GAMA Welcomes New Era of GA Development With Final CS-23 Rule

GAMA Welcomes New Era of GA Development With Final CS-23 Rule

Friedrichshafen, Germany

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) last month hailed the launch of the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) CS-23 final rule, calling it a true breakthrough for the general aviation sector.

The new CS-23 framework will dramatically improve how easily new safety technologies and products can be developed and made available to customers. Manufacturers and suppliers will no longer have to comply with overly prescriptive design requirements, which have not kept pace with the development of technology. Instead, industry will now be able to more nimbly respond in a cost-effective manner through performance-based safety rules, coupled with consensus standards for compliance.

“This is a landmark day for the general aviation industry,” GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce said. “This rule is nothing less than a total rethinking of how our industry can bring new models of pistons, diesels, turboprops, light jets, and new hybrid and electric propulsion airplanes to market, as well as facilitating safety-enhancing modifications and upgrades to the existing fleet. The new CS-23 rule makes it easier for manufacturers to do so by reducing the time, cost, and risk involved in certification. This will provide existing and future pilots with the tools they need to fly safer and more easily.”

“EASA CS-23 are new smart and flexible rules that were prepared with, and for, a safe innovative general aviation industry,” added Trevor Woods, EASA’s Director of Certification.

The new rule forms part of a global, harmonized effort to develop common certification standards; removing regulatory barriers and promoting the acceptance of airplanes and products worldwide. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also in the process of implementing its Part-23 rule for small airplanes, a result of recommendations from the Part-23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which GAMA co-chaired. Other leading aviation authorities are expected to follow suit to implement similar rules, creating a truly global framework.

“It would not have been possible to reach this milestone without the dedication and tireless efforts of many in the industry and EASA,” Bunce noted. “This initiative is truly the poster child of future rulemaking: with a cooperative, global approach between authorities and all relevant stakeholders”.

Using the international standards body, ASTM International, seven of the world’s leading authorities have been working with 250 different stakeholders to agree upon a continually evolving body of standards to underpin the rule. In parallel, EASA retains its independent role in surveillance and oversight, while strengthening its risk-based methodology to improve safety.”

“These new rules will allow us to bring new airplane models with features using increased automation to market,” stated Simon Caldecott, President and CEO of Piper Aircraft as well as Chairman of GAMA. “We anticipate that these new features will not only help increase the user experience, but will help improve safety.”

“It’s revolutionary,” remarked Ivo Boscarol, CEO of the Slovenian manufacturer Pipistrel, “which is why we have been an active supporter of the CS-23 initiative. Right now, we see tremendous opportunities in hybrid and electric propulsion and increased automation. The new CS-23 will enable us to move at the pace of these developments and more readily leverage these innovations.”

“I am sure the result we see here today is a testament to what we can accomplish when government and industry work hand in hand to achieve a common goal,” added Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design Germany. “In fact, it might be the best example yet of global cooperation between aviation authorities.”

The new CS-23 framework goes into effect on August 15, 2017. For more information, visit the GAMA website at





NBAA: Proposed Restricted Areas in Alaska Would Have Negative Operational Impacts

NBAA has filed formal comments in opposition to proposed new restricted areas proposed by the FAA as R-2201A through H, and J, in Fort Greely, AK, near Allen Army Airfield. The agency has proposed the change at the request of the U.S. Army, which is seeking this airspace carve out to “conduct full spectrum helicopter gunnery training, longer range firing on target areas and integrated use of varied weapon types.”

NBAA opposes the creation of this new restricted area, said Heidi Williams, NBAA’s director of air traffic services and infrastructure, on operational and safety grounds.

“Eliminating access to more than a half dozen critical low-altitude IFR routes will have significant impact on the connectivity between northern and south-central Alaska. Further compressing of VFR traffic in this already-constrained VFR corridor is a bit like threading a needle – and will result in safety and operational impacts detrimental to navigating Isabel Pass,” she said. “If created, the new SAA [special activity area] would impact safety and operational efficiencies in Alaska.”

“This restricted area would impact the LifeMed flights we conduct out of the Fairbanks area,” said Steven Lewis, Aeroair LLC program manager. “We currently receive re-routes from ATC when the MOAs are active, even though we are medevac. To circumvent these vast areas when filing would prove to be extremely onerous to the patients awaiting care by adding to the preflight planning of a time-sensitive flight.”

