Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Keeping up with the Times: Aircraft Certification Rules Updated

The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 requires the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA"), in consultation with the aviation industry, to conduct an assessment of the aircraft certification and approval process.

In response to this mandate, the FAA announced it is "streamlining aircraft certification and approval processes to keep pace with technological advancements in aviation products and to help the United States maintain global competitiveness. The plan responds to recommendations in the May 2012 Aircraft Certification Process Review and Reform Aviation Rulemaking Committee report to enhance the efficiency of getting new products to market while improving safety." Says the FAA:
Many initiatives are already complete or underway. For example, the FAA is preparing to update the Part 23 regulations that cover design and safety standards for small, general aviation aircraft. The goal is to increase safety, decrease costs, and increase the installation of safety equipment for general aviation. The FAA also published for public comment a new process for initiating and managing FAA resources assigned to projects; it promotes more predictable planning for the applicant. And the FAA has issued an update to the Organization Delegation Authorization Order (8110.4D) and established an Aviation Rulemaking Committee to consider updates for certification procedures and safety management systems in Part 21.
As aircraft operators review their compliance strategy, the plan, which will be updated every six months, can be evaluated here