Regulations Governing Aircraft Production

Which FAR governs aircraft production certification?


ANSWER: There is one regulation that governs the production of aircraft and aircraft articles. That regulation is FAR Part 21.

However, there are several regulations that outline the standards that a manufacturer must meet in the development and production of aircraft and aircraft articles.

Those are as follows:

FAR Part 23 - details the airworthiness standards for airplanes with a maximum take-off weight of less than 12,500 lbs., such as the Cessna 172 and Cirrus SR20.

FAR Part 25 - details the airworthiness standards for airplanes with a maximum take-off weight of 12,500 lbs. or more, such as the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320.

FAR Part 26 - Details continued airworthiness standards and safety improvements for large transport category airplanes, such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.

FAR Part 27 - details the airworthiness standards for helicopters with a maximum take-off weight of less than 12,500 lbs., such as the Bell 407 or Eurocopter EC120B.

FAR Part 29 - details the airworthiness standards for helicopters with a maximum take-off weight of 12,500 lbs. or more, such as the Bell 412 or Boeing Chinook.

FAR Part 33 - details the airworthiness standards for both reciprocating and turbine aircraft engines such as the Lycoming IO-540 or the Pratt & Whitney PW4000.

FAR Part 35 - details the airworthiness standards for aircraft propellers such as those made by McCaulley or Hartzel.

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