TSO Certifications:Here To Stay, For Now

Straightforward and costly, product certification via FAA TSO remains an international standard. But broad STC approvals are lowering costs.

Digging deeply into the installation data for Garmin's new GTR200B comm radio got us thinking about the requirement of TSO certification. With autopilots and primary EFIS systems being approved without a TSO, but instead via AML-STC (approved model list supplemental type certificate), are the days of TSO approval coming to an end? Garmin-a company that cranks out a lot of them in short order-says no. You don't have to dive far into the regulations to see why.
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