Understanding the FAA Aircraft Certification Process

The task of certifying an aircraft or part can be overwhelming given the lengthy process and the many steps that are required. Understanding the process can greatly enhance the outcome and reduce unnecessary delays or frustrations.
This course will provide an overview of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) organizational structure, its policies, guidelines and requirements leading to Type and Supplemental Type airworthiness approvals. It will also cover the rule-making process and rules applicable to aircraft parts and products. The course will define the roles and responsibilities of the Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO), Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), and the Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG). Type and Supplemental Type Certification (TC and STC) processes, and Change Product Rule for alterations and modifications to previously type certified aircraft will be discussed. FAA rule-making process will be examined including review of FAA Orders, Notices, Advisory Circulars and other guidance material.

What Will You Learn

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Manage certification programs more efficiently, schedule the required milestones accordingly, and identify problems and address them promptly
  • Describe the principles of Type Certification and Supplemental Type Certification requirements and process
  • Converse intelligently and enter negotiations with others involved in FAA certification programs
  • Describe the FAA system, FAA orders, Advisory Circulars, FAA rule making process
  • Define what exemptions and special conditions are and how to obtain them
  • Identify the difference between airworthiness standard and operational rules

Is This Course For You

This course is designed for engineering and certification managers, design engineers, airworthiness and certification engineers, quality assurance inspectors and engineers, program managers, consultants, Federal Aviation Administration designated engineering and airworthiness representatives (DER and DAR) and other technical administrative personnel involved in FAA certification activities. The course will help newcomers to aircraft certification as well as experienced attendees better understand the certification process and be able to present and negotiate certification matters with the Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Certification Office.

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  • FAA History, Organization and Hierarchy
    • FAA certification "lingo"
    • FAA system organizational chart and hierarchy
    • How regulations are developed
  • FAA Roles and Responsibilities
    • Aircraft Certification Office
    • Manufacturing Inspection District Office
    • Flight Standard District Office
    • Aircraft Evaluation Group
  • Issue Papers - What They Are and How They Are Used
    • Exemptions
    • Special conditions
    • Equivalent level of safety
  • Certification Basis
  • Change Product Rule
  • Type Certificate Data Sheet - The "Birth Certificate" of an Airplane
  • Documents and How to Develop Them
    • Airplane Flight Manual Supplements
    • Instructions for Continued Airworthiness
    • Type Inspection Authorization
    • Request For Conformity
    • Certification Plan
    • Conformity Plans
  • FAA Advisory Materials
  • Support Documents
    • Parts Manufacturing Authorization
    • Technical Standard Order
    • Field approvals
    • FAA Form 337 approvals
    • 8110-3 approvals
  • Type and Supplemental Type Certification Process
    • Certification Plans and FAA coordination
    • Data generation and approvals
    • Conformity inspections
    • Testing
    • Approvals