Task:

M3.2.8 Certify/Approve an Imported Aeronautical Product or part Under 14 CFR Part 21

Updated 9/11/2018

Function:

Duty:

3.0 Certification

3.2 Aircraft Certification

Previous Task Analysis:

1995 Hughes Task # 3.2.8

Difficulty:

Importance:

Frequency:

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Job Aid:

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PTRS Tracking

Specialty

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Legal References:

49 U.S.C. § 40113    Administrative

49 U.S.C. § 44701    General Requirements

49 U.S.C. § 44702    Issuance of Certificates

49 U.S.C. § 44704    Type Certificates, Production Certificates, Airworthiness Certificates, and Design Organization Certificates

Purpose:

To certify an imported product and/or make an airworthiness determination of acceptance of an aeronautical part into the United States.

Significant Interfaces:

Applicant

Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO)

Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)

Aircraft Registration Branch, AFS-750

Procedural Guidance (current editions):

14 CFR part 21          Certification Procedures for Products and parts

14 CFR part 36          Noise Standards: Aircraft Type and Airworthiness Certification

14 CFR part 39          Airworthiness Directives

14 CFR part 45          Identification and Registration Marking

14 CFR part 47          Aircraft Registration

14 CFR part 49          Recording of Aircraft Titles and Security Documents

14 CFR part 91          General Operating and Flight Rules

Order 1380.51            Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem

Order 8130.2              Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft

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

Order 8900.1              Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

AC 20-65                   U.S. Airworthiness Certificates and Authorizations for Operation of Domestic and Foreign Aircraft

AC 21-12                   Application for U.S. Airworthiness Certificate, FAA Form 8130-6

AC 21-23                   Airworthiness Certification of Civil Aircraft, Engines, Propellers, and Related Products Imported to the United States

AC 45-2                    Identification and Registration Marking

NOTE:  Ensure you are using the most current information. The FSIMS may be used to obtain current guidance.

1         Receive request for FAA certification of an imported product (aircraft) or airworthiness determination of an imported part (engine, propeller, material, part, or appliance).

K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart H, Airworthiness Certificates

K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart N, Acceptance of Aircraft Engines, Propellers, and Articles for Import

K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart O, Technical Standard Order Approvals

K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20

K:       Order 8130.21

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4

K:       AC 21-23

1.1      Open Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS) record.
K:       Order 1380.51
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4

2         Review all required application documentation for eligibility, completeness and currency.

K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4

K:       AC 21-23

NOTE:  Documentation should be in English or translation services available.

3         Determine if the United States has a bilateral agreement for acceptance of the imported product or part.

K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20

K:       AC 21-23

3.1      Contact AFS-750 for possible existence of a denial letter for particular aircraft being imported.
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2

4         Make airworthiness determination of an imported product (aircraft). For import of engines, propellers or articles (other than aircraft), proceed to Step 9.

4.1      Verify aircraft conforms to the U.S.-approved type design and is in condition for safe operation.
K:       14 CFR § 21.183
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4
K:       AC 21-23
4.2      Determine eligibility of aircraft for airworthiness certificate using aircraft type certificate data sheet or aircraft listing, as applicable.
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4
K:       AC 21-23
4.3      Determine that aircraft is properly U.S.-registered and registration marks are properly displayed.
K:       14 CFR part 45
K:       14 CFR part 47
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap 2 and Chap. 20
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4
K:       AC 21-23
4.4      Ensure aircraft has the required identification plate.
K:       14 CFR part 21, § 21.182
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4
K:       AC 21-23
4.5      Ensure aircraft has met all applicable foreign and U.S. airworthiness standards, U.S. airworthiness directives, noise and emission requirements.
K:       14 CFR § 21.93
K:       14 CFR § 21.33
K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart H
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4
K:       AC 21-23
4.6      Ensure aircraft markings, placards, approved up-to-date flight manuals, weight and balance report, logbooks, maintenance records, equipment list, and other required documentation and data accompany the imported aircraft and are in English, as applicable.
K:       14 CFR part 91, § 91.9
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4
K:       AC 21-23
4.7      Inspect aircraft records; determine status of required inspections, life limits and regulatory compliance, as applicable.
K:       14 CFR § 91.417
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 1 and Sec. 4
K:       AC 21-23
4.8      Ensure that aircraft has been maintained in an airworthy condition and there is no evidence of deterioration due to improper storage or transportation.
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       AC 21-23
4.9      Ensure that configuration variations, modifications and major repairs that are not FAA approved are identified and approved or differences resolved before aircraft is granted an airworthiness approval by FAA.
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4
K:       AC 21-23
4.10    Ensure all aircraft systems have been satisfactorily checked for proper operation.
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20
K:       AC 21-23

5         If all applicable regulatory requirements have been met, issue airworthiness certificate.

K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart H

K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 1 and Sec. 4

K:       AC 21-23

5.1      Make aircraft logbook entry showing that aircraft meets the requirements for the airworthiness certificate.
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20

6         Issue FAA Form 8100-2, Standard Airworthiness Certificate.

K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 1

6.1      Complete applicable FAA Forms in accordance with requirements of Order 8130.2.
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20

7          If aircraft does not meet all applicable regulatory requirements, deny airworthiness approval; notify applicant in writing, stating reasons for denial.

K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2 and Chap. 20

7.1      Forward application and copy of denial letter to AFS-750.
K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2

8         Examine, review and route the aircraft certification file to AFS-750. Proceed to Step 11.

K:       Order 8130.2, Chap. 2

9         Determine the airworthiness of engines, propellers, materials, parts, or appliances imported into the United States.

K:        14 CFR part 21, Subpart N

K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart O

K:       Order 8130.21

K:       AC 21-23

9.1      Review airworthiness documentation from exporting country for eligibility, completeness, and currency.
K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart N
K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart O
K:       Order 8130.21
K:       AC 21-23
9.2      Determine that product conforms to its U.S.-approved type certificate and is found to be in a condition for safe operation, as applicable.
K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart N
K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart O
K:       Order 8130.21
K:       AC 21-23
9.3      Ensure product has been subjected to the manufacturer’s final operational check, as applicable.
K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart N
K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart O
K:       Order 8130.21
K:       AC 21-23

10       When applicable requirements have been satisfied, aircraft engine, propeller, material, part or appliance is deemed acceptable for import into the United States.

K:       14 CFR part 21, Subpart N

K:       Order 8130.21

11       Document task.

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4

11.1    File all supporting paperwork in operator/applicant’s office file.
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4
11.2    Close PTRS record.
K:       Order 1380.51
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 4