China is pushing to relax rules. The ARJ-21 not being certified 'lost face', but it was not an aircraft ready to be certified. I really hope the process isn't watered down. I want less redundant paperwork, but to keep the safety.
There's one thing the politicians and bureaucrats pushing for these relaxed rules ought to be on top of - make those aircraft they want certified this way the state carriers for government officials ahead of other foreign made aircraft where possible. It's absolutely ridiculous for them to think about selling an aircraft certified under substandard rules to the masses while they and their families opt for aircraft certified to more stringent standards.
Just to be clear, I'm against rule relaxation. But let us move forward to modern documentation. The current process is too expensive for no other reason than it can be.
The ARJ-21 having a certification is a bad joke. When you need 4 aircraft to fly the job of one... When there aren't complete maintenance manuals... When you need engineers and factory technicians to diagnose issues, that is flight test!
I'm not happy the FAA signed. All indications are the C919 is as sloppily engineered.
I'll fly on the Su100 or MC-21. I won't fly the Chinese aircraft until they put in place a non-corrupt oversight process. I've worked Russian system certification and while many of the boxes to check (tests and analysis to document) is different, the overall process ensures a safe aircraft.
In prior stuff at a prior employer, I've told Boeing how to better define a sub-system, no bid the ARJ-21 as they wouldn't listen and I will not engineer stuff that would have been that unreliable, told Mitsubishi what there specifications lacked, and was given high end booze for my contributions to the MC-21.
. I also fixed someone else's botched Gulfstream part design (pre-flight testing) as Gulfstream knew the prior vendor concept didn't meet requirements. So I think I know what I'm talking about....
6 months without TV. The best decision of my life.