– Maintenance Programs for Non-RPT Aircraft
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) defines a maintenance program as a document which describes the specific scheduled maintenance tasks and their frequency of completion and related procedures necessary for the safe operation of those aircraft to which it applies. By definition, and in practice, maintenance programs are a key element of the continuing airworthiness management of an aircraft.
The requirements in CAR 1988 that relate to maintenance programs for Australian aircraft are primarily set out in Part 4a of CAR 1988.
The first phase of the reform of the continuing airworthiness suite of regulations transitioned the requirements relating to maintenance programs for RPT aircraft into Part 42. These new regulations in Part 42 are based on the European Aviation Safety Agency continuing airworthiness regulations.
The regulations in Part 4a of CAR 1988 remain applicable to non-RPT aircraft, but there are aspects of these regulations that are in need of reform to bring them up to date with modern technology and current international standards and practices for continuing airworthiness management.
CASA has commenced the next phase of the reform of the continuing airworthiness suite of regulations, part of which is to determine what the maintenance program requirements should be for non-RPT aircraft. This DP is the start of the consultation process for that reform.
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Comment period now closed.
Contact: Ben Challender, Project Leader