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The Aircraft Electronics Association's international membership continues to grow. Currently, the AEA represents
avionics businesses in more than 40 countries throughout the world. To better serve the needs of the AEA's international
membership, the "International News and Regulatory Updates" section of Avionics News offers a greater focus on
international regulatory activity, international industry news and an international "Frequently Asked Questions" column
to help promote standardization. If you have comments about this section, send emails to avionicsnews@aea.net.

FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS
United States

Acceptability of FAA
Advisory Circular
The following information is from a Federal
Aviation Administration legal interpretation
dated March 7, 2006.

Question:

Is an advisory circular an acceptable means
of compliance to a regulation?

Answer:

Yes, if the AC specifically states that it is an
acceptable means of compliance.
AC 00-2.14, Advisory Circular Checklist and
Status of Other FAA Publications, provides an
explanation of the advisory circular system.
Extracted from AC 00-2.14: "The FAA issues
advisory circulars to inform the aviation public in
a systematic way of nonregulatory material. Unless
incorporated into a regulation by reference, the

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contents of an advisory circular are not binding on
the public."
However, the AC further clarifies that "an AC
is issued to provide guidance and information in
a designated subject area or to show a method
acceptable to the administrator for complying with a
related Federal Aviation Regulation."
As an example, AC 43-206, Inspection,
Prevention, Control, and Repair of Corrosion on
Avionics Equipment, contains acceptable methods,
techniques, and practices for inspection, prevention,
control and repair of corrosion on avionic systems
and equipment. Meanwhile, the description in AC
145-9A, Guide for Developing and Evaluating
Repair Station and Quality Control Manuals, states
that "this AC describes an acceptable, but not the
only means, to develop a manual and comply with
the referenced regulations."
Everyone gets hung up on the "but not the only
means" statement. Who gets to choose? You do!
If you choose to follow an AC as your means of
compliance, and it is applicable and appropriate to
your regulatory requirement, then it is deemed to be
acceptable by the administrator. However, should
you choose not to utilize a preapproved means of
compliance, you have the right to propose your
alternate. But, you have to show why and how your
means of compliance meets all of the requirements
and is acceptable for your application. q



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