FAA Certification and Engineering Capabilities

Aeronautix, based out of Columbia, MO, specializes in the design, installation, and certification of aeronautical products, focusing primarily on: Part 23 general aviation, Part 25 commercial aviation, and UAS projects. We work with a suite of FAA DERs and DARs that we have developed reliable and sustainable relationships with for approval of specific discipline aspects of our projects.

In all, Aeronautix has decades of experience in the following core areas, Program Management, Flight Test, Ground Test, HIRF and Lightning, Mechanical & Electrical Systems and Equipment, Powerplant, Structures, and Systems Safety.

Over these core areas, Aeronautix is skilled in the coordination, production, and execution of certification plans, analyses, compliance reports, substantiation reports, test plans, test reports, and detail design, assembly, and installation drawing packages. As a part of coordinating testing activities, Aeronautix is also well versed in conducting conformities at the component level, and the installation level.

Aeronautix also specializes in the design and analysis of components and systems, utilizing both 2D and 3D CAD/CAM packages. When necessary, we employ the use of modern FEA and CFD methods as well as classical techniques for structural, thermal, and flow analyses. Originally based in Overland Park, KS, Aeronautix opened a 1,550 sq. ft. office in Columbia in 2014. In addition to this workspace, we operate a 3,200 sq. ft. hangar space at Columbia Regional Airport (KCOU). Both offices offer room for expansion to suit our customer’s needs.

Program Management

Program Management

FAA DER - Program Management

A Management DER is a person who has been granted special authorizations that were introduced by FAA policy. While an FAA Management DER must hold a technical FAA DER delegation, their expertise goes beyond a specific technical FAA DER discipline. An FAA Management DER has proven themselves to be highly knowledgeable of the entire FAA aircraft certification process from FAA project application to FAA type certificate issuance.

The Aeronautix team has a proven track record of effectively managing all aspects of any program. Whether it’s aircraft engineering development or FAA certification, we provide an outstanding product:

On Budget, and On Schedule – Guaranteed!

Aeronautix provides turn-key FAA approvals and has extensive experience with certification programs of any size including:

  • New and Amended Type Certification (TC)
  • Supplemental Type Certification (STC)
  • Major Repairs and Alterations
  • Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA)

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Flight Test

Flight Test

FAA DER - Flight Test

Aeronautix Flight Test DER personnel have undergone rigorous training programs with professional flight test organizations such as the FAA and the National Test Pilot School. We have vast experience with flying qualities and performance testing as well as avionics, auto controls and aircraft systems testing of all kinds. Our capabilities include:

  • Major Repair and Alterations
  • Flight Test Plans and Reports
  • Design Approvals
  • Flight test data reduction
  • Type Inspection Reports (TIR)
  • Airplane Flight Manual Supplements
  • Type Inspection Authorization (TIA)
  • Performance and Aerodynamic Analysis
  • FAA test witnessing/conducting of any kind

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Aircraft Structures

Aircraft Structures

FAA DER - Structures

Aeronautix Structures DER personnel have extensive experience with both primary and secondary aircraft structure and can provide FAA approval of structural data of all kinds. Whether it’s a Boeing 747 or a Cessna 182, our capabilities include:

  • Design drawings
  • Structural analyses
  • Structural reports
  • Instructions for Continued Airworthiness
  • Major repairs and alterations, including FAA Form 337 support

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Powerplant Installation

Powerplant Installation

FAA DER - Powerplant

Aeronautix Powerplant DER personnel are authorized for airplane turbine engine, airplane piston engine and APU installations. We specialize in engine installations, fuel systems, fire and ice protection systems and induction and exhaust systems just to name a few. Our capabilities include:

  • Major Repairs And Alterations
  • PMA Identicality Findings
  • Test Plans And Reports
  • Design Approvals
  • Service Documents
  • Safety Analyses
  • FAA Test Witnessing/Conducting
  • Compliance Reports
  • FAA Instructions For Continued Airworthiness

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Electrical Systems and Avionics

Electrical Systems and Avionics

FAA DER - Electrical Systems and Avionics

Aeronautix Electrical Systems & Avionics DER personnel have extensive experience with every kind of electrical and avionics system imaginable ranging from very complex fully integrated glass cockpits and auto control systems to passenger entertainment systems and everything in between. Our capabilities include:

  • Major Repairs and Alterations
  • System Safety Assessment Approval Authority
  • HIRF and Lightning Protection
  • Test Plans and Reports
  • Design Approvals
  • Service Documents
  • Compliance Reports
  • FAA Test Witnessing/Conducting
  • Equipment Qualification Testing
  • Electrical Loads and Thermal Analyses
  • FAA Instructions For Continued Airworthiness

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FAA Certification - Mechanical Systems FAA DERS

Mechanical Systems

FAA DER - Mechanical Systems

Aeronautix Mechanical Systems DER personnel have extensive experience with all major mechanical systems including fire and ice protection, landing gear systems, hydraulics and many more. Our capabilities include:

  • Major Repairs and Alterations
  • System Safety Assessment
  • HIRF and Lightning Protection
  • Test Plans and Reports
  • Equipment Qualification Testing
  • Design Approvals
  • Service Documents
  • Compliance Reports
  • FAA Test Witnessing/Conducting
  • FAA Instructions For Continued Airworthiness

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Engineering Design

Engineering Design

Aeronautix Design Engineering utilizes state of the art 3D solid modeling tools and 2D drafting packages. We have extensive design experience with aircraft primary and secondary structure as well as propulsion, electrical/avionics and mechanical systems of all kinds. From conceptual layout to detail design, our team can provide three dimensional models and production quality installation, assembly and detail drawings. Our capabilities include:

  • Aircraft Primary Structure
  • Aircraft Secondary Structure
  • Mechanical Systems
  • Engine Installations
  • Fuel and Oil Systems and Components
  • Induction and Exhaust Systems
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Ice Protection Systems
  • Avionics and Electrical Systems
  • Wire Harness Routing
  • Wiring Diagrams

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Engineering Analysis

Engineering Analysis

Aeronautix Analytical Engineering provides complete support throughout the design cycle from preliminary design to manufacturing and installation support. Depending on the scope of the problem, Aeronautix utilizes classical and finite element modeling techniques to provide accurate predictive and substantiating data. Our capabilities include:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Performance
  • Airframe Loads
  • Dynamic Structural Analyses
  • Electrical Loads
  • Fatigue
  • Fire Protection
  • Fluid Flow Analyses
  • Flutter
  • Ice Protection
  • Static Structural Analyses
  • System Safety
  • Thermal Analyses

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