The Giles Group Assists Southern Sky Aviation with "Extremely Efficient" Initial FAA Certification

International aviation consultancy The Giles Group announces that it successfully worked with Southern Sky Aviation of Birmingham, AL to support the repair station receiving its initial FAA part 145 certification. 

“In all my experience inside and out of the FAA, this may be the quickest and most efficient repair station certification,” says Carol E. Giles, president of The Giles Group.

In early August 2017, Southern Sky contacted The Giles Group for assistance. An agreement covering the necessary tasks to support an initial FAA certification, including submitting a part 145 application and producing manuals and other documentation, was reached between the two parties. The work began in September in earnest; the FAA issued the certification on November 16.

“What made the process so smooth was the leadership and professionalism of the FAA’s Alabama and Northwest Florida FSDO, our team’s depth of knowledge and experience in certifications, and Southern Sky stepping up with dedicated personnel to get the job done," Giles adds.

“It really helps to bring in experts who understand the regulations and the importance of following proper procedures,” says Bo Andres, president, Southern Sky Aviation. “As for the FAA, in every contact we had, it was clear they wanted us to succeed and to succeed on behalf of safety.”

The Giles Group performs safety assessments and regulatory compliance audits, assists operators and repair stations incorporate Safety Management Systems, and develops and delivers training programs. Clients include air carriers and business aviation operators, maintenance organizations, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors, and foreign civil aviation authorities. 


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