Aero Centers’ Dan Lane, Vice Chair of NATA Maintenance Committee, on New Resources for New Part 145 Applicants

Aero Centers Vice President of Technical Services, Dan Lane, has been giving back to the private aviation community serving as the Vice Chair of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Maintenance Committee. In this role, Dan has played a pivotal part in developing a new resource that will benefit aspiring Part 145 repair station applicants. NATA, in collaboration with its Maintenance Committee, has introduced "Guidance for Initial Applications for Repair Station Certificates" to guide applicants through the complex certification process.

From the Nata Press Release:

“This highly intuitive best practice details the process for an applicant to obtain a part 145 Repair Station certificate through the current AFS Certification Services Oversight Process (CSOP). Applicants will be better prepared and reduce the time needed to achieve certification by reviewing the detailed explanation of the process phases, helpful tips, and handy resource links,” stated Dan Lane, NATA Maintenance Committee Vice Chair and Vice President of Technical Services at AeroCenters.

“New part 145 Repair Station certificate applicants can now rely on decades of experience and a depth of industry expertise for a more efficient and effective experience,” stated NATA President and CEO Curt Castagna. “Our member resources are crafted by teams of creative, thoughtful, and talented individuals with the propensity to give back. The Maintenance Committee members have once again collaborated to contribute to the greater good and advancement of the maintenance community.”  

The "Guidance for Initial Applications for Repair Station Certificates" covers:

  • The design, objectives, and steps of the Certification Services Oversight Process (CSOP) and Safety Assurance System (SAS) in managing certification projects.
  • A breakdown of the FAA's three-phase application process.
  • Tips and resources for applying directly to a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) rather than through the SAS portal.
  • An in-depth look at application forms relevant to Part 145 repair stations.
  • A compilation of useful FAA resources and links.

This valuable resource is available to both NATA members and non-members through a simple log-in process on the NATA website. Members can log in to the portal to access the guide, while non-members can fill out a brief form to obtain it.

Aero Centers is proud to have Dan Lane as part of the Aero Center team and appreciate NATA and the Maintenance Committee for their dedication in crafting this indispensable tool that will positively shape Part 145 certificate applications.

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