Design Organisation Approval is a significant milestone for STG Aerospace and complements the existing EASA Production Organisation Approval EASA.UK.21G.2540. With the addition of this new approval STG Aerospace is now able to develop, produce and certify all new products within the company with the benefit of full oversight and reduced timescales, thereby meeting customer expectations.
As part of the EASA audit that led to the granting of DOA status, STG Aerospace was required to deliver a full presentation on the company’s capabilities and procedures, undertake specific staff training and define a number of key internal roles and responsibilities. As a result, Dr Sean O’Kell, the company’s Director of Innovation, now also has the official title of Head of Design, and Dale Williams, Certification Manager, is now also Chief of the Office of Airworthiness.
Dr Sean O’Kell commented: “This is excellent news for STG Aerospace, the DOA will extend our capability and simplify the route for certification approval. Historically we have always had to use external DOA’s to complete the certification process on our behalf but having DOA status will significantly extend our capabilities, reduce timescales and streamline the product development process.”
Headquartered in Germany, EASA is an agency of the European Union (EU) with regulatory and executive responsibilities covering civilian aviation safety. Specifically, EASA conducts safety research and undertakes analyses, authorises foreign operators, provides advice on the drafting of EU legislation, implements and monitors safety rules and issues type-certifications for aircraft and components as well as approving organisations involved in the design, manufacture and maintenance of aeronautical products.