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Project Title: Airworthiness Accreditation

Status: Transitioned

 

Problem Statement:

Industry commonly produces military-type aircraft at their own expense, in an effort to market these aircraft to the Air Force, DoD, and foreign governments. This private investment is critical to America’s military readiness, even though the United States Government may not have an immediate need for these aircraft. In cases where a U.S. military need does not exist, it is in our nation’s best interest to provide reasonable support for American industry to be able to sell these aircraft to foreign nations. These aircraft are called Non-Defense Military Aircraft (NDMA). However, there is currently no method for industry to pursue a U.S. military-type airworthiness evaluation for NDMA without entering into the Foreign Military Sales process. Allowing commercial entities access to taxpayer-funded infrastructure, at a reasonable cost, will encourage them to make investments in their sector of industry and foster a robust industrial base that meets the highest standards of national security preparedness.

 

Project Description:

The Air Force Office of Transformational Innovation (OTI) worked with the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLCMC) to develop a cost-reimbursable service to industry that enables a military-type airworthiness evaluation for NDMA. In this case, industry would reimburse the Air Force for its expense in conducting the evaluation. While the Air Force does not have the authority to offer a full military-type Airworthiness Certification, the same level of analysis can be performed and associate documentation can be provided to industry as an “Airworthiness Accreditation.” Industry will still need to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and/or foreign customers to obtain a certification, and OTI is exploring means to establish partnerships for this purpose.

Airworthiness Accreditation

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Non-Defense Military Aircraft

(NDMA) Airworthiness Accreditation
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