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SOCAC Kicks Off

On Nov. 13, the Department of Transportation hosted the first meeting of the Safey Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee (SOCAC). The SOCAC’s creation was mandated by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to provide advice to the Secretary of Transportation regarding issues facing the aviation community related to FAA safety oversight and certification programs. 

The content of the meeting focused on introducing committee members to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) procedures and the Aviation Safety organization’s certification and oversight activities. The members, which include ARSA Executive Director Sarah MacLeod, then exchanged views on prioritizing the congressionally-mandated list of issue areas within the body’s scope:

(1) Aircraft and flight Standards certification processes, including efforts to streamline those processes.
(2) Implementation and oversight of safety management systems.
(3) Risk-based oversight efforts.
(4) Utilization of delegation and designation authorities, including organization designation authorization.
(5) Regulatory interpretation standardization efforts.
(6) Training programs.
(7) Expediting the rulemaking process and giving priority ot rules related to safety.
(8) Enhancing global competitiveness of United States manufactured and United States certificated aerospace and aviation products and services throughout the world.

A general consensus was reached to study the list vis-à-vis the current efforts being made in each of the areas, including recommendations from other committees that have covered the issues. After the efforts have been consolidated, the SOCAC would be able to focus on those areas that need further attention.

Stay tuned for more updates from ARSA as MacLeod represents the maintenance community’s interests on the SOCAC. To review the Aug. 22 DOT press release announcing committee’s membership, click here.



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