FAA's Part 23 Rewrite Ready for Release

 - December 15, 2016, 8:20 AM

The U.S. FAA is expected to imminently release the long-awaited rewrite of small airplane certification regulations. The Office of Management and Budget on December 9 completed its review of the comprehensive rewrite of Part 23 regulations, marking the final step before its release.

The FAA has scheduled a briefing at the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters tomorrow on the new Part 23 rule, the agency confirmed. General Aviation Manufacturers Association chairman and Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott will join FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at tomorrow's briefing. Also participating are Hartzell Propeller president Joe Brown and Brad Mottier, the v-p and general manager of business and general aviation and integrated systems at GE.

The new Part 23 rule is anticipated to be one of the most significant rewrites of certification requirements in decades, shifting the direction of the agency to a performance-based approach that incorporates international government/industry consensus standards for new aircraft and aircraft products.

Huerta in September had announced the rule was in “executive review” and noted that the agency had made only incremental improvements to certification requirements over the years. “It became obvious that we needed to overhaul our approach to certifying aircraft if we wanted to improve safety and to help products get to market faster,” he said.