The resurrection of the Eclipse has been a frequent topic here. The innovation inherent in that aircraft is the stuff for increased expectations that the civil/commercial aspects of aviation can still evolve. The 550 has great potential.
Equally exciting is the regulatory dynamics that are evident in the new approach to future Part 23 certifications . That refinement of the aircraft certification standards to the specific design, technologies, risks and operational challenges of the specific vehicle to be reviewed is inspired and will most certainly inspire engineers to introduce new planes into the GA community.
Administrator Huerta (Acting, now confirmed), in a speech to the Aero Club of Wichita last October, promised to apply the lessons of the Part 23 ARC to Part 25 when he said:
“This current effort applies only to small airplanes used in general aviation, however we are studying these concepts and evaluating how to use them for the certification of larger aircraft as well.”
The definition of regulations “to focus on outcomes rather than costly reporting and compliance, delays and frequent litigation…..” was the statement of a highly regarded Harvard Business School professor. The practical lessons of the Part 23 ARC and the words of wisdom from academia may well benefit the review of the standards for FAA approval of new commercial aircraft.
The FAA’s certification standards and the maze, even now in their reformed state, remain complex. Yes, there has been an insightful redesign of the GA aircraft, but intricate knowledge of the “what” and the “who” involved will help move a project from initiation to completion. Outside help might be advisable.Share this article: