This session will examine a range of current and pending rotorcraft certification issues, including:
• The status of the FAA's Air Transformation initiative to reorganize its certification and surveillance activities all along functional lines, rather than by aircraft type.
• The status of the FAA’s Safety Continuum as it applies to certification of rotorcraft and their systems.
• The certification challenges of meeting the FAA's target of implementing an ATC system based on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast by the end of this decade and the remaining hurdles to equipage of the U.S. rotorcraft fleet with compliant ADS-B units.
• A discussion of the regulatory framework and certification status of new and disruptive vertical-flight aircraft types, such as the Leonardo AW609, electric-propulsion rotorcraft and fully autonomous passenger compartment transports.
- James T. McKenna, Editor-in-Chief, Rotor & Wing International
- Jorge Castillo, Manager, Regulations and Policy Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA
- William (Bill) Goebel, Certification Projects Manager, Airbus Helicopters Inc.
- Wayne Fry, Division Manager, Flight Standards Division, FAA