Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) has received FAA Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) approval, which will enable the OEM designer and manufacturer of aircraft cabin heating products and engine accessories to bring new products to market in a more quick and cost-effective way. “Our ODA approval comes at the end of a long road of FAA audits, inspections, and reviews,” noted HET v-p of engineering Rick Quave.
HET president Keith Bagley noted HET’s ODA is “an additional unit” to sister company Hartzell Propeller’s long-time ODA. “The authorizations are based on the FAA’s recognition of our companies’ long history of product expertise,” he added.
With the ODA, HET can act on the FAA’s behalf in terms of compliance and management of approval processes while eliminating the need to compete for FAA’s limited engineering resources at regional Aircraft Certification Offices on certification projects. It doesn’t eliminate current test, validation, or documentation required to prove regulatory compliance, Bagley added. “That helps us while reducing FAA backlogs,” he explained.
FAA engineers and inspectors will continue to provide regular oversight of HET.