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, Operations & Maintenance 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.

  • Subpart A - General
    • Applicability and definitions
    • Falsification of applications, reports, or records
    • Reporting of failures, malfunctions, and defects
  • Subpart B - Type Certificates
    • Privileges
    • Transferability
    • Instructions for continued airworthiness and manufacturer"s maintenance manuals having airworthiness limitations sections
  • Subpart C - Provisional Type Certificates
  • Subpart D - Changes to Type Certificates
    • Major changes in type design
    • Minor changes in type design
  • Subpart E - Supplemental Type Certificates
    • Requirement for supplemental type certificate
    • Issue of supplemental type certificate
  • Subpart F - Production Under Type Certificate
    • Location of/or changes to manufacturing facilities
    • Production under type certificate
    • Statement of conformity
  • Subpart G - Production Certificates
    • Application
    • Organization
    • Quality system
    • Quality manual
    • Location of/or changes to manufacturing facilities
    • Inspections and tests
    • Production limitation record
    • Transferability
    • Responsibility of holder
    • Changes in quality system
  • Subpart H - Airworthiness Certificates
    • Applicability
    • Issue of standard airworthiness certificates for normal, utility, acrobatic, commuter and transport category aircraft; manned free balloons; and special classes of aircraft
    • Issue of airworthiness certificates for restricted category aircraft
    • Experimental certificates: aircraft to be used for market surveys, sales demonstrations, and customer crew training
    • Special flight permits
  • Subpart I - Provisional Airworthiness Certificates
  • Subpart K - Parts Manufacturing Approvals
    • Applicability
    • Application
    • Organization
    • Quality system
    • Quality manual
    • Location of/or changes to manufacturing facilities
  • Subpart L - Export Airworthiness Approvals
    • Issuance of export certificates of airworthiness
    • Issuance of export airworthiness approvals for aircraft engines, propellers, and articles
    • Responsibilities of exporters
  • Subpart N
    • Acceptance of aircraft engines and propellers
    • Acceptance of articles
  • Subpart O
    • Applicability and definitions
    • Application
    • Organization
    • Quality system
    • Quality manual
    • Location of/or changes to manufacturing facilities
    • Responsibility of holder
    • Approval for deviation
    • Design changes
    • Changes in quality system
    • Issuance of Letters of TSO Design Approval: Import Article
David Downey/ Frederick Stellar

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.  

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.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Fees: $1299.00

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