The proposed SAA will make flying in Alaska more difficult and less safe, said Kristi Ivey, NBAA’s Northwest regional representative. “In the unique operating environment that Alaska provides, general aviation pilots are already required to manage multiple challenges, such as terrain and weather.

“This proposal would only serve to add an additional level of risk that could potentially affect the safety of the operations. Our members and the general aviation community in Alaska need proposals that would improve safety, not detract from it,” she said.

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FAA Restricts Drone Operations Over Certain Military Bases

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations – “Special Security Instructions” – to address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities.

This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply only to unmanned aircraft, popularly known as “drones.” The authority is limited to requests based on national security interests from the Department of Defense and U.S. federal security and intelligence agencies.

U.S. military facilities are vital to the nation’s security. The FAA and the Department of Defense have agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of these 133 facilities. The restrictions will be effective April 14, 2017.There are only a few exceptions that permit drone flights within these restrictions, and they must be coordinated with the individual facility and/or the FAA.

Operators who violate the airspace restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges.

To ensure the public is aware of these restricted locations, the FAA has created an interactive map online. The link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app. The app will be updated within 60 days to reflect these airspace restrictions. Additional information, including frequently asked questions, is available on the FAA’s UAS website at

Section 2209 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 also directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a process to accept petitions to prohibit or restrict UAS operations over critical infrastructure and other facilities. The Department of Transportation and the FAA are currently evaluating options to implement such a process.

The FAA is also considering additional requests from federal security and intelligence agencies for restrictions. More information can be found at

FAA Will Release Maps to Speed up Drone Authorization ApplicationBottom of Form

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was scheduled to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. They will help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests and will help the FAA process these requests more quickly.

Beginning April 27, users may access the facility maps at  Users will be able to download the data in several formats, view the site on mobile devices and customize their views.

By referring to the facility maps when completing airspace authorization applications, remote pilots will be able to tailor their requests to align with locations and altitudes that the maps indicate are likely to be approved for small UAS operations. This will help simplify the process and increase the likelihood that the FAA will approve their requests.

FAA air traffic personnel will use the maps to process Part 107 airspace authorization requests. Altitudes that exceed what are depicted on the maps require additional safety analysis and coordination to determine if an application can be approved. 

The maps will be informational only. They do not automatically authorize flights. Remote pilots must still submit online airspace authorization applications at The maps also do not guarantee approval for requests within the guidelines indicated by the maps. Only the FAA can grant controlled airspace access, which must be done through the authorization process.

The agency is releasing the maps in phases, with the first release on April 27 containing approximately 200 facility maps, as the first step in streamlining the airspace authorization process. The FAA plans to release facility maps over the next 12 months. Updates to the maps database will coincide with the agency’s existing 56-day aeronautical chart production schedule (PDF). If a map is not yet available, it can be expected in future releases.

The FAA’s website will be updated within the several weeks with additional guidance and information about the facility maps. Visit on April 27, 2017 to view the facility maps.

Additional questions may be directed to the FAA’s UAS Integration Office via or by calling 844-FLY-MY-UA.




2016 A Record Year of Growth and Expansion for Cirrus Aircraft

The Cirrus Red Jet SR 272 contributed to the company’s outstanding sales record in 2016, having reached a multi-year high of 317 units sold. (Photo courtesy Cirrus)Cirrus Aircraft announced in February that new customer aircraft deliveries of its SR line of aircraft, the world’s best-selling high-performance piston airplane, reached a recent multi-year high of 317 units for 2016. Further highlighting the year were initial customer deliveries of the world’s first single-engine Personal Jet, the Cirrus Vision Jet, as three units were delivered to customers in the U.S.

Total new aircraft deliveries in 2016 mark the third consecutive year that Cirrus has delivered more than 300 units and highlights steady growth over the past eight years – an increase of almost 20 percent since 2009. The record performance propelled Cirrus to a global fleet of more than 6,500 SR series aircraft in more than 60 countries.

