VOLUME 6 SURVEILLANCE
CHAPTER 11 OTHER SURVEILLANCE
Section 14 Safety Assurance System: Conducting Records Reviews and Aircraft Inspections Mandated by the Aging Airplane Rules for Parts
6-2486 REPORTING SYSTEM(S).
A. Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS). For Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts
use PTRS activity codes 3634, 5634, 3647, and 5647. If reviewing reports submitted by a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR)/Organization Designation Authority
(ODA), use PTRS activity codes 3646 and 5646.
B. Safety Assurance System (SAS). This section is related to SAS Elements 4.2.1 (AW) Maintenance/Inspection Requirements and 4.6.2 (AW)
Maintenance Special Emphasis Programs, but not reported in SAS.
6-2487 OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance on conducting aging airplane inspections and records reviews to accomplish the
requirements of the Aging Airplane Safety Final Rule and the Aging Aircraft Safety Act of 1991 (the Act). The Act requires the Administrator to make inspections and to
review the maintenance and other records of certain aircraft to decide whether they are maintained in an Airworthy condition. To accomplish this, the aviation safety
inspector (ASI) will conduct structural spot inspections and aircraft records surveillance, as deemed appropriate. The air carrier, to accomplish the required aircraft
records reviews and inspections, may use DARs and/or ODAs.
NOTE: For the purpose of this function, “the Administrator” is defined as ASIs, DARs, ODAs, or other persons so designated to
accomplish these inspections.
A. Basic Requirement. The basic requirement is to inspect each aircraft and review its records; however, a sampling of these tasks and
records for each airplane, along with routine surveillance of a certificate holder’s maintenance program, will ensure that each airplane and its age-sensitive
components are properly maintained. This guidance is applicable to each airplane operated under part
those airplanes operated solely within the state of Alaska); part
in scheduled service (except those airplanes operated solely within the state of Alaska); and U.S.-registered, part
aircraft. Special coordinating instructions for aircraft operated under part
rules can be found in subparagraph 6-2493A. Aircraft and records inspections are reported in PTRS for all 14 CFR parts.
1) Records Review. The ASI/DAR/ODA will review/sample the following records for each airplane described in subparagraph A above to ensure
confidence that the carrier is maintaining adequate/reliable records:
a) Total years in service.
b) Total flight hours of the airframe.
c) Total flight cycles of the airframe.
d) Date of last records review and inspection required by part
§ 129.105; and part
e) Current status of life-limited parts of the airframe.
f) Time since last overhaul of all structural components required to be overhauled on a specific time basis.
g) Current inspection status of the airplane, including the time since the last inspection required by the inspection program under which the
airplane is maintained.
h) Current status of the following, including method of compliance:
• Airworthiness Directives (AD), and
• Inspections and procedures required by §
121.1109 and §
NOTE: The effective date of these rules is December 20, 2010.
i) A list of major structural alterations.
j) A report of major structural repairs and the current inspection status of those repairs.
2) Aircraft Inspections. The intent of the Act will be met by accomplishing structural spot inspections as outlined in
Volume 6, Chapter 2, Section 6,
Safety Assurance System: Conduct Spot Inspection of a Program Manager/Operator’s Aircraft.
3) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspection Personnel. FAA ASIs who perform these inspections must possess a Mechanic Certificate
with an airframe rating. It is important that ASIs are familiar with the type of aircraft and records system of the air carrier before performing these inspections. ASIs
possess various degrees and types of experience. An ASI who needs additional information or guidance should coordinate with personnel experienced in that particular
specialty. This can be accomplished through on-the-job training (OJT) provided by the office with responsibility for oversight of the air carrier the ASI will be
4) Coordination Requirements.
a) It is essential for the certificate-holding district office (CHDO)/certificate management office (CMO) to coordinate with the operators and
geographic inspectors to ensure that no unnecessary delays are incurred as a result of records reviews and aircraft inspections if inspections are to be accomplished
using geographic ASIs.
b) Geographic inspectors may be needed to assist the CHDO/CMO in performing these inspections/reviews. Coordination is required to transmit all
inspection results and/or recommendations to the CHDO/CMO including a list of discrepancies found.
c) The CHDO/CMO will be responsible for notifying the certificate holder that the inspection/review has been completed.
6-2489 INITIAL NOTIFICATION AND PLANNING.
A. Initial Notification.
1) Sixty-Day Notification to the FAA. The rules require that the operators notify the FAA at least 60 days before the airplane and its
records will be available for inspection and review. Operators should be encouraged to provide advanced planning schedules of aircraft undergoing heavy maintenance.
Principal maintenance inspectors (PMI) should work closely with their operator during this period to address any issues that could delay the records review and inspection
or prevent the airplane from returning to service as scheduled.
2) Unforeseen Scheduling Conflict. The rules provide for a 90-day extension to the 7-year interval for repetitive records reviews and
aircraft inspections. Should an unforeseen operator scheduling conflict occur, the CHDO/CMO may approve an extension of up to 90 days, provided the operator presents
written justification for the scheduling conflict. Electronic, facsimile, or other forms of notification may be accepted. Operators should be encouraged to provide ample
time for the CHDO/CMO to respond to the extension request.
NOTE: Extensions may only be approved for the 7-year repetitive inspection intervals. In all cases, the initial compliance threshold to the
applicable rule must be met.
NOTE: An extension can only be granted by the CHDO/CMO.
B. Heavy Maintenance Check. The Act states that the records reviews and inspections will be carried out as part of the operator’s
heavy maintenance check. For the purpose of complying with this statute, a heavy maintenance check is defined as a “C” check or segment thereof, a
“D” check or segment thereof, or other scheduled maintenance visits where structural inspections are accomplished.
