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Aviation community shares design and manufacturing insights
CASA’s annual design and manufacturing seminar was held in Canberra in May 2015. Aviation community members attended the event in their highest numbers yet.
The two-day event was hosted by the Airworthiness and Engineering Standards Branch, with CASA staff and guest speakers presenting on various design and manufacturing topics.
Topics covered during the seminar included the implementation of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Subpart 21.J (approved design organisations); production approvals; Part 21 post-implementation review; and expected developments over the next year in design and manufacturing.
For the first time, this year’s seminar included an international presence, with representatives from overseas regulatory authorities presenting papers.
The guest speakers were from the certification sections of the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the United States Federal Aviation Administration Rotorcraft Directorate, Textron Aviation and Qantas.
The Qantas presentation provided an insight into the experience of working as a 21.J approved organisation and confirmation that Qantas is now being recognised internationally as both an airline and a design organisation.
Manufacturing images: © Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Airbus
Textron Aviation gave an update on the merger of its subsidiaries Cessna and Beechcraft. With 70 per cent of seminar attendees working with Cessna and Beechcraft products, the presentation provided an important insight into how this new corporate entity manages type certification and production, new products and modifications, and customers.
The seminar allowed for face-to-face discussions and delivered important updates on regulatory changes that are expected to result in the removal of red tape, reduced costs, and more flexibility in regulations applying to new technologies, especially in general aviation.
More than 135 members of the aviation community attended the event, with many taking the time to express their positive feedback and appreciation to CASA for the opportunity to get together to discuss design and manufacturing issues.