AAR Inc., the aviation contractor for NNSA’s Office of Secure Transportation (OST), has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 145 Repair Station Certification.
Jeff Harrell, NNSA assistant deputy administrator for secure transportation, said the designation means that OST has opened its facility to FAA oversight, and that they comply with the highest levels of conduct, documentation and safety in conducting the OST aviation mission. “Receiving the Part 145 Repair Station Certification from the FAA is a very proud moment for the entire AAR team and for OST,” he said.
The OST aviation program operates under FAA’s Part 125, which was granted in December 2012. Part 125 governs the operation of large airplanes configured for more than twenty passenger seats. Very few government aviation programs operate with FAA regulations and oversight. The OST aviation program is a government-operated, contractor-maintenance organization with a highly experienced all-federal staff involved in day-to-day operations.
OST’s aircraft provide safe and secure transportation of nuclear weapons components, nuclear limited life components, and transport federal agent task forces who conduct secure ground transportation. The OST fleet consists of two Boeing 737s, a DC-9, and a Learjet. They are housed at DOE’s facility at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. AAR has a staff of 26 there, including 14 mechanics and inspectors.
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The AAR team poses with one of the OST 737s at its Albuquerque hangar.