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FAA & Industry Guide to Product Certification (CPG) Workshop — July 17, 2019

On August 27, 2019, the FAA and the Aircraft Electronics Association are hosting a workshop on the latest edition of The FAA & Industry Guide to Product Certification (CPG) targeted specifically at designees. The CPG is co-written by the FAA and Industry (including AEA, GAMA and AIA) and provides guidance on how both groups can work together to accomplish timely approvals of safe, compliant and conformed aircraft/product. The third and latest edition of the guide was released in May 2017 and includes a number of updates from the second edition.

The workshop is a half-day event and will consist of three topics:

  • Overview on CPG, including the benefits of CPG and its core principles,
  • Project Specific Certification Plans (PSCPs), and
  • Partnership for Safety Plans (PSPs).

Details available on the DER Recurrent Training Site

Enroll Today: 2019 DER Optional Supplemental Training (In-person) — June 27, 2019

As the engineering designee training program evolved into an online format the DER community expressed their preference for the general session topics offered online while maintaining in-person learning opportunities. You spoke and we listened! In addition to offering the General Session online with our Recurrent Technical Training under one inclusive price, we now offer the 2019 DER Optional Supplemental Training (In-person) in five locations with no additional tuition or fees. These sessions will include both subject specific presentations by FAA personnel as well as an open forum format to allow attendees to discuss issues of interest with FAA personnel. For information on dates and locations and how to enroll, visit the DER Recurrent Training site.

Recurrent Training for DERs and ODA Engineering and Flight Test Unit Members Due by September 30 — June 24, 2019

On May 3, 2019, the FAA published Policy Memo AIR600-19-6F0-PM01, changing the due date for recurrent training completion from December 31 to September 30 each year for DERs and ODA Engineering and Flight Test Unit Members. This change requires a review of training records by September 30 to determine any suspension action necessary due to failure to complete required training.

The intent of this change is to ensure that DERs, and Engineering and Flight Test ODA Unit Members, even though suspended, still have the opportunity to complete their required training before the online courses are deactivated for maintenance and preparation for the next training cycle. Once the courses are taken off line on November 15, there is no opportunity to complete that year's required training until they are again uploaded in mid-January.

DERs who have not completed the training by September 30 must be suspended until the requirement has been met.

For ODA Unit Members, the intent is the same, but the process may be different for each ODA. Some ODAs may have included a suspension process for Unit Members in their procedures manual, some may remove the Unit Member from the Unit Member list, and some may have another approved process. ODAs must follow their approved process for Unit Members who have not completed required training.

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)

DMS Transition to new DMIR/DAR-F Function Codes coming soon — July 29, 2019

AIRCRAFT CERTIFICATION SERVICE (AIR) TRANSITION TO NEW FUNCTION CODES

Please be advised the 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 will require an action by active designees and you will be notified when to take action within the next 60 days.

What to expect?

When notified in the DMS message center the conversion process is available, you must complete the action in DMS within 30 calendar days of the notification. Failure to access DMS and complete the function code conversion process could result in a temporary suspension of your authority until you submit the conversion action in DMS to the FAA.

There is no action required by you at this time. In the next 60 days, the DMS team will be sending additional communications via the DMS message center. The messages will contain updates on the transitioning of function codes, dates of events and required actions by you, the designee.

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.

AWC will consist of three web-based portals: one for applicants, one for the FAA, and one for designees and ODAs. In the designee portal, designees will be able to process, track, and issue airworthiness certificates from start to finish. AWC is a database that will allow designees to readily access data and documentation associated with issuing airworthiness certificates.

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.

In the coming months, we will post additional information detailing the AWC automation capabilities, as well as training and guidance on how to use the new tool.

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)

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.

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