Read One – Get One Free – Both Viking Air & Wipaire Release Chinese Approval News At The Same Time
Receiving news releases from two companies who shape the Seaplane World at once is a pretty cool thing. For the first time in our history two news releases hailed in late last night regarding the same topic. First was Viking, announcing that they are happy to announce that the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) has approved the operation of Viking Series 400 Twin Otters equipped with Wipline® 13000 straight and amphibious floats in China.
About half an hour later, the news from Wipaire, Inc. hailed in announcing the same and shared that the Amphibian Gear Advisory System (Supplemental Type Certificate SA39CH) was also expanded to the Cessna 172R and 172S. The system is also available in China on the Cessna 208 Caravan, 208B Grand Caravan, Quest Kodiak, Air Tractor AT-802/802A, and the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter.
Both companies are focusing heavily on supporting a healthy and growing international customer base and market, with new approvals around the world. The Asian market creates various opportunities for both manufacturers and our readers get a double-dose of good news and two more cool pictures from us.
For those interested to find out whats involved in securing a STC in a foreign country, here is a rundown from Wipaire’s Jalon Sortor, who handles document administration and foreign certifications which offers some insight into the foreign approval process:
“First, Wipaire secures a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States. Once an STC is issued from the FAA, it is eligible for aircraft specified on the STC or the Approved Model Listing (AML) within the United States. If the STC is to be eligible within foreign countries, many requirements must be met by the STC holder to obtain an STC Validation, or Letter of Acceptance, of the FAA STC from the country in question. Most international countries have their own requirements for foreign STC issuance but some countries have bilateral agreements, called Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA), or Schedule of Implementation Procedures (SIP), in place with the FAA for understanding each country’s differences within this process.
There are a handful of government agencies that approve of the FAA’s certification process. These include Transport Canada Civil Aviation, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia, and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority to name a few. These countries will accept an FAA STC with no further design approval investigation.
Most remaining foreign countries require an application to be submitted by the STC holder to the country’s foreign authority for approval. The application, and associated engineering reports, must be in order per guidelines given by the foreign authorities’ written instructions or by their regulatory requirements. Once all documentation is in order, it will be mailed to the regional FAA Aircraft Certification Office (ACO). Once the ACO agrees that all required documents are present, ensuring the application is within the scope of the IPA or SIP, a statement of compliance letter is generated stating the FAA agrees with the STC holder’s application. This letter and associated documentation is then mailed to the specified foreign authority. Once in the hands of the foreign authority, the review process begins.
At this point, the application is either accepted or denied. Once the acceptance or denial has been established, a letter is sent to the applicant stating the acceptance or denial. The foreign authority is then in direct contact with the applicant for any questions or concerns that might be raised during the review of the application and engineering reports by the foreign authority’s team of engineers assigned to the application. This process, depending on the foreign authority, can take from as little as six weeks to as long as two years.” Source: Wipaire, Inc.