Posted on 16 November, 2023 by Victoria Thompson

CAV Systems, an in-flight ice protection system specialist has been awarded Design Organisation Approval (DOA) status by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The approval follows a rigorous assessment of CAV’s processes, procedures, quality management system and capabilities, and verifies that it has the required competencies in place to amend or upgrade existing or aging designs in line with the regulations set out by the CAA.

With more than 10,000 aircraft and 100 aircraft variations fitted with its ice protection systems, the approval will further enhance the range of services CAV offers to its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers, including the ability to provide compliance regulations checks in their capacity as Compliance Verification Engineers (CVEs).    

Alex Baty, VP Engineering and Head of Airworthiness at CAV Systems said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work of the entire CAV team.

“In house we have over 100 years’ experience in the design, certification and manufacture of ice protection systems for general aviation and commercial aircraft and this approval further illustrates our commitment to the highest possible safety standard.”

In line with the scope of the approval, CAV can now make minor changes to existing Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) without CAA approval, make major changes to existing STCs with CAA approval. The company can also apply for new STCs on CS-23 & CS-LSA and design minor repairs to component parts. 

The only supplier of fluid-based ice protection systems and the leading supplier of laser perforated surfaces, CAV has operated as a critical technology and manufacturing partner to major commercial OEMs since 1942.