Course Detail: OCAC - Introduction to Civil Aircraft Certification (Virtual)

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In the virtual Introduction to Aircraft Certification Course, developed by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, participants will learn the fundamentals of certifying an aircraft through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The participant will be introduced to the requirements to certify civil manned and unmanned air vehicles through the FAA. The participant will review the regulations governing aircraft certification and the method to certify emerging technologies that do not have regulations. The participants will learn from case studies and examples that were submitted to the FAA for a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) , and learn how to complete the required forms. 

Course Objectives

After completing this course attendees should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive and broad-based understanding of:

  • Regulations and documents used in aircraft certification 
  • The FAA organization 
  • Process to certify a manned or unmanned civil aircraft

Key Topics

  • History of aircraft certification
  • The FAA organization
  • Certification regulations
  • The process and timeline to certify an aircraft or product
  • How emerging technologies are certified
  • Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) example application package
  • FAA documents that support certification
  • Non-FAA documents that support certification

Course Outline

  • History of the FAA and its predecessors 
  •  The FAA organization 
  •  What is airworthiness 
  •  Regulations governing aircraft certification (Shell diagram) (14 CFR) 
    •  Part 21 Certification procedures TC, STC, PC, TCDS 
    •  Part 23 General Aviation aircraft 
    •  Part 25 Transport aircraft 
    •  Parts 27/29 Rotorcraft 
    •  Parts 33/34 Engines and propellers 
    •  Part 107 small UAS 
  • Project Specific Certification Plan (PSCP) 
  • Compliance matrix 
  • Designees 
  •  Parts Manufacturing Authority (PMA) 
  •  Technical Standard Order (TSO) 
  •  Software certification (DO-178C) 
  •  Continued airworthiness and maintenance 
  •  Certifying new technology 
  •  Additive manufacturing 
  •  Comprehensive Supplemental Type Certification (STC)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Embry-Riddle will award 2.0 CEUs to each attendee who successfully completes the course.

Registration Information

The preferred method of payment is credit-card at the time of registration. If you are paying by another method of payment (wire-transfer, employer voucher, check/PO), please 'Create Profile' from the left menu and then contact Daytona Beach ProEd to submit a registration request. Please note registrations are not guaranteed until payment is received in full.

Course Structure - Zoom - Online Access

This online course will be offered live during the scheduled timeframe, twice a week (Tue & Thu) between the hours of 2pm to 4pm ET/UTC-4 . The course will consist of live virtual sessions hosted in Zoom. It is your responsibility to ensure you can join a Zoom meeting prior to registration. To enable dialogue, access to speakers and a microphone are required and a camera is recommended. Live attendance is highly recommended for all sessions and your undivided attention is required to ensure a successful and rewarding learning environment. The course may require some reading, self-study and research. Sessions will be recorded and available for attendees who could not attend a specific session; the nature of the course is best suited to interactive participation. 

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge of $150 will be assessed on any standard cancellations. A late cancellation charge of 25% of the course registration fee will be assessed on cancellations occurring within 14 days of the start of the course. For additional information, please review the cancellation, no-show, deferment and refund policy

Available Sessions