17-Mar-2011 Source: HeliHub.com
The FAA has dropped its Part 145 de-certification case against Phoenix Heliparts in return for the withdrawal of its appeal to the NTSB of the FAAâ€™s revocation of Phoenix Helipartsâ€™ Part 145 repair station certificate last August.Â This enables Phoenix to start the re-certification process immediately. Company president Tina Cannon said, â€œThe case is now closed; we look forward to working closely with the FAA Flight Standards District Office [FSDO] in Scottsdale in the re-certification process.â€
Cannon said the revocation was based on alleged paperwork discrepancies in 2008 under previous management, but not initiated by the FAA legal office until 2010, after the company had moved to its current location near Mesa Falcon Field Airport.Â After this move, the local FSDO re-issued Phoenix Helipartsâ€™ Part 145 certificate under the new address following a thorough review of company operations and documentation.
Nevertheless, the FAA later made an â€œemergencyâ€ revocation of the certificate, exasperating Phoenix who felt that as a small business they were unable to match the clout of federal government.Â Cannon does not expect a problem in regaining a Part 145 repair station certificate because the application will be based on material previously approved by the FAA.
For further background on this case, see Phoenix Heliparts appeals FAAâ€™s revocation of Part 145 Repair Station Certificate