EASA (European FAA) Approves "Standard Changes" - No STC Required

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  1. ssokol

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    A couple of days ago EASA released a new document outlining a long list of "Standard Changes" - changes that can be made to certificated GA aircraft without the need for an STC. The list includes some rather amazing things:

    - COM Radios
    - NAV Radios
    - Moving map displays
    - Audio panels
    - Lighting
    - ELTs

    The gear still has to be approved by TSO or equivalent, but there is no type-specific approval required.

    Here's a write up by AIN:

    https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-...ama-praises-easas-streamlined-process-repairs

    Here's the actual EASA document:

    http://easa.europa.eu/system/files/dfu/Annex IV to EDD 2015-016-R.pdf

    This is a big (first) step. They still require a mechanic to return the aircraft to service - even for lightbulb changes - but it heading in the right direction. Hopefully the next thing to happen will be a new means of approval based on a recently completed ASTM standard that replaces the expensive verification processes referenced by the TSOs with a much simpler pragmatic testing regimen. This could open the door to approval of systems currently sold into the Experimental and Light Sport markets - a huge step forward for GA modernization.
     
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    Is the world ok over there? Seems so un-Europelike
     
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    It looks like this applies mostly to VFR -only unpressurized type aircraft. It still appears that an STC would be required to install virtually any communication or navigation radio for any aircraft operating IFR.
     
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    Yeah, it's weak tea compared to what most of us are looking for - IFR capable EFISs and autopilots. Hopefully it's a test: try it for a few years and if airplanes don't start raining down on people, expand it to more capable / critical systems. That seems to be the approach favored by the FAA in all things - baby steps.
     
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    Yeah, it makes sense. These are all pretty standard items that are common across all platforms.
     
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    Very little IFR GA in Europe.
     
  7. WhiskeyPapa

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    It's weird, but EASA has been making some sensible changes lately…