Avionics News July 2017 - 8
In Memory: Edward C. Stead
Edward Charles Stead, 75, passed away June 9.
He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Nov. 19,
1941, and graduated from Lynn Classical High
School and then served in the U.S. Navy for three
A member of the AEA Board of Directors in the
1970s, Stead had a lifetime love of avionics, making
it his career with the establishment of Stead
Aviation at Manchester Airport from 1970 until his
retirement in 1997. He was a member of various
organizations such as the Aviation Museum of New
Hampshire, Classic Jet Aircraft Association, and
the AERO Club of New England. He also helped
organize the New England Escadrille Air Show at
the Manchester Airport. q
AEA reiterates concerns
over plan to privatize
U.S. air traffic control
Immediately following the June 5 announcement by
President Donald J. Trump that he supports a proposed
plan to privatize air traffic control in the United States, the
Aircraft Electronics Association and a host of general aviation associations joined together to send a letter of response
to the president.
The 16 general aviation organizations reiterated "real and
long-standing concerns, which include but are not limited to
user fees." In part, the general aviation industry is concerned
with the president's proposal that is backed by the commercial
airlines, which would turn over congressional oversight of the
nation's aviation system to an entity governed by a private
board of directors.
"With the airlines in charge of air traffic control, it's
increasingly possible that airport access to general aviation
aircraft could become restricted, and that a private organization could be empowered with taxing authority," AEA
President Paula Derks said. "The volume of air traffic in the
United States, including general aviation traffic, far exceeds
that of any other nation. Modernizing the nation's aviation
system should be the focus and is much more important than
privatizing the system, which is the safest in the world."
To read the full text of the joint letter to President Trump
from the associations, visit aea.net. q
update to Product
The Aerospace Industries Association, Aircraft
Electronics Association and the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association recently announced the
approval of an updated United States Federal Aviation
Administration / Industry Guide to Product Certification.
The last version of the guide was published in 2004.
The updated guide will help institutionalize best practices and a new operating norm for the FAA, companies and
applicants that will prove to be foundational in reaching
the next level of safety and certification process effectiveness and efficiency. It incorporates changes based on lessons learned and the most recently published FAA policy
guidance. The guide also establishes principles and guidance for how an applicant and the FAA can transition to a
state where there is progressively less direct involvement
of the FAA in detailed compliance activities, increasing the
efficiency of the process while maintaining the same high
level of safety.
"Since the FAA and Industry Guide to Avionics
Approvals was first published April 13, 2001, much has
changed in the agency, the industry and the products," said
AEA President Paula Derks. "Now on its third revision,
this update leverages risk-based decision-making and organizational maturity as it modernizes the processes to better
facilitate the needs of aviation. This Product Certification
Improvement Guide is an excellent example of industry
and the FAA working together to streamline processes and
maximize efficiencies in certification."
There have been significant changes in the certification processes over the last 10 to 15 years that improve
the efficiency and effectiveness of the certification and
design approval processes and enhance product safety. The
revised guide addresses the impact of those changes and
assists the stakeholders in taking full advantage of the benefits they offer.
"Clarifying the roles and responsibilities of industry and
FAA oversight offices and facilitating a shift to a systems
approach to product certification and safety oversight
was a recommendation of the FAA Aircraft Certification
Process Review and Reform report to Congress and
the Part 21 / Safety Management Systems Aviation
Rulemaking Committee," said GAMA President and CEO
A group comprised of representatives from nearly 15
organizations worked for more than 18 months to improve
the guide and produce the third edition of it.
To view the updated guide, visit goo.gl/qpNP3a. q