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VFR-Day Type Certificate

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When determining the aircraft is airworthy without MEL, the equipment should not be a part of VFR-Day type certificate based on FAR 91.213(d)(2)(i).

I am little bit confused on this part. As of my understanding, if the equipment is required on the type certificate data sheet, and then it has to be operative to consider the aircraft is airworthy.

So, my question is...

What is the type certificate data?

Where should I take a look to find the type certificate data? I tried the FAA wwebsite, but I could not find.

If you understand the details of this VFR-Day type certificate requirements, your explanation will be very appreciated. If I misunderstand something, please advise. Thank for your help!

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  1. Wes Beard on Jul 25, 2012

    Hi Kohei,
    You are correct.  If you are flying an aircraft that is exempt from the requirement to have an MEL there are certain equipment that still must be installed and in good operation for the aircraft to be legal… to conform to its airworthiness certificate..
    As you mentioned, equipment covered by the Day VFR regulation you cited cannot be included.  Items on the equipment list (different than the MEL) marked as required must be onboard and operational.  The aircraft must also conform to the type certificate data sheet which is the basis for its airworthiness certificate.
    The TCDS lists operationg limitations for the aircraft as well as certain equipment that must be on board (this should also be covered in the equipment list).  It is basically all the information the FAA needs to certify the aircraft and issue an airworthiness certificate.
    More information can be obtained from my blog on the subject:

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  2. Kohei on Jul 25, 2012

    Thanks Wes!
    The explanation gave me clear answer and the website was good too.
    Now, I am ready to talk about this confidently on my cfi checkride.

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  3. Wes Beard on Jul 25, 2012

    Good luck on your CFI practical test.  Let us know how it went.

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