The United States has the safest airspace in the world. Maintaining that level of safety means ensuring that all civil aviation products and articles meet rigorous standards. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets these standards and is responsible for overseeing these processes. The high level of safety that the U.S. aviation industry enjoys today is due to the careful and precise certification processes that the FAA maintains.
However, with rapid pace of change in the aviation industry, we run the risk of allowing these safety standards to slip, endangering thousands of lives. Key industry stakeholders have already raised concerns about the efficiency and functionality of the FAA’s certification and approval processes.
In order to ensure the continued safety and viability of the U.S. aviation industry reform is needed. The FAA needs to adapt to new technologies while also simultaneously maintaining high standards for safety at a time when government resources are scarce and demand from the industry is high.
Eno’s latest report highlights the issues with the current certification procedures and recommends key policy reforms. It focused on three specific areas:
- Aviation products and their components
- Air traffic control and air traffic controllers
- Repair stations