The FAA, Here To Help

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Guidelines For Field Approvals...

The FAA has published a new Advisory Circular (AC) that for the first time provides guidance to aircraft owners, operators and technicians on the thorny topic of how to obtain FAA field approvals for aircraft alterations. The 35-page document is the FAA's attempt to clarify and standardize its policies and make that information available to the public. The Aircraft Electronics Association called the AC "a significant step forward in standardization of the field approval process," but also said some details are vague and subject to misinterpretation, and that it places an administrative burden on the applicant. The AC contains no new regulations, the FAA said, but compiles information that can help pilots determine if a proposed alteration is eligible for a field approval, and provides procedures to follow to efficiently obtain the approval.