A British corporation known as AOG Technics was located to be distributing counterfeit components for elements of the CFM56 higher bypass turbofan, which is utilised in several Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The corporation forged a quantity of Authorized Release Certificates (ARCs) for these elements, which are airworthiness certificates that make certain they meet certain requirements. The European Union Aviation Security Agency (EASA) confirmed that the accurate origin of the components is presently unknown. Even though the elements may well match, they are not certified to meet rigorous aviation requirements, posing a substantial security danger.
It is unclear which certain components have been counterfeited, but CFM International, a joint venture in between Safran and GE Aerospace that manufactures the CFM56 engines, found 70 counterfeit ARCs linked to AOG Technics in 50 element numbers. With more than 30,000 CFM56 engines in service, the extent of the effect on the aircraft is uncertain. CFM has alerted its shoppers and upkeep facilities to monitor and quarantine all components supplied by AOG.
AOG Technics, founded in 2015, is majority owned by Jose Zamora Irala, a 35-year-old person who lists his nationality as Venezuelan on some documents and British on other people. The corporation has a site, though it seems to be down at the moment, raising doubts about its legitimacy. The US FAA has but to publicly comment on the circumstance, but EASA, CFM and GE are treating it as a significant matter.