The FAA's acting administrator, Michael Huerta, indicated in a speech last week that the FAA is conducting a re-evaluation of how the agency certifies aircraft and any new technology that operators might want to install.
As part of the FAA law enacted earlier this year, Congress mandated that the FAA streamline the certification process to cut costs and timetables for aircraft certification. As many HAI members know all too well, delays on the part of the FAA have taken years in some instances and the costs have been exceedingly high.
According to Huerta's comments in Wichita, Kansas last week, the FAA is looking to serve in an oversight role, except for the most safety-critical of components, as a more streamlined certification process rolls out. An FAA spokesperson told POLITICO earlier this week that an FAA committee is evaluating current rules and expects to complete its work in March. At the completion of the current evaluative work, the FAA would then begin work on a proposed new rule.
HAI will continue to closely monitor this issue and provide updates as developments unfold and new information becomes available.