Task:

O3.2.22 Issue a Letter of Authorization For Use of a Minimum Equipment List (MEL) Under 14 CFR Part 125

Function:

Duty:

3.0 Certification

3.2 Aircraft Certification

Previous Task Analysis:

 

 

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Legal References :

 

49 USC 40104 Promotion of Civil Aeronautics and Safety of Air Commerce

49 USC 40113 Administrative

49 USC 44701 General Requirements

49 USC 44702 Issuance of Certificates

49 USC 44705 Air Carrier Operating Certificates

49 USC 44713 Inspection and Maintenance

 

Purpose :

To authorize a 14 CFR Part 125 Operator to conduct operations using a Minimum Equipment List

 

Significant Interfaces :

Applicant

Operator

Flight Standards District Office

FAA Master MEL Database

 

Procedural Guidance :

14 CFR 91, General Operating and Flight Rules

14 CFR 125, Certification and Operations: Airplanes Having a Seating Capacity of 20 or More Passengers or a Maximum Payload Capacity of 6,000 Pounds or More

Order 1380.51, Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem

Order 8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

AC 125-1 (as amended), Operators of Large Airplanes Subject to Federal Aviation Regulation Part 125

 

Ensure you are using the most current information. The Flight Standards Information

Management System (FSIMS) may be used to obtain current guidance.


 

Forms :

 

FAA Form 8000-36, PTRS Transmittal Form

FAA Form 8430-7, Master Minimum Equipment List

 

 


1. Receive request from operator

 

1.1 Open PTRS record

K: 1380.51

 

2. Ensure operator is aware an approved MEL, as authorized by operations specifications, constitutes an approved change to the type design without requiring re-certification for that particular aircraft

K: 14 CFR 125.201

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

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

 

3. Determine if operator met all requirements for Minimum Equipment List operation

K: 14 CFR 125.201

 

3.1 Review all documentation and coordinate with airworthiness and avionics inspectors

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

 

4. Ensure operator is aware of responsibility for developing Minimum Equipment List procedures document

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

 

5. Ensure operator is aware that all items of aircraft equipment must be fully operative until procedure has been developed

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

 

6. Ensure operator is aware that if item becomes inoperative, he must follow established procedure(s)

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

 

7. Approval

7.1 Develop Letter of Approval (LOA) for applicant

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

K: Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 4, Sec. 3 , Figure 4-46

 

7.2 Sign LOA and have operator or his agent co-sign document

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

 

7.3 Issue Operations Specification authorizing the use of MEL

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

 

7.4 Enter all appropriate MEL data into the FAA Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) database

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


 

8. Disapproval

 

8.1 Indicate all items that must be corrected and return to applicant for resubmission

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

 

8.2 After resubmission determine whether all discrepancies were corrected satisfactorily

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

8.3 Approve or disapprove MEL

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

 

9. MEL revisions

 

9.1 Flight Operations Evaluation Board (FOEB) revisions

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

 

9.1.1 Instruct operator to make applicable changes to MEL within 30 days and resubmit revised MEL for approval

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

 

9.2 Operator installation of equipment not on MMEL

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

 

9.2.1 Apply for MMEL amendment within 10 days of installing new equipment

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

 

9.2.2 Follow acceptance procedure outlined for Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG)

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

 

9.3 Approve or deny approval of MMEL changes

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

 

10. Task outcomes

 

10.1 Issuance or denial of LOA and OPSPECS

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

 

10.2 Approval or Denial of MEL document

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


 

11. Close PTRS record

K: 1380.51

 

12. Future activities

12.1 Issuance of new LOA and OPSPECS after revision of MMEL

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

 

12.2 Approval of revisions to a 14 CFR Part 125 MEL

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

 

12.3 Surveillance of holders of 14 CFR Part 125 MEL

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

 

12.4 Possible enforcement investigation if operator does not operate in accordance with MEL authorization

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

 

12.5 Cancellation of an MEL due to change of ownership, operator's failure to comply with MEL requirements or at the operator's request

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