Skip to page content

News for Aircraft Certification Designees

General News

NEW automated Airworthiness Certification (AWC) application is now available November 14, 2018

The new automated Airworthiness Certification (AWC) application is now available for use – see deviation memo AIR600-19-6C0-DM125. This online application can be used for applying, processing, and issuing standard and special airworthiness certificates, special flight permits, and denial letters. AWC consists of three web-based portals: one for the applicants, one for designees (including ODA holders) and one for the FAA.

As a designee, you must register in AWC using the Designee portal and begin using AWC no later than January 1, 2020. If you have any questions concerning the use of the new automated AWC tool, please contact your Managing Specialist. If you are also an ODA unit member, please note that while the ODA aspects of the tool are available, use of these features must be coordinated through your ODA Administrator. No action based on your unit member role is required at this time.

An on-line training course and a user guide internal to the tool itself are available to assist you in using the automated tool. The training is not required, but is highly recommended for designees authorized to issue standard and special airworthiness certificates, and special flight permits. This training is available free of charge to any designee that has an active profile in the Designee Registration System (DRS). Access AWC Training in DRS.

MRO-Network Article about DMSSeptember 4, 2018

On August 29, 2018, MRO-Network.com published an article on the FAA Designee Management System (DMS) tool implementation process.

News for Engineering Designees (DERs)

There is no DER-specific news at this time.

News for Manufacturing Designees (DMIRs &
DAR-Fs)

Attention DMIR and DAR-F designees - Conversion to new Function Codes — September 9, 2019

ACTION REQUIRED - Week of September 23 - DMIR and DAR-F conversion to new function codes.

Designee Management Order 8000.95, revision 5, and Designee Management System (DMS) automation will be discontinuing use of DMIR and DAR-F function codes 1 through 48 and simultaneously transition existing designees to newly defined function codes. This requires all DMIR and DAR-F designees to complete an action in DMS. This process will begin the week of September 23, 2019. Below you will find the step-by-step instructions for completing the conversion process and submitting your first pre-approval under the new function codes. Before starting the process in DMS, you must have an "action required item" which will be automatically assigned the week of September 23. Please ensure you have a printed copy of your existing CLOA for reference. During the conversion process, designees will need to download a worksheet and complete information pertaining to the types of certifications you issue on behalf of the Administrator.

Below is an advanced copy of the conversion worksheet you will use to support the conversion to the new function codes. It is recommended you download this worksheet now and begin gathering the required information prior to the conversion week, September 23.

New On-line Training Course Available to Managing Specialists and New DAR Applicants for Certificating UAS & OPANovember 26, 2018

In a memo released on November 26, 2018, the FAA granted a deviation to Order 8000.372 (PDF). This deviation changes the training requirements required by FAA Order 8000.372 for Manufacturing Aviation Safety Inspectors assigned to manage designees and for new DAR applicants seeking authorization to issue Special Airworthiness Certificates for UAS & OPA. The training required is a new on-line course available through eLMS and the Designee Registration System (DRS) titled "Special Airworthiness Certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems & Optionally Piloted Aircraft" (course number FAA27200132). This new on-line training course replaces the UAS Certification Seminar.

News for Delegated Organizations (ODAs)

NEW automated Airworthiness Certification (AWC) application is now available — November 14, 2019

The new automated Airworthiness Certification (AWC) application is now available for use – see deviation memo AIR600-19-6C0-DM125. This online application can be used for applying, processing, and issuing standard and special airworthiness certificates, special flight permits, and denial letters. AWC consists of three web-based portals: one for the applicants, one for designees (including ODA holders) and one for the FAA.

The Organization Management Team (OMT) Lead should request access to AWC using 9-AVS-AIR-ASKMEAWC@faa.gov. Once approved, the OMT Lead will be granted their OMT role in AWC. The OMTs then should reach out to the ODA Administrators for their particular ODA organization so they can approve access for them in AWC. After OMT approval, the ODA Administrator will be given the 'System Administrator' function. This function will allow the ODA Administrator to begin the process of registering their personnel in AWC by first creating groups and configuring their routing structure to process applications and certificates within their ODA organization.

To assist the ODA Administrators in creating groups and configuring their routing structure in AWC, a supplemental job aid has been developed to assist in this process. This job aid complements the User Guide, which can be located at the top right corner of the application web-page.

Mandatory use of AWC will be required January 1, 2020, so please plan to start using it ASAP. If you have any questions, you may contact the Delegation and Organizational Procedures Branch, AIR-6F0, designee help-desk at: 9-avs-air-designee-feedback@faa.gov, or 405-954-6991.

Coming in September 2019: Web-based Automated Airworthiness Certification (AWC) Tool — June 4, 2019

Since the 1920s, the FAA has issued airworthiness certificates using a paper process. Starting in September 2019, an automated tool called Automated Airworthiness Certification (AWC) will become available. The tool is currently in the final stages of development and will be implemented in phases. AWC will cover all facets of applying for, processing, and issuing Standard and Special Airworthiness Certificates and Special Flight Permits.

The AWC tool will allow an ODA to process, track, and issue airworthiness certificates from start to finish. Communication between the ODA and the FAA will be enhanced, along with data collection and documentation.

An update to AC-21-12, Application for U.S. Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6, and a revision to FAA Order 8130.2, Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft, are planned. In the meantime, a Deviation to FAA Order 8130.2 has been issued and posted on the Regulatory and Guidance Library, allowing the use of AWC in lieu of the paper process. Please take time to read this deviation.

As the deviation states, selected MIDOs have been identified to assist in in the phased implementation and early adoption process of the tool. These selected FAA offices may contact some designees to assist in this early adoption process. AWC will be available for all users on September 30, 2019, and mandatory for all inspectors, designees, and ODA unit members on January 1, 2020. A link to the AWC tool will be posted on the FAA.gov website.

Be on the lookout in the coming months for more information about the AWC tool.

Page last modified:

This page was originally published at: https://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/designees_delegations/individual_designees/news/