Log in to use our free company, program and sector update tracker feature.

Front page

Industry welcomes FAA response to call for alternate means of rotorcraft compliance

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), American Helicopter Society International (AHS), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and Helicopter Association International (HAI) today welcomed the FAA's acceptance of industry recommendations to propose an alternative acceptable means of compliance for single-engine helicopters to meet Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) certification requirements for Part 27 rotorcraft.

In his response to an industry whitepaper submitted in 2015, Lance Gant, Manager of the Rotorcraft Directorate, wrote that the FAA “has begun the process of adopting some of the concepts and recommendations of the whitepaper into a proposed Safety Continuum for Part 27 Systems and Equipment Policy Statement.” Gant noted that the proposed policy statement - which the FAA expects to release for public comment by December - will create “classes” of Part 27 rotorcraft up to 7,000 pounds based on factors including weight and passenger capacity.

The recommendations came after 18 months of collaboration among aircraft and avionics manufacturers, operators, and industry safety experts, and was cosigned by senior leadership from AEA, AHS, GAMA, and HAI. They addressed issues—such as reducing the cost and complexity of certifying single-engine rotorcraft—which the industry views as key to increasing the number of IFR operations and improving safety. One of the longstanding concerns within the industry is that the current means of compliance with Advisory Circular 27-1 is viewed as an impediment to single-engine IFR certification due to requirements that essentially make routine single-engine certification economically impractical in spite of obvious safety benefits.

“We are very encouraged that the FAA not only appears to be supportive of the whitepaper, but is adopting a much more tenable overall approach to leveraging advances in technology for safety and efficiency,” said AHS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg.

“We are very pleased that the FAA is moving forward to make it easier for general aviation manufacturers to provide IFR capability for Part 27 single-engine rotorcraft,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “This change will better enable equipage of safety-enhancing technology in Part 27 rotorcraft, similar to the improvements we are supporting for Part 23 airplanes. It will also reduce certification times and costs for rotorcraft operators and manufacturers, and we look forward to seeing these alternate methods of compliance being put into place quickly.”

AEA President Paula Derks added, “This is an example where legacy prescriptive regulations were being applied to modern advanced technology resulting in a more restrictive certification environment than was ever intended. We look forward to the proposed modernization being offered in the Safety Continuum.”

HAI President & CEO Matt Zuccaro said, “I am sincerely appreciative of the FAA's support of this very important initiative. By recognizing the technological advancements the industry has undergone and the outdated regulatory requirements being applied to single-engine IFR certification, we are now able to move forward with improvement of industry safety and operational efficiency.”

Press release issued by General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) on August 24, 2016


 Contact details from our directory:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Trade Organisations


 Related directory sectors:
Trade Organisations

Enhanced listings:

Midland Aerospace
Manufacturer of complex 3- and 5-axis CNC machined and fabricated detail components & assemblies for the aerospace & defence market sectors.

The leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry.

United Performance Metals
A global distributor and processor of titanium products for over 40 years, and a leading supplier to the aerospace industry.

Fine Tubes
Manufacturer of precision tubes in high strength titanium, stainless steel and nickel alloys, seamless, welded or welded & redrawn

Dexmet Corporation
Dexmet MicroGrid® an innovative product line that help improve the composite aircraft withstand the rigors of a lightning strike.

See our advertising tariff.


data pages remaining in monthly quota for non-subscribers

© Copyright of Airframer Limited, operated under licence by Stansted News Limited 2017. Terms & Conditions of reading.