FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — During AERO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President Pete Bunce praised EASA and the FAA for their efforts to put into place the CS-23/Part 23 Reorganization, which would regulate the safety of GA aircraft based on requirements based on the complexity and performance of the airplane, rather than on existing arbitrary divisions based on weight and propulsion.
The lighter segments of GA have suffered in terms of new product innovation as a result of overly prescriptive and rigid rules, he said.
“Adopting new certification rules will help spur new product innovation and the installation of safety-enhancing technologies in existing airplanes,” Bunce said. “We are pleased with the steps EASA and the FAA have taken to date, with the stated goal of doubling safety while cutting certification costs by half.”
GAMA has worked with EASA, the FAA and the industry over the past year on these new certification rules, which would allow compliance through consensus-based standards. EASA has also worked with the FAA to establish formal rulemaking initiatives to develop the new system. Officials in other countries such as Canada, Brazil and China, have also been involved in this initiative, and remain committed to adopting a harmonized global approach, he noted.
In addition to the CS-23 effort, Bunce emphasized the importance of implementing the broader General Aviation Safety Strategy developed last year by EU Member States, EASA and industry.
“The Strategy represents an opportunity to rethink how we approach GA regulation in Europe, to ensure proportionality in areas such as operations, licensing and maintenance,” Bunce said.
Both of these initiatives represent significant opportunities to address some of the challenges faced by GA in Europe, he noted.