Aircraft owners and operators - What needs to be done
What needs to be done
There are four recommended steps to go through to change the AFM over to the new system. These are:
1. Identify the aircraft exactly
You need to identify your aircraft, and any modifications or equipment options that are fitted, to determine the right AFM information required for your aircraft.
2. Ensure the aircraft has the right AFM and AFM supplements
Once you have identified the aircraft exactly, you need to ensure that you have the correct and current AFM information. If you find there is any missing or incorrect AFM information, contact the maker or maker's agent to get the correct basic AFM pages. Make sure you have any required AFM supplements.
3. Contact the local CASA office
After you have ensured that your aircraft has the right AFM information, use the form at the back of this guide to give CASA details of your aircraft and AFM. Once CASA has this information, you will receive an Amendment Record Sheet to put into the AFM.
4. Change the AFM over to the new system
Place at the front of the AFM, and write up the Amendment Record Sheet. Copy and send the copy to your local CASA office.
If an operator, registered operator, maintainer or pilot is contracted to change the AFM over to the new AFM system on behalf of the registration holder, then that person should use this process to ensure that the AFM is correct and current.
Under regulation 322(4) of CAR (1988), the new AFM system is being implemented over a transition period which began August 1999.
Certain 'trigger' events described below may cause the AFM changes to be required earlier in the transition period.
The changeover deadlines are:
- 16 August 2000 for aircraft with a CoA in the Transport Category.
- 16 August 2002 for all other aircraft.
AFM changeover 'triggers'
If a 'trigger' event occurs before 16 August 2002, at the time of that event the AFM must be changed over to the new AFM system. These 'trigger' events are:
- An amendment to the AFM information is required.
- The aircraft's Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA) is re-issued for any reason.
If the maker issues an AFM amendment, then that is a 'trigger' to change over. If an AFM supplement is required to be added, amended or deleted, that is also a 'trigger' to change over.
For many AFMs, none of these trigger events will occur and the registration holder will have had a total of three years to change over to the new system ? from the 16 August 1999 gazettal of the new regulations to the end of the transition period on 16 August 2002.
Registration holders should arrange to change over to the new AFM system as soon as practicable before the 16 August 2002 deadline because a delay could occur in getting the basic AFM from the maker.
A registration holder need not change an AFM over to the new system if the aircraft concerned is not being flown. If an aircraft has been inactive for a long time, the AFM should be changed over to the new system before the aircraft is flown again, to make sure the AFM information is correct and current.