For Immediate Release

Release No. ASW 21-00
October 23, 2000
Contact: Roland Herwig
Phone: (405) 954-7500

FORT WORTH — The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed to impose a $2.5 million civil penalty against an Ohio firm for allegedly making thousands of minor design changes to aircraft hydraulic hose assemblies without reporting them to the agency as required by the manufacturer's quality control system.

The FAA alleges Parker-Hannifin Corp., of Cleveland, Ohio, through its Stratoflex Division, made the changes to its aircraft fluid connectors over a 12-year period without submitting changes quarterly to the FAA. Stratoflex's FAA-approved manufacturing procedures, a part of its quality control system, make these reports mandatory. Stratoflex failed to maintain its quality control system, the FAA alleged.

The FAA further alleged the company failed to report design changes even after being notified by the agency of its failure, and of the agency's intent to investigate Stratoflex for this.

In all, approximately 16,770 minor design changes were not submitted prior to the FAA discovering the failure. In all, 3,103 additional data changes occurred after discovery and before Stratoflex complied with its own quality control system requirement for reporting such changes quarterly.

FAA considers reporting of minor design changes to aircraft parts crucial to a good quality control system.

Parker-Hannifin Corporation has 30 days from receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA's practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.