December 2014 Issue

FAA’s Delayed New Regs: Bureaucratic Paralysis

Congress directed the FAA to revise the dated Part 23 certification standard by late 2015, but the FAA says it will fall short. We asked industry leaders why.

For the better part of the last decade, the aviation industry has been talking about a revised version of FAR 23 that would streamline and simplify aircraft certification, theoretically slowing the sharp rise in the cost of new aircraft. Yet two years after the Congress passed legislation requiring the FAA to complete the Part 23 revision by 2015, the FAA says it won’t meet the deadline. Even the Europeans are baffled by this delay; industry sources say Europe is far ahead of the U.S. in implementing these changes.

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