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Volume 12  international aviation

chapter 8  evaluate an easa supplement to a repair station manual/quality control manual

Section 1  Background and Procedures

12-524    PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.

A.    Maintenance: 3377, 3669, 3771.

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B.    Avionics: 5377, 5669, 5771.

12-525    OBJECTIVE. This chapter provides guidance for aviation safety inspectors (ASI) on how to evaluate the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) supplement to a Repair Station Manual (RSM)/Quality Control Manual (QCM). ASIs accomplish this evaluation process per the U.S./European Union (EU) aviation safety agreement (the Agreement).

12-526    BACKGROUND.

A.    U.S./EU Aviation Safety Agreement.

1)    The Agreement, signed on June 30, 2008, is between the United States and the EU to cooperate in the regulation of civil aviation safety. The Agreementís official title is ďAgreement Between the United States of America and the European Community on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety.Ē The Agreement contains two annexes. Annex 1 pertains to airworthiness and environmental certification while Annex 2 pertains to maintenance. This section focuses on Annex 2.
2)    The Agreement allows the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and EASA to rely on each otherís surveillance systems, minimize the duplication of efforts, increase efficiency, and conserve resources to the greatest extent possible. The Agreement calls for successful completion of regularly scheduled FAA inspections. The FAA and EASA must be satisfied that repair stations located in the United States and EU-based Approved Maintenance Organizations (AMO) meet the conditions of Annex 2.
3)    Annex 2 of the Agreement allows EASA and the FAA to accept each otherís standards, systems, and approvals relating to repair stations located in the United States and EU-based AMOs that maintain civil aviation products. Annex 2 also explains how to establish points of communication and cooperation when urgent or unusual situations develop.

B.    Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG). The MAG is the general term for the documentís official title, which is ďMaintenance Annex Guidance Between the Federal Aviation Administration for the United States of America and the European Aviation Safety Agency for the European Union.Ē The MAG, which is a separate document than the Agreement, explains how to implement the Agreement and its Annex 2.

NOTE:  Both the MAG and the Agreement are located at the following Web site: http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/repair.

12-527    GENERAL.

A.    Role of the FAA Regarding EASA Supplements. Before EASA approves a repair station under EASA Part-145, the repair station must prepare an EASA supplement to its RSM/QCM. The FAA will review and accept the initial supplement on behalf of EASA. If the repair station revises the supplement, it should submit the revision to the FAA. The FAA considers revisions to the supplement acceptable unless the FAA notifies the repair station otherwise.

B.    Submitting an EASA Supplement. If this task is part of processing an initial application for EASA Part‑145 approval, the repair station will submit the entire EASA supplement. If this task is part of processing a renewal approval, or conducting a review of a revision to the EASA supplement, the repair station will submit only the revised portion to the FAA.

C.    MAG Requirements. The special conditions contained in the MAG, Section A, part V is required in the EASA supplement. These special conditions state that the repair station must provide a supplement to the RSM/QCM, which includes policies, procedures, and special conditions. The FAA accepts the supplement on behalf of EASA.

D.    MAG Guidance for ASIs. Specific EASA guidance for preparing an EASA supplement to an RSM/QCM is contained in the MAG, Section B, Appendix 1. This document is provided to a repair station in response to a preliminary inquiry regarding initial EASA Part-145 approval. The ASI should review the MAG and use it in conjunction with this chapter when reviewing a repair stationís EASA supplement. However, the MAG supersedes this section if conflicts exist between the two documents.

12-528    PREREQUISITES AND COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS.

A.    Prerequisites:

    Knowledge of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 43 and 145 requirements.

    Knowledge of Volume 2, Chapter 11, Section 6 requirements.

    Successful completion of the Airworthiness Inspector Indoctrination course(s), or equivalent.

    Successful completion of training course 21058, Certification and Surveillance of Part 145 Stations.

    Successful completion of Web-based training course 27100066, Understanding the U.S./EU Aviation Safety Agreement.

