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sion aircraft. Operators will save a substantial amount of time when compared to retro-fitting an aircraft so it’s a great opportunity for every- one.“ ~ Scott Sarver, manager of special mission sales for Cessna Certification is another area riddled with


potential pitfalls, the first of which is uncertainty about what


level of certification is necessary.


While some modifications can be approved with a field approval process for that particular aircraft serial number, others require a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that applies to your entire fleet. Your flight standards district office can help you determine which is the right course of action for your customization project. If an STC is required, an arduous and time-


intensive process ensues to produce equipment modifications that must pass airworthiness and conformity inspections at each stage of develop- ment. Results of these successful inspections are sent to the FAA and upon their review, the STC is granted. Depending on the complexity of the design and installation, the STC approval process can last between three to six months. In cases like this, consistent and regular communication is invaluable to customers who don’t have time to


Advanced life support system with optional storage in Cessna Mustang. track the certification process on their own.


CASE IN POINT: L.A. FIRE DEPARTMENT


– SPECIAL MISSIONS The air operations section of LAFD want-


ed a custom medical module to safely hold spe- cific medical equipment for emergency medical transport missions. LAFD‘s


manufacturer worked with the special missions staff at their facility to get a better understand- ing of how this proposed unit was expected to


preferred air medical equipment


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