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IAOPA joins with GAMA and ASD to comment on CS-23

from IAOPA

IAOPA joined forces with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD) to submit comments on European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) on the CS-23 rulemaking for the light end of the general aviation market. IAOPA agrees that the proposed rule will make it easier for the general aviation community in Europe to design, develop, and deploy safety-enhancing technologies and products for the current fleet as well as future small airplanes.

EASA's draft rule has been closely coordinated with the U.S. FAA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) for Part 23 aircraft, which was issued in March. The two agency proposals both remove current overly prescriptive design requirements and replace them with performance-based airworthiness standards, while also recognizing the use of consensus-based standards to establish acceptable methods of compliance for specific designs and technologies. In its NPA, EASA noted its high-level coordination with the FAA on this issue, as well as its work with the aviation community in developing consensus-based standards.

The joint comments stressed that EASA's reorganization of CS-23 is critical to securing the future of general aviation in Europe and allowing the European general aviation manufacturers to succeed globally. EASA's leadership in assuring close harmonization with other key aviation authorities as the design requirements evolve has been well coordinated with the European aviation community over the past several years. The resulting NPA 2016-05 generally represents a proposal which allows for new safety enhancements and innovations to be incorporated in an efficient manner.

Additionally, IAOPA called on EASA to quickly implement the proposed amendment in as short a timeframe as possible, hoping to see the new CS-23 in place by the end of this year. If you would like to obtain a full copy of comments submitted, please contact IAOPA Headquarters. more

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