Considerations related to the use and purpose of FAA ORDER - 8130.21H CHG 1 (01-11-16)

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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the procedures for completion and use of the authorized release certificate, FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Tag

General Considerations and Comments (for details please see the order)

Issuance of FAA Form 8130-3 as an airworthiness approval does not constitute an export approval, because compliance with a specific country’s or jurisdiction’s special import requirements may not have been verified.

>> FAA Form 8130-3 does not constitute approval to install a product or article on a particular aircraft, aircraft engine, or propeller.
>> FAA Form 8130-3 must be correlated with the shipment. Additional copies of FAA Form 8130-3 may be provided upon request. The forms may not be delivered before the product or article is shipped.
>> If FAA Form 8130-3 is issued as an airworthiness approval of a new product or article (this is to include conformity inspections, prepositioning, and splitting of bulk shipments), the originator must retain the FAA Form 8130-3 for no less than 5 years for products and articles and 10 years for critical parts.
>> Domestic Airworthiness Approval of New Articles. -  FAA Form 8130-3 can be issued for domestic shipments to identify the airworthiness approval status of new articles produced under part 21. The use of FAA Form 8130-3 for this purpose is optional, but the FAA recommends its use.
>> General Information on Approval for Return To Service - Air agencies certificated under part 145, or the holder of a U.S. air carrier certificate operating under part 121 or part 135, with an approved continued airworthiness maintenance program may issue an FAA Form 8130-3 for approval for return to service for a product or article maintained or altered under part 43.
>> A Production Approval Holder (PAH) may issue an FAA Form 8130-3 for approval for return to service after rebuilding, altering, or inspecting its product in accordance with §§ 43.3(j) and 43.7(d).
>> Products or articles received without an FAA Form 8130-3 must not be mixed with those received with FAA Form 8130-3. (This is to preclude shipment of products and articles that were not received with an FAA Form 8130-3.)
>> Splitting Bulk Shipments of Previously Shipped New Products and Articles- After an FAA Form 8130-3 is issued for a bulk shipment, a new FAA Form 8130-3 may be used to split bulk shipments of previously shipped new products or articles.
>> When produced under an FAA production approval, a standard or commercial part is eligible for issuance of an FAA Form 8130-3 airworthiness approval. Use of FAA Form 8130-3 for this purpose is recommended, but not mandatory. The inclusion of FAA Form 8130-3 helps document the airworthiness and traceability of these parts
>> Conformity Inspections.

o FAA Form 8130-3 is used to ship a prototype product or article. Any nonconformities/deviations relative to the product or article conformity inspection must have prior aircraft certification office (ACO)/designated engineering representative (DER), organization designation authorization (ODA), or FAA project manager acknowledgement of disposition.
o Before signing FAA Form 8130-3, any nonconformities/deviations must be appropriately acknowledged and dispositioned and be annotated in Block 12

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