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VOLUME 6  SURVEILLANCE

CHAPTER 9  PART 145 INSPECTIONS

Section 18  Safety Assurance System: Inspect a Part 145 Repair Station’s Section 145.205 Maintenance/Alterations Requirements

Source Basis:

    Section 121.137, Distribution and Availability.

    Section 121.363, Responsibility for Airworthiness.

    Section 121.367, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, and Alteration Programs.

    Section 135.411, Applicability.

    Section 135.413, Responsibility for Airworthiness.

    Section 135.425, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, and Alteration Programs.

    Section 145.205, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, and Alterations Performed for Certificate Holders Under Parts 121, 125, and 135, and for Foreign Air Carriers or Foreign Persons Operating a U.S.-Registered Aircraft in Common Carriage Under Part 129.

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    Section 145.206, Notification of Hazardous Materials Authorizations.

6-1992    REPORTING SYSTEM(S). Use Safety Assurance System (SAS) automation and the associated Data Collection Tools (DCT).

6-1993    OBJECTIVE. This section guides the aviation safety inspector (ASI) in inspecting a repair station’s compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 145, § 145.205.

NOTE:  This section does not apply to repair stations providing maintenance for 14 CFR part 135, § 135.411(a)(1) operators.

6-1994    GENERAL. The repair station may perform maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations for certificate holders conducting operations under 14 CFR parts 121, 125, and 129, and § 135.411(a)(2). In these cases, the Repair Station Manual (RSM) or Quality Control Manual (QCM) must describe procedures ensuring that the repair station performs maintenance in accordance with the applicable sections of the certificate holder’s Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP) and the certificate holder’s airworthiness agreement with the repair station. See Volume 6, Chapter 2, Section 42 for information regarding airworthiness agreements.

A.    CAMP Requirements. Each repair station providing maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations must follow the associated certificate holder’s CAMP. A repair station providing maintenance on the complete aircraft during heavy checks would have to address more of the air carrier’s requirements than a repair station that maintains only component parts. Repair stations must clearly understand associated requirements.

B.    Engine Gearbox. As an example, a repair station may have been contracted to overhaul an engine gearbox. Certificate holder “A” may request the repair station use the manufacturer’s maintenance manual, but certificate holder “B” may have additional maintenance requirements the repair station must follow. Certificate holder “A” may request the repair station to complete all Airworthiness Directives (AD). Certificate holder “B” may have an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) to the AD and must provide the additional maintenance information to the repair station. Certificate holder “C” may have not only an AMOC for the gearbox AD, but may also list the gearbox as a Required Inspection Item (RII). Now certificate holder “C” must provide the additional maintenance information and must also train, qualify, and authorize the repair station inspection personnel on the certificate holder’s RII procedures.

C.    Certificate Holder’s Manual. Repair station personnel must make sure they understand all requirements before maintaining a certificate holder’s product. The certificate holder’s manual must contain the procedure for contracting work. Refer to part 121, § 121.363(a)(2). A contracted repair station should verify that the data referenced on the purchase order is current and correct, even if the repair station has received a purchase order from the certificate holder. Certificate holders must ensure that personnel perform maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations per that certificate holder’s manual. Refer to § 121.367(a). The appropriate parts, changes, and additions to the certificate holder’s manual must be provided to the contracted person. Refer to § 121.137(a), (b), and (c). If the repair station does not have the appropriate parts of the certificate holder’s manual, it may not be able to determine whether it is complying with § 145.205(a).

6-1995    COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. Inspection personnel must coordinate with the appropriate air carrier ASI if they find deficiencies during this inspection. See Volume 6, Chapter 2, Section 40 for more information regarding ASI coordination.

6-1996    REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.

A.    References (current editions):

    Title 14 CFR Parts 43, 121, 125, 129, 135, and 145.

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    Volume 2, Chapter 2, Section 6, Hazardous Materials or Dangerous Goods.

    Volume 2, Chapter 11, Section 1, Safety Assurance System: Phase 1—Preapplication.

    Volume 3, Chapter 18, Section 3, OpSpec A101, Additional Fixed Locations.

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    Volume 3, Chapter 18, Section 4, OpSpec/MSpec/LOA B050, Authorized Areas of En Route Operation, Limitations, and Provisions.

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    Volume 6, Chapter 2, Section 40, Safety Assurance System: Inspect a Part 121 Certificate Holder’s Use of Other Persons to Perform Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, and Alterations on its Aircraft.

    Volume 6, Chapter 2, Section 42, Safety Assurance System: Surveillance of Parts 121 and 135 (with OpSpec D072) Certificate Holder Contract Maintenance Provider Programs and Maintenance Provider Airworthiness Agreements.

B.    Forms. None.

C.    Job Aids. None.

6-1997    PROCEDURES.

A.    Review Applicable Information. Before starting the inspection, the ASI should review the following:

1)    Parts 43 and 145.
2)    The RSM or QCM.
3)    If applicable, operations specifications (OpSpecs) A101 and B050.
4)    The Safety Performance Analysis System (SPAS).
5)    Applicable sections of the certificate holder’s CAMP.
6)    The certificate holder’s airworthiness agreement with the repair station.

