This Committee addresses issues related to design and construction, systems and performance, quality acceptance tests, and safety monitoring for general aviation aircraft (also known as Part 23) that is less than 19,000 pounds and 12 passengers.
Through the establishment of a Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), industry expressed an interest in evolving Part 23 regulations into a more performance based document, reliant on standards for the design and performance of aircraft, in order to leverage all the benefits that referencing standards has to offer. Ultimately, the desire is to reduce the regulatory burden on the industry (and therefore the cost of the aircraft) and leverage standards to allow technology to be readily updated in a streamlined certification process where appropriate.
Committee F44 meets twice a year, usually in April and October, with members attending three days of technical meetings. The Committee, with a membership of approximately 250, currently has jurisdiction over 30 standards. F44 standards will be published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 15.09. F44 has 5 technical subcommittees that maintain jurisdiction over these standards. Information on this subcommittee structure and F44's portfolio of approved standards and Work Items under construction are available from the List of Subcommittees, Standards and Work Items below.