FAA Certification Processes
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The declared Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ‘vision’ of the “Product Certification Process” where word “product” means aircraft, aircraft engines, propellers, as well as appliances and components or parts thereof, is encapsulated in the following statement taken from the most recent edition of The FAA and Industry Guide to Product Certification.
“A credible and concise product certification process that results in:
- Timely and efficient product type design and production approvals
- Clearly defined and understood roles, responsibilities, and accountability of all stakeholders
- Timely identification and resolution of the certification basis, potential safety issues, and business practice requirements
- Optimal delegation using safety management concepts with appropriate controls and oversight”
This statement is accompanied by the clarification that “the word ‘certification’ is used broadly and is not limited to design approvals marked by a certificate”.
The above-referenced document was central to the “Partnership for Safety Plan (PSP)” described by the FAA as “an agreement between a design approval applicant and the FAA describing how they will work together to certify and maintain integrity of the design approvals”.
- FAA Order 8110.4c ‘Type Certification’, issued 12 October 2005 as amended by CHG 5 and effective from 20 November 2011
- FAA Order 8110.5A Aircraft Certification Service mission, responsibilities, relationships and programs, published 30 September 2003
- The FAA and Industry Guide to Product Certification, 2nd Edition September 2004