FAA, International Partners Working To Streamline Certification

The continued rapid growth in the aerospace and aviation industries has lead to a significant increase in the areas of both domestic and foreign aircraft certification. So, last year, on September 16th, the leadership for the certification departments of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) signed a charter to create the Certification Management Team (CMT). The goal was simple: improve the efficiency of and cut down on the time involved with the certification process through collaboration.

And now, the CMT has published a strategy document on how they hope to achieve this goal.

The Basic Certification Management Team Structure

According to the document, the CMT “will manage technical, policy, and bilateral agreement certification, manufacturing, export and continued airworthiness issues common among the four authorities.” They will be directly overseeing five technical Certification Authorities Groups, which will all contain representation from the four authorities. Those groups are:

These groups, in turn, will create individual, task specific teams to “address Technical Policy (i.e. product specific) or Procedural Policy (Bilateral/Certification Policy).

The Certification Management Team’s Strategic Focus Areas

According to the document, the CMT wants to implement “confidence-building initiatives and risk based validation principles” that will allow partners to accept certification activities from other partners with limited or no additional technical involvement. In order to make this possible, they are focusing on four areas:

In Conclusion

According to the FAA, this process is “transforming how the FAA prioritizes and targets resources to engage with the international aviation community to improve safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability through regulatory harmonization and partnerships.

If you are interested in more information, you can read through the full strategy document on the FAA’s website. In addition, the FAA and EASA have also published another document (called the “Validation Improvement Roadmap“) that details on new shared initiatives between the two groups.

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