Aviation Certification Resources

Aviation Certification Resources

Aviation certification is a diverse field with ambiguous terminology often misused. CERTegic’s independent and non-profit aerospace consortium status aims to clarify aviation certification and enable Readers and Members to better navigate the complex certification ecosystem.

For a general paper on aviation Technical Standard Orders (TSO’s), Type Certificate (TC), Supplemental TC (STC), and Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) for aviation, free download Here.

Aviation “certification” pertains to an operational or airworthiness status granted by a Certification Authority, typically a national civil airspace entity (FAA, EASA, etc.) or a Military agency. Certification normally applies to Aircraft and Systems via SAE ARP4754A and ARP4761, Software via DO-178C (airborne) or DO-278A (ground-based), or Hardware via DO-254 (airborne only). The following key certification-related terms commonly apply:


An Aircraft or “System ” is Certified for airworthiness, while components may have different certification levels


A component within a System achieving its highest certification status prior to certifying with a “certified” System


Certification via an entity other than the FAA/EASA (e.g. Military or non- commercial avionics )


Formal approval of a tool which (since it does not “fly” or execute in real-time) does not require “certification” or “compliance”

Aviation terminology differs from non-aviation terminology; for example, “Qualified” as noted above pertains to tools. For a free paper on aviation tool Qualification, download Here.

The world’s major countries all have individual rules for aviation, administered by that country’s internal governmental departments. The following table provides a link to the world’s major individual aviation administration for each such country:

Argentina Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil
Australia Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Austria Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation & Technology
Belgium Direction Generale Transport Aérien
Brazil Departamento de Aviação Civil
Canada Transport Canada Civil Aviation Authority
China Civil Aviation Administration of China
Czech Republic Civil Aviation Authority
Denmark Danish Transport Authority
Finland Finnish Transport Safety Agency
France La Direction de l'Aviation Civile
Germany Civil Aviation Authority (LBA)
Iceland Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration
India Civil Aviation Authority
Indonesia Directorate General for Civil Aviation
Ireland Irish Aviation Authority
Israel Civil Aviation Authority
Italy Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile
Japan Japan Civil Aviation Bureau
Korea Korea Office of Civil Aviation
Malaysia Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia
Mexico Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil
Netherlands Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport
New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
Norway Civil Aviation Authority Norway
Poland Civil Aviation Office
Romania Romanian Civil Aeronautic Authority
Russia Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA)
Singapore Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
South Africa Civil Aviation Authority
Spain Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea
Sweden Sweden Civil Aviation Administration
Switzerland Federal Office for Civil Aviation
Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration
United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority