In cooperation with the FAA, the Aircraft Electronics Association played host to more than 50 attendees at lasat week’s AML-STC Avionics Product Certification Workshop, which took place June 25-26 in the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development at the AEA’s international headquarters in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
The workshop was predicated on a discussion for a “case for safety” for general aviation aircraft retrofit avionics.
- Attendees discussed a variety of issues and offered recommendations to address the workshop’s agenda, which included:
- Breaking the cost barriers to avionics certification.
- Validation procedures for approved model lists under the bilateral aviation safety agreements between the U.S. and Europe, as well as Canada.
- Where are the true hidden costs of certification/method of compliance for avionics (EFIS, ADS-B, etc.)?
- What role production approval plays in the cost equation, and how Part 21 production (PMA) can be scaled for general aviation retrofit.
- Situation for retrofit avionics, from light GA to adding utility to the older commuter aircraft.
The workshop was a first step in addressing the challenges of certifying new systems using the AML-STC criteria, according to AEA officials. Additional workshops are planned to continue seeking solutions for streamlined and cost-effective certifications.
“In step with our efforts throughout many years of hosting new technology forums, including ADS-B and Wi-Fi workshops, along with the Avionics Rotorcraft Forums, this simply is a continuum of the AEA’s efforts to bring both the avionics industry and the regulatory agencies together to focus on continuous improvements of the certification processes for avionics systems,” said Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs.