on its journey.
Korea Institute of Aviation Safety Technology (KIAST) embarks on its journey as the only institute in Korea dedicated to aviation safety.
Preparation for Soaring
KIAST is currently working to establish a national aviation certification system by bringing together the certification functions held and shared by multiple organizations into one.
The institute is also committed to research and development in all aspects of aviation safety technology to help propel the country's aviation industry to the international level.
KIAST Takes charge of aviation safety.
KIAST is committed to ensuring aviation safety and nurturing the country's aviation industry by implementing systematic certification processes, safety certification, and conformity assessment.
Light Sport Aircraft and Ultralight Vehicle Conformity Assessment
for Navigation Safety Facility
Aircraft certification is a process that evaluates the safety regarding the design and production of aircraft, engines, propellers, equipment, and parts.
- Type Certification(TC)
- Production Certification(PC)
- Supplemental Type Certification(STC)
- Type Certificates Validation(TCV)
- Technical Standard Order Authorization(TSOA)
- Parts Manufacturer Approvals(PMA)
Issued a certificate for the KC-100, a small 4-seater aircraft, for the first time in Korea; Approved TCV and TSOA for imported aircraft including B787-8, B787-9 and A350-941
Flight performance and states of Light sport aircraft and Ultra-light vehicles are examined for safe flightsMajor Achievements
Safety Certification (2017)
-Light Sport Aircraft: 103 aircraft
-Ultralight Vehicle: 927 vehicles
Conducted Production Approval for the KLA-100, the first light sport aircraft designed in Korea.
Conformity assessment for navigation safety facilities is a process that evaluates the performance conformity of navigation safety facilities or air intelligence communications facilities.Major Achievements
Conducted conformity assessment for fixed TACAN stations, 1090ES ADS-B and others.
KIAST is establishing
an exclusive flight test site
Due to the absence of a civil flight test site for flight tests only in Korea, there had been consistent demand for test infrastructure. With the completion of a comprehensive national flight test site and drone flight test site, it will be possible to conduct various flight-related tests.
KIAST is establishing a site where various flight tests related to the safety performance of aircraft can be conducted in a comprehensive manner, including takeoff and landing tests, performance tests to assess the operational limits of aircraft, and rejected takeoff tests (to be completed by 2020).
KIAST is establishing drone flight test sites, region by region and phase by phase. These sites will be equipped with infrastructure including a runway and helipad, drone flight test operation center, and hangar for flight and ground tests to support R&D and safety certification for commercial drones.
(Two more new sites)
KIAST has been presenting
aviation safety technology to the nation.
The global paradigm governing the aviation safety management system is shifting towards proactive and preventive approaches.
KIAST is working to promote safety culture throughout society by conducting data analysis and studying improvement plans concerning abnormal flight, aircraft failures, defects, and malfunctions.
KIAST is committed to aviation safety research by doing activities as follows: data and statistical analysis of aircraft defects and failures, collection of big data regarding aviation safety and establishment of the indicator management system, evaluation of compliance of domestic laws and regulations with international standards, research on technological and operational standards for taking the lead in developing international standards, and various supporting activities to establish aviation policies.
KIAST is a leading player in the era of the 4th industrial revolution.
KIAST is committed to research and development of traffic management system for drones to ensure the safe operation of drones and help promote the drone industry, which is emerging as a core, promising industry in the era of 4th industrial revolution.
In order to new business models using drones to be invigorated, drone’s safety must be verified beforehand. To this end, KIAST is pushing forward with pilot projects in seven airspaces nationwide to identify new business models that are in great demand and reevaluate the risk factors associated with the current safety standards.
For the safe and efficient operation of UAS with a maximum flight altitude of 150m and an empty weight of 150kg or less, development and demonstration research on the UTM system is underway.
*UTM (UAS Traffic Management)
*UAS (Unmanned Aerial System)
KIAST is also establishing testing and demonstration infrastructure to develop core technology and perform verification based on phase-by-phase demonstration scenarios.
In an effort to nurture and promote the domestic drone industry, KIAST is supporting development and production of hardware, development of core technology for software, and development of service platforms and content by drone-related startups and venture businesses.