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June 25, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Are airworthiness standards for the certification of aircraft adequate for today’s modern aircraft? Probably not. A joint FAA-industry study of FAA Part 23 over the past 18 months is nearing completion, with AOPA playing a big role.
“It’s time to review the original aircraft certification assumptions including how well these assumptions match actual aircraft operations and maintenance practices,” said Leisha Bell, AOPA manager of regulatory affairs.
A final report on recommendations is nearing completion and will be used for a Part 23 Regulatory Review scheduled for 2010. AOPA officials headed the Pilot Interface Group during the process. Under study are certification standards, pilot training, operations, and maintenance.
Some of the recommendations call for better understanding of climb performance, greater competency in short field operations (especially for small business jets), and better stall recovery training. Stay tuned to AOPA as the FAA moves forward with the first Part 23 review in 20 years.
Advocacy and Legislation,
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
The House has passed a bill requiring the TSA to consult stakeholders, including general aviation representatives, before making major changes to security policy.
Senators are demanding a written response from the Department of Homeland Security about unwarranted stops of general aviation aircraft by DHS and Customs and Border Protection.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.