HELI-EXPO 2013 Professional Education Courses

Part 21: Certification Procedures for Products and Parts

March 4, 2013 | | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Level 2
Maintenance Skills Track


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This four-hour course will provide attendees with an overview of the aviation safety regulations under 14 CFR Part 21 that govern certification procedures for products and parts. The course will discuss recent changes to Part 21, specific Part 21 amendments, including Subparts A, B, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, N, and O, and business activities associated with the certification process.

Among the topics that will be addressed in this course are —

  • Reporting of failures
  • Malfunctions and defects
  • Approval of articles
  • Falsification of applications, reports, or records
  • Requirements for supplemental type certificate
  • Approval of changes in type design
  • Production under type certificate
  • Quality systems and manuals
  • Inspections and tests
  • Production limitation records
  • Issue of airworthiness certificates
  • Experimental certificates
  • Special flight permits
  • Responsibilities of exporters
  • Acceptance of aircraft engines and propellers
  • Issuance of letters of Technical Standard Order design approval
  • And more.

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will understand the essential Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulatory requirements for procedures pertinent to aircraft products and parts certification, each step in the certification process, and how to stay in compliance with these regulations.

Marshall Filler is a managing member of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC, where he represents aviation industry clients in matters pending before the agencies of the federal government, Congress, and the courts. Filler performs extensive consulting work for clients in the safety regulatory area, advising air carriers, repair stations, manufacturers, distributors, and individuals on a variety of issues pertaining to certification, maintenance, and flight operations, including how to prepare for and respond to inspections conducted by the FAA’s Flight Standards and Aircraft Certification Services. Filler also serves as the managing director and general counsel of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association.

Sarah MacLeod is responsible for the management of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC, where she represents foreign and domestic air carriers, aircraft maintenance and alteration facilities, distributors, and other individuals and companies before federal administrative bodies. MacLeod was instrumental in the formation of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association, where she serves as executive director. In addition, she is the assistant chair for air carrier and general aviation maintenance of the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, a post she has held since 1996.

Who Should Attend
Executives and accountable managers, purchasing and sales personnel, quality control and assurance managers and supervisors, maintenance technicians, support staff, and any individual involved in obtaining or working under a repair station certificate issued by the FAA.

Course Prerequisites

Professional Development Credit
Inspection Authorization Renewal (4 hrs.)