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David Megginson wrote:
>Thomas B. Passin writes:
> > But in fact, if you want to build an aircraft you have to get it
> > certificated (not including home-builts, but you still have to have
> > a lot of paperwork for them), and that costs a lot of money. That
> > is not really distinguishable from paying to use standards , in a
> > way.
>The aircraft type certificate is a specification but not a standard --
>it is not intended to promote interoperability. Better aviation
>examples might be TERPS, ATA 100, or ATA 2100, which are all
>royalty-free to implement (though you have to pay to obtain copies of
>the ATA specs).
Of course that is true, but the effect on the aircraft manufacturer and
the pilots isn't all that different. I just meant that the de facto
effect could be considered to be similar.