8900.1 CHG 674
Note: See Volume 12, Chapter 7, Section 1 for background information about the MAG and the U.S./EU Aviation Safety Agreement, which includes Annex 2. Both the MAG and the Agreement are located at https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/repair.
• Successful completion of the Airworthiness Inspector Indoctrination course(s), or equivalent.
• Previous experience with certification or surveillance of part 145 repair stations.
• Successful completion of FAA Course 21058, Certification and Surveillance of Part 145 Repair Stations, or equivalent.
• Successful completion of FAA Course 27200002, Understanding the US/EU Aviation Safety Agreement (2018 revision).
• Knowledge of the Agreement.
• Knowledge of the MAG.
• The AA of the Member State in which the AMO is located,
• International Program Division,
• FAA Coordinator (International Field Office Management Branch),
• FAA Coordinator (IFO),
• Aircraft Maintenance Division, and
• Volume 1, Chapter 3, Section 1, Safety Assurance System: Responsibilities of Aviation Safety Inspectors.
• Volume 2, Chapter 11, Certification of a Part 145 Repair Station.
• Volume 10, Safety Assurance System Policy and Procedures.
• Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2, Flight Standards Service Compliance Action Decision Procedure.
• FAA Order 1350.14, Records Management.
• FAA Order 2150.3, FAA Compliance and Enforcement Program.
• The Agreement Between the United States of America and the European Union on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety (the Agreement).
• Maintenance Annex Guidance Between the Federal Aviation Administration for the United States of America and the European Aviation Safety Agency for the European Union (the MAG).
• Bilateral Oversight Board (BOB) decisions.
• FAA Form 8000-4, Air Agency Certificate.
• FAA Form 8310-3, Application for Repair Station Certificate and/or Rating.
• EASA Form 3, Maintenance Organisation Approval Certificate.
• Specific safety concerns resulting from a sampling inspection;
• A safety-related issue, such as an incident, accident, or occurrence;
• Failure to comply with Annex 2; or
• Identified risk or other Sampling Inspection System (SIS) Risk Decision Tool for safety systems analyses.
a) The FAA Coordinator (International Field Office Management Branch) will review the request and risk justification for the independent inspection. The International Field Office Management Branch will forward the written request for concurrence to the Aircraft Maintenance Division.
b) Upon receiving the Aircraft Maintenance Division concurrence, the FAA Coordinator (International Field Office Management Branch) must inform the AA that the IFO will make such inspection(s).
c) The IFO manager will assemble the IFO team. The FAA Coordinator (IFO) assigned for that particular country should be the Team Lead.
Note: The IFO team may also inspect for compliance with part 145 regulations that are equivalent and not identified as a special condition. However, the FAA teams normally limit inspections to the special conditions unless events lead them into additional areas. Any discrepancies that are uncommon to the special conditions should be communicated to the FAA Coordinator (International Field Office Management Branch).
a) Prepare for the AMO Debriefing. The IFO team will meet to present their findings and recommendations prior to debriefing the AMO. At the meeting, the IFO team should agree on a timeframe for the AMO to provide the IFO with the required corrective action or a corrective action plan (CAP). The AMO should clearly understand the requirements for corrective action.
b) Debrief the AMO. After completing the independent inspection, the IFO team will debrief the AMO.
1) The IFO Team Lead must inform the AMO in writing of the identified items and provide the required timeframe for corrective action. The AMO must forward all corrective action or CAPs to the IFO team for review. The AA may assist to monitor and follow up with corrective actions as needed.
2) The FAA Coordinator (International Field Office Management Branch) must inform the AA within 15 calendar-days after the independent inspection took place.
3) The FAA Coordinator (International Field Office Management Branch) will provide a copy of the discrepancies to the Aircraft Maintenance Division.
c) Acceptance of Corrective Actions of AMO. Once the AMO has forwarded the corrective action of the discrepancies to the IFO, the Team Lead will review the corrective actions.
1) Once acceptable, the IFO Team Lead will provide written correspondence to the AMO indicating the corrective action to the identified items found during the independent inspection is acceptable and closed. Forward a copy to the AA and the FAA Coordinator (International Field Office Management Branch).
2) The FAA Coordinator (International Field Office Management Branch) will provide a copy to the Aircraft Maintenance Division for closure.
a) Use SAS for data collecting, data reporting, AAA, and the Action Item Tracking Tool (AITT).
b) Document any discrepancies in SAS using a Dynamic Observation Report (DOR). This will provide information on repair stations for data risk analysis and assessment and will provide an improved method of identifying AMOs for independent inspections.
Note: The FAA will charge the inspected AMO all costs associated with FAA independent inspections, such as travel, lodging, or inspector time. Because this task is a safety inspection related to the AMO’s part 145 certificate, it is justifiable per certificate renewal requirements in Advisory Circular (AC) 187-1, Flight Standards Service Schedule of Charges Outside the United States.