Avionics News January 2012 - 14

In this monthly column, Ric Peri of the AEA’s Washington, D.C., office, informs members of the latest regulatory updates.

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he basic principle of a quality system is your manual Right before the AEA Central Regional Meeting in Kansas should describe your process, and your processes should City last November, the FAA kicked off the Part 23 aviation rulebe performed according to your manual. And, in the case making committee to modernize the aircraft certification regulaof repair stations, your processes (manual) must meet the stantions. The meeting was represented by NAAs from around the dards of the regulations. The more I work with AEA members, world, airframe manufacturers, lots of FAA staff and, of course, the more I think this is an area where we can do better; partly a well-represented AEA membership. One of the recommendabecause our manuals don’t reflect our business, partly because tions presented was the separation of “safety” standards from the inspector’s guidance (instructions) are analog, and partly be“design” standards. On the second day, this concept was further cause we don’t use our manuals for what they were envisioned to do. As I write this month’s column, it is It was the beginning of this century when passionate FAA Thanksgiving week in the U.S. I find leadership tried to modernize the repair station regulations, myself, as I have for the past four years, only to be sabotaged by 418 pages of instructions spending Thanksgiving week overseas working with European members and prescribing what the 22 pages of the regulations mean. attending a number of European Aviation Safety Agency meetings in Cologne, Germany. The view from Germany offers a robust quality system supported, as attendees described that the basic safety standards mandated by local national aviation authorities and incorporated (the Part 23 regulations) are not poorly written and generally not into EASA regulations. Some in the U.S. might call it an ISO the problem. Rather, the design standards described in the guid(international standards organization), or AS style quality sysance, advisory and policy materials were overly prescriptive and tems. While the vision of the 2001 Federal Aviation Administracost prohibitive for new entrants into the aircraft manufacturing tion rewrite of the repair station regulations was to incorporate industry or supported new and novel technologies presented many of the European principles of quality systems, the FAA’s by the avionics industry. The ARC was created with passion analog instructional guidance to inspectors do not easily allow from the FAA leadership and offers promise for improvements them. Generally speaking, the prescriptive approach to repair stato product and light aircraft certification in the next century. Of tion oversight caught in the FAA order 8900.1 and taught as the course, it takes half a decade for rulemaking to run from idea to “only” acceptable means to inspectors at the FAA’s academy in print, so we likely won’t see the results of this effort until nearly Oklahoma City, Okla., simply isn’t compatible with the perfor2020. mance-based system so very well demonstrated in Europe. It was the beginning of this century when passionate FAA
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News January 2012

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Rockwell Collins' Fusion Upgrades
Member Profile
Where Are They Now?
Before & After
Next Step in the GPS Battle
A Conversation With...
Touchscreen Avionics: Training Required
Sounding Off On Audio Panels
Member Profile
Advertisers Index
Aviation Aces
Business Basics
Meet the AEA Board
Theory & Practice
Legal Ease
Special Report
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News January 2012 - Cover1
Avionics News January 2012 - Cover2
Avionics News January 2012 - 1
Avionics News January 2012 - 2
Avionics News January 2012 - 3
Avionics News January 2012 - Point of Communication
Avionics News January 2012 - 5
Avionics News January 2012 - AEA Now
Avionics News January 2012 - 7
Avionics News January 2012 - 8
Avionics News January 2012 - 9
Avionics News January 2012 - 10
Avionics News January 2012 - 11
Avionics News January 2012 - 12
Avionics News January 2012 - 13
Avionics News January 2012 - The View From Washington
Avionics News January 2012 - 15
Avionics News January 2012 - International News and Regulatory Updates
Avionics News January 2012 - 17
Avionics News January 2012 - 18
Avionics News January 2012 - 19
Avionics News January 2012 - Rockwell Collins' Fusion Upgrades
Avionics News January 2012 - 21
Avionics News January 2012 - 22
Avionics News January 2012 - 23
Avionics News January 2012 - Member Profile
Avionics News January 2012 - 25
Avionics News January 2012 - 26
Avionics News January 2012 - 27
Avionics News January 2012 - Where Are They Now?
Avionics News January 2012 - 29
Avionics News January 2012 - 30
Avionics News January 2012 - Before & After
Avionics News January 2012 - Next Step in the GPS Battle
Avionics News January 2012 - 33
Avionics News January 2012 - A Conversation With...
Avionics News January 2012 - 35
Avionics News January 2012 - Touchscreen Avionics: Training Required
Avionics News January 2012 - 37
Avionics News January 2012 - 38
Avionics News January 2012 - 39
Avionics News January 2012 - Sounding Off On Audio Panels
Avionics News January 2012 - 41
Avionics News January 2012 - 42
Avionics News January 2012 - 43
Avionics News January 2012 - Member Profile
Avionics News January 2012 - 45
Avionics News January 2012 - 46
Avionics News January 2012 - Advertisers Index
Avionics News January 2012 - Aviation Aces
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Avionics News January 2012 - 50
Avionics News January 2012 - 51
Avionics News January 2012 - Business Basics
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Avionics News January 2012 - 55
Avionics News January 2012 - Meet the AEA Board
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Avionics News January 2012 - 58
Avionics News January 2012 - 59
Avionics News January 2012 - Theory & Practice
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Avionics News January 2012 - Legal Ease
Avionics News January 2012 - 63
Avionics News January 2012 - Special Report
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Avionics News January 2012 - 69
Avionics News January 2012 - What's New
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Avionics News January 2012 - 73
Avionics News January 2012 - Marketplace Classifieds
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