FAA/EASA Certification, Methods of Compliance for 29.865 External Loads 
I.D. # C1971 Duration 2 Days

Certifying an aircraft, part or appliance can be challenge. The FAA/EASA procedures can be frustrating and a maze of rules, policy and guidance. Understanding the process and procedures can provide you with a competitive edge and reduce your time obtaining a Certification approval. This course provides an overview of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) policies, guidelines and requirements leading to Type and Supplemental Type airworthiness approvals. This course has a focus on 29.865 External loads to include hoists, belly-mounted external structure and cargo hook loads.

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand aviation authority FAA processes for certification of products
  • Understand the role of various aviation authority roles
  • Describe the principles of Type Certification and Supplemental Type Certification requirements and process
  • Understand the rules for certification under 29.865
  • Understand the methods for certification under 29.865
  • Understand where to find the guidance for FAA and EASA certification under 29.865
  • Identify the difference between airworthiness standard and operational rules
  • Identify the how a certification approval does not grant an operations approval

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for engineering and certification managers, design engineers, airworthiness and certification engineers, quality assurance inspectors and engineers, program managers, and consultants. The course will help newcomers to aircraft certification as well as experienced attendees better understand the certification process and be able to present and negotiate certification matters with the Federal Aviation Administration Aircraft Certification Office.
Seminar Content
Day One

  • I. Intro

    II. International Civil Aeronautics Organization

    • 0.Standards and Recommended Practices

    III. Definitions

    IV. Design Criteria

    V. Usage Profiles

    VI. Segmented Certification

    VII. Load Classifications

    • 0.Class A

      1.Class B

      2.Class C

      3.Class D

    VIII. System reliability

    • 0.Safety Assessment Processes





      5.Industry guidance

Day Two

  • IX. Structural Analysis


    XI. Hoist Qualification

    • 0.Limit Loads

      1.Non-human Qualification

      2.Human Qualification

      3.Fatigue Evaluation

    XII. Agriculture Qualification

    XIII. Release Systems

    XIV. System Reliability

    XV. Crashworthiness

    XVI. Flying Qualities

    XVII. Limitations

    XVIII. Flight Manuals

Instructor(s): David Downey

DavidDavid Downey is a consultant and trainer in the aviation and defense sectors for Downey Aviation Services. Mr. Downey previously served as President, North America, at Aerosafe Risk Management. Prior to that role he was a Vice President at Bell Helicopter where he was responsible for Systems Engineering, Engineering Operations, Flight Test Operations, Flight Safety, the Bell Organization Delegation Authorization and the Product Safety Board. Prior to joining Bell, Mr. Downey was a member of the FAA Senior Executive Service where he served as the Manager, FAA Rotorcraft Directorate in Fort Worth, Texas. He provided strategic direction on all aspects of rotorcraft and tilt-rotor policy/certification. In this position he was also responsible for all FAA experimental flight test policy, training and administration. He was a Team Leader on the FAA Safer Skies Commercial Aviation safety program. As Co-Chair of the International Helicopter Safety Team, Mr. Downey achieved a 33% reduction in the number of U. S. fatal helicopter accidents. He has FAA engineering and manufacturing experience with engines, propellers, APUs, UAVs and airplanes. He is an FAA DER. He has also worked closely with the NTSB and international Aviation Authorities such as TCCA, EASA, CAAC and ICAO. Mr. Downey began his career as a U. S. Army Pilot. His aviation experience includes over 4000 hours of fixed and rotary wing accident-free flying on 125 different models. He holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot rating as well as single/multi engine land/seaplane and helicopter commercial pilot, and CFI ground. Mr. Downey is the 2010 Society of Experimental Test Pilots Tony LaVier Flight Safety Award for life time achievement in Flight Safety. A published author and international public speaker on aviation and leadership, Mr. Downey graduated from the University of Tennessee Space Institute with an MS and earned his BS from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also a graduate of the US Navy Test Pilot School.

Fees: $1399 SAE Members: $1259


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