FAA Authorization to Produce Component for Meyers Landing Gear Represents Important First StepNovember 30th, 2015
As the company earns approvals for additional key components, the potential for reviving full production grows
Augusta, KS – It may have seemed like a fairly unremarkable event to the casual observer. When it comes to major components that differentiate one aircraft from another, the bronze bearings which are part of the landing gear on the Meyers 200 and the Interceptor 400 don’t exactly stand out, either. But, when the Federal Aviation Administration’s Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO) in Wichita granted Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) to Interceptor Aviation Inc. (IAI), as the Type Design Holder of FAA Type Certificate No. 3A18, on November 16, 2015, it represented an important milestone in the continuing saga of Meyers Aircraft.
“It’s not exactly Neil Armstrong’s ‘one small step for man,’ but this does represent the first stride in what we believe will be a very deliberate and well-defined path back to full production capability,” said Nin George, Director of Quality Assurance for Interceptor Aviation Inc., & GlobalParts Group. “With this FAA approval, Interceptor Aviation will be able to submit and add PMA for other assemblies, sub-assemblies, systems and parts with greater speed and improved ability to support the existing fleet of M200 aircraft. We can move from these bearings, which just happens to be the most often requested spare part among Meyers owners, to getting FAA approval for fabricating the full landing gear assembly, targeted for early 2016. Once our production welding processes are qualified and IAI receives additional FAA PMA approval to manufacture and sell the landing gear, it will allow us to apply what we have learned and qualified with the FAA, to the major structural elements of the Meyers airplanes. That will be another major milestone when achieved, since the fuselage, cabin and engine mounts all incorporate the same production processes for the 4130 welded steel framework. There is a natural progression in this process that will provide a primary, economical and consistent source for spare parts initially and progress towards even broader possibilities as time goes on.”
Interceptor Aviation Inc. (IAI) will produce the bronze bearings as part numbers 64A050-1, 64A050-2, 64A050-3, and 64A050-4. An IAI Service Information Letter providing additional information for the application and use of the bearings will be posted on the Meyers Movement website and will also be made available to Meyers Aircraft Owners Association to be posted on the MAOA website as well. The bearings will be available for sale through GlobalParts.aero, please contact Kenny Oliver at phone number (316) 733-9240 for sales and support.
Global Parts Aero Services, Inc. update
Global Parts Aero Services acquired 3 hangars this fall at the Augusta Municipal Airport and successfully added limited airframe and power plant ratings to its service offerings. Global Parts Aero Services also holds dual certification as an EASA Part 145 Maintenance organization and is approved to maintain the products listed in the FAA Air Agency Certificate and associated Operations Specifications. There is ample capacity for additional manufacturing and service activity on site.
About Global Parts Group, Inc.
The Global Parts Group of companies began when GlobalParts.aero was founded in 2003 to serve the worldwide aviation spares market with cost effective, quality parts. GlobalParts.aero is a certified distributor of aviation spares and has earned ISO 9001+AS9120A and ASA-100 accreditation for quality management systems. Expanding from parts distribution with GlobalParts.aero; the Global Parts Group has evolved and grown, adding two Federal Aviation Administration-certified repair stations, an in-house, build-to-print part manufacturing capabilities to its operations and is an affiliate partner to Interceptor Aviation Inc.. The certified FAA Part 145 repair stations include Global Parts Aero Services, Inc., specializing in component overhaul/repair services for hydraulics, pneumatics, wheels & brakes, crew oxygen and electronics. The other certified FAA Part 145 repair station is Global Parts Aero Structures, Inc., with ISO 9001+AS9100C certification, including Design and Development, with operations specializing in precision sheet metal repair services for engine cowlings/inlets, thrust reversers, leading edges, radomes and other airframe related articles. The in-house, build to print part manufacturing service is through Global Parts Aero Manufacturing, Inc. specializing in precision 5-axis machining, including hard metals (titanium and steel) and is also ISO 9001+ AS9100C accredited. Interceptor Aviation Inc., as an affiliate company, is the owner of FAA Type Certificate No. 3A18, which includes all the FAA approved Type Design data and associated intellectual property of the Meyers M200 and Interceptor I400 aircraft models.