FAA has granted organization designation authorization (ODA) to American Eurocopter, Grand Prairie, Texas. The approval enables the helicopter manufacturer to act on behalf of the U.S. regulatory agency when issuing and certifying supplemental type certificates (STCs). The designation "will allow us to be more responsive to market demands and significantly improve our reactiveness to [customer] requirements," says Allen Andress, vice president of operations.
"In giving us this responsibility, the FAA has determined that we possess the integrity and skills to do STC work on behalf of the government," explains George Sparling, director of certification for American Eurocopter. "After we receive FAA approval, we issue the STC," he adds. Through July, American Eurocopter has received more than 450 STCs from FAA.