Isolair Sold Unapproved Parts Without PMA
January 12, 2010 -
On Monday, the
Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice to advise all aircraft
owners, operators, manufacturers, maintenance organizations, and parts
distributors regarding the sale of unapproved High Cross Tubes that may
have been purchased from Isolair, Inc. of .
Information received during a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Suspected Unapproved Parts investigation revealed that on August 8, 2007, the company “Isolair, Inc.” located at 1620 NW Perimeter Way, Troutdale, Oregon 97060, sold without FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), High Cross Tubes for installation on UH-1H Models of the following aircraft: Garlick Helicopters, S.M. & T. Aircraft, Global Helicopters, Northwest Rotorcraft, Hagglund Helicopters, Southwest Florida Aviation, Williams Helicopters, and Arrow Falcon or any others installed with field approvals.
The Seattle Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) was notified
that two sets of High Cross Tubes, Part Number 9002 purchased from
Isolair, Inc. did not conform to the approved design data. The data
FAA investigation indicates that Isolair, Inc. sold High Cross Tubes,
Part Number 9002 using unapproved parts. FAA approved design data lists
the use of supports and U-bolts manufactured by
Regulations require that type-certificated products conform to their
type design. Aircraft owners, operators, manufacturers, maintenance
organizations, and parts suppliers and distributors are encouraged to
inspect their aircraft and/or aircraft parts inventory for any High
Cross Tubes, part number 9002 produced and sold by Isolair, Inc.
Troutdale, Oregon facility.
If any of the Isolair suspect High Cross Tubes are installed on type certificated aircraft, appropriate action should be taken to remove them from service. If any suspect High Cross Tubes are found in existing inventory, it is recommended that they be quarantined to prevent installation.
You can obtain further information concerning this investigation from
the FAA MIDO listed below. In addition to the above recommendations, the
FAA would appreciate any information concerning the discovery of suspect
Isolair High Cross Tubes from any source, the means used to identify the
source, and the action taken to remove the tubes from aircraft and or
This notice originated from the FAA Seattle MIDO,
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