Both Chromalloy and Honeywell are seeking an FAA approval that would allow them to act on behalf of the agency to approve certain types of engineering data, such as major alterations or repairs.
Chromalloy is pursuing organization designation authorization (ODA) approval for repairs, which it currently does through its 13 designated engineering representatives (DER). Chromalloy hopes to achieve ODA in the next year or two, which would give it a single interface with the FAA and most likely expedite approval of the hundreds of repairs it develops each year, says Dr. Peter Howard, VP technology and quality assurance.
Chromalloy’s technology center in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is the hub of its parts, coatings and repairs development.
Honeywell submitted an ODA application package to FAA in December and hopes to “hear a fairly solid response” in the third quarter, says Rich Barlow, director of global repair and overhaul engineering for Honeywell Aerospace.