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Outsource Maintenance Facility Located Outside the United States in a Country that does not have a BASA-MIP Approval.  Before your visit, it is most important that contact is made with the IFO and the repair station’s PI, so the inspecting ASI and the repair station PI can discuss the scope and intent of the inspection.  An invitation may be extended to the NAA to accompany the inspecting ASI or inspecting team during the visit.


Transport Canada: Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) Visit.  It is most important that during the planning phase of the inspection, the inspecting ASI notify the Canadian liaison in one of the applicable Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO).  The notification should be by “e-mail” to the international field unit (IFU) with geographic responsibility for Canadian AMOs and facilities as follows,

(1)Anchorage IFU, Canadian operators based in the Yukon territory, British Columbia north of 52 degrees.

(2)Seattle FSDO, Liaison. Southern Canada 100 degrees going west.

(3)Albany New York FSDO/IFU, with responsibly for areas east of 76 degrees W.

(4)New York IFO with responsibly for East of 100 degrees West.

(5)Rochester FSDO/IFU, with responsibly for 76 degrees and 100 degrees West.

NOTE:  All questions concerning AMO areas of responsibility should be directed to AFS-50.

NOTE: The FAA liaison located at the designated IFUs should be able to coordinate the visit with Transport Canada (TC) and the AMO management.  


An invitation may be extended to the NAA (in this case it would be TC) to accompany the inspecting ASI or inspecting team during the visit.



Performance Assessment/Inspection of the Air carriers Outsource Maintenance Program/System.  The

use of the ATOS EPI DCT for Element 1.3.7, Outsource Organization, is a requirement for the performance assessment/inspection of part 121 operators outsource maintenance program/system.  Element 1.3.7 Performance Inspection provides guidance for conducting inspections to validate system performance.  Sampling of representative contract maintenance facilities will be conducted with emphasis on validating compliance with the designed program on the part of both air carrier and contractor personnel.  These inspections will also be used to validate the effectiveness of the procedures, controls, and process measures that are designed into the program.  


One of the primary objectives in accomplishing these performance assessments well be to focus surveillance activities on OpSpec D091 outsource maintenance provider/facilities.  Certificate management oversight responsibility of part 121 is to validate the performance of the air carrier’s outsourced maintenance management and contractor oversight through field surveillance at the air carrier’s facilities and in the facilities of selected contractors.  Inspectors will select and visit a representative sample of locations where outsourced maintenance is conducted to evaluate the performance of the certificate holder’s management and oversight of those maintenance activities.  Where required, PAIs will request geographic support for field visits of selected facilities.

NOTE:  When applicable and practicable, coordinate surveillance plans and results with PAIs responsible for contractor repair stations.


Selection of facilities to visit should include those facilities that provide the highest volume of maintenance activity for the air carrier, perform the most critical maintenance, or show other indications of risk (e.g., past performance problems, enforcements, problems recorded by inspectors from other CHDOs).  The SPAS provides records of observations made by inspectors from other CHDOs.  Where individual CHDOs lack resources to visit distant or foreign maintenance facilities, regions may find it advantageous to form joint teams to evaluate facilities that serve a number of air carriers in the region.


A good management and oversight program for outsourced maintenance is essential; but the program will not function effectively unless adequate resources are applied to it.  PAIs should evaluate the areas listed below and any other resource issues that could potentially impair the air carrier’s ability to oversee outsourced maintenance activities.

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