In a landmark announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration last week, the much-anticipated Part 23 reform has been approved, overhauling airworthiness standards for general aviation aircraft. This new ruling indicates just how dedicated the FAA is to improving aviation safety at every level and paving the way for growth in the industry. And for many aircraft owners, pilots and manufacturers, this includes advanced avionics.
So what does this mean for the future of general aviation? It means that by overhauling the certification structure for general aviation aircraft within Part 23, the FAA aims to improve aviation safety through the implementation of proven technology while also lowering costs by streamlining regulation. Reduced certification costs can then ultimately translate to aircraft owners and pilots – bolstering the future of general aviation. This new ruling will apply to newly manufactured aircraft weighing in at less than 19,000 pounds, with 19 or fewer seats.
This isn’t the first time the FAA has shown their dedication to aviation safety. In 2014, they made a decision to clear the installation path for angle-of-attack indicators, like our GI-260 AOA Indicator, in small aircraft. And this past July, they worked with us to approve the installation of our G5 electronic flight instrument in over 560 certificated models – indicating their commitment to not only new aircraft, but the existing fleet as well.