Achieved Part 145 Certification Ahead Of Schedule
Boeing Australia Limited has become The Boeing Company's first
certified US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station
outside the United States.The FAA Type 145 repair certificate
authorizes Boeing facilities at Amberley and Eagle Farm in
Queensland to perform maintenance and airframe/engine repairs on
Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft and the model's military
Boeing Australia Limited President David Withers said FAA repair
station certification is a major achievement for the company, and
its future growth across both military and commercial aviation
"There is no other company in the Asia-Pacific region with the
certification to perform this type of repair work. We are the
region's one-stop shop for Boeing Next-Generation 737 on-wing and
off-wing maintenance repairs," he said.
Withers added that FAA certification allows Boeing Australia
Limited, from its Eagle Farm hangar, to perform heavy maintenance
on 737s flown in the Asia-Pacific region by international airlines
operating out of the United States. "We will also have the mobility
to perform line maintenance on 737s when and where Boeing's
customers need it," he said.
Boeing proudly notes the company achieved FAA certification
ahead of schedule: It completed the process, which included a
formal application, documentation phase and demonstration site
audit, in just over a year.
The site audit reviewed the 737 Airborne Early Warning and
Control modification work being done under Project Wedgetail and
the maintenance performed on privately owned Boeing Next-Generation
737 aircraft at Amberley.
"The FAA labeled our certification as the 'gold star' for the
Asia-Pacific region, which, given the short time frame, is a real
testament to our in-country capability and our pursuit of
excellence," Withers said. "Special thanks should be given to those
Boeing employees, particularly FAA Project Manager Joe Urli, who
applied their energy and talent toward achieving this world-class
"This milestone is a credit to their dedication and constant
desire to improve the processes that have made Boeing Australia
Limited the region's leading aerospace company."