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News for Aircraft Certification Designees

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Deviation to FAA Order 8130.34D concerning use of AWC and participation in the safety evaluation for a UAS — July 31, 2020.

The Certifications Procedures Branch (AIR-6C0) issued a deviation to FAA Order 8130.34D, Airworthiness Certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Optionally Piloted Aircraft. See deviation memo AIR600-20-6C0-DM139 for details on use of AWC and participation in the safety evaluation.

Use of Remote Technology During the Performance of Inspections and Tests — May 28, 2019

AIR-600 has released a new policy statement, PS-AIR-21-1901, on the use of remote technology that is applicable for designees conducting certain inspection and test witnessing activities. The FAA has determined that the performance of certain inspections and tests using remote technology can be more cost effective, improve certification timeliness, and reduce FAA and industry resource burdens. This policy provides information on the use of remote technology to perform prototype conformity inspections, engineering and ground tests, engineering compliance inspections, production conformity inspections, and inspections for the issuance of an Authorized Release Certificate, FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Tag. Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information or contact your advisor directly.

Deviation Memorandum providing relief for designee and ODA unit member training and oversight requirements due to COVID-19 travel and social distancing restrictions — April 30, 2019

The Delegation and Organizational Procedures Branch (AIR-6F0) issued deviation memorandum AIR600-20-6F0-DM135, to FAA Order 8000.95, Designee Management Policy, and FAA Order 8100-15, Organization Designation Authorization Procedures. This memorandum authorizes a deviation to individual and organizational designee oversight and training requirements that cannot be met due to precautions taken to limit the spread of COVID-19. This memorandum applies to FAA Managing Offices that have oversight responsibility for manufacturing designees, for organization designation authorization (ODA) holders responsible for the oversight and training of unit members, and for FAA OMTs managing ODAs.

Suspension of Late Fee for 2020 Engineering Designee Recurrent Training — March 31, 2020

As a result of the crisis in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, the Delegation and Organizational Procedures Branch (AIR-6F0) is cancelling the application of any late fee associated with the 2020 Engineering Designee Recurrent Training. The registration fee will remain $75 for this training year. All other training due dates remain in effect.

UPDATE: Impact of COVID-19 on Scheduling Dates of DER Optional Supplemental Training Face-to-Face Sessions — March 23, 2020

As a result of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the United States, the Delegation and Organizational Procedures Branch (AIR-6F0) is temporarily suspending the scheduling of our 2020 DER Optional Supplemental Training (In-Person). At this time AIR-6F0 still plans to hold sessions in calendar year 2020 in Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Denver, New York, and Atlanta, but until further travel related guidance is available from the Department of Transportation we do not plan to schedule these training events.

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)

Important Guidance for Manufacturing Designees Issuing Airworthiness Certificates on Rotorcraft — May 28, 2020

The Reauthorization Act of 2018, section 317, includes a requirement that "covered rotorcraft" have a crash-resistant fuel system that is compliant with the sub-set of applicable regulations in Part 27 and 29. Covered rotorcraft, which includes normal and transport category rotorcraft, primary category helicopters and gyroplanes, and restricted category rotorcraft manufactured on and after April 5, 2020, must comply with the above referenced these fuel system regulations, before it can be issued a US Airworthiness Certificate other than experimental.

Foreign deliveries of noncompliant rotorcraft will still be allowed as well as flights under an experimental certificate (ex. production flight tests) without compliance. This is important because the new law doesn't apply if the aircraft is not going to be issued a US Airworthiness Certificate other than experimental.

Manufacturing designees must determine if a specific aircraft is eligible for a US Certificate of Airworthiness. SAIB SW-17-31R2, published by the Rotorcraft Standards Branch, will identify those approved type designs, amended type designs, and compliant STCs.

The Rotorcraft Standards Branch also maintains a list of rotorcraft with compliant crash resistant fuel systems.

This will facilitate records reviews and conformities for imported rotorcraft. Designees authorized to issue a US Certificate of Airworthiness for repatriated "covered rotorcraft" after export to a bilateral country must ensure compliance before issuing a certificate other than experimental.

Recurrent Aircraft Certification Seminar is now available via virtual training — April 30, 2020

As a result of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the United States, the Regulatory Support Division, AFS-600, is temporarily suspending the Face to Face Recurrent Aircraft Certification Seminar and is offering a virtual training seminar. The Recurrent Aircraft Certification Seminar schedule for the remainder of the calendar year is available in the Designee Registration System (DRS), with four classes available between May and August 2020. The May 2020 virtual class is now open for enrollment. AFS-600 will monitor COVID-19 restrictions for future changes to the class format.

AIR-600 Policy Statement, Use of Remote Technology During the Performance of Inspections and Tests has been released — April 30, 2020

The Certification Procedures Branch (AIR-6C0) has released a new policy statement, PS-AIR-21-1901, on the use of remote technology for certain test and inspections. The FAA has determined that the performance of certain inspections and tests using remote technology can be more cost effective, improve certification timeliness, and reduce FAA resource burdens. This policy provides information on the use of remote technology to perform prototype conformity inspections, engineering and ground tests, engineering compliance inspections, production conformity inspections, and inspections for the issuance of an Authorized Release Certificate, FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Tag. Contact your managing office or Organizational Management Team (OMT) if you have any questions.


News for Delegated Organizations (ODAs)

FAA issues policy on MMEL/MEL relief for STCs — December 12, 2019

On November 7, 2019, the FAA issued policy letter PL 109 Revision 1 to provide guidance to obtain Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL)/Minimum Equipment List (MEL) relief for items associated with Supplemental Type Certificates (STC). The original release of this policy letter on December 13, 2001, identified the process for granting MMEL/MEL relief for STCs and considerations for obtaining relief for continued dispatch. This revision to the policy letter further defines the process for granting relief when items are installed or removed via an STC. It details the role of the Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) in evaluating the impact of the STC and approving the MMEL/MEL relief. It further stresses that an operator may not submit a request for MMEL/MEL relief on behalf of the STC applicant.

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