FAA - FO 8110.101A
Type Certification Procedures For Military Commercial Derivative Aircraft
|Publication Date:||25 February 2015|
Purpose of this Order.
a. This order explains how to evaluate and approve type certification and related technical services for MCDA.
b. The procedures in this order are unique for MCDA certification projects, including changes to approved type designs for aircraft, engines, and propellers. We are supplementing FAA Orders 8110.4, Type Certification, and 8130.2, Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft and Related Products, for standard type certification. Use this order in addition to Orders 8110.4 and 8130.2 for MCDA projects unless otherwise specified. For organization designation authorizations, use this order and Order 8100.15, Organization Designation Authorization Procedures.
c. MCDA is defined as a commercially produced aircraft with an FAA TC and produced under an FAA production approval. These aircraft may then be modified to varying extent for military use, and be fully or partially approved by the FAA. The certified aircraft serves as the starting point before any modification is initiated. MCDA are generally procured and operated by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security, and United States Coast Guard. DoD is the Armed Services of the United States and includes the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. In some cases, MCDA may use leased aircraft for operation by the Armed Services, or contract flights for the Armed Services (i.e., commercial air services). Commercial air services may be either Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) or Contractor Owned Contractor Operated (COCO) aircraft engaged in flying military missions under contract with the U.S. government. Aircraft modifications for commercial air services must be approved and sponsored by the responsible Armed Service.