FAA Certification, Operations and Maintenance Orientation C1707

Topics: Quality, Safety & Maintenance

Certifying an aircraft, part or appliance can be challenging while navigating the maze of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) procedures, rules, policies and guidelines. This course will help you to the understand the FAA organizational structure, it's policies, guidelines and requirements leading to Type and Supplemental Type airworthiness approvals, and provide you with a competitive edge and potential reduction in time in obtaining an FAA approval. The rule-making process and rules applicable to aircraft parts and products, as well as the roles and responsibilities of the Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO), Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), and the Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) will be covered. Type and Supplemental Type Certification (TC and STC) processes and Change Product Rule for alterations and modifications to previous type certified aircraft will also be discussed. Additional topics to be covered include: FAA Enforcement, Electronic Records, the Federal Register role and the National Transportation Safety Board and how it can impact your business.
Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Define the FAA processes for certification of products
  • Efficiently manage certification programs
  • Describe the principles of Type Certification and Supplemental Type Certification requirements and processes
  • Communicate effectively with the FAA on certification programs
  • Describe the FAA system, FAA orders, Advisory Circulars, FAA rule making processes
  • Identify equivalent level of safety, special conditions and exemptions
  • Identify the difference between airworthiness standard and operational rules
  • Explain the FAA enforcement procedures and applicant action

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for aerospace engineering professionals including: certification engineers and technicians, engineering leadership, program managers, business development personnel, federal aviation administration inspectors/engineers, quality assurance inspectors/engineers and compliance specialists. This course applies to any discipline associated with certification in areas such as: certifying products, leading/managing certification projects, leading part 121/135 engineering modifications, regulatory impact on new business opportunities and compliance with ITAR/EAR. The information presented in this seminar will be helpful to individuals interested in enrolling in other SAE seminars such as: or Aircraft Cabin Safety and Interior Crashworthiness (ID# C0926), or FAA Part 21 Certification Procedures for Products and Parts (ID# C1701), or 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.

  • Introduction
  • International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO)
  • FAA Structure, Roles, Responsibilities
  • FAA Guidance
    • FAA regulatory hierarchy
    • FAR parts defined—aeronautics and space
  • FAA Designees/Delegations
    • Representatives of the administrator
    • Designated Engineering Representatives (DER)
    • Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) & Designated Manufacturing Inspection Representative (DMIR)
    • Organization Designation Authorization (ODA)
  • Type Certification Process (TCP)
    • TCP overview and types of certificates issued by FAA
    • TCP phase I: conceptual design and certification plan
    • TCP phase II: requirement definition; establishment of TC project; certification basis
    • TCP phase III: compliance planning; oversight & delegation; conformity for engineering purposes; certification plan
    • TCP Phase IV: implementation; compliance data generation activities (Applicant); testing; compliance substantiation activates (Applicant); compliance finding activities (FAA)
    • TCP Phase V: post certification activities; continued airworthiness; data retention
  • Changes in Type Design
    • Major/minor design changes
    • Certification basis for changed aviation products
    • Field approvals
    • STC
  • Issuance of Airworthiness Certificates
    • Standard airworthiness certificates
    • Special airworthiness certificates - experiential
  • FAA Validation Under Bi-laterals
  • Technical Standard Orders
  • Flight Standards and Operations/Maintenance
    • Organization and functions
    • Regional flight standards division; certificate management office; flight standards district office; international field office; aircraft evaluation group
    • Flight operations evaluation board; master minimum equipment list
    • Flight standardization board; type rating; differences training
    • Aviation maintenance alerts
    • Significant difficulty report
    • Safety alert information bulletin
    • Operations approvals
  • Enforcement
    • Self-Disclosure
    • FAA actions
    • Certificate holder actions
  • Electronica Data and Retention
    • Federal Register
    • Regulations.gov
    • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Recommendations
David Downey or 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: 3 Days
CEUs: 2.0

Fees: $1699.00

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