Expanded FAA ODA capabilities at Aloft AeroArchitects


Aloft AeroArchitects has received the latest updated approvals to its authority and procedures as an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) from the FAA.

“Combined with the approval we received in 2015 to issue our own instructions for continued airworthiness (ICAs), most STCs processed through the Aloft ODA are now completely independent from standard external review periods typically reserved by the FAA on specific projects that require FAA review and/or concurrence,” said John Martin, president and CEO, Aloft AeroArchitects.

“Aloft’s expanded ODA capabilities can save our customers significant time by avoiding indefinite timescales caused by project sequencing due to the FAA’s workload at the time of the project’s application.”

The list of Aloft AeroArchitects’ No-PNL projects includes auxiliary fuel systems, wireless networking, transmitting personal electronic device (TPED), Iridium and Inmarsat systems, in-seat power and cabin power, cabin lighting, IFE, aircraft security, cabin seating, various antenna installations and fuselage penetrations.

“We currently have about 40 open STC projects, and so far in 2016, we have issued more than 22 STCs and STC amendments along with a high volume of minor changes to customer aircraft,” said John Eichten, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Aloft. “Our business has grown year over year since we received our ODA designation and we plan to continue our growth organically and through strategic partnerships.”

November 10, 2016

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