In addition to the strong delivery performance and product line expansion, Cirrus capped off the record-setting year by launching the all new G6 SR22T, SR22 and SR20 product line, opening the Vision Center – the re-imagined Cirrus Aircraft Customer Experience Center – in Knoxville, TN, expanding Duluth manufacturing operations, providing technologically advanced aircraft to global training fleets, and receiving the Joseph T. Nall Safety Award from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

Cirrus Aircraft CEO, Co-Founder and National Aviation Hall of Fame Member Dale Klapmeier noted the importance of the last twelve months to the enterprise, “We will look back on 2016 for years to come and recognize it as a time that changed the trajectory of the company.  To have achieved any one of our 2016 accomplishments is certainly impactful; but taken altogether, our performance last year truly speaks to the capability of our team and our commitment to customers, owners and operators of Cirrus aircraft around the world.”

The Vision Jet Arrives

Cirrus ushered in a new era in personal transportation in 2016 when the world’s first single-engine Personal Jet – the Vision Jet – was certified by the FAA in October. The spacious, technologically-advanced, pilot and passenger-friendly Personal Jet revealed to the world an all-new category of aircraft and began revolutionizing regional transportation as soon as Vision Jets started entering the hands of customers in December. The first delivery took place at the brand new 68,000 square-foot-Finishing Center in Duluth, MN, in front of more than 1,000 Cirrus employees and their families, customers, partners and national, state and local dignitaries. More than 600 Vision Jet production position holders are eagerly awaiting their turn to join the Vision Jet revolution.

Cirrus G6: The Smartest, Safest, Most Connected High-Performance Piston Ever

True to its core value of relentless innovation, Cirrus yet again changed the customer experience value proposition in the high-performance piston market by introducing the all-new G6 – the smartest, safest and most advanced models ever of the best-selling SR22T, SR22 and SR20 airplanes. The enhanced SR series includes the ultra-high speed Cirrus Perspective+ by Garmin flight deck, luxury automotive-inspired Cirrus Spectra wingtip lighting, premium cockpit connectivity solutions and more. The improved SR20 now comes equipped with a modernized Lycoming IO-390, 215HP powerplant. This four-cylinder G6 SR20 creates an enhanced ownership experience as it increases power while, through a collection of additional enhancements, also increasing useful load by up to 150lbs (68kg). The sixth-generation Cirrus began delivering in January 2017.  

Vision Center Campus Opens in Knoxville

Cirrus Aircraft’s Global Customer Experience Center campus – the Vision Center – opened in mid-2016 at the McGhee Tyson airport in Knoxville, TN and by early 2017 the campus has grown to include the Experience Center, Factory Service Center and Delivery Center.  An all-new Training Center is under construction and is expected to open by the end of 2017.  Beginning in 2017, all SR series aircraft now deliver from the Vision Center and Vision Jet deliveries will move from Duluth to Knoxville at the end of the year. As the flagship location for all customer activities, the Vision Center campus is home to world-class training, sales, delivery, maintenance, support, personalization and more.

Expanding Fleet & Special Mission Markets

Global flight training organizations continued to select the technologically-advanced, industry-leading SR series of aircraft as part of their fleets in 2016 to prepare pilots for careers in aviation. Japan Civil Aviation College and the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation, among others, added Cirrus airplanes to their fleets this past year due to the exceptional safety features, flight management system technology and cost of ownership advantages available on the SR platform.

In July, Cirrus received FAA certification for Cirrus Perception, an adaptable, cost-effective special mission platform tailored specifically for both the Cirrus SR22 and SR22T aircraft models. This multi-mission, adaptive Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft expanded Cirrus Aircraft’s global portfolio by offering unique performance capabilities suitable for airborne traffic and law enforcement operations, aerial surveying, mapping and photography, search and rescue missions, disaster management and support, border surveillance and more. The Minnesota State Patrol took delivery of the first Perception in 2016.

Recognized as Leader in Aviation Safety

Cirrus was recognized as a global leader in 2016 for another core value – Safety – when it was honored as the first-ever recipient of the Joseph T. Nall Safety Award from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute. “By doubling down on safety, both in making substantially more investments in its Cirrus Approach training and transition courses and in working with its owners group, Cirrus leadership brought its accident rate to less than half the industry average,” said an AOPA Air Safety Institute representative. “Over the past decade Cirrus has rightly earned one of the best safety records in the industry, and we are proud to acknowledge their work with this first Joseph T. Nall Safety Award.”  The Cirrus Airframe Parachute System® (CAPS), standard on every Cirrus produced, has returned 146 people to their families to date.

