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OPINION COLUMN


BY JASON DICKSTEIN


NOT A U.S. REQUIREMENT, BUT CERTAINLY A GOOD IDEA


frequently unexpected: there is no FAA regulation that requires traceability. The corollary to this is that there is no U.S. regulation


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that specifies what forms of traceability are acceptable. If traceability is not require, then the form of traceability cannot be regulated. Many readers will be wondering at this stage in the column, “so what is the big deal about traceability?” The


hat U.S. regulations requires traceability for aircraft parts? This is a question that I hear on a regular basis. The answer is simple, yet it is


answer is that traceability is one tool, but not the only tool, to help establish airworthiness. When a person installs a part into an aircraft with a U.S.


airworthiness certificate, that person is obliged (under Part 43 of the FAA’s regulations) to ensure that the work performed (including the part being installed) will return the aircraft to an appropriate condition. There are two conditions deemed appropriate: (1) at least equal to its original type certificated condition or (2) any other properly altered condition (any altered condition that is approved by or acceptable to the FAA).


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