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May 28, 2024
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An agreement between the two state aviation bodies came into effect October 17.

Under the agreement, Chinese and U.S. regulators achieved “full, reciprocal recognition” of each other’s civil aviation products, including airworthiness certification, according to the statement by CAAC.  This agreement covers the airworthiness examination and approval of design standards, production oversight, export airworthiness, technical support and other areas of cooperation, the statement says.

What does the agreement allow? This agreement would help China export domestically developed aircraft like the C919 and the ARJ-21.  FAA and EASA certification are the ideal imprimatur for COMAC.   The ARJ-21, for example, has not looked like a candidate for FAA certification.  This has limited its export potential, even at irresistible pricing.

The C919 is a different story because if (or when) it gets FAA certification via CAAC, then the potential market disruption could be significant.  Such a competitor will be of grave concern to Airbus and Boeing.  China is the great fear in the big duopoly – many people have said Boeing’s worst fear was the C Series ending up in Chinese hands.

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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

3 thoughts on “CAAC and FAA sign bilateral airworthiness agreement

  1. Isn’t it surprising that the current protectionist US administration is allowing a free pass to Chinese-built airliners?

  2. Free…In the sense that it would be easy for the US to impede export sales of current and future CAAC-certified aircraft (think C919), by requiring a distinct FAA certification process.

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