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Project Leader: Mick McGill, Standards Officer
Project MS 14/05 - Amendment to Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 100.27 - Non-destructive testing authority and associated guidance material to align information with the Australian Standard AS 3669 - NDT testing - qualification and approval of personnel - Aero
Project closed 21 May 2015.
Civil Aviation Order 100.27 - (Non-destructive testing authorities) Instrument 2015 has been published on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments website and is now in effect (FRLI number: F2015L00597).
An inconsistency exists for information provided in CAO 100.27 and a number of advisory documents published between 2003 and 2012 regarding the issue and renewal of non-destructive testing (NDT) airworthiness authorities.
For aircraft and aeronautical products not covered by Part 42 of CASR 1998, CASA provides (under CAR 33B and CAO 100.27) examinations for the grant of a CAR 33B Airworthiness Authority to conduct non-destructive testing of aircraft and aircraft components, for use within CAR 30 maintenance organisations.
For aircraft and aeronautical products covered by Part 42 of CASR 1998 within Part 145 Approved Maintenance Organisations (AMO), NDT is carried out by individuals authorised as specialist maintainers by the AMO for such tasks, who have successfully completed training that meets the National Aerospace Non-Destructive Testing Board (NANDTB) and CASA recognised requirements of the merged EN 4179/ NAS 410/ AS 3669 standards for the qualification and approval of NDT personnel in the aerospace industry.
The NANDTB was established to satisfy the requirements of Australian Standard AS 3669 which is used by CASA as the standard for qualification and approval of persons performing NDT on aircraft in Australia. The 2006 version of AS 3669 aligns with the EN 4179 (European) and NAS 410 (American) Standards, which effectively results in a uniformity with the rest of the world. Each of these documents define the NANDTB as:
"An independent national aerospace organisation representing a nation's aerospace industry that is chartered by the participating prime contractors and recognised by the nation's regulatory agencies to provide or support NDT qualification and examination services in accordance with this Standard. Such services may include participation in approval."
CASA’s Airworthiness and Engineering Standards Branch (A&ESB) has carriage of specifying the standard necessary for NDT. CASA has a deed of agreement with the NANDTB which, among other things, provides CASA with subject matter expert (SME) input on NDT matters. The NANDTB also has the capability to recognise Level 3 NDT persons who can train, examine and approve persons at other levels i.e. levels 1 and 2. Level 1 and level 2 persons can subsequently be used within Part 145 AMOs as being suitably qualified as specialist maintenance personnel for NDT tasks.
CASA will align the requirements for training, experience and assessment for an applicant for an NDT Authority as specified in CAO 100.27 with the requirements set out in the Australian Standard AS 3669 which has been recognised by CASA and the NANDTB as the standard utilised in a Part 145 AMO for the qualification and approval of NDT personnel.
In addition, a review of the following documentation, manuals and forms will be carried out to identify any inconsistencies with amendments made where necessary to adequately address the issue:
- CAAP 30-4(1) - Certificate of Approval - Maintenance Organisation
- AME Licensing Manual
- Relevant CASA forms
AWB 02-5 Issue 1, 26 March 2003 - Administration and control of aircraft welding and non-destructive testing will be cancelled as the content of this AWB has been made redundant by the issue of CAAP 30-4(1) and CAAP 33-1(1) - Aircraft Manual Welding - Application and Qualifications.
This project was approved by Peter Boyd on 5 February 2014.
Project Leader: Mick McGill, Standards Officer
Project Sponsor: Peter Boyd, Executive Manager, Standards Division
|Consultation updates in 2015|
|Project MS 14/05 - Amendment to Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 100.27 - Non-destructive testing authority and associated guidance material to align information with the Australian Standard AS 3669 - NDT testing - qualification and approval of personnel - Aerospace||This project is now closed
Refer to the project closure notes for further information.
|25 May 2015|
|Consultation updates in 2014|
|Consultation Draft - CD 1416MS - Proposed amendments to CAO 100.27 - Non-destructive testing authorities||All comments should be submitted via the Project Leader, Mick McGill by close of business 16 December 2014.||1 Dec 2014|
|Project MS 14/05 - Amendment to Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 100.27 - Non-destructive testing authority and associated guidance material to align information with the Australian Standard AS 3669 – NDT testing – qualification and approval of personnel – Aerospace||Project approved.||14 Feb 2014|