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The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at a new process to certify small aircraft for flight. Acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta talked about that process during an appearance Thursday at a Wichita Aero Club luncheon, held at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel at Mid-Continent Airport.
Huerta said a rules committee is looking at certification, to see what can be done to incorporate safety lessons from the past into a system that can bring more aircraft products into the market. He said the process, instead of specifying a design, will specify a safety outcome. He said the process will allow for greater innovation in the marketplace.
Huerta said the committee should complete its work next year and then a report will be submitted to the FAA with recommendations. He said it may take up to 3 years to put the recommendations into effect.
Huerta also said the FAA wants to find a way to allow new safety equipment in existing aircraft that have already been certified, so the owners will benefit from all of the safety advances that are available today.