Volume 12 INTERNATIONAL AVIATION
CHAPTER 10 INTERNATIONAL FIELD OFFICE PROCEDURES FOR CONDUCTING SAMPLING INSPECTIONS, FAA
INDEPENDENT INSPECTIONS, AND PARTICIPATING IN AN EU AVIATION AUTHORITY’S INTERNAL
QUALITY AUDITS UNDER THE U.S./EU AVIATION SAFETY AGREEMENT
Section 3 FAA Independent Inspections of EU-Based Approved Maintenance Organizations
12-610 PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.
A. Maintenance: 3272, 3655.
B. Avionics: 5272, 5655.
12-611 OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance to aviation safety inspectors
(ASI) on conducting a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) independent inspection
of a European Union (EU) based Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO). ASIs
must use this section with the Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG). However, the
MAG supersedes this section if conflicts exist between the two documents.
NOTE: Refer to
Volume 12, Chapter 10, Section 1 for background information about the MAG
and the U.S./EU aviation safety agreement, also the Agreement, which includes
Annex 2, a maintenance annex. Both the MAG and the Agreement are available at
A. Authority for Independent Inspections. Annex 2, paragraph 4.7
indicates the FAA may conduct independent inspections of EU-based AMOs with
specific safety concerns. The Eastern Region Flight Standards Division (AEA-200)
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) coordinator and the Aircraft Maintenance
Division (AFS-300) must coordinate independent inspections.
B. Possible Causes for an Independent Inspection. FAA headquarters
(HQ) or AEA-200 may request an independent inspection when they find:
1) Specific safety concerns resulting from a sampling inspection,
2) A safety-related issue, such as an incident or accident, or
3) Failure to comply with Annex 2.
A. Determine the Need for an Independent Inspection. The FAA’s designated
country coordinator of an EU member state or the International Field Office
(IFO) manager may determine if an independent inspection is necessary. Once
need is determined, the IFO manager, will contact the AEA-200 EASA coordinator
and provide written justification/documentation of the request. The AEA-200
EASA coordinator will forward all necessary information to AFS-300 for concurrence.
B. Scope of an Independent Inspection. AEA-200 will determine
if the independent inspection requires a complete facility inspection or a focused
inspection of a specific area of concern. ASIs should conduct independent inspections
using the AMO’s maintenance organization exposition (MOE), which is its Repair
Station Manual (RSM), and should also use the FAA supplement per Annex 2.
12-614 TASK OUTCOMES.
A. Complete the PTRS Record.
1) The ASI will complete a PTRS entry for all tasks completed
and input enhanced Vital Information Database (eVID) data as necessary.
2) When processing documentation, such as reports, applications, EASA Form 6, Part-145
Approval Recommendation Report, or FAA Annex to EASA Form 6, the ASI must use
PTRS codes 3655/5655. The ASI should use the appropriate PTRS codes identified
in the FAA Annex to EASA Form 6. This action will provide a database to the
repair station analytical model (RSAM), a risk analysis program, which will
provide an improved method of identifying AAs and AMOs for independent inspections.
Any finding assessed in the PTRS Section I, Assessment block, with a value of
less than “3” must be resolved using the risk management process (RMP). The
ASI can find guidance on using this tool in
Volume 6, Chapter 9, Section 2.
NOTE: The FAA will charge the inspected AMO all costs associated with
FAA independent inspections, such as travel, lodging, or inspector time. Because
this task is a safety inspection related to the AMO’s Title 14 of the Code of
Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
145 certificate, it is justifiable per certificate renewal
requirements in the current edition of Advisory Circular (AC)
187-1, Flight Standards Service Schedule of Charges Outside the United
B. Enforcement Policy. If ASIs substantiate concerns, they should
follow appropriate enforcement action per the current edition of FAA Order
FAA Compliance and Enforcement Program.
12-615 FUTURE ACTIVITIES. None.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 12-616 through 12-627.