FAA Announces Public Meetings For Part 23 Review

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The FAA plans to host open meetings, the results of which "will affect the next 20 years of small airplane design, certification, and operations," according to the agency. The plan is to use public input to help determine how well the current airworthiness standards work through the course of an aircraft's service life and with respect to anticipated future requirements. "Many previous assumptions for small airplanes are no longer accurate," says the FAA. The agency would now like to consider requirements based on airplane performance and complexity instead of the previous approach that has until now been based on propulsion and weight, according to the FAA. The FAA is encouraging public participation. "We would like feedback from manufacturers, pilots, owners, mechanics, instructors and anyone else with an interest in the small airplane industry," says the FAA. Dates, times, and details after the jump.

The first meetings will be held Feb. 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, Kan., 67207. Space is limited, so all interested parties should notify the FAA's Lowell Foster via phone at (816) 329-4125 or by e-mail at lowell.foster@faa.gov . Each meeting's starting point will be a discussion of findings from a previous study. The FAA says that at least three two-day meetings will be held, with more to be scheduled as needed to match interest.