Task:

M3.3.35 Evaluate a 14 CFR Part 121/ 135 Operator/Applicant’s Minimum Equipment List (MEL)/Configuration Deviation List (CDL)/Revision

Function:

Duty:

3.0 Certification

3.3 Air Operator Certification

Previous Task Analysis:

1995 Hughes Task # 3.3.35, 3.3.99 and 3.3.143

1985 Allen Corp Task # 1.3.25

Difficulty:

Importance:

Frequency:

4

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Criticality:

Time:

Job Aid:

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PTRS Tracking

Specialty

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3313

 

 

 

 

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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, and Airworthiness Certificates

49 U.S.C. § 44705        Air Carrier Operating Certificates

49 U.S.C. § 44713        Inspection and Maintenance

Purpose:

To evaluate an operator/applicant’s Minimum Equipment List (MEL)/Configuration Deviation List (CDL) or revision to ensure that all policies, procedures and controls meet regulatory requirements

Significant Interfaces:

Operator/Applicant

Certificate Holding District Office

Regional Flight Standards Division

Aircraft Certification Office

Aircraft Evaluation Group

Flight Standards National Field Office, AFS‑900

Program Management Branch, AFS‑260

Flight Operations Evaluation Board

Procedural Guidance (current editions):

14 CFR Part 121                  Operating Requirements: Domestic, Flag, and Supplemental Operations

14 CFR Part 125                 Certification and Operations: Airplanes having a Seating Capacity of 20 or More Passengers or a Maximum Payload Capacity of 6000 Pounds or More; and Rules Governing Persons on Board Such Aircraft

14 CFR Part 135                 Operating Requirements: Commuter and on Demand Operations and Rules Governing Persons on Board such Aircraft

14 CFR Part 145                 Repair Stations

Order 1380.51                     Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem

Order 8900.1                       Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

AC 91-70                            Oceanic Operations, an Authoritative Guide to Oceanic Operations

AC 120-42                          Extended Operations (ETOPS and Polar Operations)

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

Master Minimum Equipment List, as Applicable

Operator’s General Maintenance Manual

Approved Airplane Flight Manual

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

NOTE:  MMEL Policy Letters can be found in FSIMS, under the “Publications” tab: MMEL Policy Letters.

1         Receive notification of current Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL)/mandatory revision

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 2, Chap. 3, Sec. 1, and Sec. 2

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3

K:       Policy Letter PL‑025

K:       Policy Letter PL‑034

1.1       Advise operator/applicant of MEL/CDL authorization requirements/current mandatory MEL revision status
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3
1.2       Receive operator/applicant’s proposed MEL, CDL or revision
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 2, Chap. 2, Sec. 1
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3
K:       Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) Preamble
K:       Policy Letter PL‑025
K:       Policy Letter PL‑034

2          Open PTRS record

K:       Order 1380.51

3          Access MMEL Subsystem or AFS‑260 bulletin board and download MMEL for applicable aircraft/make/model/series

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3

3.1      Evaluate/compare operator’s proposed MEL/revision to MMEL; evaluate/compare CDL/revision to approved Airplane Flight Manual CDL List and to all applicable requirements for full compliance
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 1, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3
K:       Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) Preamble and Definitions
K:       Policy Letter PL‑025
K:       Policy Letter PL‑034
K:       Aircraft Flight Manual
K:       Aircraft Maintenance Manual
3.2      Ensure required MEL procedures are developed and included in operator/applicant’s maintenance manual
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3

4          Analyze results of evaluation

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3

4.1      If submittal is unacceptable, advise operator/applicant of discrepancies and return proposed MEL/CDL to operator/applicant
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3
4.2      If submittal is acceptable, approve proposed MEL/CDL or revision
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3
4.3      Issue/revise operations specifications, as applicable
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 3, Chap. 18, Sec. 1
K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3

5          Document task

K:       Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3

5.1      Close PTRS record
K:       Order 1380.51