1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice announces the establishment
of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 8900.1, Volume 20, Continuous
Airworthiness Maintenance Program. This new volume will have an introduction
followed by 10 chapters that will correspond with each of the Continuous Airworthiness
Maintenance Program (CAMP) elements. Once established, guidance and policy will
be migrated to this volume by following the Flight Standards normal revision
and comment process. This notice extends the applicability of Notice N 8900.516,
Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP) Guidance and Policy, which expired on July 8, 2020.
2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice is the Flight
Standards Safety Assurance offices’ aviation safety inspectors (ASI). The secondary audience includes the Safety Standards and Foundational Business offices.
a. CAMP Definition. A CAMP is a certificate holder/program manager-developed
maintenance program and is authorized for use by FAA-issued Operations Specification
(OpSpec)/Management Specification (MSpec) D072Aircraft MaintenanceContinuous
Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP). This OpSpec/MSpec identifies documents
(which may include documents incorporated by reference) that contain the person’s
entire inspection program and the program covering other maintenance, preventive
maintenance, and alterations, which constitute the maintenance part of the person’s
required manual. The identified documents (including those referred to within)
are the prescriptive methods, techniques, and practices individuals must follow
when performing maintenance activities on the person’s aircraft. A CAMP contains
10 elements and must be comprehensive in scope and detail to fulfill the certificate holder/program manager’s responsibility to ensure:
• Maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations performed
by it, or by other persons, are performed in accordance with the certificate holder/program manager’s D072-authorized manual;
• Competent personnel and adequate facilities and equipment are
provided for the proper performance of maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations; and
• Each aircraft released to service is airworthy and properly maintained
for its operation.
b. Reasons for Change. By regulation, each CAMP’s performance
and effectiveness is under continual analysis and surveillance by the person
and the FAA with the direction to identify and correct deficiencies. Over the
past several years, systemic deficiencies identified within CAMPs, as well as
inconsistent FAA oversight, led to the need for this change. This change is
to improve CAMP design, structure, and content while also ensuring consistent FAA oversight of these programs.
5. Knowledge: How We Will Change.
a. Order 8900.1. The first step requires interdependent communication,
critical thinking, and adherence to the FAA’s internal processes that facilitate
this change. A new Volume 20, titled “Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program,”
will be established within Order 8900.1. This volume will have an introduction
followed by 10 chapters, reflecting the 10 CAMP elements. Placeholders for this volume have been established in the FSIMS menu.
b. CAMP Guidance and Policy. The second step will enhance CAMP
guidance and policy in detail. The second step is ongoing. Implementation of
this step will be gradual yet steady. It requires the Aircraft Maintenance Division
to follow its Quality Management System (QMS) review process. This proven process
allows all CAMP-related policy, guidance, and Job Task Analyses (JTA) to evolve
gradually over a 3-year time span with little disruption. The Aircraft Maintenance
Division expects these enhancements to add clarity and improve consistency of CAMP oversight.
6. Desire: How to Support the Change. All Flight Standards divisions,
branches, and offices are able to support and participate in this change via the FSIMS Librarian feedback process per Order 8900.1,
Volume 1, Chapter 1, Section 1, General
Order Information, or the preferred method that uses the Document Control Board (DCB) review process. The DCB process is a proven process
that is familiar and routine. New documents or content changes that result from
the Aircraft Maintenance Division reviews pass through the DCB for feedback
and comment prior to release. Your participation and feedback through the DCB
process is essential to ensure policy and guidance are reflective of your perspective and needs.
7. Ability: How to Implement the Change. The Aircraft Maintenance
Division will manage the following two-step corrective action.
a. Step One. Establish Order 8900.1, Volume 20, Continuous Airworthiness
Maintenance Program, and migrate existing CAMP policy and guidance to the new
volume, which will have an introduction followed by 10 chapters reflecting the
10 CAMP elements. We will also initiate changes to Safety Assurance System (SAS)
Data Collection Tools (DCT), and computer-based training (CBT) to reflect the new Order 8900.1 CAMP references.
b. Step Two. Over the next 2 years, the Aircraft Maintenance
Division will review and, as necessary, revise all CAMP policy, guidance, and JTAs.
8. Reinforcement. To sustain consistent oversight of CAMP content,
design, and performance, the Aircraft Maintenance Division must ensure Order
8900.1 policy reflects the operational requirements and expectations under which
the FAA authorizes them. The Aircraft Maintenance Division, in coordination
with the Safety Analysis and Promotion Division, the Workforce Development Division,
and the Safety Risk Management Division, will validate Order 8900.1, Volume
20 CAMP policy and ensure it properly aligns CAMP-related guidance documents,
SAS DCTs, and training. The Aircraft Maintenance Division also anticipates establishing
a CAMP Support Team that will provide real-time support and assistance to field inspectors on an ongoing basis.
9. Disposition. The Aircraft Maintenance Division has established
Order 8900.1, Volume 20. Migration of existing CAMP policy and guidance to the
new Volume 20 will follow soon thereafter. Combined with the ongoing, 3-year
comprehensive review of the Order 8900.1 CAMP policy, these measures will produce
continual improvements in the Order 8900.1 CAMP policy, DCTs, and training.
To be successful via the DCB, your interdependent and critical review of the
Volume 20 CAMP changes, followed by communication and feedback, will allow Flight
Standards to provide consistent oversight of CAMP content, design, and performance.
Direct questions, suggestions, or comments concerning this notice to the Aircraft Maintenance Division at 202‑267‑1675.
ORIGINAL SIGNED by
/s/ Robert C. Carty
Deputy Executive Director, Flight Standards Service