AAR Corp. announced that on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, AAR Landing Gear Services received an Emergency Order of Suspension from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, temporarily suspending the repair station certificate for its Landing Gear Services repair station in Miami, Florida.
The FAA carried out facility inspections in early July 2008. On July 16, 2008, the FAA issued a written notice of alleged discrepancies, to which AAR responded with corrective actions on July 29, 2008. On November 7, 2008, AAR met with FAA representatives to discuss its responses and corrective actions. On January 30, 2009 AAR received a follow-up letter from the FAA identifying items that required further attention. AAR says it was in the process of responding to that request when it received the order of suspension.
AAR reports “During this period, [AAR] engaged consultants, including FAA Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), to review its manuals, policies and procedures to confirm compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Additionally, during this period, the Company implemented an enhanced quality assurance function that exceeds current regulatory requirements and successfully submitted to and passed 25 quality and process audits by customers, including the Department of Defense.” (AAR)