The impending major revision of the Part 21 rule has been in the works since 1992, when the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) started working on the draft language. Now, it looks like the Part 21 rule updates may finally be nearing promulgation.
The Part 21 rule has apparently cleared the Office of the Secretary, and wil next be transmitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB will have a 90 day review period. If it remains on schedule, and IF the OMB does not find a reason to delay the rule, then the rule could be issued right before the MARPA Conference.
The FAA has already developed their educational tools for introducing the changes in Part 21. We’ve spoken with the FAA and part of their plan is to hold a series of industry meetings as soon as the regluation is published as a final rule. The purpose of these meetings will be to get industry up-to-speed as quickly as possible on the strategies for compliance with the new standards. MARPA has pledged to assist in planning these meetings, and if the rule is published early enough then we have already discussed with the FAA the likelihood of adding additional content focussed on Part 21 at the MARPA Annual Conference (September 29-October 1).