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Aerospace Industry Leaders Form Coalition to Strengthen Aviation Supply Chain Integrity

February 22, 2024

Members seeking to prevent introduction of unapproved aviation parts into the supply chain  

WASHINGTON – February 22, 2024 – Today leaders from across the aerospace industry in the United States and Europe announced the creation of a coalition to help prevent unauthorized parts from entering the aviation supply chain and to strengthen the supply chain’s overall integrity.

Founding members of the Aviation Supply Chain Integrity Coalition include senior representatives from Airbus, American Airlines, Boeing, Delta Air Lines, GE Aerospace, Safran, StandardAero and United Airlines. Former NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt and former U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari will serve as coalition co-chairs.

The coalition’s efforts build on CFM International* and its parent companies’, GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines, prompt and decisive actions last year when AOG Technics sold engine parts with forged documents. While an extensive review found that less than one percent of CFM engines were affected and most parts involved were non-serialized items like bolts, washers, and bushings, the coalition will take a broader look at preventing future similar actions.

“We were able to stop a rogue actor and quarantine the parts last year thanks to swift action from the aviation industry, but more is needed to stop anyone who tries to take a shortcut in the future,” said co-chair Robert Sumwalt.

“Through this coalition, we will work to find lasting solutions that the industry can adopt to improve the overall integrity of the aviation supply chain,” said co-chair John D. Porcari.

The coalition began its work this month, launching a 90-day review to determine opportunities to strengthen existing supply chain operations. This work will form the basis of a comprehensive report with recommendations to ensure compliance with safety standards and prevent the introduction of unapproved aviation parts into the supply chain. The coalition’s approach spans the industry, drawing on expertise from manufacturers and airlines to maintenance, repair and overhaul stations, among others. The report is expected later this year.

“One bad actor is one too many in an industry so focused on quality and safety. We look forward to collaborating with leaders across the aviation industry to find meaningful solutions we can implement quickly to prevent this from happening again,” said GE Aerospace Chief Transformation Officer Phil Wickler, one of the coalition’s members.

Robert L. Sumwalt
Robert L. Sumwalt is the executive director for Embry Riddle’s Boeing Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety. He previously served as the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board after being on the board for many years and had support of presidents from both parties for his nominations.

Before joining the NTSB, Sumwalt was an airline pilot for 24 years. He accumulated more than 14,000 flight hours, and he has co-authored books on aircraft accidents and Safety Management Systems. He also has published more than 100 articles on transportation safety and aircraft accident investigation. He earned a Master of Aeronautical Science (with Distinction) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

John D. Porcari 
John D. Porcari is a nationally recognized public and private sector infrastructure leader. He most recently served as the Port and Supply Chain Envoy to the Biden-⁠Harris Administration Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force to address supply and demand mismatches that emerged during the pandemic.

As Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Transportation Department in the Obama-Biden administration (2009-2014), Porcari was directly involved in FAA regulatory and operational issues and NextGen implementation. He also guided the department during the grounding of the Boeing 787, allowing personal electronics to remain on but in airplane mode and several other aviation safety incidents.

*CFM International is a 50-50 joint company between GE Aerospace and Safran Aircraft Engines.


About GE Aerospace
GE Aerospace, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet engines, components, and systems for commercial and military aircraft with a global service network to support these offerings. GE Aerospace and its joint ventures have an installed base of more than 44,000 commercial and 26,000 military aircraft engines, and the business is playing a vital role in shaping the future of flight.