The operational and maintenance oversight of AOC and PAOC holders
Once an AOC has been granted, the CAA has a duty to ensure that the operator continues to maintain and operate their aircraft safely.
Ongoing surveillance will be conducted and in the event of unsatisfactory findings, the CAA is empowered to vary or revoke an AOC where appropriate.
The organisation will be subject to annual audit and inspection by the CAA in order to confirm that the competence of the organisational structure and management team remains appropriate to the operations.
An annual report will be compiled collating the oversight activity conducted within the past 12 months and will include or contain an oversight programme for the ensuing 12 months.
An agenda for the annual meeting between the Flight Operations Inspector and the Accountable Manager will also be determined.
In addition, for the purpose of sampling the output of the operator, a number of the following checks will also be completed:
Functions inspected may include baggage, freight control, passenger handling, company facilities and support and aircraft surveys.
The competence of the organisation to secure the safe operation of their aircraft will also be assessed.
Whilst it is acknowledged that the contracting out of functions is commonplace, responsibility still rests with the operator.
Oversight responsibility of the continued conformity with maintenance requirements rests with the allocated CAA Regional Office. Monitoring of maintenance support arrangements is undertaken to ensure that:
The Operations Manual will be reviewed to ensure that the content is compatible with the MME or Engineering Manual and/or MOE procedures.
Overview of ETOPS (Extended Range Twin Operations), AWOPS (All Weather Operations) and RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum) processes will be combined into the normal ongoing review of the maintenance support arrangements.
In the event of any significant deficiencies being identified, immediate action may be warranted to suspend the Permission.
As part of the ETOPS monitoring process, wherever practical, an ETOPS pre-departure inspection will be observed to ensure that specified procedures are being adhered to.
It is a CAA Survey Department objective that all UK AOC holders should have a sample of their fleet subjected to ramp inspection that includes a review of all pre-flight processes.