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ICAO Requirements on Operators' continuing airworthiness responsibilites

Annex 6 Part I Chapter 8, 8.1 and Annex 6 Part III Section II Chapter 6, 6.1, respectively require the following:

  • Operators in accordance with procedures acceptable to the State of Registry, ensure that each aircraft they operate is maintained in an airworthy condition

  • Operators shall employ a person or group of persons to ensure that all maintenance is carried out in accordance with the maintenance control manual.

To meet the intent of the abovementioned Standard, some States issue acceptances or approvals to a person or group of persons within the operator or a maintenance control organization with a specific approval (e.g. EASA Part M, Subpart G) to manage the continuing airworthiness responsibilities of the operator, both with requirements to maintain the continued validity of the acceptance/approval.


Where a State has issued an acceptance/approval to an operator or to a maintenance control organization with continuing airworthiness responsibilities it means it has determined that:

a)    the operator or the maintenance control organization has a satisfactory regulatory compliance history and the on-site inspection activities required to be completed could not be performed by the States issuing the acceptance/approval for the:

      • continuation of acceptance of a person or group of persons within an operator with continuing airworthiness responsibilities; or
      • continuation of the specific approval for a maintenance control organization with continuing airworthiness responsibilities (e.g. EASA Part M, Subpart G, Part-CAMO) for an operator;

and

b)    the person or group of persons within an operator or a maintenance control organization with continuing airworthiness responsibilities holding a valid acceptance/approval have met the requirements for the continuation of the acceptance/approval, except for the State's on-site inspection.


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