The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is leading a global initiative with industry and other civil aviation authorities to develop a performance-based approach to airworthiness standards for Part 23 General Aviation (GA) airplanes. The rewrite of Part 23 will set a standard that improves safety, enables innovation, streamlines the certification process and reduces costs by using international consensus standards to implement the regulations.
The FAA established an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) in August 2011 to revitalize general aviation safety worldwide. These airplanes range from small piston-powered airplanes to complex high-performance executive jets. The ARC included members from industry and government with observers from the FAA’s international counterparts. The ARC presented its recommendations to the FAA in June 2013.
Following the success of the U.S. aviation community’s efforts, EASA recently published an Advance Notice of Proposed Amendment, which outlines its approach to reorganizing their rules that follow the ARC’s recommendations. The FAA supports EASA’s regulatory approach, which aligns with the FAA’s global initiative.