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KU Aerospace Short Course Program

FAA Functions and Requirements Leading to Airworthiness Approval

Instructor: Gilbert L. Thompson
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Course Schedule

April 25-27, 2017, Seattle, Washington

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September 19-21, San Diego, California

Early registration course fee: $1,895 if you register and pay by August 4, 2017

Regular registration course fee: $1,995 if you register and pay after August 4, 2017

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You can also bring this course to your workplace. Learn more about our on-site program.


This course provides an overview of the FAA organizational structure and its function in aircraft certification; the rule-making and advisory process; production rules applicable to aircraft and aircraft components; the subsequent certification process and continued airworthiness. The course is specifically tailored toward civil airworthiness certification. The course is FAA-approved for Inspection Authorization (IA) renewal. Prior certification activity is beneficial, but not required.

Includes instruction, course materials, refreshments and lunches.
The course notes are for participants only and are not for sale.

This course may be taught by one or both instructors.


  • Overview of FAA Aircraft Certification (AIR) and Flight Standards (AFS) service organization and functions
  • Advisory circular, notice and order process and issuance
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Parts 1, 11, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 33, 36, 39, 43, 45 and 183
  • Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA)
  • Type Certification (TC) and Supplemental Type Certification (STC) process
  • Certification process improvement
  • FAA guide to product certification
  • Documentation of typical TC/STC products
  • Safety management concepts
  • FAA Form 337/Field Approval
  • Flight Standards Information Management System (FSMIS) notices and orders
  • Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements

Who Should Attend?

Designed for industry (airframe and vendor) engineers, design engineers, civil airworthiness engineers, consultants, project directors, aircraft modifiers, FAA Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs) and coordinators, FAA organizational designees/authorized representatives (ARs), industry and governmental quality assurance inspectors and managers.

Times / CEUs

21.00 classroom hours
2.100 CEUs

Certificate Track

Aerospace Compliance

Learning Objectives

  • Obtain an overview of the Aircraft Certification Offices, the relationship with Flight Standards Service, and the functions of these offices in original and continued airworthiness
  • Understand FAA use of advisory circulars, notices, and orders
  • Insight into why the FAA must do the things they do - Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 21, Certification Procedures for products, articles, and parts
  • Realize the importance of taking part in the rule-making process and the use of special conditions, exemptions, and equivalent levels of safety
  • Apply the principles embodied in The FAA and Industry Guide to Product Certification through use of the Partnership for Safety Plan and project-specific certification plan tools
  • Understand the use of FAA Form 337 and the field approval process
  • Make use of individual and organizational delegations in the Type Certification (TC), Production Certification (PC), Supplemental Type Certification (STC), Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA), Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), and Major Repair, Alteration, and Airworthiness (MRA) processes
  • Know what type certificate data sheets are and how they are utilized
  • Understand how the FAA utilizes airworthiness directives to mandate modifications in light of known unsafe conditions in certificated products
  • Gain insight into how the United States utilizes executive agreements and bilateral aviation safety agreements in facilitation of acceptance of aviation products between countries
  • Understand the role of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, in providing a global forum for development of safety standards for international civil aviation

Course Outline

Day One

  • Review of course content and identification of attendee key issues
  • Overview of FAA Aircraft Certification (AIR) and Flight Standards (AFS) service organization and functions
  • Advisory Circular, Notice and Order process and issuance
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Parts 1 and 11
  • FAR Part 21 and the Technical Standard Order Authorization (TSOA) process

Day Two

  • Parts 43 and 45
  • Part 36 Noise Requirements
  • Part 39 Airworthiness Directives
  • Part 183 Representatives of the Administrator, including Subpart D, Organization Designation Authorization (ODA); Flight Standards Aircraft Evaluation Group’s (AEG) role in aircraft certification
  • Parts 23, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 33
  • Rulemaking and special conditions, process and issuance
  • Equivalent level of safety and exemption process
  • Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA)
  • Type Certification (TC) and Supplemental Type Certification (STC) process (FAA Handbook 8110.4)
  • Certification Process Improvement (CPI), FAA and Industry Guide to Product Certification, Partnership for Safety Plan (PSP)/Project Specific Certification Plan (PSCP)
  • Documentation of typical TC/STC projects
  • Safety Management concepts
  • FAA Form 337/Field Approval

Day Three

  • Continuation of typical TC and STC projects
  • Relation of Parts 23 and 25 to Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR), CARs 3 and 4b
  • Developing Type Certification Data Sheets (TCDS)
  • Noise Certification Part 36; Airworthiness Directive (AD) process, Part 39
  • AEG’s involvement in MMEL, maintenance and flight manuals
  • Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), notices and orders related to airworthiness
  • Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements (BASA)
  • U.S./European Union Executive Agreement and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

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On-site Contact Information

To learn about bringing a course to your workplace, contact Sarah Williams, on-site program manager, for a no-cost, no-obligation proposal.
Email ProfessionalPrograms@ku.edu
Phone 913-897-8782

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