality Officer. “Although we are now officially signed on to the ASIAS program, our customers and other partners know AAR has long had a culture and practice of sharing safety information.”
AAR has received frequent industry recognition, including earning the Diamond Award of Excellence, the FAA’s highest honor for maintenance training, for the fifth-consecutive year. AAR also was recently voted Best Airframe Provider in the Americas by industry professionals.
AAR is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com<http://www.aarcorp.com/>.