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EAA Continues to Participate in FAR Part 23 Review

October 23, 2008 — Last revised in the early 1980s, the FAA is preparing to make changes to Part 23, Airworthiness Standards: Normal, Utility, Acrobatic, and Commuter Category airplanes. The early part of that process is to gather recommendations from within the FAA and from industry members. The Part 23 Certification Process Study group met October 15-16 to continue their work compiling suggestions that will be submitted to the FAA for consideration.

The meeting, the third held during 2008, was hosted by the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) at their new headquarters in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Present were FAA staff members from aircraft certification, operations, and engineering, as well as representatives from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, National Air Transport Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, AEA, EAA, and others. The group continued its work to better define problem areas where Part 23 regulations can inhibit certification of aircraft, and to look at the certification requirements that will be needed in the future as advanced technologies in operations and aircraft construction become more prominent in aircraft currently built under Part 23.

EAA’s representative at the process review, H.G. Frautschy, who serves the EAA membership as the Executive Director of the Vintage Aircraft Association, chairs the Continuing Airworthiness sub-group of the process study group. While experimental aircraft are not directly affected by changes to Part 23, many of the future technologies including the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) will be incorporated in the cockpits of the aircraft owned and flown by EAA members, and advanced technologies will also make their way into older certified aircraft.

EAA is interested in the comments of those members who may have experience in dealing with the certification requirements of Part 23, and we encourage members who have constructive comments related to Part 23 to e-mail Frautschy at vintageaircraft@eaa.org.

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