A Brief History of CAIPs
The Civil Aircraft Inspection Procedures (CAIPs) were first produced by theAir Registration Board (the predecessor to the CAA) in the mid 1950’s. Theywere developed and amended right up to their withdrawal by the CAA in 1985.During that time, leaflets were added, some were removed, and all wereamended in some part.CAIPS was published in two volumes as follows:PART I – BASICPART II – AIRCRAFTThe content material of CAIPs made up a large part of the answers to theCAA’s Licence Without Type Rating (LWTR) exams under BCAR Section L – and still do today, even though the authoritive document is now EASA Part 66(and previously JAR 66).Although the CAA described them as “not a quotable authority”, CAIPsbecame the standard guide for aircraft maintenance throughout the World, not just the UK.When they were removed from print in 1985, in its place, the CAA brought outanother publication called Civil Aircraft Airworthiness Information andProcedures (CAAIPs). These were also in two volumes, and contained muchnew information, especially on more modern (at the time) aircraft systems.Some leaflets were almost identical to those in the old CAIPs. Butunfortunately, the CAA removed much valuable information from CAIPs intheir formation of the new CAAIPs.A situation developed whereby the CAA’s basic licence exam could only beattempted after reading BOTH the old CAIPs and the new CAAIPs. Theformer not published but copies were available in technical libraries that hadthe foresight not to throw them out, and the latter too expensive for theaverage training mechanic to purchase.Thankfully, those “bad old days”, where studying aircraft mechanics had toscrape around for whatever reading material they were lucky enough to gethold of, are over. The new CAAIPs are now free to download in a singlevolume file from the CAA website, and the old CAIPs are now available toeveryone from a variety of sources on the internet (although some are notcomplete and/or are not the latest version that the CAA were publishing at thetime of their withdrawal).