Aircraft Modification Programs Requiring FAA and EASA STC Certification
- Interior Reconfiguration Programs
- IFE/Cabin Systems Integration Programs
- FAA and/or EASA Certification Management
- Lease Return Transaction Modifications
- Avionics Modifications
- Product Development
Airbus and Boeing Model and Program Experience:
- B737 classic/NG, B757-200/300, B767-200/300, B747-200/400, B777-200/-300
- DC10/MD11, MD80/90 series aircraft
NAT has developed our personnel, capabilities and processes specifically to support aircraft modification programs. We provide Program Management, Engineering, FAA/EASA/foreign certification and Modification Parts Kit services in support of aircraft modification programs. The following is a brief overview of our capabilities employed to perform such programs:
NAT has a dedicated program management staff with experience managing large integration and modification projects. Each program supported by NAT is assigned a program manager, project engineer and certification manager. The program manager serves the role as the prime contact for our customer. NAT’s program managers have backgrounds coming from Boeing Customer Engineering, Boeing Engineering Management and Honeywell Certification Management.
NAT is an Engineering company.
We design, develop, manufacture, integrate and certify modifications to commercial aircraft. Our customers include many of the world’s leading airlines.
Whereas other companies specialize in developing products such as seats, galleys, lavatories or video equipment, NAT focuses on the aircraft. In a typical retrofit project we bring each of these products together to develop and certify a new cabin layout for the airline. We have completed multiple projects on virtually every model of Boeing and Airbus aircraft flying today.
To provide this service NAT maintains a talented, broad and deep in-house engineering and certification team. Our in-house team covers:
- Interior Compliance and Cabin Safety
- Electrical Design and Substantiation including Electrical Loads Analysis
- Electromagnetic Interference and Electromagnetic Compatibility
- Structural Analysis and Substantiation
- Rapid Decompression Analysis and Substantiation
- Aircraft Manuals and Technical Publications and Instructions for Continuing Airworthiness
NAT employs over 85 degreed engineers with experience in aircraft electrical, structures and systems disciplines. NAT’s design staff averages 12 years of aircraft engineering experience, the vast majority having started their careers at an aircraft OEM. NAT’s strengths include the combination of engineering design, program management and in-house certification capabilities resulting in a requirements driven and project specific approach.
FAA/EASA Certification Capabilities
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certification Overview
NAT has a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the FAA (Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (SACO) and Seattle Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO)), which establishes the processes and timelines for NAT to obtain Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) for major changes (modifications or alterations). This authority was implemented due to the number of FAA STC projects NAT had initiated with the ACO and MIDO combined with the overall expertise and experience of our in-house certification staff.
NAT also holds the following FAA approvals:
• FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA)
• FAA Organizational Designated Airworthiness Representative (ODAR)
• FAA Repair Station (Number NX0R661Y)
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Certification
Overview NAT holds an EASA Design Organisation Approval (DOA) (Certificate Number EASA.21J.347) which entitles NAT to perform design activities under applicable European regulations within the scope and terms of our approval. More specifically, our DOA has been granted for designing major changes to interiors, avionics, structures, and mechanical systems.
Our DOA privileges allow NAT to:
• Perform design activities under Part 21
• Obtain EASA STCs
• Classify changes to type design as “major” or “minor”
• Approve minor changes to type design.
NAT holds an EASA Production Organization Approval (POA) (EASA Project Number EASA-21G-0017). POA enables our parts kits (where the type design is approved under our DOA) to ship with EASA Form 1 (authorized release certificate).
NAT has an FAA approved engineering and Quality Control System and holds Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA). NAT has an FAA Repair Station and NAT has received AS9100 and ISO9001 approval. NAT utilizes in-house manufacturing, final assembly and parts kitting capability and our abundant local supplier network to offer customers a wide range of manufactured products and modification parts kits for interior, systems and structural modifications.
Flight Deck Door – Decompression Sensing Module (DSM):
NAT provides its Patented Decompression Sensing Module (DSM) for all new and retrofit cockpit doors on B747, B767 and B777 aircraft models.
Airbus Flight Deck Door – Decompression Sensing Door Controller (DSDC) and Keypads:
NAT supplies its patented Decompression Sensing System/Door Controller and Electronic Entry Keypad for new and retrofit Airbus cockpit doors. Retrofit installations were completed in 2002 and production installations continue on Airbus A300, A310, A318, A319, A320, A321, A330 and A340 aircraft.