Aircraft Certification

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Senate joins bid to speed aircraft cert reform

Article | May 30, 2013

Bipartisan action in Congress to revitalize general aviation manufacturing by overhauling aircraft certification requirements has gained momentum.

HondaJet CEO confident in light jet market

Article | May 22, 2013

While challenged by engine flight test problems and a struggling economy, the president and CEO of Honda Aircraft remains optimistic that his light jet will be the right airplane at the right time.

GA safety focus of high-level talks

Article | May 16, 2013

AOPA and other associations representing general aviation interests met May 13 with the FAA administrator and senior staff to discuss ongoing efforts to improve safety.

GAMA reports increase in aircraft shipments

Article | May 14, 2013

Makers of general aviation aircraft logged a nearly $1 billion increase in billing for the first three months of the year, a 32-percent increase in total billing over the first quarter of 2012.

Bill would set timeline for aircraft-certification reform

Article | May 09, 2013

Five members of the U.S. House, citing regulations that they say have been overtaken by technology, are seeking to set a year-end 2015 deadline for the FAA to act on recommendations being developed for less costly--and safer--aircraft certification procedures.

Engine testing delays HondaJet certification

Article | May 08, 2013

While Honda Aircraft anticipated delivering three to four of its light jets before the end of 2013, company officials now say certification of the HondaJet is delayed until the end of 2014.

Medical application: Medical disability benefits?

Article | May 07, 2013

Question 18.y. in the FAA medical application form asks if the applicant has ever had medical disability benefits. How does the FAA want you to respond to this question and what does it want your AME to do if you had a positive response?

FAA seeks Icon data for LSA weight increase

Article | May 02, 2013

A decision in the May 2012 request from Icon Aircraft to the FAA for an exemption that would allow Icon’s A5 amphibious aircraft to weigh 250 pounds more than current light sport aircraft limits for seaplanes has again been delayed.

Flight Design delays C4 for Part 23 rewrite

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Flight Design plans to certify the four-place C4 under revised Part 23 standards, delaying first deliveries until 2015. A mockup of the new aircraft was on display at Sun ’n Fun.