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20-153B AIR-130 Acceptance of Aeronautical Data Processes and Associated Databases This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, for showing compliance with the applicable airworthiness regulations for equipment with an installed aeronautical database. This AC is not mandatory and is not a regulation. However, if you use the means described herein, you must follow it in all important respects. The term “must” indicates mandatory requirements when following the guidance in this AC. The terms “should” and “recommend” indicate recommended guidance, but are not required for meeting the objectives of this AC. The term “objectives” identifies requirements when used in this AC. 04-19-2016
20-162A AIR-100 Airworthiness Approval of Installed Passive Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags This advisory circular (AC) provides applicants with guidance for installing and using passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on aviation products and equipment. Specifically, this AC provides guidance for the proper installation and use of passive RFID tags as installed on aircraft parts and components. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to comply with these requirements. However, if you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it in all important aspects. The term “must” is used to indicate mandatory requirements driven by regulation when following the guidance in this AC. The term “should” is used to indicate that the guidance is recommended, but not required, to comply with this AC. 04-06-2016
20-77B AFS-300 Use of Manufacturers’ Maintenance Manuals

This advisory circular (AC) informs owners and operators about the usefulness of manufacturer’s maintenance manuals for servicing, repairing, and maintaining aircraft, engines, and propellers.

01-04-2016
20-149B AIR-100 Installation Guidance for Domestic Flight Information Service- Broadcast

This advisory circular (AC) supports the use of Flight Information Services-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather and other aeronautical data link products for enhanced situation awareness of flight conditions. In this AC, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends one way to gain airworthiness approval for the installation of FIS-B avionics equipment. We identify safety and installation requirements for continued airworthiness of aircraft FIS-B avionics equipment, systems, and applications. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to gain airworthiness approval for your FIS-B avionics equipment. However, if you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it in its entirety.

12-21-2015
20-185 AIR-100 Airworthiness Approval of Synthetic Vision Guidance System

In this advisory circular (AC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides applicants with guidance for obtaining airworthiness approval for equipment installation of a Synthetic Vision Guidance System (SVGS) in aircraft. This AC only provides airworthiness guidance to applicants for eligible SVGS for use on Special Authorization (SA) Category (CAT) I Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches. Operational approval must still be obtained from the Flight Standards Service.

12-17-2015
20-165B AIR-130 Airworthiness Approval of Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast OUT Systems

 This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for the installation and airworthiness approval of Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) OUT systems in aircraft.

12-07-2015
20-18B ANE-111 Qualification Testing of Turbojet and Turbofan Engine Thrust Reversers This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for demonstrating compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 33.97, Thrust reversers, and for certifying a thrust reverser for use with a turbojet or turbofan engine. It does not address aircraft-level effects of the installation and use of a thrust reverser. 07-07-2015
20-150B AIR-130 Airworthiness Approval of Satellite Voice (SATVOICE) Equipment Supporting Air Traffic Service (ATS) Communication

This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance on airworthiness approval for designers, manufacturers, and installers of Satellite Voice (SATVOICE) equipment supporting air traffic service (ATS). In this AC, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommends one way to gain airworthiness approval for SATVOICE equipment. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to gain airworthiness approval for your SATVOICE equipment. However, if you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it in its entirety.

12-23-2014
20-166A AIR-110 Issue Paper Process

a.  This advisory circular (AC) provides information on the use of issue papers and gives you guidance on your role in describing and tracking the resolution of significant technical, regulatory, and administrative issues derived from the issue paper process. This document provides guidance to you relative to FAA Order 8110.112, Standardized Procedures for Usage of Issue Papers and Development of Equivalent Levels of Safety Memorandums.

b.  This AC is not mandatory and is not a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to comply with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR).  However, if you choose to use the means described in this AC follow it in its entirety. 

11-06-2014
20-147A ANE-100 Turbojet, Turboprop, Turboshaft, and Turbofan Engine Induction System Icing and Ice Ingestion

This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for demonstrating compliance with the engine induction system icing and engine installation ice requirements of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 23, 25, 27, 29, and 33. This AC discusses the icing environments depicted in appendices C and O of part 25, appendix C of part 29, and appendix D of part 33. This AC discusses turboshaft engine installations, but not the rotary wing aircraft they are installed on.

