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DATEATTACHMENT 68300.10 CHG XX

9.  PERFORMING THE TASK.

A.The ASI must determine whether the outsource maintenance provider has an adequate organization, equipment, and facilities. All maintenance personnel should be appropriately certificated (when necessary), trained, and authorized to perform the work.  The inspecting ASI must keep in mind that the outsourcing provider’s maintenance facility is an extension of the air operator’s overall maintenance organization.  Therefore, maintenance performed by the provider must be in accordance with the air operator’s approved maintenance and inspection program (reference § 145.205).

NOTE:  Maintenance managers, inspection, and return to service personnel are not required to be certificated under part 145 outside the United States.

B.Prior to visiting the (OMP) facility, the inspecting ASI should review PTRS data and any other information available.  The SPAS program is an outstanding source for gathering supportive data.

NOTE:  The systems safety concepts and procedures of ATOS can be applied to parts 129, 125, and 135.  We encourage ASIs to use the ATOS Safety Attribute Inspection (SAI)  and Element Performance Inspection (EPI) tools 1.3.7 as a surveillance plan and inspection guide.  Copies of this SAI as well as all other SAIs or EPIs may be attained at the following Web site:  http://www.faa.gov/safety/programs_initiatives/oversight/atos/, click on Data Collection Tools (DCT).

C.  If the SAI is to be used by the inspecting ASI, the inspection information should be recorded under PTRS activity code 3617 or 5617.  If the EPI is to be used, inspection information should be recorded under PTRS activity code 3624 or 5624.  Information that supports a conclusion (positive or negative) should be entered in the PTRS “comments” section.

D.  Comments associated with a “no” answer to the DCT question should include the question number at the beginning of the comment narrative.  This is a good time to validate the essential elements of the air operator’s system.  Collection and recording of objective evidence will assist in determining whether the system is properly designed and well managed.  

NOTE:  An alternate surveillance plan has been added to this chapter; its intended use is a transition DCT.  The inspection information contained in the comment section is based on the information in this order.  It is provided as a sample surveillance plan only!  It should not be considered mandatory.  (See Figure 133-2, Sample of a Basic Surveillance Plan.)

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