Heli-Expo 2011: FAA Drops Decertification Case Against Phoenix Heliparts
The FAA has agreed to drop its decertification case against Phoenix Heliparts in return for the Mesa, Ariz., repair facility withdrawing its appeal to the NTSB of the FAA’s revocation of Phoenix Heliparts’ Part 145 repair station certificate last August.
The agreement allows Phoenix Heliparts to start the re-certification process immediately. Tina Cannon, the company’s president, said, “The 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.”
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 completed a move to its current location near Mesa Falcon Field Airport.
After the relocation the local FSDO re-issued Phoenix Heliparts’ Part 145 certificate under the new address following a thorough review of company operations and documentation. Nevertheless, Cannon related, the FAA made an “emergency” revocation of the certificate.
“When the federal government exercises its emergency power, normal due process is thrown out the window. Small businesses such as Phoenix Heliparts are simply no match for the federal government,” she said.
Cannon said she expects no problem in regaining the company’s Part 145 repair station certificate because the application will be based on material previously approved by the FAA. She expressed gratitude to “the many customers and colleagues who have stood by us and given encouragement during this difficult period.”