With locations in Seattle (engineering), and Moses Lake (flight test), Washington, the 17-year-old company has grown from 20 to 400 employees since 2015, largely due to its role in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) flight test and certification program, Human said. AeroTEC facilities include hangars for wide-body and narrow-body jetliners.
AeroTEC has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an FAA Part 145 Repair Station (Air Agency Certificate No. 4T1R174D), the company has announced.
The limited accessory rating, received April 2, means AeroTEC has been authorized by the FAA to perform maintenance, inspection and repair on aircraft accessories. This complements AeroTEC’s flight test and certification capabilities. The company expects to receive an airframe and powerplant rating early next year, according to Lee Human, president.
“Our charter is to help aerospace companies bring their products to market quickly,” said Human. “Now we can bring the customer’s aircraft to our facility, under our care perform all the necessary maintenance work and return it, all under this new Part 145 certificate. We are growing our capabilities with limited ratings to better support aircraft in flight test.”
In addition to its Part 145 certification, AeroTEC continues to enhance existing capabilities, such as rapid prototyping and manufacturing, CNC machining, composites and special test equipment fabrication, including advanced wind tunnel models, artificial ice shapes, trailing cone systems, and load banks. “Our vertical integration strategy means that we have all the people, equipment, capabilities and facilities needed to quickly react to unexpected events and minimize or eliminate delays,” Human added.