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DATEATTACHMENT 58300.10 CHG XX

CHAPTER 132.  PERFORMANCE/EVALUATION/INSPECTION AND ASSESSMENT OF A PART 121 AIR CARRIER’S OUTSOURCE MAINTENANCE SYSTEM

SECTION 1.  BACKGROUND

1.PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES AND AIR TRANSPORTATION OVERSIGHT SYSTEM (ATOS)

A.

ATOS Reporting.  All surveillance elements are to be documented in accordance with (IAW) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 8400.10, Air Transportation Operations Inspector’s Handbook, appendix 6.

B.

Non-ATOS Air Carrier Reporting.  All inspections activities are to be documented IAW the PTRS procedures manual and supplemental guidance found in this chapter.

C.

Maintenance:  

Facility Evaluation (ALL):  3338

Facility Surveillance:  3624 (Non-substantial maintenance provider (SMP))

Facility Surveillance:  3640 (SMP)

D.

Avionics:

Facility Evaluation (ALL): 5338

Facility Surveillance:  5624 (Non-SMP)

Facility Surveillance:  5640 (SMP)

ATOS:  ATOS Safety EPI: 1.3.7 Outsource Organization

3.

OBJECTIVE. This chapter provides guidance in the performance evaluation/inspection and assessment of the air carrier’s outsourced maintenance program/system.  The air carrier has the ultimate responsibly over and must validate that it’s outsource maintenance providers (OMP) are servicing and maintaining its aircraft, airframes, engines, propellers, appliances, emergency equipment, and parts thereof.  In accordance with the documented policies and procedures in the air carrier’s manual.  

NOTE:  This chapter is not intended to provide guidance for evaluating a certified repair station for compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 145.  It is intended to provide guidance for verifying the effectiveness of 14 CFR part 121 air carriers outsource maintenance program/system and to ensure the maintenance provider performs all work in accordance with the part 121 air carrier’s Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP).

5.

GENERAL.  

A.

Air Carrier Responsibilities.  An air carrier must comply with all applicable regulations and standards prescribed by the Administrator including its duty to provide service with the highest possible degree of safety in the public interest.  Compliance with the regulations means compliance with the full intent of the regulations as articulated in regulatory preambles and affiliated documents.  To meet its statutory obligations, an air carrier is responsible for designing its operating systems so that known hazards and risk factors in the environment are controlled and managed.  Safety management, quality assurance, and quality control are responsibilities of the air carrier.

(1)  Holders of certificates issued under part 121 may make arrangements with other individuals or organizations to perform maintenance on the certificate holders’ airplanes in accordance with part 121, § 121.363.  However, this does not relieve the certificate holder of the primary responsibilities specified in  § 121.363 (a).

(2) While properly managed outsourcing of maintenance can be a safe, effective, and efficient means of accomplishing required maintenance actions, the certificate holder retains the responsibility for the airworthiness of its airplanes.  The certificate holder must ensure that it, and those with whom it makes arrangements to perform maintenance activities, have adequate organizations (§ 121.365(a)), competent personnel and adequate facilities (§ 121.367(b)), and that all maintenance is performed in accordance with the certificate holder’s manual (§ 121.367(a)).

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