In March 2020, changes to EASA regulations will separate the existing continuing airworthiness requirements for 'Light Aircraft' from the requirements applicable for licensed air carriers and other complex motor-powered aircraft.
We are developing these webpages over the coming months to help organisations and personnel involved in Light Aircraft to transition to the new requirements. Other regulatory changes (e.g. Part-CAMO, Part-T) are dealt with in other areas of the CAA website.
The regulation will become applicable from 24 March 2020. These webpages will be updated as further guidance becomes available.
complete guide to the transition to the new requirements for organisations is available from EASA.
Part-ML simplifies existing maintenance rules and offers a less prescriptive and burdensome approach to maintenance programmes, airworthiness reviews, defects deferments and TBO extensions. It also provides more privileges for pilots, owners, independent certifying staff and small maintenance organisations. For example:
Part-CAO introduces a new combined Maintenance and Airworthiness Management Organisation for 'Light Aircraft' and aircraft up to 5700 kg MTOW within the revised scope of Part-M:
Part-ML introduces an independent certifying staff authorisation which allows licenced engineers to carry out the airworthiness review and issue the Airworthiness Review Certificate in conjunction with the annual inspection for light aircraft within the scope of Part-ML:
EASA Consolidated Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 on Continuing Airworthiness (applicable from 24 March 2020)
EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) to Annex Vd (Part-CAO) to Commissio Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014
EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM to Annex Vb (Part-ML) to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014
Part-ML will become applicable on 24 March 2020. To align UK requirements with this EASA rule change, GR No.17 and GR No.24 will be revised to remove their applicability to aircraft maintained under Part-ML.
After this date, deviations from the Design Approval Holder's Instructions for Continuing Airworthiness (DAH ICA), such as the extension of time between overhaul (TBO) intervals, should be evaluated using a risk-based approach.
The risk-based approach should consider aspects such as the operation of aircraft, type of aircraft, hours/years in service, maintenance of the aircraft, compensating measures, redundancy of components, etc.
Alternative tasks or intervals (e.g. escalations) to the DAH ICA by the CAMO or CAO do not need to be approved by the competent authority. Justification of these deviations are to be documented and retained by the CAMO or CAO.
Where an aircraft subject to Part-ML is not used for commercial operations and the owner elects to manage the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft themselves, the owner issues a declaration for the maintenance programme and in this case, no justification of such deviations is required.
Details can be found in Part-ML Paragraph ML.A.302 and AMC1 ML.A.302(c)(3). Owners, operators and approved organisations should ensure they are familiar with the revised regulations as well as the safety implications of any proposed deviations from the DAH ICA.
It is important to note that deviations with respect to tasks classified as mandatory (e.g. Airworthiness Directives, requirements specified on the type certificate data sheet, airworthiness limitations) are not permitted.
following information is intended to provide simple guide to some of the
changes in regulations when Part-ML became applicable for Part-CAO, Part-145
and Part M Subpart F organisations maintaining aircraft in accordance with the
revised Part-M and Part-ML.
all cases the EASA regulations and AMC/GM are the definitive documents.
It is not possible to increase the scope of approval during the transition process.
If an organisation wishes to expand its scope of approval it must transition and subsequently apply for a variation.
For example, if you only have a Part M, Subpart G approval you cannot add aircraft maintenance privileges (the old Part M, Subpart F) during the transition process.
A Part-CAO organisation can maintain and manage aircraft within the scope of Part-ML.
A Part-CAO organisation can also maintain and manage aircraft within the scope of Part-M that are not classified as complex motor-powered aircraft and are not listed in the air operator certificate of an air carrier licensed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008.
A full list of aircraft and operations that can only be managed and maintained by Part-CAMO/Part-145 Organisations is in Part M, M.A.201 (e), (f) and (g). Aircraft in this category are not within the scope of a Part-CAO.
If an organisation has aircraft in the scope of Part-M and Part-ML it must have Airworthiness Review staff qualified in accordance with both Part M, M.A.707 and part-ML, ML.A.904.
If you maintain both classes of aircraft, you need procedures appropriate to each set of regulations. Part ML does not allow the voluntary application of Part M requirements to aircraft in the scope of Part ML.
Parts released by a Part-CAO under a Component rating can be used by a Part-145 organisation, but the components cannot used for aircraft included in Part M, M.A.201 (e), (f) and (g).
This means if an aircraft can only be managed by a Part-CAMO organisation, parts released by a Part-CAO cannot be used.
As it says on the Form 1 “This certificate does not automatically constitute authority to install the item(s).”
Since 24 March 2020, it is only possible to issue an EASA Form 15c for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML (New Issue).
If an aircraft holds a current EASA Form 15b, that has not been extended for either the first or second time, it is possible to extend this ARC until the first and second extensions expire. This is only possible where the aircraft has been continuously managed for the previous 12 months by the CAMO or CAO granting the extension after ensuring that the other requirements of ML.A.901(c) are also met.
Approved organisations may issue Airworthiness Review Certificates (ARCs) directly using the Word version of Form 15C, suitably amended with their approval number, aircraft details and dating protocols: Download Form 15C Issue 3 (Word Document).
A copy of the ARC issued or extended for an aircraft must be sent to the CAA email@example.com within 10 days, as required by ML.A.903 (h).
'Light aircraft' means the following non-complex motor-powered aircraft not listed in the air operator certificate of an air carrier licensed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008:
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