Global Customer Experience Team Gathers in Knoxville 

Cirrus Aircraft Sales, Service, and Flight Training representatives from around the world gathered in Knoxville recently to continue developing and rolling-out best practices for exceeding customer expectations across the Cirrus ownership experience. Called “Cirrus CX”, more than 400 members of the global Customer Experience Team were present for the inaugural multi-day event. “The strength of the Cirrus Aircraft global brand is in the unique way we take care of our customers,” said Todd Simmons, President, Customer Experience. “We are fortunate to have the best team of professionals in the world aligned with our vision and we are looking forward to raising the bar again in 2017 and beyond.”

Breitling Offers Cirrus Owners an Exclusive Limited-Edition Timepiece

Two legendary brands known around the world for innovation, bold design, a passion for aviation and a unique appreciation for precision in time, teamed up in 2016 to create a chronograph especially for Cirrus aviators. Having just arrived to the passionate fans of Cirrus, the Breitling Aerospace Evo Cirrus Aircraft Limited Edition watch features many design touches that tell the story of Cirrus innovation and leadership in global aviation. With only 220 crafted, the highly-desirable timepiece captures the Cirrus Life with commanding power and style.

Cirrus Renews Sponsorship of Team 99 in Red Bull Air Race World Championship

For the fourth consecutive year, Cirrus Aircraft will have an international presence in the Red Bull Air Race World Championships as a sponsor of Team 99 and U.S. Master Class Pilot Mike Goulian. After a strong late-season performance in the 2016 Championships, including six Top-10 finishes in the 8-race series, Mike has already scored a Top-6 finish in the first event of the 2017 race season in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship has become globally renowned as the fastest and most exhilarating motorsport on the planet. Cirrus will be hosting special events at the San Diego, California and Indianapolis, Indiana races during the 2017 championship.


About Cirrus Aircraft

Cirrus Aircraft is a recognized leader in general aviation. Its all-composite line of personal aircraft – the SR20, SR22 and the turbocharged SR22T – incorporate innovative and advanced performance, electronic and safety technologies, including Cirrus Perspective+ by Garmin avionics and the unique Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS). To date, total time on the worldwide Cirrus Aircraft SR-series fleet surpassed seven million flight hours with 146 people returned to their families as a direct result of CAPS being a standard safety feature on all Cirrus aircraft. For additional information on Cirrus and its products please visit




Textron Aviation wins Turbo Skyhawk JT-A order from Purdue Aviation

Textron Aviation wins Turbo Skyhawk JT-A order from Purdue AviationTextron Aviation Inc. announced on April 5, it has received an order from Purdue Aviation, LLC for a Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A. The delivery to Purdue Aviation will be the first in the U.S. following Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of the aircraft equipped with the next-generation Garmin G1000 NXi integrated cockpit. The company expects to achieve certification later this year.

“We are thrilled to integrate Jet-A powerplant technology into the world’s leading flight trainer, and excited to offer a solution that brings unparalleled efficiency to customers like Purdue Aviation,” said Doug May, vice president, Piston Aircraft. “The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A is an example of our commitment to modernize the piston product line and bring innovative technologies to market, allowing operators around the world to meet changing environmental regulations, while benefiting from faster climbs, increased range and fuel savings.”

Purdue Aviation is a full service fixed-base operation (FBO) that provides fuel sales, aircraft maintenance, flight training, aircraft rental and aircraft sales.

“As one of the preeminent flight schools in the country, we at Purdue Aviation look forward to utilizing this next generation aircraft with advanced Jet-A engine technology in our flight training fleet,” said Scott Niswonger, Chairman of Purdue Aviation.

About the Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A

The Cessna Turbo Skyhawk JT-A is a factory option that introduces advanced Jet-A powerplant technology to the world’s leading training platform. The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A incorporates a Continental CD-155 engine to deliver greater range and fuel efficiency, while accommodating environmental regulations and the global availability of aviation fuels. Maximum range is 885 nautical miles, a 38 percent increase over the standard Skyhawk, maximum speed is increased to 134 knots, and operators can experience up to 25 percent lower fuel burn per hour. The Turbo Skyhawk JT-A also offers improved takeoff performance, especially in high and hot conditions. 

The Skyhawk is renowned for offering the best combination of modern features, including the leading Garmin G1000 NXi avionics system, and proven dependability. The aircraft’s high-wing design enables superior flying characteristics ideally suited for pilot training. More Skyhawks have been delivered to customers around the world than any other type of aircraft, with more than 44,000 put into service since 1955.



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