Wed, Aug 26, 2009
Piper May Now Self-Certify Designs And Airworthiness
The FAA has awarded Piper Aircraft,
Inc. with Type Certificate Organization Designation Authorization
(TC-ODA), which gives Piper the authority to act on behalf of the
FAA in the approval of airplane designs and certification to FAA
standards of airworthiness.
“We’re honored by the FAA’s recognition of our
capabilities and expertise,” said Piper CEO Kevin J.
FAA officials Melvin Taylor, Manager of the FAA Atlanta Aircraft
Certification Office, and Mack Riley, Manager of the FAA Orlando
Manufacturing Inspection District Office, presented Gould and Piper
President John D. Becker with an official letter of authorization
during a ceremony held here at Piper headquarters.
TC-ODA is similar to the previous FAA standard, Delegation
Option Authorization (DOA) that Piper held.
“TC-ODA is one of the most important authorizations that
the FAA awards aircraft manufacturers,” said Becker.
“This authorization affirms the FAA’s confidence in
Piper’s ability to design, develop and certify
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