UK Airworthiness Approval holders provide services in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 or 748/2012 implementing rules.
This page provides guidance for airworthiness approved organisations with regard to what would be a potential level 1 finding. Also provides transparency with regard to the use of a CAA Airworthiness classification system to assist in differentiating findings with regard to their safety impact (whether it’s a level 1 or 2).
Classifying Findings can be a challenge especially where the regulation does not provide any examples to support the making of a determination, in some situations a judgement is necessary. For instance, if there is no accountable manager available (one of the criteria) the CAA may need to investigate further to understand the underlying situation; such as, what are the related risks, are there mitigating measures in place bridging the gap until a manager will become available, etc.The list of possible Level 1’s is in line with EASA’s expectations. This is not an exhaustive list, there may be other circumstances which warrant a level 1 classification.
Working outside scope of approval
Note: failure to complete the rectification of any L1 finding within 3 days shall result in revocation, suspension or limitation [147.B.130(a)]
The organisation is not adequate to support the approval or part thereof due to:
The classification of findings allows the CAA to focus on those findings which affect safety, this then provides a basis which the time scales for a finding to be closed can be defined. For high safety severity findings time for closure will be typically less than 30 days but can be shorter depending on the safety impact.
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