EASA To Track, Publicize Unapproved Parts Cases

Agency website to centralize SUPs information.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), citing the need to raise industry awareness of suspected unapproved parts (SUPs), has unveiled a list of unresolved SUPs cases and plans to keep it updated.

The list, located at https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-and-you/aircraft-products/suspected-unapproved-parts, contains new cases from August 24. Eventually, EASA plans to centralize all unresolved SUPs information on the site, including alerts published in its Safety Publications Tool, which contains airworthiness directives, safety information bulletins, and other safety information.

"Reported SUP cases cannot always be resolved by the agency and the national aviation authorities, mainly due to the lack of required information," EASA explains in a bulletin announcing the new initiative. "If any part listed in the SUP list is found in stock, it is recommended that the part is quarantined to prevent installation until a determination can be made regarding its eligibility for installation."

The list contains information on more than 60 cases, most of them involving stolen parts. Among the reported thefts: stolen Airbus A320 electronics from a Kiev, Ukraine MRO in 2014, and also from a warehouse in Cyprus in 2013.

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