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AACs - Part 1-34 - Airworthiness Articles
Part 1 - Airworthiness Articles
And Shonky Operators
In a vein similar to the article (AAC article 1-33 "More Bogus Bits"), McDonnell Douglas Helicopter have published an open letter from the FAA regarding Central Aviation and Marine Corporation (CAMCO). Quote, "CAMCO was found to substitute the customer's part with a similar part, change the serial number and/or data plate, and send the part back to the customer. The part returned falsely indicated the original part's serial number and/or data plate. A part's serial number may have changed severial times".
Though the McAir SIL was with with regard to the 369, the FAA letter was to all CAMCO customers and these could reasonably be expected to be the owners/maintainers of other aircraft types. It would therefore be prudent for Australian aircraft to be checked for parts from this source. If any are found it should be ascertained whether in fact they do comply with all current appropriate airworthiness requirements.
In addition to the CAMCO matter the FAA has issued an "Emergency Order of Revocation" against "Duschak's International Helicopters". The revocation has been based on illegal and inadequate repairs and modifications carried out by untrained and unqualified personnel in areas and on components covered and not covered by their Repair Station approval, as well as altered and falsified (counterfeited) documentation. The Authority is aware that there could be a reasonably large number of components in Australia that at some time in their lives have been through Duschak's.
All helicopter operators/maintenance organisations are strongly advised to suspect any component overhauled, repaired, reworked or modified by Duschak. Where any doubt exists, components should be withdrawn from service and quarantined until the situation is clarified. The Authority is pursing the matter further with the FAA.