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Progressive Aerodyne passes FAA audit

The 20-year old company will now manufacture its popular composite light sport amphibian aircraft, in addition to continuing kit production for homebuild customers.

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Posted on: 11/12/2012
Source: CompositesWorld

Progressive Aerodyne, Inc., (PA, Tavares, Fla.) the manufacturer of the SeaRey Light Sport Amphibian airplane, successfully passed an FAA Light Sport Aircraft Prototype Audit by the audit team from FAA AIR-200 in Washington D.C. and obtained an airworthiness certification from the FAA Orlando MIDO (Manufacturing Inspection District Offices) office on November 8, 2012.

PA has been working diligently for a few years to meet relevant ASTM standards and FAA regulations with help and guidance from SilverLight Aviation. PA was the first out of seven Light Sport Aircraft manufacturers in the past two years to pass the FAA audit without any major findings. “It was very commendable” said one of the auditors at the out-brief.

PA has been selling the same model kit of the two-place amphibian airplane for the past twenty years. “We will carry on the legacy of the beloved SeaRey in the production airplane”, said Kerry Richter, president of Progressive Aerodyne. The company will start production of the compliant airplane immediately to meet the long-expected market demand. New factory-built airplanes will be delivered to customers who put down a deposit in a couple of months. “This is a milestone for PA to get to the next level of company growth and we treat it as the start of world class manufacturing and service,” said Adam Yang, company CEO. PA is committed to make continuous effort providing customers with the high quality SeaRey with proven extraordinary performance by strictly following the ASTM standards and FAA regulations to keep its leading position on the sport amphibian airplane market.

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