FAA Part 21 Certification Procedures for Products and Parts C1701

Topics: Quality, Safety & Maintenance

Part 21 is the FAA regulation that provides the regulatory framework to conduct certification of products and parts. This includes the engineering, airworthiness, production and quality systems. The aerospace industry is hinged around compliance with Part 21; however, comprehension of Part 21 and its role in civil certification is challenging. This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the processes that encompass aircraft certification, including compliance with FARs, certification procedures and post certification responsibilities. It is also intended to introduce participants to the many regulatory issues upon which companies make business decisions that can be derailed by failing to see the part 21 implications. Such issues may include licensing, supplier control and relocation of manufacturing either domestically or internationally. Aerospace professionals will be able to implement time and resource saving actions resulting in cost savings. Participants will explore concepts of supplementing a Type Certificate, production certification procedures, quality system compliance, airworthiness certificates, and export procedures. Technical Standards procedures, parts manufacturing approval procedures, and implementation of the Change Product Rule and how to determine its applicability will also be covered.

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Define Part 21 and its role in the overall regulatory rule structure
  • Describe and determine your role as a design approval holder (TC/STC/TSO/PMA)
  • Describe and determine your role as a production approval holder (PC/TSOA/PMA)
  • Outline what constitutes an FAA approved quality system
  • Define the Various FAA airworthiness certificates and the impacts and implications for owner/operators
  • Explain what constitutes changes to a design approval

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for aerospace engineering professionals such as: certification engineers and technicians, engineering leaders, program managers, business development personnel and compliance specialists. This course applies to any discipline associated with certification in areas such as: the certification of products, testing, leading certification projects, regulatory impact on new business opportunities and compliance with ITAR/EAR. The information presented in this seminar will be of interest to individuals interested in enrolling in other SAE seminars such as: Aircraft Cabin Safety and Interior Crashworthiness (ID# C0926), FAA Certification & Continued Operations Safety Orientation (ID# C1707), Aviation Safety Engineer Job Functions (ID# C1708).


Participants should have a basic understanding of FAA practices in terms of certifying an aircraft or having been a part of a quality control unit.

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Barbara Capron or Jennifer Kuehn or Fredrick Stellar 

Jennifer Kuehn Jennifer Kuehn is currently an instructor for SAE. She has been teaching Aircraft Certification Basics since May 2020. Jennifer retired from the FAA in April 2020 after 33 years of service. From December 1999 to her retirement, Jennifer was a project manager responsible for managing Type Certificate projects including the Bell Model 525 project as well as a variety of Supplemental Type Certificate projects. She also led Delegated Organization Inspection Program inspections and provided on the job training to the other members of her office. In July 2014, Jennifer was selected for the AVS Leadership Award for a non-manager. Her actions and accomplishments helped the FAA’s meet its commitments, build a stronger FAA oversight team, and improve the capabilities of BHTI’s Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).

From May 2019 to February 2020 Jennifer was an adjunct instructor at the FAA Academy. She volunteered several times a year to teach Certification Procedures for Products and Articles (14 CFR Part 21) to personnel from Aircraft Certification Service, Flight Standards, and industry.

FredFred Stellar served as Director of Certification and FAA\'s Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) lead administrator to issue Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) Supplement Type Certificates (STCs). Prior to joining AHI, Fred was the lead administrator for Bell Helicopter's ODA and manager of the civil certification group. He served to oversee development and certification of TC's and STC's. While a manager in the Federal Aviation Administration Stellar served in the aircraft certification office responsible for oversight and certification of Part 25 airplane modifications in Fort Worth, Texas. Fred also served 4 years managing the FAA International Policy Office in Brussels, Belgium where he worked closely with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Stellar served as a Research Assistant Professor of Aviation Systems with the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) where he taught a broad spectrum of graduate applied engineering courses focused on the aircraft certification processes as well as managing UTSI flight operations and maintenance activities for the University\'s research aircraft. Before his civil aviation experience, Stellar was a 22-year veteran of the Army where his aviation assignments included experimental test pilot and assistant professor in the engineering department at West Point. Stellar earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. He is a graduate of the US Navy Test Pilot School. He also earned a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of the Program Manager course at the Defense Systems Management College. He holds a FAA commercial pilot license with helicopter, single/multi-engine airplane, and instrument ratings. He has more than 3200 accident-free flying hours in over 65 different aircraft.

Barbara Ms. Barbara Capron is the owner and president of Aviation Regulatory Compliance Specialists, LLC, which specializes in assisting aviation design and manufacturing applicants and holders with compliance to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. Prior to opening her own business, Ms. Capron was a Senior Aviation Safety Inspector (Mfg.) with the Federal Aviation Administration for twenty-two years.

Ms. Capron joined the FAA in 1996 as an Aviation Safety Inspector in Van Nuys, CA., where she served as a Principal Inspector for thirty-two companies and twenty-one designees. In 1998 she transferred to the Production and Airworthiness Division (AIR-200) in Washington, DC where she developed aviation policy and regulatory language until 2010. In 2010, Ms. Capron transferred to the FAA’s Academy in Oklahoma City to become the course manager for Part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Articles, as well as teaching in several other FAA courses. In 2014, Ms. Capron returned to Washington, DC, where she continued to work on rulemaking until her retirement in 2018.

Ms. Capron holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle University, with dual specializations in Human Factors and Safety Systems. Ms. Capron also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Aviation Management, as well as an Airframe and Powerplant license. In addition, Ms. Capron has numerous certificates of training, including ISO and Quality System Auditing. Ms. Capron currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Format: Classroom

Event ID: S-00535

Location: Grapevine, Texas

Session Info:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fees: $1,299.00

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