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From Scandal to Solution: Existing Tools that Could Have Stopped a Counterfeit Spare Parts Fraud

Aramid Technologies, the creator of SmartCert and a leader in aerospace quality assurance, offers a summary and insight related to the recent counterfeit aircraft parts scandal involving London, UK-based AOG Technics. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have confirmed that UK-based AOG Technics distributed parts for one of the most widely used commercial aircraft engines, falsely certifying they were manufactured by Safran and General Electric (GE). In July a maintenance shop flagged suspicious parts that looked to have been previously used, but were accompanied by Author- ized Release Certificates (ARCs) indicating they were new.

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