VOLUME 6 surveillance
Chapter 3 PART
Section 5 Monitor Part
6-1271 PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.
A. Maintenance: 3637.
B. Avionics: 5637.
6-1272 OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance on monitoring the scope, content, administration, and implementation
of a Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
6-1273 GENERAL. Aviation safety inspectors (ASI) should be familiar with the certificate holder’s manual and have as
much knowledge of the certificate holder’s operation as possible. This includes areas of operation, type of equipment, operating history, and the
person(s) with whom it arranges for the performance of maintenance, preventive maintenance, alterations, or required inspections.
6-1274 INSPECTION PROGRAMS AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS.
A. Certificate Holder’s Manual. The certificate holder’s airplane inspection program must be included in the
certificate holder’s manual. ASIs should ensure that the manual revision date matches the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program approval date
found in operations specification (OpSpec) D073, Table 1. As a best practice, certificate holders should be encouraged to develop controls that prevent any
changes to the inspection program without prior FAA approval. Controls may be in the form of policy and/or procedures.
B. Types of Inspection Programs. Regardless of which inspection program is chosen by the certificate holder, it must be
approved by the FAA. Regardless of the origin of the program, it must cover the aircraft initial current configuration, to include all associated installed
equipment, avionics, and components. Due to the variations in configurations and equipment, the inspection program that is part of a Continuous Airworthiness
Maintenance Program (CAMP) may not fit the part
aircraft, as configured. Likewise, the program recommended by the manufacturer of the aircraft, engine, and associated components may not be adequate as some
items or equipment installed after delivery by the manufacturer, may not be incorporated into the recommended program. Inspection items added to a
manufacturer’s recommended program would typically result in a program that is developed by the part
125 certificate holder
and approved by the FAA. Part
125 certificate holders
are responsible for their programs and the airworthiness of the aircraft. The manufacturer’s recommended programs that utilize Web-based tracking and
recording systems are not under the control of the
part 125 certificate
holder and should not be approved. However, they may be used as a basis for the part
125 certificate holder
to develop its own program, with the necessary controls integrated in the program to ensure full responsibility is retained by the certificate holder. In
accordance with part
125.247(e), inspection programs which may be
approved for use by part
125 certificate holders
include, but are not limited to:
· The inspection portion of a current 14 CFR part
135 CAMP that has been
approved for use by a certificate holder under part
· An inspection program currently recommended by the
· An approved inspection program developed by the part
C. Engine Overhauls. Per §
(2), “engines must be
maintained in accordance with the overhaul periods recommended by the manufacturer or a program approved by the Administrator and the engine
overhaul periods are specified in the inspection programs required by §
D. Life-Limited Parts. Per §
certificate holder must comply with “the replacement times for life-limited parts specified in the aircraft type certificate data sheets,
or other documents approved by the Administrator.”
E. Defects. Per §
125.247(a)(2), the certificate
holder must ensure that “defects disclosed between inspections, or as a result of inspection, have been corrected in accordance with part
F. Inspections. Per §
airplane, including airframe, aircraft engines, propellers, appliances, and survival and emergency equipment, and their component parts, is
inspected in accordance with an inspection program approved by the Administrator.”
G. Inspection Program Requirements. The program submitted for approval must have instructions and procedures for
the administration and implementation of the program. This includes procedures on the preparation of the inspection packages to ensure all
scheduled inspections and tasks are included at the proper interval. Procedures for the control, review, and completeness of each check/inspection
package should also be part of the administrative/implementation procedures. The airplane inspection program must include at least the following:
1) Per §
procedures, and standards for the conduct of inspections for the particular make and model of airplane, including necessary tests and checks. The
instructions and procedures must set forth in detail the parts and areas of the airframe, aircraft engines, propellers, appliances, and survival
and emergency equipment required to be inspected.”
2) Per §
125.247(b)(2), “a schedule
for the performance of inspections that must be performed under the program, expressed in terms of the time in service, calendar time, number of
system operations, or any combination of these.”
H. Persons Authorized to Perform Maintenance. Per §
125.247(c), “no person may be
used to perform the inspections required by this part unless that person is authorized to perform maintenance under
of this chapter.”
I. Aging Aircraft Requirements. If applicable, the certificate holder’s inspection program must also
include sections for programs mandated by §§
125.509. Once program compliance has been
validated, the principal maintenance inspector (PMI) will issue OpSpec D097, constituting FAA approval of these sections of the certificate holder’s
inspection program. Guidance for validating aging aircraft programs is as follows:
125.505, Repairs Assessment for
Pressurized Fuselages (refer to FAA
Order 8300.13A, Repair Assessment
125.507, Fuel Tank System Inspection Program (see
Volume 6, Chapter 11, Section 23).
125.509, Flammability Reduction Means (see
Volume 6, Chapter 11, Section 26).
6-1275 COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS.
· This task requires coordination between ASIs (maintenance
· If a geographic unit is performing this inspection,
coordination with the certificate‑holding district office (CHDO) must be maintained;
· It is recommended that this inspection be performed in
conjunction with the maintenance records inspection; and
125.25(b)(3) requires certificate holders
to “designate a person responsible for the scheduling of inspections required by the manual and for the updating of the approved weight and balance
system on all airplanes.” The certificate holder must list this person by name and address in its manual including the person’s duties,
responsibilities, and authority. Normally, ASIs should coordinate with this person when performing the inspection.
6-1276 REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.
A. References (current editions):
· Title 14 CFR Parts
· Advisory Circular (AC)
20‑42, Hand Fire Extinguishers
for Use in Aircraft.
91‑56, Continuing Structural
Integrity Program for Airplanes.
125‑1, Operations of Large
Airplanes Subject to Federal Aviation Regulations Part
Volume 6, Chapter 3, Section 6, Inspect Part
Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2,
Flight Standards Service Compliance Action Decision Procedure.
· Operations Specifications (OpSpecs).
· Certificate Holder’s Manual.
B. Forms. None.
C. Job Aids. None.
A. Prepare for the Inspection. ASIs should review the following:
1) OpSpec D073, to ensure that the current Web-based Operations Safety System (WebOPSS) template is issued.
125.247, Inspection Programs and Maintenance.
B. Perform the Inspection.
1) Conduct an in-briefing; instructions for conducting this briefing can be found in
Volume 1, Chapter 3, Section 1.
2) Inspect the certificate holder’s manual to ensure that the approved airplane inspection program is included
as required by §
(vii), and that the revisions are
current with OpSpec D073.
3) Review the approved airplane inspection program to ensure the requirements of §
125.247 and OpSpec D073 have been met. ASIs
should verify that the airplane inspection program is comprehensive and completely covers the entire aircraft, including powerplants, airframe,
accessories, avionics, and components, as configured.
4) Conduct a debriefing; instructions for conducting this briefing can be found in
Volume 1, Chapter 3, Section 1.
6-1278 TASK OUTCOMES.
A. Complete the PTRS Record.
B. Complete the Task. Completion of this task may result in one of the following:
1) Follow the process contained in
Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2 to
identify the root cause(s) that led to any deviations from rules, standards, or procedures. Resolve findings immediately with the operator if possible,
and communicate with the PIs about any followup action required to validate that the operator has returned the program and/or facility to full compliance.
2) A report of any deficiencies (if inspection was performed by the office having geographic responsibility). This
report must be submitted to the CHDO.
3) A letter from the CHDO informing the operator of the results of the inspection, as required.
C. Document the Task. File all supporting paperwork in the operator’s office file.
6-1279 FUTURE ACTIVITIES. Continued normal surveillance.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 6‑1280 through 6‑1295.