DATEATTACHMENT 228300.10 CHG XX
CHAPTER 98. INSPECT PART 145 REPAIR STATIONS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES
SECTION 1. BACKGROUND
PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.
OBJECTIVE. This chapter provides comprehensive guidance for a base inspection for Flight Standards personnel involved in the certificate management of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 145 repair stations located outside the United States.
Inspection Initiation. This inspection will be conducted as a result of a work program requirement, a previous surveillance effort, allegations of improper maintenance, or component failure trends. This inspection is a comprehensive in-depth inspection that encompasses all of the repair station areas of responsibilities. While conducting the inspection, the principal inspector (PI) should verify that the facility and personnel are qualified to perform the maintenance functions as listed in the operations specifications (OpSpecs) and capability list. Based on the size and complexity of the repair station, the International Field Office (IFO) may need to form an inspection team capable of effectively evaluating all aspects of the operation.
Work Away from a Fixed Location. The district office where the work is being performed may
conduct inspections of repair stations doing work away from a fixed location. The PI from the geographical office performing the inspection should maintain good communications with the parent facility’s CHDO in matters regarding procedures, manuals, equipment, personnel, etc.
Inspector Conduct. Each aviation safety inspector assigned to an IFO must be conscious of the sensitive issues associated with working in the international environment and must conduct themselves with the highest degree of professionalism while assigned outside the United States. An inspector must be courteous and respectful when dealing with foreign nationals and the various officials of the foreign National Aviation Authorities (NAA). In addition, each inspector should understand that while working for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), his or her every action is representative of the U.S. Government. The FAA expects IFO employees to be fully aware that they are guests in a foreign country and to recognize national culture within their working environment.
Joint Participation. As a professional courtesy and/or to further the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement and Maintenance Implementation Procedures process, coordination with the NAA representatives to participate in the inspection may be required. NAA representatives may desire to participate as observers during FAA repair station surveillance.