Part-ML and Part-CAO provide a proportionate framework for continuing airworthiness to correspond to the lower risks associated with 'Light Aircraft' in general aviation.
Part-ML sets out requirements to ensure that 'Light Aircraft' remain airworthy and are in a condition for safe operation. It also establishes the responsibilities of persons and organisations involved in activities related to the continuing airworthiness of these aircraft.
Part-CAO provides a new set of requirements for a Combined Airworthiness Organisation. This organisation may perform CAMO activities or Maintenance Organisation activities, or both, but limited to non-complex aircraft not used by a licenced air carrier.
Part-ML and Part-CAO became applicable on 24 March 2020. Transition arrangements to Part-CAO ended on 24 September 2021.
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:
- The CAA will no longer be involved in the approval of maintenance programmes for Light aircraft.
- A new Airworthiness Review Certificate (CAA Form 15c) has been introduced that can be issued by the CAA, by an approved organisation or by independent Part-66 engineers with an appropriate authorisation.
- CAA Generic Requirements (e.g. GR No.24) have been revised to remove their applicability to Part-21 Aircraft Types, including those within the scope of Part-ML
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:
- Existing Part M Subpart F and Subpart G approvals have been transitioned to the new Part-CAO Approval.
- Part M Subpart F and Subpart G approvals are no longer valid unless the organisation has applied to transition and supplied the required documentation as per General Exemption No. ORS4 No.1500.
- Applications for a Part-CAO approval can be made using this online application form. Applications should include a Combined Airworthiness Exposition (CAE) and a quality audit to show that your organisation is in compliance with the requirements. The CAE document should be in the format specified in AMC1 CAO.A.025 Combined airworthiness exposition (CAE) . The Part-CAO Example Expositions below are in the correct format.
- Please see the Scheme of Charges (Airworthiness, Noise Certification and Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Emissions) for details of the current fee.
Part-CAO-Changes and Variations
If you need to change your Part-CAO approval, you must notify the CAA of your proposals before the changes take place.
Variation (any variation to the terms of approval needing approval by the CAA)
A Variation to a Part-CAO Approval is a change affecting the information contained in the approval certificate [CAO.A.105 (a) 1.]. Applications for a variation to a Part-CAO approval can be made using this online application form. Applications should include a revised CAE and an internal audit to show that your organisation is in compliance with the requirements. Once your application is accepted you will be contacted by your surveyor to process the variation.
Change (any change to the organisation managed by the organisation)
The following changes require CAA approval or acceptance [CAO.A.105 (a) 2-5]:
- Change of CAO.A.035 nominated staff
- Changes in the scope of approval related to complete turbine engines
- Changes in aircraft subject to Part M regulation.
- Changes in control procedure set out in the CAE, Section A5.
- Acceptance of Airworthiness Review Staff.
Independent Certifying Staff
- 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:
- The authorisation is issued after the applicant has carried out an Airworthiness Review under supervision by the competent authority (CAA).
- The authorisation is limited by Part-ML and the scope of aircraft on the applicant’s licence.
- Existing ELA 1 authorisations are not valid after 24th March 2020 due to the change in regulations
- Applications for an independent certifying staff authorisation should made using Form SRG1015 be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'ML.A.901 Authorisation' in the subject line. Additional information (General)
Additional information (General)
The Regulation, Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) can be found on our Regulations page.
CAA LAMP cannot be used after 24 March 2021. CAA LAMP has been withdrawn. All aircraft within the scope of Part-ML must transfer to a Part-ML-compliant maintenance programme at the next Airworthiness Review.
GR No.17 and GR No.24 have been revised to remove their applicability to aircraft maintained under Part-ML.
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 in accordance with ML.A.302.
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.
Additional information (Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness Organisations)
The 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.
In 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.
These documents have been produced by the UK CAA as examples of a compliant Part-CAO Combined Airworthiness Exposition (CAE) and the associated BCAR A8-24 & A8-25 supplements.
