Task:

M4.1.32 Perform an Aircraft Maintainability Evaluation (AME)/Validation for an Assigned Aircraft Model (AEG task)

Function:

Duty:

4.0 General Technical

4.1 Aircraft Evaluation

Previous Task Analysis:

Difficulty:

Importance:

Frequency:

4

5

3

Criticality:

Time:

Job Aid:

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PTRS Tracking

Specialty

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Legal References:

49 USC 44701                 General Requirements

49 USC 44702                 Issuance of Certificates

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

Purpose:

To determine whether the aircraft can be properly maintained in an airworthy condition after being placed in service

Significant Interfaces:

Design Approval Holder

Flight Standards District Office

Aircraft Certification Office

Aircraft Evaluation Group

Accountable Directorate

Procedural Guidance:

14 CFR Part 21                  Certification Procedures for Products and Parts

14 CFR 21.17(b)              Special Classes of Aircraft

14 CFR Part 23                  Airworthiness Standards: Normal, Utility, Acrobatic, and Commuter
Category Airplanes

14 CFR Part 25                  Airworthiness Standards: Transport Category Airplanes

14 CFR Part 26                  Continued Airworthiness and Safety Improvements for Transport Category Airplanes

14 CFR Part 27                  Airworthiness Standards: Normal Category Rotorcraft

14 CFR Part 29                  Airworthiness Standards: Transport Category Rotorcraft

14 CFR Part 31                  Airworthiness Standards Manned Free Balloons

14 CFR Part 33                  Airworthiness Standards: Aircraft Engines

14 CFR Part 35                  Airworthiness Standards: Propellers

Order 8900.1                      Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

Order 8110.54                    Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

Order 8120.23                    Certificate Management of Production Approval Holders

AC 23‑15                           Small Airplane Certification Compliance Program

AC 25.1529‑1                    Instructions for Continued Airworthiness of Structural Repairs on Transport Aircraft

AC 27‑1                            Certification of Normal Category Rotorcraft

AC 29‑2                            Certification of Transport Category Rotorcraft

AC 33.4-1                          Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

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

1          After notification of type certificate application and when aircraft assembly has begun or availability of aircraft in production configuration - opened for inspection

1.1       Create project record in accordance with Office procedures
1.2       Create file folders (if applicable)

2          Prepare for AME/ Validation audit

2.1       Review the following:
           Airworthiness Directive notes for similar models
           Maintenance manuals for similar models
           Maintenance manual for current model, if available
2.2       Determine which systems have adverse service history
2.3       Discuss maintainability of similar or previous models with maintenance personnel experienced in these models
2.4       Schedule trip with design approval holder to inspect aircraft

3          Conduct AME/Validation audit

 

3.1       Determine areas where systems to be audited are available and open for inspection
3.2       Review and record areas in which:
           Procedures are questionable, inaccurate, and not understandable or do not flow in proper sequence
           Access is unavailable or difficult
           Inconsistent terminology used in Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) in comparison with name and part number on appliance
           Placards and markings on the aircraft, engine and appliances not identical to those specified in ICA
           Special tools and test equipment specified in ICA unavailable or will not perform accordingly
3.3       Debrief applicant on deficiencies

4          Notification of Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) of results of audit

4.1       Prepare and send written results of audit to ACO
4.2       Applicant must correct AME/Validation deficiencies to ICA and/or aircraft
4.3       Upon further successful additional AME/Validation and acceptability of ICA, list of effective pages will be accepted accordingly

5          Close record in accordance with Office procedures