ASA Takes a Bite Out of Stolen Parts Crime

 - March 2, 2011, 9:45 AM

The Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) has inaugurated a free, publicly available stolen parts database supported by Boeing subsidiary Inventory Locator Service (ILS). “The bottom line: it was the right thing to do,” said ASA president Michele Dickstein. “Building and launching the first collective database containing more than 8,100 stolen aviation parts and making it available to the public is another important step in making the multibillion-dollar aviation industry a safer environment for everyone it touches.” Dickstein told AIN ASA had two key goals in mind with support from ILS. “First, positively impact the cost of crime in the multibillion-dollar aviation industry and second, mitigate risk at various levels that can and have included safety of flight. ASA views these as two examples that translate directly to the bottom line. Global, federal and local agencies have reported everything from the smallest components and critical engine parts to entire aircraft being recovered in sting operations,” she said. “We’ve simplified the submittal process and the only requirement is that a police report has been filed on the subject part before it is listed.”