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FAA Proposed Risk Assessment Guidance

The Transport Airplane Directorate has published a draft Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology Handbook.  The risk assessment methodology found in this guide is expected to become a design approval requirement, and may be applied to PMA part applications in the future.

Risk assessment is a central component of the FAA’s proposed SMS Notice of Proposed Rule Making, so it is likely that Handbook could become the basis for risk assessment across other regulated sectors.

There are two MS Word documents.  The policy is a short introduction and the Handbook is the text with the real meat to it.  Both of the following are links to the FAA’s online drafts:

Draft TARAM Policy
Draft TARAM Handbook

Please let MARPA know if you see any adverse impact to your own business, or potential adverse impact to other PMA companies’ business, in this draft.

The comment period for this proposed policy ends February 28, 2011.

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About Jason Dickstein

Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.

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