May 06, 2013, Rybinsk — Between April 22 and 25, 2013, NPO Saturn successfully passed its first EASA oversight audit, in which auditors from the European agency checked Saturn’s compliance with the EASA part 21 standards. The audit confirmed that production of the SaM146 engine complies with European rules. The audit did not reveal any instances of non-compliance that would impede the extension of the certificate.
Discussing the results of the audit, Sergei Antropov, Saturn’s Director for Quality said, “Having the production certificate from EASA obliges Saturn to fulfil all requirements for EASA certification on the system of production quality control. With increasing production volumes, the task is not easy, but as the results of this audit confirm, we have managed it successfully.”
The EASA certificate for mass production of the SaM146 engine was issued to Saturn last year on April 12, 2012. According to EASA rules, the certificate must be reconfirmed every year. The next oversight audit will take place next year.
Having received approval of the organization of mass production for the SaM146 engine from the European Air Safety Agency (EASA), Saturn has applied for certification under European rules for repair of the SaM146. This will allow the company to significantly expand its services offered on repair of aviation technology. The first certification audit for SaM146 repair at Saturn took place in February of this year.
NPO Saturn is an engine-building company specializing in development, production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine engines for military and civil aviation, electrical generating and gas transport facilities, and military and civil marine vessels. Saturn is part of the United Engine Corporation.
United Engine Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM. More than 85 % of the leading companies specializing in the development, mass production, and aftersales servicing of gas turbine technology are integrated into UEC, as well as key companies in other selected fields. One of UEC’s priority directions is implementing comprehensive programs for developing companies by implementing new technologies that meet international standards
OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies built in 2002. It is part of the Russian Technologies group of companies. Its primary activities are helicopter building (Russian Helicopters) engine-building (UEC), and other assets.