FAA Publishes Revision to Field Approval Guidance for Comment

SUMMARY:
The Federal Aviation Administration published a revision to AC 43-210 (AC 43-210A), Standardized Procedures for Requesting Approval of Data for Major Repairs and Major Alterations. This advisory circular describes a standardized procedure for requesting approval of technical data associated with major alterations or major repairs for certificated products.

This AC also provides information that can help determine if a proposed repair or alteration requires a field approval. Additionally, this AC provides guidance and standardized procedures to follow to obtain a field approval. Finally, this AC introduces and provides instructions for completing the field approval checklist.

Comment information can be found online at Flight Standards Service Draft Advisory Circulars Open for Comment

Comments are due Jan. 7, 2016. 

AEA COMMENTARY: 
This is a major rewrite of the FAA guidance on applying for field approvals. Unfortunately, this AC also tends to set the criteria for ALL in-service modification. It is critically important that ALL AEA member companies take the time to review the proposed guidance and submit comments to the FAA.

The AEA Government & Industry Affairs committee is currently reviewing the document and will be submitting comments by the Jan. 7, 2016, due date. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Ric Peri, vice president of government & industry affairs for AEA, by email at ricp@aea.net or by phone at 202-589-1144.

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