|FAA DESIGNATED ENGINEERING REPRESENTATIVE (DER), STRUCTURES – Authority to certify structural modifications and alterations to aircraft|
Michael J. Pagnotta has been a Structures DER (Part 23, 25, and 27) since 1996. Modifications or alterations that comply with the applicable Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) can be approved by a DER without FAA approval. The DER serves as the “eyes and ears” of the FAA and approves the modifications or alterations based on the findings of compliance. Demonstrating compliance with the FAR does not necessarily require structural design or analysis. Testing can be performed to find compliance.
Pagnotta Engineering has supported numerous aircraft modification projects including those for NASA Langley, NOAA, Northrup Grumman, Sierra Nevada Corp., Sikorsky, Hanson Helicopters, Leading Edge Composites, and many private aircraft owners.
Pagnotta Engineering, Inc. is experienced in design and analysis of Space Flight Hardware. Projects supported include design and finite element stress and dynamic response analyses of bus, solar array, payload panels, instrument and battery packages, sensor structures, and any other structural components that must be mission qualified.
Mechanical Ground Handling Equipment (MGSE)
Pagnotta Engineering, Inc. is experienced in the design and analysis of Mechanical Ground Handling Equipment. We have provided support on numerous MGSE projects for Lockheed Martin and Orbital ATK including turn-over, lab handling, and shipping fixtures for payload panels through entire spacecraft. Also, on several occasions, we have provided turn-key solutions that include proof testing and delivery of finished equipment.