10-22-2014
20-24D AIR-20 Approval of Propulsion Fuels, Additives, and Lubricating Oils

This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance applicable to adding fuels and oils as engine, aircraft, or auxiliary power unit (APU) operating limitations. It also provides guidance on fuel and lubricating oil specifications and standards, and on propulsion fuel and/or lubricating oil certification plans. This AC provides acceptable methods, but not the only methods, that may be used to approve aircraft, engines, or APUs to operate with specified propulsion fuels and lubricating oils.

06-30-2014
20-158A AIR-130 The Certification of Aircraft Electrical and Electronic Systems for Operation in the High-intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) Environment

 a. This advisory circular (AC) will provide you with information and guidance on how to show compliance with Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 23.1308, 25.1317, 27.1317, and 29.1317, High-intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) Protection.

b. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. It describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, for you to show compliance with the requirements for protection of the operation of electrical and electronic systems on an aircraft when the aircraft is exposed to an external HIRF environment. If you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it entirely to comply with this AC. The term "must" is used to indicate mandatory requirements when following the guidance in this AC. The term "should" is used when following the guidance is recommended but not required to comply with this AC.

05-30-2014
20-181 AIR-130 Airworthiness Approval of Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) Equipment

This advisory circular (AC) supplements existing airworthiness approval guidance for attitude heading reference system (AHRS) articles approved under technical standard order (TSO)?C201, Attitude Heading Reference System, or later revisions.  TSO-C201 includes performance standards for non-gimbaled attitude, heading, and turn and slip systems. 

04-07-2014
20-138D AIR-130 Airworthiness Approval of Positioning and Navigation Systems (Including Change 2)

This revision adds minor clarifications and new guidance material based on issues and questions since revision ‘C’ was published. There are several new changes such as: equipment capability versus installed limitations; clarifying database configuration versus equipment capability; adding step-down fixes to navigation databases; a new appendix for demonstrating radius to fix (RF) leg capability; and, including required navigation performance (RNP) prediction guidance for RNP authorization required approach (RNP AR APCH).

03-28-2014
20-151B AIR-130 Airworthiness Approval of Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS II), Versions 7.0 & 7.1 and Associated Mode S Transponders

This advisory circular (AC) provides applicants with guidance for obtaining an airworthiness approval for traffic alert collision avoidance systems II (TCAS II). It also provides guidance for certification of a stand-alone Mode S transponder system. This AC includes the TCAS II versions 7.0 and 7.1 (TSO-C119b and TSO-C119c respectively) along with the latest iteration, which is version 7.1, containing hybrid surveillance functionality as defined by TSO-C119d.

03-18-2014
20-115C AIR-120 Airborne Software Assurance

a. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, for showing compliance with the applicable airworthiness regulations for the software aspects of airborne systems and equipment certification. This AC is not mandatory and is not a regulation. Other ACs may describe alternate means.

b. We, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), wrote this AC to recognize the following RTCA, Inc. documents (RTCA DO):

 (1) RTCA DO-178C, Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification, dated December 13, 2011.

(2) RTCA DO-330, Software Tool Qualification Considerations, dated December 13, 2011.

(3) RTCA DO-331, Model-Based Development and Verification Supplement to DO­178C and DO-278A, dated December 13, 2011.

(4) RTCA DO-332, Object-Oriented Technology and Related Techniques Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278A, dated December 13, 2011.

(5) RTCA DO-333, Formal Methods Supplement to DO-178C and DO-278A, dated December 13, 2011.

Note: RTCA DO is hereafter referred to as DO.

c. References to use of DO-178C in this AC include use of supplements and DO-330 as applicable.

d. This AC also establishes guidance for transitioning to DO-178C when making modifications to software previously approved using DO-178, DO-178A, or DO-178B.

07/19/2013 AC 20-115C

 

e. This AC also explains the use of DO-178C for Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorizations.

f. This AC does not obligate the FAA to approve any data or perform any activities as specified within the referenced RTCA documents.

 

g. If you use the means in this AC as a means of compliance, you must follow it entirely.

07-19-2013
20-155A AIR-130 Industry Documents To Support Aircraft Lightning Protection Certification

a.   This advisory circular (AC) recognizes several SAE Aerospace Recommended Practices (ARPs) and European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE)documents as acceptable methods for showing compliance with airworthiness regulations.  These industry documents provide guidance on aircraft lightning environment and test waveforms, aircraft lightning zoning, aircraft lightning test methods, and aircraft lightning direct effects.     

b.   This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation.  It describes an acceptable means, but is not the only means, to help you to obtain certification for lightning protection.

