Wichita Says FAA Paperwork Is One Of Its Biggest Problems | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 04.20.15

Airborne 04.21.15

Airborne 04.22.15

Airborne 04.23.15

Airborne 04.24.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 04.20.15

Airborne 04.21.15

Airborne 04.22.15

Airborne 04.23.15

Airborne 04.24.15

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Wichita Says FAA Paperwork Is One Of Its Biggest Problems

Planemakers Say Certification Process Needs To Be Streamlined

A combination of a flood of new aviation products and a flat or shrinking FAA budget has caused a massive bottleneck in the certification process, and aviation company officials in Wichita say it is stifling innovation for and production of new airplanes and products.

GAMA Vice President of engineering and maintenance Walter Desrosier told the Wichita Eagle that even the use of FAA approved designees for the review of some products, the agency still has to sign off on every piece of paper associated with bringing a new product to market, and the agency is still "very much involved" in all aspects of product design. "The can't continue to do the old way of doing it if they don't have the resources," he told the paper.

Desrosier recommends a program that would have the agency spot-checking a company's processes, but not "kicking every tire" and "looking at every single drawing." He said there is help for the agency to concentrate its attention on "safety critical" areas of production.

The recently-passed FAA reauthorization bill does include language that "tasks" the agency with reviewing the certification process with an eye towards making it more efficient. But the agency is also on something of a learning curve, with technology sometimes progressing faster than the FAA can develop criteria for its certification. Consultant Rolland Vincent said that between the rapid pace of technological advancement and hiring freezes and reallocation of resources at the FAA have created a kind of "perfect storm" in the certification pipeline, and "everyone is dong the best they can."

FMI: www.gama.aero, www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 04.24.15: DA62 Cert, Flt Design's C4, Sporty Transitions, 1st Flt Fight

Also: Legend Cub, Piper Orders, Postal UAVs?, IMC Club 'Brown Jacket Award', X-47B Refueling The Diamond DA62 has received its EASA Type certificate. After a sunny and warm day Wed>[...]

Airborne 04.23.15: Able Flight, Diesel Archer, RutanRC!

Also: United Bars Security Expert, Airborne Advisors, NTSB Video, Avidyne, Cessna, Airport Access Tempest Plus Marketing Group has announced support for Able Flight as a Platinum L>[...]

Aspen Avionics, True Innovators, Present SnF2015 Special Event Coverage!

SnF2015 Sponsor: Always-Innovative Aspen Avionics Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into general aviation cockpits. Our products in>[...]

Amazing Amphib! Lakeland 2015 Sponsor Progressive Aerodyne Goes EVERYWHERE

Progressive Aerodyne Does it All -- Land, Sea and Sky! Explore 'no limits' living in the newly FAA certified Searey Elite Amphibious Light Sport Airplane. This distinctive aircraft>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.26.15)

Aerospace Web Aerospaceweb.org is a non-profit site operated by engineers and scientists in the aerospace field. The goal of this site is to provide educational information on a va>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC