Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUPs) – ½ Day


Ensuring that parts installed on aircraft and their component parts meet applicable aviation regulatory requirements is the responsibility of every Repair Station. Suspected Unapproved Parts (SUPs) is a very real problem that threatens the supply chain of many aviation organisations.

SUPs cover a multitude of aspects such as parts lacking proper documentation; counterfeit parts; parts rejected during production because of defects; improperly maintained parts, etc.
Substantial progress has been made to reduce the number of unapproved parts being introduced into the aviation system, yet constant vigilance and training is paramount to ensure that the harm SUPs impose is addressed.

This course defines the SUPs policy of the FAA; provides procedures to identify SUPs; and outlines investigative techniques which satisfy safety and enforcement responsibilities.

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for individuals who are involved in the maintenance and procurement of aircraft parts, including maintenance technicians, mechanics, engineers, quality assurance personnel, and purchasing professionals.
The course is also suitable for aviation industry professionals who are responsible for ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements related to the detection and reporting of suspected unapproved parts (SUPs). This may include safety officers, regulatory compliance personnel, and other aviation professionals.
Overall, the SUPs course is designed for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of how to identify, detect, and report suspected unapproved parts in the aviation industry, and how to comply with relevant regulatory requirements.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed 

– Abbreviations and Terms
– The FAA SUPs Program
– What is a SUP?
– Approved Parts
– Unapproved Parts
– Reporting SUPs
– Guidance for reporting SUPs
– Recognising SUPs
– Preventing SUPs entering the system
– Review
– Quiz

What is the Benefit of this Training – What will I learn?

The course focuses on identifying and reporting suspected unapproved parts, which can help improve overall safety in the aviation industry. An understanding of regulatory requirements related to SUPs, including detection, reporting, and record-keeping. The course teaches participants how to identify suspected unapproved parts and how to report them to the appropriate authorities, which can help organizations reduce the risk of using unsafe or unreliable aircraft parts. By implementing effective SUP detection processes, organizations can identify potential issues early and take appropriate action to mitigate them before they become bigger issues, which can ultimately help reduce costs and improve operational efficiency.

Target groups 

This course is beneficial for management, quality assurance personnel, supervisors, inspection personnel, personnel issuing approvals for return-to-service, stores inspectors, and supply chain personnel.


A background in an aviation environment.

Learning Objectives 

Benefits from this training are to be able to interpret the FAA regulations to understand the regulatory requirements for approved parts, and become equipped with skills and knowledge in detecting and identifying suspicious parts and components.

What do People Say About Sofema Aviation Services Training?

“The instructor used the right words to explain the material.”
“The discussions among the group were very beneficial.”
“The instructor showed very resourceful background and experience.”
“All sections of the course were related to my field.”
“Adequate answers were given to specific questions.”


1/2 Day – Start at 09.00 and finish at 13.30, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

To register for this training, please email or Call +359 28210806

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