2016 was an interesting and exciting year from a regulatory perspective, ending with the release of the long-awaited Part 23 rewrite. With this rewrite came a philosophical change by the FAA often referred to as the safety continuum. This philosophy utilizes a risk-based approach to the design and certification of products. Industry witnessed the first practical application of this on Feb. 5, 2014, when the FAA announced its policy for the approval of angle of attack (AOA) indicators. In 2016, we witnessed this new philosophy with the approval of two new attitude indicators. And again in 2016, we received the agency’s most recent policy on NORSEE (Not Operationally Required Safety Enhancing Equipment).
Since the application of this new philosophy in 2014, there has been an unprecedented level of confusion in the application of both NORSEE and commercial parts. In order to assist the aviation industry in understanding these new “tools” available for the design, certification and production of aviation products (not limited to avionics), the AEA has proposed, and the FAA has accepted, this two-day forum to allow for an open discussion on the potential of this invaluable, cost-effective process.
This two-day forum, hosted by the AEA and supported by representatives of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate and Headquarters, will review and update the industry on the agency’s policy on what the association considers the next generation of retrofit parts for legacy aircraft.
On day one of the forum, we will discuss the regulations, policies and guidance supporting and encouraging the design, certification and production of equipment that is not regulatory required but enhances safety.
On day two of the forum, we will focus clarifying the commercial parts regulations and identifying opportunities to reduce the maintenance cost of legacy aircraft by identifying those parts whose origins were not regulated by the FAA (i.e. automotive industry).
There is no fee to attend this forum; however, you must register.
Aircraft Electronics Association 3570 NE Ralph Powell Road
Lee's Summit, MO 64064