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hether you're a new business or a longtime
maintenance organization wanting to
expand, starting a Part 145 repair station can
be overwhelming. U.S. federal and Federal Aviation
Administration regulations require you to develop certain
manuals, establish procedures, separate functions and file
proper paperwork. Do it right and you're in business. Do
it wrong and you've wasted your time.
Where do you begin to ensure you're on the right
track? The Aircraft Electronics Association offers
training, tools, resources and expert advice.

information coming at you so fast," said Boxwell, who filed
a pre-application statement of intent last October and is
on the FAA's waiting list. "But I left the class with a much
stronger understanding of what I need to do to get my repair
station, keep it running, and keep the FAA happy."
Since 2007, Boxwell has been providing mobile
operations, installing avionics and providing
troubleshooting for fractional jet companies and
maintenance shops. Starting the repair station allows him
to add services such as pitot-static inspections.
"The other big thing is I'll be able to get dealerships,"
Boxwell said. "Most all of the
AEA's Certified Repair
manufacturers won't give you a
Station Training Course
dealership unless you are a repair
The fastest way to learn about the
station. I've been able to work well
regulations affecting your business,
without it. But being a repair station
ICS TRAINING
AVION
as well as your responsibilities as
gives a professional presentation
a repair station operator, is to take
to my customers that I am an FAAthe AEA's Certified Repair Station
approved entity - that I have an
CERTIFIED REPAIR STATION
Training Course. The weeklong class
inspection quality process in place. It
TRAINING COURSE
provides an overview of regulations;
gives them added confidence in my
helps you begin the process of drafting
work. I'll be going after some of the
May 18-22, 2015
or revising your repair station manual,
bigger customers for the small- and
AEA Headquarters
quality control manual or training
medium-size corporate aircraft. A lot
program; and explains what the FAA
of them like to see that certification
Lee's Summit, Missouri
looks for during its annual audit.
even though they are Part 91."
"Our members don't need our
Three different types of
Dan Derby Center for
help to produce a technically sound
members attend the AEA's Part 145
Professional Development
product," said Ric Peri, AEA vice
repair station training program -
president of government and industry
startups, repair stations in need of
affairs. "They are, after all, master
modernization, and repair stations
technicians with the knowledge, skills
interested in continuing education.
and abilities to produce good, solid, working products.
"The greatest challenge for the startup is for them to
Where we help is in understanding the minimum
decide how they will run their business," Peri said. "To
requirements of the business; the required elements of a
help them, we review what is required by the regulations
quality system; and the ability to document everything
and then help them decide the best and most efficient way
in such a manner that it clearly represents their business,
to operate their unique business."
and is auditable by the authorities."
For most startup members, the class's most valuable
Avionics technicians such as Shana Kelly of G.H.
takeaway is help writing the repair station manual.
Enterprises in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Derek Boxwell
"Writing a repair station manual is a daunting task,"
of Boxwell Avionics in Fort Pierce, Florida, attended the
Boxwell said. "It's good to have some expert guidance."
training course to learn what it takes to properly set up and
G.H. Enterprises received its repair station certification
operate a repair station.
"It's like drinking from a fire hose, and there is so much
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