THE US FEDERAL Aviation Administration and the European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) have agreed common standards for certification of new general-aviation aircraft built in the USA and Europe under FAR/JAR 23 rules.

The standards, which become effective on 1 March, cover powerplant, airframe and aircraft performance requirements for aircraft weighing less than 5,675kg. They represent the first comprehensive harmonisation of certification standards by the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.

The new rules will reduce the burden on general-aviation aircraft makers by harmonising rules under one design standard.

Source: Flight International