They have been produced with the intent of assisting new applicants and those organisations transitioning from Part-MF & Part-MG. The notes page at the beginning of each document contains important information to be read prior to use of the content:
CAO.A.105 requires certain changes to be notified to the CAA before they take place. CAO.B.65 requires that the CAA investigate and approve such changes. In order to provide a simple mechanism for these changes to be managed, form SRG1777 has been produced and should be used for the following changes to an existing Part-CAO organisation:
- Changes to the Accountable Manager or Nominated Personnel.
- Changes in the scope of work by addition of aircraft subject to Part-M regulation.
- Changes in the scope of work related to complete turbine engines.
- Addition of Airworthiness Review Staff.
- Any changes to the CAE Section A5 only.
Reference to this form can be made in Section A5 of the CAE.
This form cannot be used where the change impacts the approval certificate. In this case a variation application must be made.
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.
Use of parts which have been released by a Part-CAO (under a Component rating) by a Part-145 organisation
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).”
The template for the Combined Airworthiness Exposition (CAE) in the regulations does not include a chapter reference for Occurrence Reporting Procedures.
The adopted Occurrence Reporting (OR) Regulation No 376/2014 states that each organisation shall establish a mandatory reporting system to facilitate the collection of details of occurrences but in many cases small organisations cannot fulfil some requirements of this regulation (e.g. a person to handle independently the collection, evaluation, processing, analysis and storage of details of occurrences reported).
One of the key principles of the OR regulation is the obligation for designated persons to report certain occurrences and small Part-CAO organisations should ensure that these responsibilities are fully understood.
In a Part-CAO organisation a designated person is “a person who signs an airworthiness review certificate, or a release to service in respect of an aircraft or any equipment or part thereof”.
Where organisations are too small to fully comply with all the requirements of the OR regulation designated personnel should report as individuals until such time as Part-CAO is aligned with OR regulation.
Voluntary reporting systems should complement the mandatory reporting systems, and both should allow individuals to report details of aviation safety-related occurrences in a timely manner.
All organisations should implement a “just culture” where occurrence reporting is encouraged, and safety is discussed regularly as “tool-box talks” or informal meetings.
Access the portal for Mandatory Occurrence reports here.
The list of classifying occurrences (Regulation No 2015/1018) to be mandatorily reported can be found here Note: 'just culture' means a culture in which front-line operators or other persons are not punished for actions, omissions or decisions taken by them that are commensurate with their experience and training, but in which gross negligence, wilful violations and destructive acts are not tolerated;
CAO.A.100 allows small CAO organisations to replace the quality system with regular organisational reviews subject to the approval of the competent authority. In small CAO organisations, an organisational review is expected to be less complex than a quality system, however the one principle that both an organisational review and a quality system should have in common is the requirement of independence.
In line with GM1 CAO.A.100(a), the requirement of independence should be established by always ensuring that audits are carried out by personnel who are not responsible for the functions, procedures or products that are audited. In other words, the independence is to be applied to the process of how an organisational review is conducted rather than there being a requirement for an auditor not being connected to the organisation.
In a small organisation consisting of two persons for example, the accountable manager would be the person responsible for the organisational review and the one performing the review, thus being independent from the person responsible for Certifying maintenance or issuing Airworthiness Certificates.
A person authorised to issue Airworthiness Review Certificates within the organisation would not be considered independent if they were conducting an organisational review of the continuing airworthiness procedures or maintenance programme approval.
A person Certifying Maintenance within the organisation would not be considered independent if they were conducting an organisational review of maintenance procedures.
Between 24 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, it was only possible to issue an EASA Form 15c for aircraft on the UK register within the scope of Part-ML (New Issue).
Since 01 January 2021 it is only possible to issue a CAA Form 15c for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML (New Issue).
If an aircraft holds a current EASA Form 15b or Form 15c, 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 (Subpart MG 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:
- aeroplanes of 2,730 kg maximum take-off mass (MTOM) or less;
- rotorcraft of 1,200 kg MTOM or less, certified for a maximum of up to 4 occupants;
- other ELA2 aircraft (e.g. sailplanes, balloons, small airships).
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