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GA Fleet Needs Benefit of Safety Technology Without the Costs of Airline Level Certification
By EAA Staff
July 24, 2015 - EAA has long been a strong proponent of finding simpler and more cost-effective ways to add the latest technologies into our cockpits and aircraft. The experimental world of aviation continues to lead the way in having the latest and greatest safety enhancing equipment with costs that are much more affordable thanks to the freedoms from traditional FAA certification.
EAA believes that type certificated aircraft should have a similar pathway to access the safety benefits of new technologies at a level of certification, cost, and risk tolerance acceptable risks appropriate to our recreational non-commercial world.
In 2011, EAA participated in the Part 23 reform effort and the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) tasked with rewriting the rules. EAA primarily focused on the legacy aircraft fleet as opposed to new production and worked to help create the Primary, Non-Commercial Category recommendation that was part of the ARC’s final report.
Unfortunately, that recommendation has still not been acted upon due to the priority of rulemaking in support of manufacturers of new aircraft. That work is still ongoing within the FAA and we expect to see a notice of proposed rulemaking sometime in the next year or so.
EAA is not willing to wait for the FAA to eventually act on the ARC recommendation that ultimately could help the bulk of the GA fleet today. We must find a way to achieve simpler regulatory and policy pathways for the installation of safety-enhancing equipment and the maintenance of our existing fleet.
Existing amateur-built policies have long worked well for the experimental world and we must find a way to achieve a parallel path for standard category aircraft used for sport and recreational aviation. EAA is in active discussions with the FAA on developing new and creative pathways for achieving this goal.
Stay tuned for more information and progress towards solving this challenge over the months ahead as we mature the concepts being proposed. It is a top priority of EAA and very important to the long-term health of GA and the safety of the pilots and passengers of our aircraft.