General Aviation has New Certification Rules

The final rule to overhaul airworthiness standards for general aviation airplanes came into effect officially on August 30th, 2017.

These rules were published in December 2016 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the objective to enable efficient installation of safety-enhancing, innovative technologies in small aircraft, and to reduce costs in the aviation industry.

In the official release from FAA, the organization aims to encourage innovation with forward-looking, flexible rules. These performance based standards particularly revolutionizes Part 23 for airplanes weighing 19,000 pounds or less, and the ones that have 19 or lesser passenger capacity.

It replaces prescriptive requirements with performance-based standards coupled with consensus-based compliance methods for particular technologies and designs.

New certification standards have been added by the new rules to overcome in-flight icing conditions and loss of control accidents in general aviation.

According to FAA officials, the new approach distinguishes more than one ways to deliver safety.

Officials stated that it provides the FAA and the general aviation industry to collaborate on latest technologies and to keep current with new concepts and designs in aviation.

The new standards also takes into account Congressional mandates that asks FAA to expedite approval of safety advancements for general aviation airplanes.

It also takes into account recommendations from the FAA’s 2013 Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which suggests an efficient approval process for safety equipment on these aircraft.

The new Part 23 also lay emphasis on regulatory harmonization among foreign partners of FAA, such as Transport Canada Civil Aviation, European Aviation Safety Agency and the National Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil.

When there is harmony, expenditure on certification of engine and airplane will reduce and it will be beneficial for manufacturers and operators, who want to launch their products in other countries, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally concluded by saying that these changes will bring in effectiveness and efficiency of the Aircraft Certification Safety System by planning up-front and focusing FAA resources.

By using performance based standards a robust risk-based system will come in and will leverage industry’s responsibility to adhere to these regulations.

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