Small-Plane Design Approvals to Be Streamlined, U.S. FAA Says

  • Proposal is intended to make it easier to add safety equipment
  • Approval process for small private planes sought by Congress

U.S. aviation regulators are proposing a streamlined process for approving design changes in small private planes so that new safety equipment can be installed more quickly.

Responding to requirements for change imposed by Congress and suggestions from industry, a proposed regulation creates new standards for how planes with 19 passengers or less are certified, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a news release.

“This proposal would streamline how we approve new technologies for small piston-powered airplanes all the way to complex high-performance executive jets,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in the release.

The agency estimates that the regulation will save the industry money while maintaining or improving the current safety level, according to the release. The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed regulation before the government starts to make it final.