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CAAC sets up first airworthiness office in industrial sector in COMAC

To innovate airworthiness certification mode and improve type certification efficiency for models such as C919

Last Updated (Beijing Time):2018-08-24   Source:News Center of COMAC
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The Airworthiness Office of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) was officially set up on August 24th, 2018. This is the first airworthiness office set up by CAAC in industrial sector to further promote the "self-airworthiness" system and capacity building of aviation enterprises, gradually explore and establish a set of airworthiness management modes suitable for the specific situations of China, and improve the airworthiness certification efficiency for C919 and other domestic commercial aircraft. CAAC and COMAC signed a Partners for Safety Plan (revised edition) during the high-level meeting between both sides on the same day.

Mr. Li Jian, Deputy Director of CAAC, and Mr. He Dongfeng, Secretary of the Party Committee and Chairman of COMAC, made speeches at the meeting. Mr. Zhao Yuerang, President of COMAC, and Mr. Xu Chaoqun, Director General of Department of Aircraft Airworthiness Certification of CAAC, placed their signatures on the plan. Mr. Jiang Huaiyu, Director of CAAC East China Regional Administration, Mr. Lv Xinming, Deputy Director General of Fight Standards Department of CAAC, Mr. Shen Xiaoming, Director of Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC, Mr. Gu Xin, Director of Shanghai Certification Center of CAAC, and Mr. Guo Bozhi, Vice President of COMAC, attended the meeting.

Mr. Li Jian expressed that to carry out airworthiness certification on site in the Airworthiness Office of CAAC in COMAC was an innovation in airworthiness management mode for CAAC, and was also a concrete manifestation of CAAC's practice of "sincere service", which would help to improve the airworthiness certification efficiency for C919 and other domestic commercial aircraft and accelerate the introduction of China-made trunk liner into the market; the Airworthiness Office should speed up the construction of professional team and facilities, get into the airworthiness certification front line as soon as possible, and play its due role in the certification of C919 and ARJ21 aircraft. He hoped that COMAC could continue to strengthen the construction of operation support system for domestic civil aircraft, provide good after-sales service, improve market competitiveness and ensure the safe and smooth operation of the delivered aircraft.

Mr. He Dongfeng congratulated CAAC on the establishment of the Airworthiness Office, and extended gratitude to CAAC for its long-term supervision and trust in COMAC during the development and construction of the company as well as the research and development of aircraft programs. He pointed out that to set up an airworthiness office in industrial sector was a new idea and a new measure for the airworthiness certification system of CAAC to innovate the work mode, accelerate the progress of airworthiness certification, and help in the development of "self-airworthiness capacity" of the industrial sector. COMAC would firmly implement the spirits of the major instructions made by General Secretary Xi Jinping on trunk liner career, and take the establishment of the Airworthiness Office as an opportunity to provide matchmaking and service actively, speed up the construction of independent verification and supervision mechanisms, implement the plans and requirements of different stages, and build a good airworthiness inspection engineer (CVE) team and a good airworthiness manufacturing inspection engineer (CS) team.

Mr. Xu Chaoqun expressed that the airworthiness certification system would support the development of domestic commercial aircraft as always, and innovate the work mode to accelerate the progress of airworthiness certification on the premise of "strictly abiding by the safety baseline". He hoped that COMAC could accelerate the improvement of its airworthiness management capability, further enhance its manufacturing capacity and customer service capability, and strive to make breakthrough in core and key technologies.

Mr. Guo Bozhi expressed that the Airworthiness Office had created a new mode for joint work between CAAC and the applicant; it was a platform for exploration and innovation, a feeler for CAAC to go deep into the research and development front line, and a starting point for COMAC to realize the transition from "being made to be airworthy" to "wanting to be airworthy". He hoped that the Airworthiness Office could make efforts to achieve the desired goals and make due contributions to the development of domestic commercial aircraft.

ARJ21 Program Office of COMAC introduced the modification, production and operation support of ARJ21 aircraft, C919 Program Office briefed the research and development of C919 aircraft, and Shanghai Certification Center introduced the construction of the Airworthiness Office at the meeting. The issues such as the operation of ARJ21 aircraft, the flight test of C919 aircraft and the construction of the Airworthiness Office were discussed at the meeting.

In order to improve the type certification efficiency for models such as C919, CAAC and COMAC made a decision in early 2018 to set up an airworthiness office. After several months of preparation, the work plan, implementation plan, software and hardware construction, personnel selection and other work of the Airworthiness Office have been completed. The first batch of personnel consists of 36 members, among which 10 are from Shanghai Certification Center and 26 are from COMAC, and has officially started working in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Airworthiness Office.

Officers of CAAC, CAAC East China Regional Administration, Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Center, Shanghai Certification Center, Airworthiness Office, COMAC headquarters and its subsidiary units attended the meeting.

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