Avionics News November 2015 - 16
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Part 65 Air Traffic Service Personnel Licenses and
Ratings, Amendment 5.
Part 91 General Operating and Flight Rules,
Part 93 Special Aerodrome Traffic Rules and Noise
Abatement Procedures, Amendment 7.
Part 101 Gyrogliders and Parasails, Unmanned Aircraft
(including Balloons), Kites, and Rockets - Operating
Rules, Amendment 7.
Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certification,
Part 108 Air Operator Security Programme,
Part 115 Adventure Aviation - Certification and
Operations, Amendment 2.
Part 119 Air Operator - Certification, Amendment 14.
Part 121 Air Operations - Large Airplanes,
Part 125 Air Operations - Medium Airplanes,
Part 135 Air Operations - Helicopters and Small
Airplanes, Amendment 21.
Part 139 Aerodromes - Certification, Operation and Use,
Part 145 Aircraft Maintenance Organizations Certification, Amendment 12.
Part 172 Air Traffic Service Organizations - Certification,
BILATERAL SAFETY AGREEMENTS UPDATE
BY RIC PERI; AEA VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT & INDUSTRY AFFAIRS
In the last few months, there have been some significant changes to the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements
between the U.S., Europe and Canada. Each agreement is
slightly different with some significant impacts.
Between the European Aviation Safety Agency and the
Federal Aviation Administration:
Change 5 to the Maintenance Annex Agreement was
published on Sept. 9, 2015, with significant editorial changes. Some of the most noteworthy changes include:
* Changes to the MAG shall be implemented, as applicable, within 90 days after the effective date of
* There is a new provision for aircraft repair station
* Likely the most dramatic change with regards to
new components used in maintenance - for U.S.
OEMs and PC holders, the BASA now requires that
documentation of release must be on the FAA Form
8130-3 as a new part. This is a significant change for
many U.S.-based repair stations.
A thorough review of the latest Maintenance Annex
Guidance is encouraged. The Aircraft Electronics Association has joined with a coalition of industry partners requesting a delay in 90-day implementation of the new FAA Form
8130-3 mandate. Visit aea.net for the latest information, as
these issues continues to unfold.
On Sept. 15, 2015, the Technical Implementation Procedures between the U.S. and Canada, as well as the agree-
ment between the U.S. and Europe, were amended to allow for the reciprocal acceptance of most current and future
TSOs without the need to perform a redundant technical
By relying on the robust regulatory oversight demonstrated by the FAA, the EASA and Transport Canada, the
reciprocal acceptance allows the agencies to eliminate their
duplicative approval processes, get safety-enhancing equipment installed on aircraft more quickly, and will make the
agencies workload more manageable. In addition, for industry, the elimination of duplicate approvals will eliminate duplicate international certifications, thereby saving time and
money and, in many cases, will allow the installation of the
latest safety-enhancing technologies years sooner.
Also on Sept. 15, 2015, the U.S.-Europe Technical Implementation Procedure was amended to facilitate a simplified acceptance and validation of basic supplemental type
certificates with the FAA. An audit process will ensure that
technical classifications continue to meet established criteria, and make sure standards are being met.
While these agreements are exciting news moving forward, none of the authorities have developed the guidance
for implementing these changes. In addition, the revision to
the U.S./EU agreement must be ratified by all EU counties,
which may take an extended period. The AEA is hopeful
that the changes will be implemented in an expedited manner, but do not expect to see these changes to the implementation procedures before early 2016. q