Maintenance / Engineers

CAA SkyWise on Maintenance / Engineers

 

Engineer Licencing – Signing your licence
The CAA has recently been in receipt of licence renewal and variation applications where the original licence returned to the CAA was not signed by the licence holder.
By not signing the licence, the privileges of the licence cannot be exercised. Any maintenance and associated Certificate to Release to Service issued using an unsigned licence is invalid and therefore invalidates the C of A / ARC of the aircraft.
Licence holders must sign the licence immediately on receipt to render the licence valid. Maintenance Organisations must ensure their certifying staff have signed their licence prior to issuance of an Organisation Authorisation.
Dated: November 2019


Operating experimental aircraft under E conditions
Guidance and information for operating experimental aircraft under E conditions has been updated.
Following a review, we have published a new edition of the guidance. This now includes requirements for ferry flight and A to B operations.
Dated: November 2019


On the job training (OJT) for first type ratings in any category or sub category
CAP 1530 has been updated to reflect CAA policy regarding content of the procedure that is required in Section 3.15 of the Maintenance Organisation Exposition (MOE) for approved OJT.
Dated: October 2019


CAP 1529 – Guidance for Aircraft Type Training within a Part 147
CAP 1529 has been updated to reflect CAA policy regarding actual task completion on live operational aircraft, use of simulation and a sample practical workbook.
Dated: October 2019


CAP 1528 – Guidance for Part 147 Instructors
CAP 1528 has been updated to reflect CAA policy regarding personnel training and experience, those requiring EASA Form 4 , Invigilators and minor updates
Dated: October 2019


Winter Operations 2019 / 2020
During Winter 2018 / 2019 de-icing MOR data showed primary error factors as 65% ramp services and 30% aerodrome. Of these errors 70% were detected by the pilot, 14% by ground crew, and 11% by cabin crew.
Considerations when preparing for Winter operations:
Sources of information to use, particularly for hold-over times
Specific issues associated with your operation and aircraft
– Permitted contamination
– Permitted fluids
– Refreezing of some fluids
– Effects on aircraft of runway / taxiway de-icing substances
– Contaminated runway performance
Updating documentation / Operations Manuals
Training / retraining staff
Serviceability of de-icing / anti-icing equipment
Service level agreements
Snow plans at aerodromes used
Using your SMS to evaluate Winter Operations
Dated: September 2019


Part 145 – Applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components
We have published guidance on the applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components for Part 145 holders.
The purpose of this policy is to clarify the use of AMC2 145.A.50(d) so that the competent authority, installers and operators have confidence that used aircraft components have been satisfactorily removed from the aircraft, inspected, assessed and tested, as necessary, before being recertified and made eligible for installation on an aircraft registered in an EASA Member State.
Dated: August 2019


Identification requirement for aircraft maintenance licensing applications
This notification updates and replaces the information sent on 17 May 2018 as SW2018/84
Please note that you are required to submit a certified true copy of photographic ID (such as passport or driving licence) when applying for the initial issue of a Part-66 licence and all applications submitted online via the CAA portal.
The ID document must also be certified by your quality department or Head of 145/147 organisation.
Dated: August 2019


Maintenance programme approval (up to 2730 Kg)
Maintenance programmes for other than complex motor-powered aircraft, ELA2, aircraft up to 2730 Kg and piston engine aircraft (fixed wing and rotorcraft)
Owners, operators, Part M subpart G (CAMO), Part 145 and Part M subpart F organisations must make sure approval of maintenance programmes complies with Part M, M.A.302 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (g). ELA1 aircraft not involved in commercial operations can use M.A.302 (h) Self-Declared Maintenance Programme.
CAA LAMP 766 and 767 were withdrawn on 31 August 2016. LAMP based approval programmes, submitted directly or indirectly, will not be approved.
Dated: May 2019


A procedure to write a procedure
Following collaboration with UK maintenance organisations the CAA is pleased to have published guidance to the wider industry on producing procedures to support their respective organisations.
Dated: May 2019


Engineer licence application form update
The UK CAA has re-issued application form SRG1014 (EASA Form 19) to reflect Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1142 amending Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014.
The new version of this form is to be used with immediate effect; the UK CAA will no longer accept any previous versions of this form from 22nd March 2019.
Dated: March 2019


GPS Week Counter Rollover Event (6 April 2019)
Navigation and timing information from the Global Positioning System (GPS) is used by many aircraft and ground-based aviation systems.
The GPS navigation message contains date and time information in the form of a sequential week and seconds counter, which first started on 6th January 1980. As the week counter rolls over every 1024 weeks, it will do so on 6th April 2019 for the second time in history.
Systems using GPS for obtaining date and time are required to ensure that a correct progressive week count is maintained.
Dated: February 2019


Update to EU exit information – Aerospace maintenance organisations
We have updated the information on our website concerning aerospace maintenance organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This includes a series of changes to address stakeholder queries about ongoing validity of approvals.
Dated: February 2019


Update to EU exit information – Engineer training organisations and Licensed engineers
We have updated the information on our website concerning Engineer training organisations and Licensed engineers in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit.
The update for Engineer training organisations includes information for those who have completed a portion of their modules at the point that the UK leaves the EU.
The update for Licensed engineers includes more information for engineers who are part way through their training at 29 March 2019.
Dated: February 2019


Ex-military National Fly to Permit maintenance programmes
Owners, operators and BCAR A8-25 Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations are advised that the CAA has issued CAP 1740, ‘Guidance on Maintenance programmes for aircraft operating on a National Permit to Fly’.
The CAP sets out in single document, what should be considered when compiling a maintenance programme primarily for ex-military types that require to be operated and maintained to an approved programme, to meet the current requirements of BCAR A3-7 paragraph 15.
Dated: February 2019