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:

3

Criticality:

Y

Importance:

5

Time:

 

Frequency:

1

Job Aid:

N

PTRS Tracking

Specialty

3312

3313

 

 

 

 

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O

M

E

F

A

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5312

5313

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Legal References:

49 U.S.C. § 40105         International Negotiations, Agreements, and Obligations

49 U.S.C. § 40113         Administrative

49 U.S.C. § 44701         General Requirements

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

49 U.S.C. § 44707         Examining and Rating Air Agencies

49 U.S.C. § 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 (current editions):

14 CFR Part 21             Certification Procedures for Products and Parts

14 CFR Part 91             General Operating and Flight Rules

14 CFR 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                    Extended Operations (ETOPS and Polar Operations)

AC 129-4                      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.

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 (current edition)
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