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VOLUME 12  INTERNATIONAL AVIATION

CHAPTER 2  FOREIGN AIR CARRIERS OPERATING TO THE United states AND FOREIGN OPERATORS OF U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT ENGAGED IN COMMON CARRIAGE OUTSIDE THE United states

Section 6  Part 129 Part D Operations Specifications—Aircraft Maintenance

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12-269    PART D OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS (OPSPECS)—AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues Part D OpSpecs to foreign air carriers who conduct operations within the United States under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 129,  129.14 using U.S.-registered aircraft. The FAA also issues Part D OpSpecs to foreign persons and operators using U.S.-registered aircraft operated in common carriage solely outside the United States in accordance with  129.1(b). This chapter contains additional information specific to these types of operations. The FAA does not issue Part D OpSpecs to part 129 foreign air carriers who conduct operations with only foreign-registered aircraft. The following guidance gives general instructions on how to complete Part D OpSpecs. Detailed instructions on the procedures for approving a maintenance program and minimum equipment list (MEL) under  129.14 are contained in Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 2 and Volume 4, Chapter 4, Section 1.

OPSPEC D070 and D072. DECOMMISSIONED.

OPSPEC D085—U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT LISTING AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS. (Required for all air carriers and 14 CFR part 129, 129.14 operators conducting operations with U.S.-registered aircraft.) OpSpec D085 identifies the maintenance program that the FAA has reviewed and approved for any U.S.-registered aircraft, as required by 129.14. After the principal maintenance inspector (PMI) has evaluated the maintenance program that the foreign air carrier or foreign person has submitted in accordance with Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 2, and the current edition of Advisory Circular (AC) 129-4, Maintenance Programs for U.S.-Registered Aircraft Operated Under 14 CFR Part 129, the PMI will need to issue OpSpec D085 as follows:

A.    Make, Model, and Series (M/M/S), Aircraft Registration Number, and Aircraft Serial Number. All aircraft information must be first entered into the Web-based Operations Safety System (WebOPSS) in the left navigation area, under “CHDO,” then “Maintain Operator Data,” and then “Aircraft.” Aircraft used to operate solely outside the United States identify as “129.14”. Aircraft flying into the United States identify as “129”. Once the “Aircraft” data is entered, when the PMI or operator moves a new OpSpec D085 template to the workspace, the aircraft-specific information (M/M/S, aircraft registration number, and aircraft serial number) for the foreign air carrier’s or foreign person’s U.S.-registered aircraft will be auto-filled into the table(s).

NOTE:  In the D085 template that is issued to foreign air carriers that operate to the United States, there is an additional column in the table that identifies if the aircraft is being used to operate to or solely outside the United States. (Aircraft that are used to fly to the United States are identified as “129”, and aircraft that are used to fly solely outside the United States are identified as “129.14”.)

B.    Maintenance Program Document Information. Maintenance program document name, and document revision date and number. Enter the information manually into the appropriate table.

NOTE:  For dry-leased aircraft, refer to additional guidance in Volume 12, Chapter 2, Section 9 and  129.14(b).

OPSPEC D092. DECOMISSIONED.

OPSPEC D095—MINIMUM EQUIPMENT LIST AUTHORIZATION—U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT (OPTIONAL). (Required for U.S.-registered airplanes if the carrier/operator is authorized to use a MEL.)

A.    General. The regulatory basis for a MEL is 14 CFR part 129, 129.14. Without the MEL, the foreign air carrier or foreign person operating a U.S.-registered aircraft would have to operate the aircraft with all instruments and equipment operative. For MEL exceptions, see Volume 12, Chapter 2, Section 3, OpSpec A003.

B.    Approval. When seeking approval of an MEL, the foreign air carrier or foreign person must show that the procedures in its maintenance program are adequate to support the use of its MEL. MELs are approved for U.S.-registered aircraft through FAA OpSpecs. Section 129.14(b)(4) states in part that the OpSpec permitting the use of the MEL is carried on board (refer to 129.14(b)(4)).

1)    The carriage on board of the MEL is not limited to hard copies. The intent of 129.14(b)(4) is that the current and approved MEL is accessible to the flightcrew. For example, if a foreign air carrier or a foreign person is approved by their State of the Operator to carry the MEL electronically, this is an acceptable means of compliance with 129.14.
2)    An inspector conducting a ramp inspection must be able to verify that the MEL is available, approved, and up-to-date. (Refer to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Doc 8335, and see Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 3, Figure 12-18).

C.    Principal Inspectors’ (PI) Evaluation. After the principal operations inspector (POI) has evaluated the operator-submitted program and coordinated with the principal maintenance inspector (PMI) and/or principal avionics inspector (PAI) in accordance with Volume 4, Chapter 4 and Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 2, the PIs will need to issue OpSpec D095. The aircraft make, model, and series (M/M/S), Aircraft Registration Number, Serial Number, Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL), Revision Date and Number, and MEL Revision Date and Number for aircraft authorized for the use of an MEL must be listed in the OpSpec table.

OPSPEC D097—AGING AIRCRAFT PROGRAMS.

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A.    Foreign Air Carriers/Foreign Persons that are Authorized OpSpec D097. The issuance of this OpSpec signifies the FAA has reviewed the foreign air carrier/foreign person’s policy and procedures incorporated into their maintenance and/or inspection programs for compliance with the Aging Aircraft Program rules. Table 1 of D097 will consist of three columns that list:

    The Aging Aircraft Program rules;

    The manual and section where the policy and procedures are located for the applicable Aging Aircraft Program; and

    The date of the manual and section where the current policy and procedures are located for the applicable Aging Aircraft Program.

NOTE:  Figure 12-7 below illustrates a sample D097 Table 1 that lists the various 14 CFR part rules. The foreign air carrier/foreign person will have a specific OpSpec D097 template for their operation.

Figure 12-7.  Sample D097 Table 1 – Aging Aircraft Maintenance Programs

Aging Aircraft Program Rules

Foreign Air Carrier/Foreign Person’s Maintenance and Inspection Program Policy and Procedures (Manual and Section)

Date

Repairs Assessment for Pressurized Fuselages —  129.107

 

 

Supplemental Inspections — 129.109

 

 

Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) Maintenance Program — 129.111

 

 

Fuel Tank System Maintenance Program — 129.113

 

 

Flammability Reduction Means — 129.117

 

 

B.    Submission to Principal Inspector (PI) for Review. Initial submission and any later revisions to the foreign air carrier/foreign person’s maintenance and/or inspection program policy and procedures must be submitted to the PI for review for compliance with the Aging Aircraft Program rules.

C.    Foreign Air Carrier/Foreign Person Action. A foreign air carrier/foreign person’s program must have procedures to ensure that instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA) are incorporated into their maintenance and/or inspection program.

D.    Procedures for Tracking Changes and Approvals. The PI must ensure that the foreign air carrier/foreign person has procedures in their manual that track any changes and approvals made to the FAA Oversight Office-approved fuel tank safety (FTS) ICAs.

OPSPEC D108. DECOMMISSIONED.

OPSPEC D301—AIRCRAFT NETWORK SECURITY PROGRAM. Linking OpSpec D301 to Volume 3, Chapter 61.

OPSPEC D485. DECOMMISSIONED.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 12-270 through 12-289.