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FAA Regulations, Flight Instructor, General Aviation
I'm looking for a clear answer for what the differance is between and Airworhiness Directive and a Safety Directive?
on Feb 06, 2013
Airworthiness Directives are issued by the FAA. Safety Directives are issued by the manufacturers of light sport aircraft.
As you may already know, LSAs are issued Special Airworthiness Certificates based on “consensus standards”- standards developed by the light sport aircraft industry – rather than design, etc standards issued by the FAA. As part of that partial deferral by the FAA to the industry, part of a manufacturer’s responsibility is to “monitor and correct safety-of-flight issues through the issuance of safety directives and a continued airworthiness system that meets the identified FAA-accepted consensus standard.” See FAA Order 8130.2G – Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft and Related Products, paragraph 4038(e).
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