August 2, 2013 - The FAA is streamlining
aircraft certification and approval processes to
keep pace with technological advancements in
aviation products and to help the United States
maintain global competitiveness.
The plan responds to recommendations in the May
2012 Aircraft Certification Process Review and
Reform Aviation Rulemaking Committee report to
enhance the efficiency of getting new products
to market while improving safety.
Many initiatives are already complete or
underway. For example, the FAA is preparing to
update the Part 23 regulations that cover design
and safety standards for small, general aviation
The goal is to increase safety, decrease costs,
and increase the installation of safety
equipment for general aviation. The FAA also
published for public comment a new process for
initiating and managing FAA resources assigned
to projects; it promotes more predictable
planning for the applicant.