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Air Force Seeks Industry Partners to Conduct Airworthiness Assessments; Jorge Gonzalez Comments

AirplaneThe U.S. Air Force wants to forge cooperative research and development agreements with companies to perform airworthiness assessments on non-Defense Department military type aircraft.

The goal is to better understand the state of civil aviation and provide independent review of the safety of aviation products to industry, the Air Force said Monday.

Under a CRADA, the military branch and a private sector partner will collaborate to define a set of evaluation benchmark and perform an independent compliance assessment to produce a comprehensive risk analysis document.

”These partnerships will help our military maintain its technical superiority while supporting a robust defense industry base,” said Jorge Gonzalez, the Air Force’s technical airworthiness authority.

The service branch noted its newly established Non-Defense Military Aircraft Office will carry out CRADAs with industry partners on a first-come, first-serve basis and the standard period of performance will run for two years.

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