A British enterprise known as AOG Technics has been found distributing counterfeit components for elements of the CFM56 higher bypass turbofan, which is utilised in numerous Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The enterprise forged a lot of Authorised Release Certificates (ARCs) for these elements, which are airworthiness certificates making sure that they meet distinct requirements. The European Union Aviation Security Agency (EASA) confirmed that the accurate origin of the components is unknown at this time. Although the elements may perhaps match, they have been not certified to meet the rigorous aerospace requirements, posing a considerable security threat.
It is unclear which distinct components have been counterfeited, but CFM International, the joint venture among Safran and GE Aerospace that manufactures the CFM56 engines, has found 70 falsified ARCs related with AOG Technics across 50 aspect numbers. With more than 30,000 CFM56 engines in service, the extent of the effect on aircraft is uncertain. CFM has alerted its buyers and upkeep facilities to be on the lookout for and quarantine any components delivered by AOG.
AOG Technics, founded in 2015, is majority-owned by Jose Zamora Yrala, a 35-year-old person who lists his nationality as Venezuelan on some documents and British on other individuals. The enterprise has a internet site, even though it seems to be presently unavailable, which raises suspicions about its legitimacy. The American Federal Aviation Administration has however to comment publicly on the scenario, but the EASA, CFM, and GE are treating it as a critical matter.