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    • Part M.A.901(m) Use of suitably qualified engineer to perform physical aircraft survey as part of an airworthiness review

      Alternative AMC allowing for the use of a suitably qualified engineer to perform the physical aircraft survey as part of the airworthiness review when the airworthiness review staff are unable to travel to the aircraft.

    • In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority ('the CAA'), is providing this alternative AMC to M.A.901(m) for wherever normal Airworthiness Review procedures cannot be followed. The use of this alternative AMC is described below and the conditions that must be followed.

      The UK government along with many others has restricted national and international travel. This alternative AMC allows for the use of a suitably qualified engineer to perform the aircraft survey as part of the airworthiness review when the airworthiness review staff are unable to travel to the aircraft. 

      This alternative AMC will only be available for use until 30 September 2020, or may be withdrawn earlier if government travel restrictions are removed.

      Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1321/2014,  Part M, AMC M.A. 901 (m) requires that the airworthiness review staff who carries out the document review to also be the same person who carried out the physical review. 
      This means that the airworthiness review staff who are going to sign the airworthiness review certificate or the recommendation should be the one performing both the documented review and the physical survey of the aircraft.

      The following is an alternative to paragraph (3) of AMC M.A.901(l) and (m) Airworthiness review
      The airworthiness review staff who are going to sign the airworthiness review certificate or the recommendation shall be the one performing both the documented review and physical survey of the aircraft. Where the circumstances of restrictions imposed by the UK government on movement of individuals prevents the airworthiness review staff from performing the aircraft survey the following may be followed.

      1. The airworthiness review staff retain full responsibility for the content and completion of the airworthiness review.
      2. The airworthiness management of the aircraft requiring the airworthiness review must have been contracted to the Part M subpart G CAMO.
      3. The CAMO must have a contract, or to arrange a contract with a Part 145 organisation with facilities at the aircrafts location to support the aircraft physical survey. This Part 145 organisation must have the aircraft type on its approval.
      4. The physical survey must be carried out by a licensed, type rated engineer for the aircraft. This engineer must be briefed by the airworthiness review staff prior to the survey being carried out. 
      5. The physical survey of the aircraft must be carried out in accordance with Part M, with the CAMO providing aircraft survey forms and guidance as to what is expected and of any specific items requiring detailed inspection or checking. 
      6. The results of the survey, plus any supporting information shall be assessed by the airworthiness review staff, if satisfied then the airworthiness review process can be completed.
      7. All documentation with the details of the licensed engineer shall be kept by the CAMO. 

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