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Working Groups Explore Complexity of AIR Transformation

On April 6, ARSA’s Managing Director and General Counsel Marshall S. Filler and Regulatory Affairs Director Ryan Poteet attended the second joint government-industry meeting, hosted by MITRE, to discuss the progress of the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) Transformation.

The meeting brought together the initiative’s working groups – each tasked with evaluating and plotting steps to achieve certain transformation process objectives – to report back on their efforts so far. The key takeaway from these briefings was the complexity and interdependence of each aspect of the aviation regulatory system; overhauling AIR cannot be accomplished in a vacuum and the groups’ goal is to make the transition seamless.

Training needs were key to the deficiencies noted during the meeting. The process will fail if an independently-conceived, utopian framework for AIR is fumbled in execution through lack of information. The agency’s goal, through its industry partners, is to prevent poor follow through and currently aims to have a draft comprehensive strategic plan by September. Implementation will follow shortly thereafter.

Stay tuned to ARSA as the association and its industry allies help the FAA through the details.

Previously on AIR Transformation...

2/14/17 - Filler, Poteet Helping 'Transform' AIR

February 14, 2017

On Feb. 7, Marshall S. Filler, ARSA’s managing director and general counsel, and Ryan Poteet, ARSA’s regulatory affairs director, joined officials from the FAA, MITRE and representatives from every facet of the aviation industry to discuss the transformation of the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service.

The meeting’s focus was on industry and its assessment of how certification activities should proceed in the future. This monumental undertaking could not be accomplished in a vacuume and industry perspective is essential to avoiding pitfalls and ensuring each segment of the aviation safety system works in unison.

The industry-FAA collaboration will continue with the addition of working groups to analyze discrete regulatory and policy issues. Filler is slated to lead the International Working Group, which is tasked with analyzing ICAO obligations, the FAA’s role in shaping global standards and agency partnerships with other NAAs, among other things. Poteet has been chosen to participate on the Accountability Framework Working Group, which is tasked with analyzing compliance models, how the FAA will oversee certification projects and the development of agency guidance.

Stay tuned as ARSA continues to provide its perspective and shape agency policy objectives.



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