Describing the FAA’s move to revoke its Part 145 repair station certificate as a “complete surprise,” Phoenix Heliparts filed a formal appeal with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) last week to overturn the action. FAA stripped the certificate on Sept. 9, alleging that the Mesa, Ariz.-based company carried out “improper repairs” with incorrect parts and for “falsifying maintenance records.”
Phoenix Heliparts President Tina Cannon refuted the FAA accusations. “To imply our work is unsafe, as the FAA has done, is both wrong and harmful to our employees and customers alike,” she said. Despite FAA’s assertions, the company “has instituted a very solid quality system and is using that system to ensure that its individually certificated mechanics can prove that every step is taken in accordance with the regulations,” Cannon said.
Phoenix Heliparts will continue to operate under mechanics’ individual Part 65 certificates until the issue is resolved.