FAA Grants Hartzell Engine Technologies an ODA

Hartzell Engine Technologies is based in Montgomery, Alabama. Courtesy Hartzell Engine Technologies

We’d all like to live in a world with less extra paperwork—particularly when it comes to anything that duplicates effort, or leaves us having to wait for our slot on another person’s schedule. That’s why companies within the aviation industry seek efficiencies whenever they can to streamline the required approval processes in concert with the FAA. One way of doing this is by pursuing Organization Designation Authorization, by which the agency grants designee authority to organizations or companies.

The FAA has granted Hartzell Engine Technologies an Organization Designation Authorization. The ODA makes for timely and cost-effective go-to-market processes for the company. As the FAA explains it, “ODA holders are typically authorized to conduct the types of FAA functions which they would normally seek from the FAA. For example, aircraft manufacturers may be authorized to approve design changes in their products and repair stations may be authorized to approve repair and alteration data.”

Keith Bagley, president of HET, announced the milestone. “Earning ODA approval is an incredibly important step for us to take in our ongoing effort to bring new products to market in a timelier and more cost-effective way,” Bagley said. “We are extremely honored and proud to have demonstrated the capabilities that have garnered the FAA’s trust and confidence in our policies and practices. Ours is actually an additional unit to the ODA that has been in effect at our sister company, Hartzell Propeller, for a long time. The authorizations are based on the FAA’s recognition of our companies’ long history of product expertise.”

Rick Quave, HET’s vice president of engineering, clearly logged many hours working on the ODA with the FAA representatives tasked with the process. “Our ODA approval comes at the end of a long road of FAA audits, inspections, and reviews,” Quave said. “The FAA representatives were extremely thorough in their reviews of our processes and manuals. They were also diligent in their validation of the experiences and qualifications of our in-house ODA designees. HET’s ODA representatives are acting on behalf of the FAA, and are approved by the FAA as part of the ODA certification process.”

The bottom line? It not only helps HET, but also improves backlogs within the FAA, freeing those agents for other tasks.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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