An amendment to the EASA Part M Regulation introduced the Self-Declared Maintenance Programme (SDMP) and applies to ELA1 aircraft not involved in Commercial Operations.
The transition to the EASA Regulations means that the generic UK Light Aircraft Maintenance Programme (LAMP) will no longer be available from September 2016.
Owners of ELA 1 aircraft currently using LAMP need to transfer to a Self-Declared Maintenance Programme (SDMP) at the next Airworthiness Review before September 2017.
To standardise maintenance programmes for EASA regulated aircraft the Self-Declared Maintenance Programme (SDMP) has been introduced. This is an amendment to the Part M regulation and will initially apply to ELA1 aircraft – those with a Maximum Take-off Mass (MTOM) of 1,200 kg or less, non complex and not involved in commercial operations.
Owners can now choose from a number of different aircraft maintenance programmes. The new regulation introduces two new options to the existing Part M requirements, one of which is the Minimum Inspection Programme (MIP), the other is a programme based on manufacturer’s recommendations. All programmes shall not be less restrictive than the MIP, must be
specific to the aircraft and must include a declaration signed by the owner that they accept full responsibility for the programme’s content.
Owners of ELA1 aircraft, Part 145 maintenance organisations, Part M Subpart G Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisations (CAMO) and Part M Subpart F maintenance organisations and licensed engineers.
Part 145 organisations, Part M Subpart G CAMOs and Part M Subpart F maintenance organisations and licensed engineers.
Private Pilot Licence training in the UK is delivered by registered training facilities (RTF, which are classed as commercial operations and, at the moment, cannot use 302(h).
RTFs operating ELA1 aircraft may remain on LAMP or move to an approved programme. In time, Part M Light will expand the applicability of the self-declared maintenance route to incorporate RTF operations.
More information on flying training schools and airworthiness regulations.
The transition to MIP or manufacturer’s recommendations can take place at any time from now but must be completed by 30 September 2017. The transition shall be completed at the next Airworthiness Review Certificate (ARC) issue between now and 30 September 2017. Owners may however choose to move at any time before the expiry of their current ARC.
The transition will be aligned to the adoption of Part M Light. The timescale for this is due to be announced.
These aircraft are not included in the recent changes to the Part M regulation and Part M Light will not be applicable, therefore the new approach to maintenance programmes cannot be used. Helicopters currently on LAMP are to move to an approved maintenance programme in accordance with Part M, M.A.302 at the next ARC renewal.
CAP1454 Guidance for implementing SDMP for use with ELA1 aircraft
A template for the SDMP can be found here:
Aircraft Maintenance Programme Template
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