Keystone Helicopter Corp. wins approval to grant certifications on behalf of the FAA
April 17, 2008, Coatsville, PA - Keystone Helicopter Corp., a subsidiary of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., has won approval to act on behalf of the FAA in certifying modifications performed on certain fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
April 17, 2008, Coatsville, PA – Keystone Helicopter Corp., a subsidiary
of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced it has won approval to act
on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in certifying
modifications performed on certain fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.
Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
Keystone received the Organization Designation Approval (ODA) after
demonstrating to the FAA that the company has the expertise,
facilities, experience, and qualified employees to issue Supplemental
Type Certificates for work performed on aircraft certified under part
23, 27 & 29. The authorization will allow Keystone to better serve
customers by reducing delivery times, while helping to alleviate
demands on the overburdened FAA.
"Keystone is truly fortunate to have among the most professional
staff in this industry," said company President David Ford. "The award
of the ODA authorization will help ensure that we are able to continue
to provide world-class services to our customers for many years to
come, and to contribute to the safety and efficiency of the aviation
The ODA covers a wide range of work, including cockpit instrument
modifications and installation of exterior features such as
searchlights. It excludes work on major spinning components such as
engines and rotors. With the authorization, Keystone engineers also can
certify work done at non-Keystone facilities.
The company also plans to increase its engineering staff from 86
engineers to more than 100 by First Quarter 2009 and to seek Parts
Manufacturing Approval PMA-ODA status to certify the manufacturing of
aircraft parts, maintenance repair alterations, and aircraft production.
Keystone Helicopter is a full-service maintenance and completion
center anchored by the HELIPLEX(TM), a state-of-the-art technical
services depot in Coatesville, Pa. Keystone is a factory-authorized
service center for Bell, Eurocopter, MD Helicopter, Rolls Royce,
Turbomeca, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky products. Based in
Stratford, Conn., Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture, and service. The company's mission
statement reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We
pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere … every
time(TM)." United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn.,
provides a broad range of high technology products and support services
to the aerospace and building systems industries.