In what was an historic and hopefully productive meeting, the Federal Aviation Administration FAR Part 23 Aviation Rule Making Committee (ARC) and the ASTM International F44 group met to develop a new regulatory regime. Their work may impact how aircraft certification regulations are issued and applied for most general aviation aircraft. The ARC work product was a new concept of how to regulate the FAA approval of small aircraft and it depends on the ASTM’s ability to design specific rules for that certification.
If those goals can be met, the historically costly and burdensome FAA certification methodology would evolve into a new and more relevant standard, would be based on real-time knowledge and would provide a work plan that is more manageable by both the government and the applicant.
The work at Embry-Riddle is incredibly important. What exactly transpired was not reported. The truism that the “devil is in the details” is appropriate for aviation regulatory matters generally and is a critical statement to the output of these two groups. It is HOPED that ASTM will be able to create the engineering and safety criteria that will guide the approval of the next generation of the Part 23 aircraft.
If the ARC and ASTM can achieve this goal, their efforts may define a revolutionary change in the regulatory business. Good results from this difficult task will be great news for not just GA aircraft certification, but signal a new approach to defining rules for all of aviation.Share this article: