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The Difference Between Certified and Uncertified Aircraft

As far as aircraft engines are concerned, there are some differences between those that are certified, and those that are not. The most noticeable is the price-tag that comes attached to certified craft, which often leads buyers to believe that uncertified craft are comprised of substandard parts and components, or can even be attributed to major differences in their design. The reality is that this is not the case.

Here we will explore the actual differences between certified and uncertified craft. That way you will be able to make your next purchase with confidence regarding the condition and abilities of the craft, as well by knowing where you and your craft stand in terms of safety.

Certified Craft Have Been Thoroughly Tested to Meet Certain Conditions

The major difference between certified and uncertified craft is that certified ones have undergone rigorous and repetitive testing to gauge their performance and safety. That is not to say that uncertified ones are not safe, just that there is no guarantee.

These tests take place at various times and under different, strict conditions to ensure that certified craft meet very rigid standards of quality, reliability and safety. The most commonly used standard for certification is 101.55, however this is not the only measurable standard that certified craft can meet; and standards also differ depending on where in the world you are.

Testing Generally Comes with a Heavy Price

This testing, as you would imagine, costs quite a bit of money, and the more thorough the testing is, and however many times the tests are repeated, will have an effect on the price.

The price differences between certified and uncertified craft differ enough as to make it seem like uncertified ones are made up of hodgepodge components or substandard parts, which generally isn’t actually the case.

The cost comes purely from the price of testing, and the value of having an aircraft rated internationally for air-worthiness.

Small Changes can Revoke Certification

When seeking to obtain a certified craft for your own uses, one needs to be aware of how even the smallest changes can render it once-more uncertified, the process of rectification of which, can be extremely expensive and time consuming.

By simply changing the plug on a certified engine, you may lose certification, and so if customisability is a concern for you, you should consider carefully whether or not you want the craft to be certified.

Contact Century Avionics to Learn More

Looking for more information and products for both certified and uncertified air-craft, why not contact one of our representatives from Century Avionics today. Alternatively, feel free to take a look at our website for additional information on our offers.

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