    Previous experience with certification or surveillance of 14 CFR part 145 repair stations.

B.    Coordination. This task requires coordination with:

    The applicant repair station.

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    The applicant repair stationís ASI. This could include the principal maintenance inspector (PMI) or principal avionics inspector (PAI).

    EASA.

    The FAA regional EASA coordinator.

    FAA Regional Offices (RO) and district offices, as appropriate.

12-529    REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.

A.    References (current editions):

    Title 14 CFR parts 43 and 145.

    FAA Order 8130.21, Procedures for Completion and Use of the Authorized Release Certificate, FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Tag.

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    Volume 2, Chapter 11, Certification of a Title 14 CFR Part 145 Repair Station.

    Volume 12, Chapter 6, Support an EASA Sampling Inspection System Team Visit in the United States.

    Agreement Between the United States of America and the European Community on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety (the Agreement).

    Maintenance Annex Guidance Between the Federal Aviation Administration for the United States of America and the European Aviation Safety Agency for the European Union (the MAG).

    Advisory Circular (AC) 145-5, Repair Station Internal Evaluation Programs.

B.    Forms:

    FAA Form 8000-4, Air Agency Certificate.

    FAA Form 8000-4-1, Repair Station Operations Specifications.

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    FAA Form 8010-4, Malfunction or Defect Report.

    FAA Form 8120-11, Suspected Unapproved Parts Report.

    FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Tag.

    EASA Form 9, FAA Recommendation.

    EASA Form 16, Application Form.

C.    Job Aids. Job aids are included in the MAG as appendices.

12-530    PROCEDURES.

A.    Receive the Repair Stationís EASA Part-145 Supplement/Supplement Revision. The ASI will receive the repair stationís initial, renewal, or amendment application. If the renewal or amendment requires a supplement revision, ensure that the application includes the EASA supplement and that the accountable manager for the repair station has signed it.

B.    Review the Repair Stationís EASA Supplement/Supplement Revision. Review the EASA supplement to determine whether it includes the sections and appropriate information as referenced in the sample EASA supplement contained in the MAG, Section B, Appendix 1.

NOTE:  The ASI will also review the supplement/supplement revision to determine that it does not contradict nor have an adverse affect on the EASA supplement.

C.    Changes to Facilities or Equipment. If an amendment to an EASA supplement includes a change to the facilities or equipment, the ASI must inspect those facilities (see Volume 2, Chapter 11, Section 6).

12-531    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    Complete the PTRS Record. The ASI will complete the PTRS record as required.

B.    Complete the Task. Completion of this task will result in either acceptance or rejection actions as follows:

1)    Accept the EASA supplement/supplement revision by:
a)    Continuing to process the repair stationís application for EASA Part-145 approval in accordance with Volume 2, Chapter 11, Section 6, if applicable.
b)    Preparing and transmitting a cover letter or transmittal document to the repair station that indicates FAA acceptance of the supplement/supplement revision.
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c)    Returning one copy of the EASA supplement/supplement revision to the repair station after receipt of its EASA Part-145 approval certificate.
d)    Filing a copy of the EASA supplement/supplement revision as follows:

1.    For an initial EASA supplement, file a copy of the EASA supplement (including a copy of the acceptance letter/transmittal document) in the repair stationís office file, or

2.    For a revised EASA supplement, remove the affected pages and insert the revised pages into the current EASA supplement and update the supplement control system. The FAA considers revisions to the EASA supplement acceptable unless the FAA notifies the repair station otherwise.

2)    Reject the EASA supplement/supplement revision by:
a)    Returning all copies of the EASA supplement/supplement revision to the repair station with a letter explaining the deficiencies.
b)    Explaining to the repair station that it must correct and resubmit the EASA supplement/supplement revision to proceed with the process of seeking EASA Part-145 approval.

C.    Document the Task. File all supporting paperwork in the repair stationís office file and update the enhanced Vital Information Database (eVID).

12-532    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. None.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 12-533 through 12-546.