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Automated airworthiness certificate application system launches

The FAA has released a new automated tool that allows applicants for airworthiness certificates and some other permits to apply online for the documents they need.

Using the tool is preferred for submission of applications for standard and special airworthiness certificates, special flight permits and special flight authorizations, and amended and replacement airworthiness certificates.

According to this user guide, a new user must navigate to the system’s public-facing portal and create an account, log in, and create applications from the user account’s dashboard. The completed application is submitted to your local FAA office. Its status can be tracked online or with email notifications.

The launch of the long-awaited system, with its data-gathering and performance-measurement capabilities, is expected to help the FAA track the effectiveness and efficiency of its aircraft certification services, said David Oord, AOPA senior director of regulatory affairs.

Applying safety analytics within the integrated system's internal portals for FAA users, including Flight Standards District Offices, Manufacturing Inspection District Offices, Air Safety Inspectors, and the Aircraft Registry, could help the agency identify and anticipate emerging risk factors in the aircraft fleet, he said.

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