FAA Fines Aviation Technical Services Of Everett Washington


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FAA Fines Aviation Technical Services Of Everett Washington

Eddy Metcalf

November 20, 2010 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $530,250 civil penalty against Aviation Technical Services, Inc. (ATS), an aviation repair station in Everett, Washington, for allegedly failing to follow approved procedures while maintaining 14 Southwest Airlines Boeing 737s.

Specifically, the FAA alleges ATS failed to follow Southwest?s Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP) during work to accomplish five Airworthiness Directives to detect fuselage skin cracks.

ATS used shortened ?cradles? to support the aircraft at two of three specified points while they were off their wheels, a deviation from the Southwest CAMP. 


ATS also allegedly failed to install and monitor load-measuring cells to ensure the maximum loads did not exceed limits for the engines, wings and horizontal stabilizer locations while the aircraft were suspended in the cradle. The alleged violations occurred between January 2007 and March 2008. 

?We have the highest standards in place to ensure safety,? said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, ?Maintenance work has to meet those standards wherever it is performed.? Aviation Technical Services has 30 days from receipt of the FAA?s enforcement letter to respond to the agency. 

Aviation Technical Services (ATS) is a provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for commercial and military transport jet aircraft. ATS list of certification achievements include: FAA Class IV Repair Station (HN6R593N); EASA Repair Station (145.4942); Bermuda DCA AMO DDA/AMO/201; CAAC (F00100532); Quality Management System AS 9110 and ISO 9001:2000.  

ATS services include airframe heavy & medium checks and structural modifications, complete component MRO, paint such as narrow & wide body, corporate, fleet campaigns, defense drop-in and depot level MRO, and business jet interior refurbishment. ATS also performs specialty services and projects such as 737-300 Classic extreme makeover, winglet installations on the Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft, Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) interior installations and passenger to freighter conversions.


Back in July Aviation Technical Services was awarded the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Certification number F00100532 for the repair of components on aircraft operating under Chinese registration. ?When our customers voice their needs, we not only listen but we do our best to take results oriented action,? says Greg Buller, ATS GM/VP Component Services.  

?Obtaining CAAC certification is another example of how we are working to simplify and consolidate our customers? supply chain when it comes to component repair and modification. Now, customers can use our component services when CAAC certification is required.?

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