Task:

M3.3.99  Evaluate a 14 CFR Part 129 Operator/Applicant’s Minimum Equipment List (MEL)/ Revision for a U.S.-Registered Aircraft

Function:

Duty:

3.0  Certification

3.3  Air Operator Certification

Previous Task Analysis:

1995 Hughes Task # 3.3.99

1985 Allen Corp Task # 1.3.25

Difficulty:

Importance:

Frequency:

3

5

1

Criticality:

Time:

Job Aid:

Y

 

N

PTRS Tracking

Specialty

3312

3313

 

 

 

 

S

O

M

E

F

A

C

T

5312

5313

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

 

 

P

 

 

 

Legal References:

49 USC § 40105            International Negotiations, Agreements, and Obligations

49 USC § 40113            Administrative

49 USC § 44701            General Requirements

49 USC § 44704            Type Certificates, Production Certificates, and Airworthiness Certificates

49 USC § 44707            Examining and Rating Air Agencies

49 USC § 44713            Inspection and Maintenance

 

Purpose:

To evaluate an operator/applicant's Minimum Equipment List (MEL) for regulatory compliance

 

Significant Interfaces:

Operator/Applicant

Flight Standards District Office

Aircraft Evaluation Group

International Field Office

Program Management Branch, AFS-260

U.S. Embassy

Foreign Civil Aviation Authority

 

Procedural Guidance:

14 CFR Part 21,                     Certification Procedures for Products and Parts

14 CFR Part 91,                     General Operating and Flight Rules

14 CFR Part 129,                   Operations: Foreign Air Carriers and Foreign Operators of U.S.-Registered Aircraft Engaged in Common Carriage

14 CFR Part 145,                   Repair Stations

Order 1380.51,                       Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem

Order 8900.1,                         Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

AC 120-42 (as amended),       Extended Range Operation with Two-Engine Airplanes (ETOPS)

AC 129-4 (as amended),         Maintenance Programs for U.S. - Registered Aircraft under FAR Part 129

DOT-TSC-FA075-89-44,        Subsystem Access Guide for the Aviation Safety Analysis System

Policy Letter PL-025,             Policy Concerning MMEL: Definitions

Policy Letter PL-034,             MMEL & MEL Preamble

Annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, Annex 6 – Operation of Aircraft

MMELS District Office Level User Manual

Approved Airplane Flight Manual

 

NOTE: Policy Letters can be found at FAA web site: http://www.opspecs.com/FAAInfo/PolicyLetters/Final/byPL_Number.htm

 

NOTE: Ensure you are using the most current information. The Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) may be used to obtain current guidance.


 

Steps, Sub-Steps & Knowledges

Recommended Training

 

1.         Receive request to evaluate MEL/revision

                        K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

            1.1        Forward foreign operator’s MEL to International Field Office (IFO) that holds foreign operator’s certificate

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

            1.2        Continue MEL/revision evaluation process if assigned by IFO

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

            1.3        Open PTRS record

                                    K:         Order 1380.51

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

2.         Verify operator/applicant’s operations specifications maintenance program has been previously approved

                        K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 3, Chap. 18, Sec. 1

                        K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

3.         Review MEL submitted by foreign operator/applicant

 

            3.1        Ensure MMEL exist for that aircraft (access MMELS or AFS-260 Bulletin Board and download MMEL for specific aircraft)

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

3.2        Evaluate a U.S. operator’s aircraft maintenance program and MEL for use by a foreign operator/applicant

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

                                    K:         Policy Letter PL-025

                                    K:         Policy Letter PL-034

 

4.         Compare operator/applicant’s MEL to MMEL

                        K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 2, Chap. 1, Sec. 1

                        K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

                        K:         AC 120-42 (as amended)

                        K:         Policy Letter PL-025

                        K:         Policy Letter PL-034

                        K:         Airplane Flight Manual

 

5.         Analyze results of evaluation

                        K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

            5.1        Disapprove operator/applicant’s MEL for being less restrictive or not based on MMEL

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 2, Chap. 1, Sec. 1

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

            5.2        Approve operator/applicant's MEL

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 2, Chap. 1, Sec. 1

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

            5.3        Inform operator/applicant of notification requirements

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

6.         Document task

                        K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

            6.1        File all supporting paperwork in the operator's office file

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

            6.2        Close PTRS record

                                    K:         Order 1380.51

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2

 

7.         Future activities

 

            7.1        Conduct normal surveillance

                                    K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 12, Chap. 3, Sec. 2