Project MS 14/20 - Amendment to Part 66 Manual of Standards (MOS) - Miscellaneous Minor Amendments
Project closed 27 January 2016.
The Part 66 Manual of Standards Amendment Instrument 2015 (No. 1) has been published on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments website and is now in effect (FRLI number: F2016L00066).
- The Part 66 MOS may specify the theoretical elements and the training level for each theoretical element required for aircraft type training but does not fully recognise the fact that the same engine or a variant of an engine may be fitted to multiple aircraft types.
- An inconsistency exists for the definition of the term Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Part 66 MOS. Currently the Part 66 MOS definition has the same meaning as in section 147.A.07 of the Part 147 MOS, but the term is also further defined in regulation 147.010 of CASR 1998.
- Currently the Part 66 MOS outlines the basic practical experience requirements an applicant holding an academic degree in a technical discipline from a university or other higher education institution recognised by CASA would be required to have gained for the grant of a category C licence. However, the Part 66 MOS does not set any specific qualification standard for a category C licence qualification that has been gained via an academic pathway.
- CASA's current policy for issue of an aircraft type rating under regulation 66.080 of CASR 1998 states: a rating must be granted to an applicant if within 5 years before making the application the applicant has successfully completed the theory elements of the type training for the rating and within 2 years before making the application the applicant has successfully completed the practical elements of the type training for the rating. This policy, when it came into effect in June 2011, was consistent with EASA's requirements for issue of aircraft type ratings. However, in 2012 EASA amended their requirement for completion of aircraft type theory and practical training elements for grant of a rating, from the previous 5 years and 2 years respectively to 3 years and 3 years.
- The requalification requirements outlined under section 66.A.23 of the Part 66 MOS for a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer is prescribed under subregulation 66.120 (2) of CASR 1998. The requirements do not allow for an option for a Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) authorised for aircraft type training, to issue a report for the theory and practical assessment of an individual for licence requalification.
- 6. Industry has advised it is unclear as to whether a LAME would maintain licence validity by not meeting the requalification requirements of subregulation 66.120 (2) of the CASR 1998 for the following scenario:
a LAME may not have performed maintenance certifications or issued certificates of release to service (CRS) for maintenance on any aircraft covered by their licence or ratings over the past 2 years, but the LAME has been carrying out maintenance (as an AME) of a kind that would be covered by the privileges of any licence held for not less than 100 days and the LAME has retained evidence of carrying out the maintenance.
- Some aircraft type rating listings information currently contained in the tables in Appendix IX of the Part 66 MOS and an aircraft systems and ATA chapter reference contained in Table 1 at section 66.A.20 requires updating.
- There is an inconsistency at paragraph 66.A.55 (aa) of the Part 66 MOS regarding the requirement to complete On the Job Training (OJT) if using Practical Consolidation Training (PCT) training.
- CASA has been requested to provide more detail in relation to the policies and requirements for the practical elements of type training in the Part 66 AMC/GM document.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Clarify that for instances where two aircraft (engine) types of an aircraft manufacturer/series have the same engine (powerplant) and a B1 licence holder holds an existing rating for one of the aircraft types, the B1 licence holder may be granted the other rating for the other aircraft type if it is determined through an RPL assessment that the training undertaken by the B1 licence holder for that particular engine (powerplant) meets the training requirements of that engine (powerplant) for the other aircraft type in such a way as further training is not warranted.
- Amend the definition of RPL in the Part 66 MOS to also reference the definition of RPL in regulation 147.010 of CASR 1998.
- Provide details at section 66.A.25 of the Part 66 MOS of the types of academic qualifications that would be recognised by CASA as meeting the requirements for grant of a category C licence.
- Align with EASA's change made in 2012 to the timeframes for completion of the theory and practical elements of training required for the grant of an aircraft type rating.
- Provide a standard under 66.A.23 (b) of the Part 66 MOS which allows for a Part 147 MTO authorised for aircraft type training, to issue a report for the theory and practical assessment of an individual for licence requalification.
- Clarify at section 66.A.23 of the Part 66 MOS that even if the LAME has been working as an AME (for any or the maintenance that would be covered by an A, B1 or B2 licence) and their supervisor has provided the maintenance certifications and CRS, then the LAME would remain current for the purpose of licence validity and would meet the requalification requirements of subregulation 66.120 (2).
- Make minor updates to information in Appendix IX and Table 1 as required.
- Clarify the OJT requirements when PCT has been used to gain a second aircraft type rating endorsement in another licence category or subcategory.
- Provide details of the practical elements of type training in the Part 66 AMC/GM document.
Part 66 Manual of Standards (MOS)
This project was approved by Peter Boyd, EM Standards Division 14 July 2014.
To address 'issue 9' above, a proposed amendment to Appendix II of the Part 66 AMC/GM document has been made available for industry comment. The proposed amendment provides additional detail in relation to the policies and requirements for the practical elements of type training, including addition of guidance material (GM) to assist industry in setting up an approved OJT program and changes to the percentage requirements for OJT tasks within a Part 145 AMO's/Part 147 MTO's OJT journal required to gain a first aircraft type rating, or a second rating in either the same licence category or alternate licence category, and for removal of exclusions from an aircraft type rating.
Project Leader: Mick McGill
Project Sponsor: Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Division.
Standards Consultative Committee (SCC)
|Consultation updates in 2016|
|Project MS 14/20 - Amendment to Part 66 Manual of Standards (MOS) - Miscellaneous Minor Amendments||Project closed.||27 Jan 2016|
|Consultation updates in 2015|
|CD 1512MS - Miscellaneous minor amendments to the Part 66 Manual of Standards (MOS)||All comments should be submitted via the Project Leader, Michael McGill by close of business 23 June 2015.||9 Jun 2015|
|Draft AMC/GM Part 66 - Continuing airworthiness - aircraft engineer licences and ratings||Comments on this draft AMC/GM CASR Part 66 should be forwarded to the Project Leader, Mick McGill by close of business 9 February 2015.||19 Jan 2015|
|Consultation updates in 2014|
|Project MS 14/20 - Amendment to Part 66 Manual of Standards (MOS) - Miscellaneous Minor Amendments||Project approved.||23 Jul 2014|