Fighting Stolen Aircraft Parts
February 23, 2011 - This week, aviation criminals gain a
new enemy and law enforcement agencies can benefit from
an aviation partnership. Why? Because the first
publically available, stolen parts database has been
launched by the leading not-for-profit/industry
partnership of the
"The bottom line it was the right thing to do," remarks
Michele Dickstein, President of the Aviation Suppliers
Association (ASA). "Building and launching the first
collective database containing over 8,100 stolen
aviation parts and making it available to the public, is
another important step in making the multibillion dollar
aviation industry a safer environment for everyone it
The challenge: how can an important new tool for fighting aviation crime, gain visibility quickly and continue to be a solution for potentially thousands of aviation professionals each day?
company's mission is to provide customers with the most
accurate, useful and up-to-date information available for
aviation parts in the market," adds Eric Anderson, President of
Inventory Locator Service (ILS).
incorporating the ASA Stolen Parts Database information into
ILSmart, we can give our approximately 60,000 daily users more
value-added search results, alerting them to any known stolen
parts matching their search criteria, which will effectively
benefit the entire aviation community."
of parts have been stolen and why is it critical to have this
database available? "Global, federal, and local agencies have
reported everything from the smallest components and critical
engine parts, to entire aircraft being recovered in sting
operations," states Roy Resto, Vice President Technical
"Examples of smaller parts recovered by special agents from U.S. DOT-OIG & ATR include unique components along with a cockpit/cargo key which would work on all aircraft owned by a major airline and that was exchanged for cash along with machine guns.
"In Europe, federal agents have broken up a gang of 60+ that were selling stolen parts from one of the country's biggest jet engine makers, and several cases from last year have led to convictions involving expensive, stolen aircraft parts listed on eBay for a fraction of their manufactured value. In the end, having a database that exists of such parts, is a critical accomplishment that enables the problem to be amplified, so that resources can be brought to bear, and future activity is minimized."
how easy is it to report a stolen aviation part? "ASA has
simplified the process so that aviation companies of all sizes
can participate, which is a big benefit in our view." comments
Paul F. Piedra, President of International Equipment Supply
"In our situation we had a part stolen before it had the proper export paper work assigned. So, we filed a police report (e.g., a requirement to enter the database), contacted ASA headquarters to request a link to access the data base, and uploaded the details. It was a straight forward solution to a very serious challenge that faces our industry today. To that end, we would encourage our constituents as well as the aviation community as a whole to participate and benefit from the data."
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