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available through FAA information resources including, but not limited to, surveillance and enforcement data.  Inspectors will utilize this data package in conjunction with their knowledge of the repair station; system design which includes operating environment, configuration and design of repair station; and personal expertise to complete the OPT.

This enhanced data package will be available for fielding at the beginning of FY07.  Meanwhile, inspectors should use the Repair Station Profile currently available in SPAS and any other sources, including data available through the certificate holder.  It should be noted that currently the data available to the FAA regarding repair stations is very limited.

1.1.2. Outsource Oversight Assessment Tool

The OPT is to be used for surveillance planning.  This tool will assist the 14 CFR part 121, 121/135, and 135 (10 or more) PI, other assigned inspectors, supervisors, and managers in prioritizing maintenance provider oversight.  As a result of this assessment, the PI will determine the priority of outsource maintenance surveillance for the coming year.

1.1.3. Prioritized Outsource Oversight

After completing the OPT, the PI will be able to prioritize maintenance providers and target surveillance resources to outsource providers with highest risk.

1.2. Additional Outsource Enhancements

This workgroup recommends utilization of the following:  

Part 145 PIs and the stake holding 14 CFR part 121 CMTs utilize a team approach to accomplish repair station inspections.  (Reference:  FAA Order 8300.10, Airworthiness Inspector’s Handbook, volume 3, chapter 134.)

ATOS Elements 1.3.7 (Outsourcing) and 1.3.11 (CASS) be utilized for all 14 CFR Part 121 CMTs and interface with multiple chapter of FAA Order 8300.10, including chapters 64 and 69.

Quarterly utilization report created for air carriers include information regarding outsource maintenance.  This includes the type of work performed, number of visits to the top 12 leading outsource maintenance providers, and outsource maintenance as a percent of the total maintenance.  (Reference:  FAA Order 8300.10, volume 3, chapter 158.)

Enhanced repair station oversight training for 14 CFR part 145, part 135, and part 121 inspectors.

NOTE:  Per 14 CFR part 121, section 121.363(b), an air carrier may make arrangements with another person for the performance of any maintenance, preventive maintenance or alterations.  However, this does not relieve the air carrier of its primary responsibility for all maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations performed by itself or another person.


This section provides step-by-step details on how to complete the OPT.  The following work instructions are designed to guide the completion of the OPT by PIs or a designated person.

STEP 1 – Repair Station Data Package

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