VOLUME 4 AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT AND OPERATIONAL AUTHORIZATION
CHAPTER 11 PROCEDURES TO APPROVE SPECIAL COURSES FOR THE PERFORMANCE OF
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE ON PRIMARY CATEGORY AIRCRAFT
Section 1 Procedures
4-1261 PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS)
A. Maintenance. 3388.
B. Avionics. 5388.
4-1262 OBJECTIVE. This
chapter provides guidance for the approval of a Primary Category Aircraft
(PCA), preventative maintenance course.
A. PCA Course. A PCA preventive maintenance course
will cover the additional preventive maintenance tasks allowed under a special
inspection and preventive maintenance program. These additional tasks will be
listed on the type certificate data sheet or Supplemental Type Certificate
B. FAA-Approved Course. An
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved preventive maintenance course
may be conducted by the manufacturer of a PCA, a certificated Title 14 of the
Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 147 school, or another entity approved by the Administrator.
Approval of PCA preventive maintenance courses is delegated to the cognizant Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), and as
such, all applications must be made, by letter to that office.
4-1264 PREREQUISITES AND COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS.
∑ Knowledge of the regulatory requirements of 14
CFR parts 21, 91, and 147
∑ Successful completion of the Airworthiness
Inspector Indoctrination course for General Aviation and Air Carrier
Inspections, or previous equivalent
B. Coordination. This task may require
coordination with certification team members (if the task requires a
certification team), regional specialists, and Avionics Aviation Safety
4-1265 REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.
∑ 14 CFR parts 21, 39, and 43
B. Forms. None.
C. Job Aids. None.
A. Establish a Certification File. Ensure that
the file contains all pertinent information from the application letter, to
include the following information:
1) The name, mailing address, physical
location (if mailing address is different), and the telephone number of the
school, PCA manufacturer, or other FAA-approved entity that is providing the
2) The name of the instructor(s)
conducting the training and their Airframe and Powerplant
(A&P) mechanicís certificate number
3) The make(s) and model(s) of the
aircraft to be taught during the course
4) A description of the proposed PCA
preventive maintenance course curriculum and a copy of the actual lesson
plan(s) that will be used
5) A list of the facilities,
equipment, materials, and tools to be used
NOTE: A new application letter must be submitted when there is a
change in ownership, location of training, or the make(s) and model(s) of PCA
B. Review. Review any previous correspondence
with the applicant and check the EIS for a previous violation history.
C. Review the Proposed Curriculum. Review the
course content to ensure the following:
1) The course specifies a specific or
similar make and model of aircraft.
NOTE: A specific make/model would be a Cessna 140; a similar type
would be a Cessna 120, 150, 152, etc.
2) The course covers, at a minimum,
the applicable preventive maintenance items specified in part 43, appendix A and the additional PCA preventive maintenance items specified in
the type certificate data sheet or the STC issued for the conversion of the
3) The course also teaches the
∑ Required maintenance
∑ Use of type certificate
data sheets, Airworthiness Directives (AD), service bulletins, and any other
records appropriate to the aircraft
∑ Privileges and
4) The course was developed from the
appropriate manufacturer's maintenance manuals and instructions.
5) The course consists of a minimum of
24 hours of instruction and is taught to Level 1, as defined in part 147
for the applicable preventive maintenance items 1 through 29 as specified in
, Appendix A and to Level 2 for the more complex items listed in the preventive
maintenance program as specified in the type certificate data sheet or the STC.
6) The course requires the use of the
appropriate equipment and/or parts of the specific make and model aircraft
being taught. The aircraft equipment and parts may be furnished by the school,
manufacturer, or owner, and may be separate or installed on an aircraft.
D. Inspect the Applicantís Facility. Ensure
that the applicantís facility constitutes an environment suitable for learning
and testing by determining the following:
1) The facility is adequate for the
number of students participating in the course.
2) The facility has appropriate
ventilation, lighting, noise insulation, and temperature controls.
3) The facility has the shop
equipment, tools, and appropriate equipment and parts available for the
specific make and model aircraft being taught.
E. Evaluate the Applicantís Recordkeeping
System. Ensure the following:
1) That each studentís record lists
the specific courses taught, the course hours attended, and the make and model PCA.
2) That each studentís record is kept
for at least two years after the end of the studentís enrollment and that the
records are available for inspection by the Administrator during that period.
3) That each studentís record contains
a copy of the certificate of competency that is issued upon successful
completion of the course. This certificate must specify the aircraft make and
model that the course was given for.
4-1267 TASK OUTCOMES.
A. PTRS. File PTRS Data Sheet.
B. Completion. Successful completion of this
task will result in course approval being granted, in writing.
NOTE: After the course is approved, no curriculum changes may be
made without prior FAA approval.
4-1268 FUTURE ACTIVITIES. Routine surveillance.
4-1269 through 4-1285.