FAA Certification, Operations and Maintenance Orientation

Certifying an aircraft, part or appliance can be challenging while navigating the maze of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) procedures, rules, policies and guidelines. This course will help you to the understand the FAA organizational structure, it"s policies, guidelines and requirements leading to Type and Supplemental Type airworthiness approvals, and provide you with a competitive edge and potential reduction in time in obtaining an FAA approval. The rule-making process and rules applicable to aircraft parts and products, as well as 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) will be covered. Type and Supplemental Type Certification (TC and STC) processes and Change Product Rule for alterations and modifications to previous type certified aircraft will also be discussed. Additional topics to be covered include: FAA Enforcement, Electronic Records, the Federal Register role and the National Transportation Safety Board and how it can impact your business.

What Will You Learn

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Define the FAA processes for certification of products
  • Efficiently manage certification programs
  • Describe the principles of Type Certification and Supplemental Type Certification requirements and processes
  • Communicate effectively with the FAA on certification programs
  • Describe the FAA system, FAA orders, Advisory Circulars, FAA rule making processes
  • Identify equivalent level of safety, special conditions and exemptions
  • Identify the difference between airworthiness standard and operational rules
  • Explain the FAA enforcement procedures and applicant action

Is This Course For You

This seminar is designed for aerospace engineering professionals including: certification engineers and technicians, engineering leadership, program managers, business development personnel, federal aviation administration inspectors/engineers, quality assurance inspectors/engineers and compliance specialists. This course applies to any discipline associated with certification in areas such as: certifying products, leading/managing certification projects, leading part 121/135 engineering modifications, regulatory impact on new business opportunities and compliance with ITAR/EAR. The information presented in this seminar will be helpful to individuals interested in enrolling in other SAE seminars such as: or Aircraft Cabin Safety and Interior Crashworthiness (ID# C0926), or FAA Part 21 Certification Procedures for Products and Parts (ID# C1701), or Aviation Safety Engineer Job Functions (ID# C1708).

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Course Requirements

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Topics

DAY ONE
  • Introduction
  • International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO)
  • FAA Structure, Roles, Responsibilities
  • FAA Guidance
    • FAA regulatory hierarchy
    • FAR parts defined—aeronautics and space
  • FAA Designees/Delegations
    • Representatives of the administrator
    • Designated Engineering Representatives (DER)
    • Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) & Designated Manufacturing Inspection Representative (DMIR)
    • Organization Designation Authorization (ODA)
DAY TWO
  • Type Certification Process (TCP)
    • TCP overview and types of certificates issued by FAA
    • TCP phase I: conceptual design and certification plan
    • TCP phase II: requirement definition; establishment of TC project; certification basis
    • TCP phase III: compliance planning; oversight & delegation; conformity for engineering purposes; certification plan
    • TCP Phase IV: implementation; compliance data generation activities (Applicant); testing; compliance substantiation activates (Applicant); compliance finding activities (FAA)
    • TCP Phase V: post certification activities; continued airworthiness; data retention
  • Changes in Type Design
    • Major/minor design changes
    • Certification basis for changed aviation products
    • Field approvals
    • STC
  • Issuance of Airworthiness Certificates
    • Standard airworthiness certificates
    • Special airworthiness certificates - experiential
  • FAA Validation Under Bi-laterals
  • Technical Standard Orders
DAY THREE
  • Flight Standards and Operations/Maintenance
    • Organization and functions
    • Regional flight standards division; certificate management office; flight standards district office; international field office; aircraft evaluation group
    • Flight operations evaluation board; master minimum equipment list
    • Flight standardization board; type rating; differences training
    • Aviation maintenance alerts
    • Significant difficulty report
    • Safety alert information bulletin
    • Operations approvals
  • Enforcement
    • Self-Disclosure
    • FAA actions
    • Certificate holder actions
  • Electronica Data and Retention
    • Federal Register
    • Regulations.gov
    • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Recommendations