FAA announces aviation rulemaking committee to review aircraft certification standardsAugust 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
The FAA on Aug. 22 announced that it will convene an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to review and make recommendations for rewriting aircraft certification standards. The ARC members will be tasked with determining the best way to move Part 23 of the federal aviation regulations (which governs the aircraft certification process for many aircraft flown in GA) from weight and propulsion-based certification standards to aircraft complexity and performance-based standards. The committee also will address recommendations to make it easier to install safety-enhancing equipment in older airplanes.
The ARC will build on recommendations from a 2008 study of aircraft certification in which AOPA and other industry groups participated. The team called for a certification process that better reflected the range of performance and complexity in today’s fleet. [Full story]