07-16-2013
20-180 AIR-110 Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC)

This advisorycircular(AC)providesguidelines and requirements to obtain approved model list (AML)supplemental typecertificate(STC).  This ACis not mandatoryand does not constitutearegulation.  It describes anacceptablemethod, but not theonlymethod to obtain an AML-STC.  You mayusean alternatemethod ifyou establish that it adequatelymeets therequirements.  However, ifyou usethis ACto obtain approval,you must comply with all ofits provisions.

05-14-2013
20-140B AIR-130 Guidelines for Design Approval of Aircraft Data Link Communication Systems Supporting Air Traffic Services (ATS)

 

This AC provides airworthiness requirements for aircraft with an installed data link system intended to support air traffic services. It identifies specific configurations of aircraft data link systems for applicants seeking approval for type certificates (TC) and supplemental type certificates (STC) in order to facilitate operational approvals. Appendix A of this AC provides a list of related documents. Appendix B of this AC contains a list of applicable acronyms.

This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to gain airworthiness approval for your aircraft data link system equipment. However, if you use the means described in this AC, you should follow it in its entirety.

09-27-2012
20-178 AIR-100 Flammability Testing of Aircraft Cabin Interior Panels After Alterations

This advisory circular (AC) describes acceptable methods to test aircraft cabin interior materials when new finishes are used on existing aircraft cabin interior panels, typically performed on supplemental type certificates (STC) or major alterations. This AC applies to materials for self-extinguishing flammability only. This AC does not apply to materials that must meet heat release or smoke emissions,standards established by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 25, Amendment 25-61, and 14 CFR part 121, Amendment 121-289. We, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), have written this AC for applicants, offering several methods for demonstrating compliance that may be more cost-effective and less time-consuming than current methods.

06-04-2012
20-175 AIR-120 Controls for Flight Deck Systems

This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for the installation and airworthiness approval of flight deck system control devices, from primarily a human factors perspective.  It does not address primary flight controls, secondary flight controls, or controls that are not located in the flight deck.   This AC addresses traditional dedicated controls such as physical switches and knobs, as well as multifunction controls such as touch screens and cursor control devices. 

12-08-2011
20-174 AIR-120 Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems

This advisory circular (AC) recognizes the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) 4754A, Guidelines for Development of Civil Aircraft and Systems, dated December 21, 2010, as an acceptable method for establishing a development assurance process. SAE ARP 4754A discusses the development of aircraft and systems taking into account the overall aircraft operating environment and functions. This includes validation of requirements and verification of the design implementation for certification and process assurance.

09-30-2011
20-173 AIR-130 Installation of Electronic Flight Bag Components

This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance material on the installation of electronic flight bag (EFB) components including aircraft connectivity provisions.  In it, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) describes certification considerations for individual EFB components and for installing EFB aircraft connectivity provisions by addressing the principal elements, or “components,” which comprise a typical EFB device or system. 

This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to comply with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 23, 25, 27, or 29.  This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation.  However, if you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it entirely.  The term “must” is used to indicate mandatory requirements when following the guidance in this AC.  The terms “should” and “recommend” are used when following the guidance is recommended but not required to comply with this AC. 

09-27-2011
20-66B ANE-111 Propeller Vibration and Fatigue

This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance and describes one method, but not the only method, for demonstrating compliance with §§ 23.907 and 25.907 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) for the evaluation of vibratory stresses on propellers installed on airplanes. This evaluation uses fatigue and structural data obtained in accordance with 14 CFR part 35.

03-24-2011
20-171 AIR-120 Alternatives to RTCA/DO-178B for Software in Airborne Systems and Equipment

On January 11,1993, we, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), published Advisory Circular (AC) 20-115B recognizing RTCA/DO-178B, Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification, dated December 1, 1992, as a means, but not the only means, to seek FAA approval of airborne software. RTCA/DO-178B is recognized by industry and certification authorities as an accepted approach for assuring that software in airborne systems and equipment has been developed to meet the safety objectives of the regulations.

 

This AC identifies what you, as an applicant, will have to address and document when you propose an alternative approach to that defined in RTCA/DO-178B. This AC is intended to provide you, the applicant, with guidance on how to establish that your proposed alternative provides the same level of assurance as that provided in RTCA/DO-178B for airborne software.  Your proposed alternative should be evaluated in conjunction with the certification process and applied to airborne systems and equipment (containing software) for which you are seeking FAA approval in order to obtain a Type Certificate, Supplemental Type Certificate, Amended Type Certificate, or Amended Supplemental Type Certificate.

01-19-2011

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