PHOENIX, May 17, 2017 – ACSS, an L3 and Thales company, announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has appointed ACSS as a holder of an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) to issue Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs).

The STC ODA enables ACSS to act on behalf of the FAA in managing certification projects and determining compliance in accordance with stringent FAA procedures, guidelines and oversight. This designation permits ACSS to conduct more than a dozen specified functions and issue STCs and airworthiness certificates for more than 60 different types of commercial airliners and business jet models.

“ODA approval is a major achievement that reflects our demonstrated commitment to safety, quality and compliance,” said Terry Flaishans, President of ACSS. “Our employees worked very closely with the FAA to achieve this expanded authorization, which will streamline STC processes and increase efficiencies for both our customers and the FAA.”

The designation encompasses a range of ACSS products, including Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS), transponder systems, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems, wind shear detection systems and Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS).

ACSS serves customers around the world. For sales information, please call the ACSS/L3 Sales Team at (623) 445-7000 or visit

About ACSS
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), 70 percent owned by L3 and 30 percent owned by Thales, is a joint venture managed by L3’s Aviation Products sector. ACSS designs and manufactures products for all aircraft and helicopter segments, and supports products for air transport and regional airlines, business aviation, and helicopter, General Aviation (GA) and military aircraft operators. ACSS produces avionics systems that increase safety, situational awareness and efficiency for commercial and military flight operators. More than 75,000 ACSS products are operating in commercial, corporate and military aircraft. Thales Avionics is the exclusive air transport sales and support agent of ACSS products. For information about ACSS, visit For information about Thales Avionics, visit

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €14.9 billion in 2016. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with customers all over the world.

About L3 Technologies
Headquartered in New York City, L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms. L3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training. The company reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L3, please visit the company’s website at

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