The “H” Revision to FAA Order 8130.21 Has Been Issued!

FAA Order 8130.21, Revision H, that has the updated FAA Form 8130-3 (02/14), was signed by AIR-200 on August 1, 2013 and is available on both the RGL and FAA websites.

This order, along with this updated FAA Form 8130-3, does not become effective until February 1, 2014.  This means the current FAA Order 8130.21G and the FAA Form 8130-3 (06/01) are to be used through January 31, 2014.  As you review the order, you will notice the updated FAA Form 8130-3 has a new revision date of (02/14).

The FAA is currently in the process of communicating with the rest of the world to let them know about the impending changes to FAA Order 8130.21H.  This is necessary because of the bilateral airworthiness agreements between the United States and its trading partners.  This notification process is part of the reason for the delay in the implementation of the new order.

Distributors will notice that paragraph 2-7 of the Order is almost hopelessly confusing.  This is because the FAA has mixed the issue of a new supplemental 8130-3 (which is one way to split a bulk shipment) with the simple copying of the original 8130-3 (which is a different way to split a bulk shipment).  These are two different functions – one requires a FAA designee to issue a new 8130-3 reflecting the new amount, while the other relies on a record keeping system to track the parts from an 8130-3 that reflected a lot (or other group) of parts.  The guidance in this paragraph is poorly written, and the conflation of two different functions in a single paragraph is likely to cause confusion.  We plan to work with the FAA on this issue.

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About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association.

One Response to The “H” Revision to FAA Order 8130.21 Has Been Issued!

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