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non-regulatory.  The C.A.S.E. Manual may not be contrary to the regulations and the certificate holder’s manual.  The certificate holder’s manual is regulatory and is the governing document for the certificate holder when using C.A.S.E.  The certificate holder’s manual may include or reference the C.A.S.E.  Manual in whole, or in part.   

D.  The certificate holder is primarily responsible for regulatory activities performed for it by C.A.S.E.  This includes surveillance and the airworthiness of parts and materials processed through any C.A.S.E. approved vendor or contractor.

E.  Should the air carrier section of C.A.S.E. Incorporated cease to exist or function or should the certificate holder cease to maintain an “active sustaining” membership (reference 9F), the authorization OpSpecs D090 is cancelled.

F.  Changes to the C.A.S.E. Manual are subject to acceptance by the Manager, Aircraft Maintenance Division, AFS-300.  C.A.S.E. has provided AFS-300 with full access to the C.A.S.E. Register.  AFS-300 has assigned a C.A.S.E. program manager to act as FAA liaison to C.A.S.E.


NOTE:  It is neither practical nor intended to include all the information about C.A.S.E. in this chapter as is contained in the C.A.S.E. Manual.  However, it is essential for the PMI and PAI to be knowledgeable of, and keep current with, the information contained in the C.A.S.E. Manual in order to properly evaluate, authorize, and perform surveillance on an air carrier’s use of C.A.S.E.  This can be accomplished through self-study, i.e., reading the C.A.S.E. manual or by observing C.A.S.E. training as referenced in section 2.

A.  History.  C.A.S.E. Incorporated was organized in 1982 as a means of sharing non-prejudicial vendor/supplier and parts distributor quality approved data and audit tasks among its membership.  Currently, C.A.S.E. Incorporated is made up of two sections, the Air Carrier Section and the Aeronautical Repair Station Section.  The Air Carrier Section of C.A.S.E. is a non-profit group

established by certificated air carriers for the benefit of member air carriers.  This chapter will only discuss C.A.S.E. Air Carrier Section.  Additional information about C.A.S.E., e.g., its mission, history, organizational chart, bylaws, etc, can be found at their public Web site at http://www.caseinc.org/.  

B.  C.A.S.E. Manual.  C.A.S.E. Air Carrier Section has produced a manual that provides guidance to its members so that business may be conducted in an orderly manner.     

(1) C.A.S.E. considers the contents of their manual binding on all C.A.S.E. Air Carrier Section members.  The manual chapters are titled:  Introduction and Policy Statement, Program Description and Administration, Membership Requirements and Obligations, Program Operation, Audit/Inspection Standards, and Forms.

(2)  Each air carrier should issue, and keep current, a copy of the C.A.S.E. Manual to its principal inspector (PI).  C.A.S.E. Manual revision status can be verified by checking the C.A.S.E. Web site as noted in this chapter.  Contents of the C.A.S.E. manual shall not conflict with 14 CFR or the certificate holder’s manual system.

C.  Deviations and Exemptions.  The C.A.S.E. manual includes a process for permitting deviations to or exceptions from the requirements stated in the C.A.S.E. Manual.  The Audit and Compliance committee should provide the deviation and/or exemption in accordance with the procedures in the C.A.S.E. Manual.  C.A.S.E. deviations and exemptions are not applicable to regulatory requirements including ops specs requirements.

D.  Data Center.  The C.A.S.E. data center is a data collection and dissemination center maintained by a company (AVINFO) in Fort Lauderdale, FL., through direction from C.A.S.E. Incorporated.  The data center maintains the C.A.S.E. Register and should keep on file all vendor/supplier and parts distributor information transmitted by C.A.S.E. sustaining members.

E.  C.A.S.E. Organization and Committees.  

(1)  A Chairman and Vice Chairman head up the C.A.S.E. Air Carrier Section organization.  The remainder of the organization is made up of the following nine committees each with its own chair and vice chair:


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