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An Introduction to Aircraft Certification

Understanding airworthiness is central to maintaining and operating aircraft safely. While no book can replace the published Federal Aviation Regulation and Joint Aviation Requirements documentation for airworthiness, this unique guide provides readers with a single reference to understanding and interpreting the airworthiness requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, the US Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.

Setting these requirements in a real-world context, Airworthiness is an essential contribution to the safety management system of anyone involved in the design, maintenance and operation of aircraft for business or pleasure.

Key topics covered include:

  • Considerations of airworthiness standards for all classes, including large and small aircraft, rotor craft, gliders and unmanned aircraft
  • Type certification of aircraft, engines, and propellers and the type certification process
  • Parts and appliances approval
  • Joint certifications and national certifications

New to this edition is coverage of:

  • Certification for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)
  • The new EASA standards procedures and documentation
  • 'Spaceworthiness' with relation to recent developments in commercial space travel


Primary audience
Aerospace engineers and designers, aircraft maintenance engineers, pilots, aircraft operators and owners
Secondary audience
Students taking courses on aircraft performance and safety as part of aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering programs

Hardbound, 368 Pages

Published: December 2010

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-096802-5


  • “ ... introduces aerospace engineering students and engineers into this world consisting, on the one hand, of designers, manufacturers and operators, and on the other, of airworthiness authorities, in two disciplines that should work in unison, because they should aim at a common goal: flight safety. The book discusses certification regulations, the agencies that write them and the agencies that verify they are followed from aircraft design to construction.”- Aviation Safety World

    "A veteran pilot and aircraft certification professional, De Florio emphasizes that this is not a certification manual, but an introduction to the principles of airworthiness as they are articulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency and other international organizations. His topics include flight safety, airworthiness requirements, the type-certification process, continued airworthiness and operation, and from airworthiness to spaceworthiness."--SciTech Book News


  • Preface
    About the author
    1 Flight Safety
    2 Airworthiness
    3 The ICAO and the Civil Aviation Authorities
    4 Airworthiness Requirements
    5 Type Certification
    6 The Type Certification Process
    7 Production of Products, Parts, and Appliances
    8 Certificates of Airworthiness
    9 Flight Operation - Continued Airworthiness
    10 Spaceworthiness


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