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DATEATTACHMENT 38300.10 CHG XX

CHAPTER 95.  EVALUATE AND AUTHORIZE A PART 121 OR 135 (10 OR MORE) APPLICANT/CERTIFICATE HOLDER TO USE “COORDINATING AGENCIES FOR SUPPLIER EVALUATION” (C.A.S.E.)

SECTION 1.  BACKGROUND

1.  PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) Activity Codes.

A.  Maintenance: 3354

B.  Avionics:  5354

3. Objective.  This chapter provides information and guidance for principal maintenance inspectors (PMI) and principal avionics inspectors (PAI) to evaluate and authorize a Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 121 or 135 (10 or more) air carrier/applicant to use Coordinating Agencies for Supplier Evaluation (C.A.S.E.) in accordance with applicable Federal Aviation Regulations, FAA policy and the C.A.S.E. Air Carrier Section Policy and Procedures Manual (herein referred to in this chapter as C.A.S.E. Manual).

5.  Definitions.  Definitions unique to C.A.S.E. are contained in the C.A.S.E. Manual, chapter 1-2-0.

7.  General.  Sections 121.373(a) and 135.431(a) require each certificate holder to establish and maintain a system for the continuing analysis and surveillance of the performance and effectiveness of its inspection program and the program covering other maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations and for the correction of any deficiency in those programs, regardless of whether those programs are carried out by the air carrier or by another person.

note:  References to “C.A.S.E. audits” contained in this chapter are those audits performed by C.A.S.E. certified auditors to the C.A.S.E. 1-A Standard (reference paragraph 9-I and listed in the C.A.S.E. Register.  C.A.S.E. auditors are air carrier members certified by C.A.S.E. to perform these audits.

A.  The FAA may authorize an air carrier to use C.A.S.E. (audit) to satisfy the air carrier’s surveillance requirement of §§ 121.373 (a) and 135.431(a), as applicable.  The authorization is granted through the

issuance of Operations Specifications (OpSpecs) D090.  The C.A.S.E. audit is intended to look at the air carrier’s programs required by §§ 121.367 and 135.433.  Examples of what the audit should include are contained in Advisory Circular (AC) 120-79, Developing and Implementing a Continuing Analysis and Surveillance System.  When evaluating an authorizing an air carrier to use C.A.S.E., the PI shall understand and consider possible C.A.S.E. audit limitations.  The regulations (§§ 121.367 and 135.433) allow each air carrier to develop their own programs.  Program differences might be in the way each air carrier trains personnel; purchases and receives parts and materials; performs inspections, maintenance or alterations; calibrates tools; records maintenance; etc.  With few exceptions, the C.A.S.E. 1-A Standard only looks at part 145 compliance.  The 1-A Standard might not take into account individual/particular air carrier program elements/requirements.  If the C.A.S.E. 1-A Standard does not take into account the particular way the air carrier performs their programs, the air carrier shall account for the differences, possibly, with their own audit.  

B.  Additionally, the C.A.S.E. audit, by itself, might not satisfy all the additional requirements of §§ 121.373(a) and 135.431(a).  Data produced and collected by the C.A.S.E. audit shall be “analyzed” to determine that the air carrier’s programs are working “effectively” as intended and that any “deficiencies are corrected.”  The air carrier’s use of C.A.S.E. shall not function as a stand-alone program.  Rather, it shall function as a coordinated part of the air carrier’s continuing analysis and surveillance system.

C.  The FAA requires C.A.S.E. activities to be conducted in accordance with the most current revision of the C.A.S.E. Manual (reference 9B) and the certificate holder’s Manual.  

NOTE:  The C.A.S.E. Manual should not be confused with the air carrier’s manual.  Both manuals should contain information and guidance on C.A.S.E.  However, the C.A.S.E. Manual is produced by C.A.S.E. Incorporated for its members and is, in itself,

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