FAA issues REVISED AC 00-56B – Voluntary Industry Distributor Accreditation Program

The FAA has issued the long-awaited revision to AC 00-56. This advisory circular describes the Voluntary Industry Distributor Accreditation Program (VIDAP).

This is the “B” revision, and it includes statements about a number of issues that have been part of the FAA’s understanding of the program (so they were part of the ASA implementation based on FAA input) but that had not previously been in print.  It also updates the language to a “plain language” format as well as clarifying some points that had been vague.

The updated version of the AC will be available on the main FAA website; however as of 1:00 pm today it was not yet available.  This is not unusual, and we expect that it should be available on the FAA’s main website by Monday.

However, it *IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE* in the Regulatory and Guidance Library (RGL).   If the link to the RGL does not work then just go to rgl.faa.gov and use the search engine to find 00-56B.

The ASA Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) will meet on June 7, 2015 in Scottsdale Arizona (click here for more information on the meeting) to discuss the changes in-depth and to consider whether any additional changes to ASA-100 are necessary to reflect the changes to the AC.  The FAA is expected to present the AC at this meeting, and to be available to answer questions.

This ASA QAC meeting is part of the ASA Annual Conference.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

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