Introduction to the Concept of Continuing Airworthiness

Cooperative Development of Operational Safety & Continuing Airworthiness COSCAP

Continuing Airworthiness
• Continuing airworthiness covers all of the processes ensuring that, at any time in their operating life, all aircraft comply with the airworthiness requirements in force and are in a condition for safe operation.

8. Part 1. "Modifications and repairs". "Records".8.Continuing Airworthiness Continuing Airworthiness and the transfer of information is referred to in: • Annex 6.6. . Part I. 8. • Annex 6.

"Information related to continuing airworthiness of aircraft".9.3. 11. Part II. . • Annex 8. 4.2. "Continuing Airworthiness Information". Part I. "Maintenance manual".Continuing Airworthiness (Continued) : • Annex 6. Part I. 8. • Annex 6.

Continuing Airworthiness DEFINITIONS State of Design and the State of Registry: • The ‘State of Design’ – The State having jurisdiction over the organization responsible for the type design. • The ‘State of Registry’ – The State on whose register the aircraft is entered. .

under the control of the respective Civil Aviation Authorities of the State of Design and the State of Registry. . eight basic requirements.Continuing Airworthiness • Continuing Airworthiness includes.

.Continuing Airworthiness • Part A DESIGN CRITERIA which provide the necessary accessibility for inspection and permit the use of established processes and practices for the accomplishment of maintenance.

TYPICAL DESIGN CRITERIA • Part 21 .Continuing Airworthiness Part A .Airworthiness Standards: Normal Category Rotorcraft . and Commuter Category Airplanes • Part 25 . Acrobatic.Certification Procedures for Products and Parts • Part 23 . Utility.Airworthiness Standards: Normal.Airworthiness Standards: Transport Category Airplanes • Part 27 .

Airworthiness Standards: Transport Category Rotorcraft • Part 31 .Airworthiness Standards: Manned Free Balloons • Part 33 .Continuing Airworthiness • Part 29 .Airworthiness Standards: Aircraft Engines • Part 35 .Airworthiness Standards: Propellers. .

Maintenance Requirements • Preparation by the organization responsible for the type design of the specifications.Continuing Airworthiness PART B . procedures and tasks necessary to maintain the aircraft and publication of this information in a format that can be readily adapted for use by an operator. methods. .

Procedures and Tasks necessary to maintain the aircraft: • Early in a new types development an INDUSTRY STEERING COMMITTEE is formed to manage maintenance program development activities. : .Maintenance Requirements Methods.Continuing Airworthiness PART B . The committee is composed of members from a representative number of operators and a representative of the prime airframe and engine manufacturer.

Continuing Airworthiness Responsibilities of the committee include: • Establishing policy • Setting initial goals for scheduled maintenance check intervals • Directing the activities of the WORKING GROUPS • Carrying out all liaison with the manufacturer and other operators • Preparing the final program recommendations • Coordinating any future revisions • Representing the operators during contact with the authority of the State of Design .

by a structured analysis. and the authority of the State of Design. the initial maintenance requirements for a new aircraft type. A working group is responsible for designated systems of the aircraft and is tasked to determine.Continuing Airworthiness • WORKING GROUPS: – A group designated by the industry steering committee that consists of specialist representatives from the participating operators. . the prime manufacturer.

Continuing Airworthiness • Output of Working Groups – The results of the Working Groups are published by the Industry steering committee in the form of a report (MSGR). This report forms the basis for the manufacturer to publish the MAINTENANCE PLANNING DOCUMENT (MPD) and Aircraft Maintenance manual. .

(MPD) and preparing that material in the form of a maintenance programme suitable for its operation. procedures and tasks using the information provided by the organization responsible for the type design . methods.Continuing Airworthiness Part C COMPANY M/M • Adoption by the operator of specifications. .

Company Maintenance Program • A new operator is responsible for producing his own maintenance program tailored for his specific operation.Continuing Airworthiness Part C . This program must be based on the MPD and not based on another operators experience. .

REPORTING • The reporting of defects and other significant maintenance and operational information by the operator to the organization responsible for the type design in accordance with the requirements of the State of Registry. .Continuing Airworthiness • Part D .

.Mandatory Defect reporting. States should require an operator to report all significant airworthiness defects and other data within a stipulated time period (72 hours) to the authority/manufacturer.Continuing Airworthiness Part D .

.DEFECT ANALYSIS • The analysis of defect. the State of Design and the State of Registry and the initiation and transmission of information and recommended or mandatory action to be taken in response to that analysis.Continuing Airworthiness • Part E . accident and other maintenance and operational information by the organization responsible for the type design.

Continuing Airworthiness • Part E .DEFECT ANALYSIS • The manufacturer in cooperation with the state of design shall analyse all reports from operators (Defect & reliability) and foreign authorities. The results of this analysis could result in: .

MM etc. • Change to the MPD. • Issue of an Airworthiness directive. SL etc. . • Change to AFM.Continuing Airworthiness Part E .DEFECT ANALYSIS The results of this analysis by the manufacturer and his authority could result in: • Issue of Service Information(SB.

Local compliance • Consideration of. action on the information provided by the organization responsible for the type design or the State of Design. as deemed appropriate by the operator or the State of Registry. and.Continuing Airworthiness PART F . with particular emphasis on action designated as "mandatory". .

Continuing Airworthiness PART F . • The authority should also review all local service information and SOD Airworthiness Directives and issue local Directives as applicable.Local compliance • The operator must review all service information and take appropriate action. .

Compliance with Life limits • Accomplishment by the operator of all mandatory requirements concerning the aircraft with particular reference to fatigue life limits and any special tests or inspections required by the certification process or subsequently found necessary to ensure structural integrity. and .Continuing Airworthiness • PART G .

Compliance with SIP • Preparation of and compliance with Supplemental Structural Inspection Programmes and subsequent requirements related to aging aircraft.Continuing Airworthiness PART H . .

(End) .Continuing Airworthiness • General information on the continuing airworthiness procedures followed in individual ICAO Contracting States is published in ICAO Circular 95 -The Continuing Airworthiness of Aircraft in Service.

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