FAA Rolls Out Single Repository for Guidance

 - January 18, 2021, 9:54 AM

In a move lauded by industry groups, the FAA has launched a Dynamic Regulatory System (DRS) that will serve as a central repository for all regulatory guidance from its Office of Aviation. The DRS amasses more than 65 document types from a dozen databases—amounting to more than two million regulatory guidance documents—into a single, searchable location, the FAA said.

This includes all information contained with the Flight Standards Information Management System and the agency's Regulatory Guidance System and involves pending, current, and historical versions of all documents. Information will update every 24 hours, and the DRS is anticipated to evolve to include more features and functions.

Aviation organizations have long sought such a tool to help facilitate a more consistent approach toward oversight and regulation. The DRS stemmed from the recommendation of the government/industry Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee. 

The National Air Transportation Association praised the DRS, saying it will significantly improve the speed of access to and the consistency of aviation regulations and guidance.

"The much-anticipated DRS provides a centralized public database of regulatory safety guidance materials, which will benefit the general aviation manufacturing, maintenance and repair industries as well as the FAA," added General Aviation Manufacturers Association president and CEO Pete Bunce.