FAA To Overhaul Part 21 Regs

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The FAA is proposing a major rewrite of the Part 21 regulations affecting the production of aviation parts, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) said this week. According to the FAA, the update is needed to address changes in the global aviation market since the current rules were written back in the 1960s. The proposed changes affect every element of producing aircraft parts including standard parts, owner-produced parts and parts produced as part of maintenance. Primarily, the proposed rule would standardize requirements for production approval holders; require production approval holders to issue airworthiness approvals for aircraft engines, propellers and other aviation parts; require manufacturers to mark all parts and components; and revise export airworthiness approval requirements to facilitate global manufacturing. AEA is encouraging all manufacturers to review the proposal and file comments to the FAA. Comments are due by Jan. 3.