- January 29, 2014, 1:53 PM

The FAA has awarded GE Aviation organization designation authorization (ODA), enabling the company to act on behalf of the FAA in managing certification projects and determining compliance in accordance with FAA procedures, guidelines and oversight.

Before the designation, dozens of GE Aviation technical personnel, operating with the FAA licensed title of designation engineering representative (DER), would oversee and approve GE’s certification data on behalf of the FAA. This process required FAA oversight of each GE employee with DER status. The ODA status enables the FAA to streamline its oversight of GE data through a single construct: the company.

“We worked hand-in-hand with the FAA to achieve this authorization,” said Paul Hill, senior engineering manager for airworthiness and certification at GE Aviation, and GE’s ODA lead administrator. “We are confident that our procedures are at the highest level to successfully manage this significantly increased responsibility.”