Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) Training
Are These Thrust Bearings
Approved or Unapproved Parts?
Aviation parts that do not meet applicable regulatory requirements enter the aviation system every day. Previously referred to as Bogus Parts, the Flight Safety Foundation provided an extensive report on the problem of bogus/suspected unapproved parts (SUPs) in 1994 http://flightsafety.org/fsd/fsd_jan-feb94.pdf
SUPs can range from parts that lack proper documentation to parts that are counterfeit. SUPs can be parts rejected during production because of defects; parts that lack required documentation; parts that have been improperly maintained; and parts from military aircraft that have not been shown to comply with FAA requirements. SUPs may also include items from a supplier who produces parts for an approved manufacturer and then ships them directly to end users without the approved manufacturer's authorization; there is no guarantee that they meet all quality control requirements.
SUPs are also counterfeit parts that are deliberately misrepresented as designed and produced under an approved system or other acceptable method. Counterfeit parts also may be used or recycled approved parts that have reached a design life limit or have been damaged beyond repair, but are deliberately misrepresented as acceptable.
While significant progress has been made to reduce the number of unapproved parts being introduced into the aviation system, it still requires constant vigilance and training to ensure that SUPs problems are addressed.
For many years the FAA provided SUPs training that air carriers, manufacturers, repair stations and suppliers could attend. However, due to a variety of reasons SUPs training, while still ongoing for the FAA, was discontinued for the industry.
As result JDA is offering a SUPs training course taught by our unmatched team of former FAA Flight Standards, Engineering and Enforcement experts that worked on SUPs programs and provided SUPs training during their FAA careers.
The JDA SUPS Training Course has been accepted by the FAA as Inspection Authorization (IA) refresher training meeting the requirements of 14 CFR Part 65.93 (A) (4). Each person completing the SUPS training course will receive Certificate of Training citing the FAA Course Acceptance Number.
This highly interactive SUPs Training Course will ensure that you are knowledgeable of:
- 1. SUP Environment and History
- a. SUP Definition
- b. SUP issues
- c. History from 1995 to present.
- 2. Why should we be concerned about unapproved parts?
- 3. Cost and impact of installing SUPs
- 4. Parts Approval Processes Roles And Responsibilities
- a. FAA
- b. Certificate Holders
- c. Manufacturers
- d. MROs
- 5. Receiving Inspections and how unapproved parts enter the system
- 6. Determining the status of parts and part substantiation
- 7. Determining airworthiness of parts Involved In accidents
- 8. Part Marking Requirements; new and used parts with updated materials
- 9. Fabrication of parts during maintenance
- 10. Military surplus parts and products
- 11. Civil and Legal Impact of producing, selling, certificating, or installing Unapproved Parts (Aircraft Safety Act of 2000)
- 12. What is being done to address SUPs problem?
- a. Industry
- b. Government (US and International)
- 13. Reporting a SUP and interfacing with the FAA
- 14. Setting up a SUP program and actions that you can take
- 15. Services that are available to assist your organization
JDA's SUPs course imparts extensive real-world experience; knowledge and advice to course participants to enable them to more successfully recognize, manage and report SUPs problems.
Please contact JDA at 301-941-1460 ext 110 or email JDA at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a SUPS training course for your organization.
Who should attend?Any corporate operator, air carrier, manufacturer, repair station and supplier that is involved in the procurement, management, inspection, distribution and approval of parts and components within the aviation supply chain and can be a direct link to prevent a SUP from being installed in an aircraft, engine or system.
- 48 years aviation and FAA experience involved in regulatory control and oversight.
- Aviation Consultant and Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR-T)
- FAA Standards District Office (FSDO), Manager responsible for Oversight of 110 air operator' and air agency' certificates.
- Airworthiness Supervisor, Philadelphia FSDO, Member of special work group that developed and implemented the first FAA 145 repair station course
- Member of Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUPS) Task Force creating all related policy, procedures and staffing for the SUPS program; Member of Field Approval Task Force, identifying guidelines used by FAA inspectors to standardize the field approval processes.
- Airworthiness Supervisor, Detroit FSDO.
- Airworthiness Aviation Safety Inspector/PMI, Detroit FSDO.
- Former FAA Manufacturing and Aviation Safety Inspector
- FAA Flight Standards (AFS-360) Suspected Unapproved Parts Program Focus
- Started investigating unapproved parts problems in 1991
- Assigned as lead inspector of FAA Suspected Unapproved Parts Program Office in 1996. Managed cases, developed, and delivered training to the FAA Inspectors, foreign CAA representatives, Law Enforcement, and the industry world wide
- Airframe, Power Plant and Inspection Authorization.
- DAR, ODAR and DMIR certificates.
- Former Eastern Airlines and Repair Station staff
- Director of Quality Control and Vice President of Quality for an FAA Production Approval Holder
- 30 years of FAA aviation compliance and investigative experience against individuals and businesses who misrepresented the true condition and status of aviation parts and aircraft
- Director of Aviation Investigations at the Department of Transportation, Office of inspector General and Special Agent-in-Charge
- Suspected Unapproved Parts instructor at the FAA Academy
- Member of FAA Suspected Unapproved Parts course development team and established procedures for indentifying SUPs and coordinating issues with all law enforcement agencies
- FAA Contractor on Special Enforcement and Investigative Task Force
- Testified at two Senate hearings concerning Suspected Unapproved Parts and the FAA inspection process and procedures
- Assigned to a Special Senate Sub-committee investigating Suspected Unapproved Parts
- Initiated and coordinated legislation which was enacted in 2000 titled, "Fraud Involving Aircraft or Space Vehicle Parts in Interstate Commerce" which greatly increased criminal and civil penalties against those convicted of dealing in unapproved aviation parts
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