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FAA Updates Form 8130-3

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced a revised FAA Form 8130-3, used for domestic airworthiness approval of new products and articles; approval for return to service of altered aircraft parts; and export airworthiness approvals of aircraft engines, propellers, or articles. The FAA revised the form as part of harmonization efforts with other civil aviation authorities to ease the identification and traceability of goods between the United States and other countries.

A presentation outlining the major changes is available here. The most notable revisions:

  • Updated “User/Installer Responsibilities” to match the new part 21 terminology (i.e. articles)
  • Changed record retention requirements for domestic and export airworthiness approvals to five years for products and articles and 10 years for critical parts
  • Updated guidance describing how copies of FAA Form 8130-3 are handled and marked
  • Created instructions for batch or lot numbers
  • Clarified that prototype products and articles are not eligible for installation on in-service, type certificated aircraft
  • Incorporated new guidance regarding eligibility of commercial parts
  • Documented procedures for splitting bulk shipments
  • Added instructions for handling articles marked with dual or multiple part numbers
  • Updated products and articles language to reflect changes to part 21
  • Added information on exporting a product or article to a country or jurisdiction without a bilateral agreement with the United States
  • Removed of the “Printed from Electronic File” watermark requirement from the electronic FAA Form 8130-3

Order 8130.21H is an “internal agency mandate,” issued to agency staff to explain positions on questions not addressed by a statute or regulation. While this order is non-binding for the public, it does have practical implications for determining whether businesses stay on the right side of regulations.

The new 8130-3 is final and will go into effect on Feb. 1, 2014; until then, continue to use the current form dated June 1, 2001 (06/01).