NOTE:  The repair station may be performing maintenance for multiple certificate holders and aircraft types. The ASI should be aware that there may be variations in the applicable sections of each certificate holder’s CAMP and airworthiness agreement.

NOTE:  Personnel must perform any maintenance conducted under § 145.205, whether by the repair station or any other facility subcontracted to by the repair station, in accordance with the applicable sections of the certificate holder’s CAMP and airworthiness agreement.

B.    Conduct an In-Briefing. Brief the certificate holder on the purpose of the inspection. This in‑briefing may take place at the beginning of the inspection or at the beginning of each day. You can find detailed instructions for conducting this briefing in Volume 1, Chapter 3, Section 1.

C.    Review the Certificate Holder’s/Repair Station Airworthiness Agreement(s). Use the appropriate SAS DCT to verify that the repair station has the necessary information to verify compliance with the certificate holder’s CAMP.

NOTE:  This information may be on the purchase order or other contractual documents from the certificate holder. The documents must clearly state how the repair station will perform the requested maintenance along with any other requirements of its program or maintenance manual. If the repair station has applicable sections of a certificate holder’s maintenance programs or manuals, verify that they are controlled and current for the maintenance to be performed.

1)    Verify that the repair station has procedures for:
a)    Performing routine and nonroutine maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations.

NOTE:  The certificate holder may have special maintenance requirements that the repair station must follow when performing maintenance under § 145.205.

b)    Meeting the certificate holder’s requirements for periodic inspection and calibration of precision tools, measuring devices, and test equipment.
c)    Preventing an inspector’s decision regarding any required inspection from being recalled. Only supervisory personnel of the inspection unit or an administrative person with overall responsibility for both the required inspection and other maintenance and alteration functions can override an inspector’s decision. This override can only come from the certificate holder.
d)    Ensuring that required inspections, maintenance, and alterations not completed because of a work interruption are properly completed before the aircraft is returned to service.
e)    Completing work forms, job cards, and detailed procedures for performing inspections and other maintenance.
f)    Following the certificate holder’s recordkeeping system and retention of the repair station system if so authorized.
g)    Meeting the certificate holder’s training requirements.
2)    In addition, if RIIs are required, verify:
a)    If the repair station has a list of designated inspection items.
b)    How the repair station will perform required inspections.
c)    How the certificate holder will designate and authorize repair station personnel performing required inspections.
d)    If the repair station has procedures, standards, and limits necessary for required inspections, including identifying RIIs within work forms or job cards, if required.

NOTE:  The repair station may use all or some of its own procedures for the above items, if authorized by the certificate holder. See Volume 6, Chapter 2, Section 42.

D.    Review Certificate Holder Requirements. Review a sample of maintenance records, work orders, or purchase orders the repair station processed. Verify if the repair station is following applicable sections of the certificate holder’s CAMP and airworthiness agreement, which may include:

    Requirements for airworthiness release;

    Continuity of inspection program;

    Service Difficulty Reporting (SDR) requirements;

    Continuing Analysis and Surveillance System (CASS);

    RII requirements, such as authorizations or training;

    Applicable duty time limitations;

    Maintenance recording requirements;

    Additional personnel training the certificate holder may require;

    Continuity of inspections;

    Calibrated tool program;

    Approved data; and

    Deviations.

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E.    Review OpSpec A449. Verify that the repair station’s OpSpec A449 is current and matches the responsible Flight Standards office’s copy. Repair stations located outside the United States are not issued OpSpec A449.

F.    Line Maintenance (Repair Station Within the United States). If the repair station performs line maintenance for certificate holders, verify that:

1)    The repair station’s OpSpec includes the types of maintenance authorized. It should list the types of aircraft by make and model (M/M) for each certificate holder with which it has a contract.
2)    The repair station has a contract for each air carrier listed on the OpSpec, and the type of line maintenance is listed on the OpSpec.
3)    The repair station is only providing maintenance at the location listed on its OpSpec.
4)    The repair station performed the line maintenance per the applicable sections of the certificate holder’s CAMP and airworthiness agreement.
5)    The repair station has the necessary equipment, trained personnel, and technical data to perform the line maintenance.
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NOTE:  Authorization to perform line station maintenance for a certificate holder is not a rating. A certificated repair station (CRS) must have established housing and facilities.

G.    Review Geographic Authorization (Repair Station Outside the United States). If the repair station performs maintenance under geographic authorization for certificate holders, verify that:

    The repair station’s OpSpec B050 includes an authorization to perform maintenance and alterations, and the repair station is working within the authorization.

    The repair station exercised the geographic authorization per the applicable sections of the certificate holder’s CAMP and airworthiness agreement.

    The repair station has the necessary equipment, trained personnel, and technical data to support the geographic authorization.

H.    Analyze Findings. Follow Volume 10 SAS guidance for Module 5, Analysis, Assessment, and Action.

I.    Conduct Debriefing On the Spot. You can find detailed instructions for conducting this briefing in Volume 1, Chapter 3, Section 1.

6-1998    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    Complete the Appropriate SAS DCT.

B.    Complete the Task. Follow Volume 10 SAS guidance for Module 4, Data Collection, Data Reporting, and Data Review, and Module 5.

6-1999    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. Follow Volume 10 SAS guidance.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 6-2000 through 6-2013.