C. Planning. The records review(s) can be, and usually will be, accomplished separately from the aircraft inspection. This is because
many operators perform maintenance in one location while the records may be maintained in a different location. If the records review and aircraft inspection are conducted
separately, the operator should provide a summary of any additional records entries at the time of the aircraft inspection, such as ADs accomplished and major repairs
D. Records Reviews and Inspections. Records reviews and airplane inspections for parts
and 135 scheduled
operators will be similar.
1) Records Review.
a) The operator may provide actual “hardcopies” of the records or summaries of compliance as per its approved recordkeeping program.
b) The ASI/DAR/ODA should plan to sample the records to verify accuracy.
2) Aircraft Inspection.
a) Confirm the aircraft is available. Schedule the inspection when the aircraft has been sufficiently prepared for inspection (i.e.,
b) The ASI should be familiar with the aircraft type and inspection program the aircraft is maintained under.
c) Based on the records review and the planned maintenance, the ASI/DAR/ODA should select several structural inspection items to sample, if
practical. Included in the items selected for sampling should be job task cards that indicate the:
• Method of compliance,
• Tooling required, and
• Required signoffs.
3) Air Carrier Notification. The CHDO/CMO must notify the operator that the records reviews and inspections are complete. Because the
aircraft records reviews and/or inspections may be accomplished by different inspectors in different geographic locations, coordination of these efforts is essential.
Final notification to the operator will be made by the CHDO/CMO.
6-2490 PREREQUISITES AND COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS.
• Familiarity with the aircraft type and inspection program the aircraft
is maintained under.
• FAA Course 27100061, Flight Standards Aging Airplane Safety Rule (AASR).
B. Coordination. This task requires coordination between ASIs, DARs, and ODAs. It also requires coordination between CHDO/CMO and
6-2491 REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.
A. References (current editions). FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 6, Surveillance:
• Chapter 2, Parts
• Section 6,
Safety Assurance System: Conduct Spot Inspection of a Program Manager/Operator’s Aircraft,
• Section 35,
Safety Assurance System: Inspect Section
or Less) Certificate Holder’s Maintenance Records, and
• Section 36,
Safety Assurance System: Inspect Parts
or More) Operator’s Maintenance Records; and
• Chapter 4, Part
129 Inspections: Monitor
Maintenance Program for U.S.-Registered Aircraft Operated by a Foreign Operator Under Part
• Chapter 11, Section 24,
Safety Assurance System: Evaluate/Inspect Parts
Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems Maintenance Program.
B. Forms. None.
C. Job Aids. None.
6-2492 MAINTENANCE RECORDS REVIEW.
A. Receive the Records. The certificate holder will coordinate with the FAA to provide the location and the status of the records
required by §§
Volume 6, Chapter 2, Sections 6,
and Volume 6, Chapter 4 provide necessary guidance for evaluating the required air carrier maintenance records.
B. Conduct the Review. The ASI/DAR/ODA will review/sample the records identified in subparagraph 6-2488B1).
NOTE: The records review and airplane inspection may be carried out by different ASIs/DARs/ODAs in different locations. This will require
coordination among the inspectors to ensure discrepancies noted in either the records review or the airplane inspection are investigated to ensure compliance with
6-2493 AIRCRAFT INSPECTIONS.
A. Plan the Inspection. The ASI will coordinate with the certificate holder as to the scope and extent of the planned inspection.
Volume 6, Chapter 2, Section 6 provides
necessary guidance for accomplishing structural spot inspections.
1) The ASI/DAR/ODA should select structural inspections, Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS), Corrosion Prevention and
Control Programs (CPCP) tasks, or major repairs/modifications that are scheduled to be accomplished during this maintenance visit. If possible, supporting documentation
for these tasks should be obtained before conducting the planned inspection.
2) While performing these inspections, every effort should be made to avoid interfering with, or inconveniencing, the
B. Observe Maintenance Tasks. Observe maintenance tasks to ensure that:
• Work instructions provide sufficient detail to accomplish the scope of
the required maintenance task;
• Required tooling and materials are available and used; and
• Work is accomplished by properly trained and qualified personnel.
6-2494 TASK OUTCOMES.
A. Complete the PTRS Record. Complete the PTRS record to track the accomplishment of these inspections. Use activity code 3647 or
5647 for the aircraft inspection and 3634 or 5634 for the records review. Use activity code 3646 or 5646 when reviewing reports submitted by a DAR/ODA. Enter
“AGINGRIR” in the “National Use” block of section I. In section IV, the “Comment” block, record airplane times, cycles,
inspection status, and other required data.
B. Complete the Task. Successful completion of this task will result in the following:
1) The cognizant PMI will be notified of any significant findings.
2) ASIs, designees, or the operator will notify the cognizant PMI electronically or verbally upon completion of the records review
or aircraft inspection so that no delay will be incurred in notifying the operator.
3) The PMI will notify the certificate holder of any findings through standard office procedures.
4) The PMI will notify the certificate holder that the records review and inspection have been accomplished for a specific airplane.
This will be accomplished via electronic, facsimile, or other accepted forms of notification.
NOTE: Because records reviews and the structural spot inspections may be completed on different dates, therefore the date of notification to
the operator of completion of the records and aircraft inspection will be used to determine the due date of the next required inspection.
5) If DARs/ODAs accomplished the records reviews and aircraft inspections, they shall submit a report to the CHDO/CMO indicating the
aircraft inspected. This report may be provided directly from the DAR/ODA or from the operator. The information provided must include the following:
• Identification number of the aircraft,
• Total years in service,
• Total flight hours of the airframe, and
• Date of last records review and inspection required by the aging
6-2495 FUTURE ACTIVITIES. ASIs assigned to parts
holders will accomplish structural spot inspections and aircraft records surveillance, as required by the Act.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 6-2496 through 6-2515.