Following the introduction of Annex Vc (Part-CAMO) under regulation (EU) 2019/1383, UK regulation (EU) No.1321/2014 now details the rules for continuing airworthiness management organisations which are subject to UK regulation.
Annex Vc (Part-CAMO) of this regulation concerns the continuing airworthiness management for organisations relating to all Part 21 aircraft but is a mandatory requirement for the management of Complex Motor-Powered Aircraft (CMPA), and/or aircraft used by a licensed air carrier.
Organisations approved to Part-CAMO can additionally be approved to make recommendations to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that an Airworthiness Review Certificate (CAA Form 15a) may be issued or in certain cases issue and extend an Airworthiness Review Certificate (CAA Form 15b or CAA Form 15c, as applicable) under the terms of their approval.
Part-CAMO organisations holding the Airworthiness Review privilege may also be approved to issue Permits to Fly in accordance with (UK) Part 21 Subpart P when the aircraft is in conformity with the approved Flight Conditions. Please note: this privilege does not allow the Part-CAMO organisation to approve the Flight Conditions.
A Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation with their principal place of business located in the UK, that wishes to carry out the management of continuing airworthiness of UK Registered Part 21 aircraft.
Organisations with their principal place of business located outside the UK that wishes to carry out management of continuing airworthiness on UK registered Part 21 aircraft, should apply for a UK Third Country Approval.
The following information offers guidance on how to apply for a Part-CAMO approval Air Operator Certificate (AOC):
The Air Operator Certificate (AOC) guidance provides guidance of how to make an application.
Applicants for an initial certificate, transitioning from an Annex I (Part M) Sub-Part G approval shall provide the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with:
- A copy of the Continuing Airworthiness Management Exposition (CAME) compliant with CAMO.A.300 (Part CAMO Continuing Airworthiness Management Exposition User Guide (CAP2153) offers further guidance).
- A copy of the Organisation's Safety Management Manual, if the key safety procedures and processes are not included within the exposition.
- A completed Form SRG1770 Safety Management Manual Compliance Statement, if submitting a Safety Management Manual.
- A completed Form SRG1771 Compliance Monitoring Manual Compliance statement, if submitting a Compliance Monitoring Manual.
- A completed evaluation using the SMS evaluation tool.
- The results of a pre-audit performed by the organisation against the applicable requirements provided for in Annex I (Part-M), Annex Vb (Part-ML) and Annex Vc (Part-CAMO).
- Any contracts for continuing airworthiness tasks being subcontracted to other organisations.
- A Nominated Safety Manager.
- A completed Form SRG1769 for all Nominated Persons including the Accountable Manager.
- A completed Form SRG1773 Part-CAMO CAME Compliance checklist.
- A completed Form SRG1774 Part-CAMO Compliance checklist.
The Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions) provides further details.
In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the Official Record Series 5, CAA Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions), the Scheme of Charges takes precedence.
The guidance below advises on what to expect once you have applied:
- A Technical Support Officer will make an initial assessment of your application and CAME and will contact you with any queries.
- The Resource Scheduling Team will contact you to arrange for an Airworthiness Surveyor to carry out an on-site audit. For organisations transitioning from a Part M Sub-part G approval, an additional SMS audit will be arranged. Any questions regarding the scheduling of your on-site visit can be directed to the Resource Scheduling Team at 01293 573600.
- An Airworthiness Surveyor will conduct an audit(s) against the requirements and raise an audit report detailing any findings.
- The Airworthiness Surveyor will review the nominated personnel. Interviews for key personnel may be carried out.
- The Airworthiness Surveyor will assess the supporting documentation; Technical Logs, Maintenance Contracts (as applicable) and Maintenance Programmes (when able to, the Airworthiness Surveyor will approve the supporting documentation).
- If findings have been raised the organisation should address the findings and notify the Airworthiness Surveyor of the actions taken.
Once any audit findings relating to the application have been closed the Airworthiness Surveyor will submit a recommendation to the Shared Services Approval team for the issue of the approval.
The organisation’s certificate shall remain valid subject to compliance with all of the following conditions:
- The organisation remaining in compliance with UK Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 and its delegated and implementing acts, considering the provisions related to the handling of findings as specified under point CAMO.B.350.
- The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) being granted access to the organisation as specified in point CAMO.A.140.
- The certificate not being surrendered or revoked.
For air carriers licensed in accordance with UK Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008, termination, suspension or revocation of the air operator certificate automatically invalidates the organisation certificate in relation to the aircraft registrations specified in the air operator certificate, unless otherwise explicitly stated by the CAA.
Once granted, an approval requires a recommendation for continuation every 24 months (unless otherwise agreed) from the date of issue. This is raised by the CAA Surveyor following a satisfactory audit programme.