Aviation Safety Engineer Job Functions C1708

Topics: Quality, Safety & Maintenance

The skills and knowledge gained in this workshop will enable students to carry out regulatory responsibilities related to the administration of the Aircraft Certification and Continued Operational Safety.  This course content provides the Civil Aviation Safety Engineers (Systems - Electrical) with the knowledge and skills to conduct oversight of aviation safety, aircraft certification and Continued Operational Safety.  These areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to, Type Certification, Amended Type Certification, Supplemental Type Certification, Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA), Technical Standard Order (TSO) Continued Operational Safety, Flight manuals, and Operational Approvals. 

The workshop's emphasis will be on Aircraft Certification activities as well as Continued Operational Safety tasks.  With the goal to enable the students to provide regulatory oversight for the engineering certification activities that they are responsible for.  In addition, the students will receive specific training on job functions for mechanical and electrical systems. 

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the FAA processes for certification of products
  • Efficiently manage certification programs
  • Describe the principles of Type Certification and Supplemental Type Certification requirements and process
  • Communicate effectively with the FAA on certification programs
  • Describe the FAA system, FAA orders, Advisory Circulars, FAA rule making process
  • 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 roles such as: certification engineers, certification technicians, engineering leadership, program managers, and business development personnel. This course applies to any discipline associated with certification in areas such as: certifying products, testing, leading/managing certification projects and regulatory impact on new business opportunities. The information presented in this seminar builds on the content of FAA Certification, Operations & Maintenance Orientation (ID# C1707) and FAA Part 21 Certification Procedures for Products and Parts (ID# C1701) but goes beyond certification into operations and maintenance activities in greater detail.


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
    • Who We Are & What We Do
    • Why We're Here 
    • Airworthiness Certification Training
  • FAA Structure, Roles, Responsibilities, Who Are the Players?
    • Acronyms
    • Section Outline
    • Overall Structure
    • Aircraft Certification Service
    • Directorate
  • FAA Guidance
    • Acronyms
    • Section Outline
    • FAA Regulatory Hierarchy
    • FAR Parts Defined - Aeronautics & Space
    • FAR Parts Governing Certification & Continued Airworthiness of Rotorcraft
    • FAR Parts 23, 25, 27 & 29
    • Advisory Circulars Pertaining Certification & Continued Airworthiness
    • Directives Pertaining Certification & Continued Airworthiness
    • Other Resources
  • FAA Designees/Delegations
    • Acronyms Section Outline
    • History
    • Representatives of the Administrator
    • Designated Engineer Representatives (DER)
    • Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) & Designated Manufacturing Inspection Representative (DMIR)
    • Organization Designation Authorization (ODA)


  • Type Certification Process
    • Acronyms
    • Section Outline
    • TCP Overview
    • TCP Phase I: Conceptual Design
    • TCP Phase II: Requirements Definition
    • TCP Phase III: Compliance Planning
    • TCP Phase IV: Implementation


  • Type Certification Process (continued)
    •  Phase V: Post Certification Activities
  • Changes in Type Design
  • Issuances of Airworthiness Certificates
  • FAA Validation Under Bi-laterals
  • Technical Standard Orders


  • ASE Job Function
    • Subpart Breakdown
    • Applicable Paragraphs
    • Engineering Disciplines
    • Certification Tools
    • Systems & Equipment ACs/Dos/Orders/Job Aids
    • Operations Approvals
    • Simulator Qualifications
    • Lithium Battery Special Conditions
    • E-Enabled Operations Approval



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: 4 Days
CEUs: 2.6

Fees: $2499.00

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