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Suspected Unapproved & Counterfeit Parts (SUP)

This course is created with the intention to increase the level of awareness on SUPs and to provide the means for Parts Suppliers, Material Buyers, (Quality) Inspectors, Technicians and Maintenance organisations to detect and report SUPs to the aviation authorities.


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Course information

Course Description:

A threat to supply logistics of aviation organisations are Suspected Unapproved Parts. It is the MRO organisation’s responsibility to install component parts that meet the relevant regulatory requirements.

Characteristics of SUP parts are the absence of proper documentation, parts that have been rejected in the production phase, insufficiently maintained parts or counterfeit parts. Training is key in continuing the current trend of the reduction of the amount of unapproved parts that are entering the aviation industry, so that the potential harm SUP parts can cause will be minimalised.

This SUP training course is developed for Parts Suppliers, Material Buyers, (Quality) Inspectors and Technicians who actively work with parts within the supply chain of the aviation industry and are the direct links to prevent a SUP being installed in an aircraft or component.


Course Objectives:

This course is created with the intention to increase the level of awareness on SUPs and to provide the means for Parts Suppliers, Material Buyers, (Quality) Inspectors, Technicians and Maintenance organisations to detect and report SUPs to the aviation authorities.


Learning objectives:

This course will provide you with the following:


  • Recognizing, identifying and understanding Suspected Unapproved Parts
  • Dealing adequately with Suspected Unapproved Parts


  • Being aware that Suspected Unapproved Parts are a major issue for aviation safety.
  • Being aware that Suspected Unapproved Parts are not always bad parts but lack evidence for airworthiness
  • Having the willingness to report Suspected Unapproved Parts to the aviation authorities.


Regulatory requirement compliance:

This course has been developed with FAA Advisory Circular AC 21-29D Detecting and Reporting Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUP) as a guideline.

This course complies with the following regulatory requirements / Industry standards:

  • EASA Part-145.A42
  • FAA CFR 14 §145.12 §145.109 and AC 21-29D Detecting and Reporting Suspected Unapproved Parts
  • FAA AC-056-B Par-6 Minimum Acceptance Criteria, section b. 18
  • ASA-100 – Chapter 8 Material Control, paragraph J



There are no prerequisites for this course.


Course Topics

The following topics will be specified in this course

  • Requirements for Approved Parts
  • Liability
  • Recognition of Unapproved Parts
  • Characteristics of SUP
  • Entrance of unapproved parts in the system
  • Reporting of Suspected Unapproved Parts
  • Examples of (Suspected) Unapproved Parts
  • Counterfeit Parts


Course Duration:

1 day (starting at 09:00 and ending at approximately 16:00).

Materials used

Required Materials:

Checklist to be used to identify potential unapproved parts (will be provided)


Supplemental Materials:

Bring along a notebook and pen if you require to make written notes.


Hardware and Software requirements

Hardware requirements:

A reliable computer with internet connection is necessary to complete the online training.


Software requirements:

There is no software deemed necessary for  this  training.


Browser information:

We recommend that you use Google Chrome during the course and online examination.

Instructor information

Instructor credentials:

Mr. Danny Goergen has over 10 years of experience in the aviation industry. After several years working as an aircraft mechanic, he graduated as Bachelor in Aviation Engineering and started as a process engineer in an EASA Part 145 approved component repair shop.

Within this organisation he had two EASA Form 4 positions as Technical Manager and Quality Assurance Manager. In this last position he developed himself as an internal trainer, providing training in EASA/FAA/CAAC Part 145 regulations, Human Factors and Company Processes an Procedures.

While working for this organization as a Quality Assurance Manager and qualified Human Factors trainer, he had the ambition to consult, support and provide training not only for his employer, but also to offer these services to other organizations in the aviation industry.

In October 2009, Danny Goergen founded Holland Aviation Consultancy & Engineering (HACE).

Besides providing consultancy and training services to the aviation industry, on behalf of HACE, he also founded an online training platform, that facilitates the several HACE online training courses, such as Human Factors, EWIS target group 1-6 and Fuel Tank Safety Training.

At the moment Mr. Danny Goergen is, on behalf of HACE, contracted in several interim quality management positions. Two of his clients are Part 147 approved Aviation Competence Centre (ACC, AMC66), where he holds the EASA form 4 position of Quality Assurance Manager. Besides managing the Part 147 quality system, he is also responsible for training their staff in EASA Part 66-147 regulations awareness and MTOE procedures.


Contact information:

Mr. Danny Goergen can be contacted via e-mail (

Assessment and grading

Testing procedure:

Students will perform an (online) examination with Multiple-choice questions. A laptop or tablet with WiFi internet connection is needed to complete this examination.


Grading procedure:

This examination needs to be passed with a minimum passrate of 75% in order to receive a certificate of course completion.

Assignments and Participation

Assignments and Projects:



Class Participation:

Students must communicate with other Students in the chatroom.

Students are expected to communicate with instructor as a learning resource.

Students are actively participating in discussions.

Course ground rules

Participation is required, expected to communicate with other students in team projects, learn how to navigate in the learning environment system, keep abreast of course announcements, use the student e-mail address opposed to a personal e-mail address. Address technical problems immediately and observe course netiquette at all times.


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