Reporting of Unairworthy Conditions to the FAA

Posted by on in Regulatory
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 401

Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the reporting process for advising the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the existence of Unairworthy Conditions related to Aircraft, Engines, Propellers or Components thereof

Introduction – Ref FAA 45.63 Reports of Defects or Unairworthy Conditions.

Each certificated domestic repair station shall report to the Administrator within 72 hours after it discovers any serious defect in, or other recurring unairworthy condition of, an aircraft, powerplant, or propeller, or any component of any of them.

>> The report shall be made on a form and in a manner prescribed by the Administrator, describing the defect or malfunction completely without withholding any pertinent information.
>> In any case, where the filing of a report under this section might prejudice the repair station, it shall refer the matter to the Administrator for a determination as to whether it must be reported.
>> If the defect or malfunction could result in an imminent hazard to flight, the repair station shall use the most expeditious method it can to inform the Administrator.
>> The holder of a domestic repair station certificate is also the holder of part 121 or 135 certificate, a Type Certificate (including a Supplemental Type Certificate), a Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), or a TSO authorization, or that is the licensee of a Type Certificate, need not report a failure, malfunction, or defect under this section if the failure, malfunction, or defect has been reported by it, under 21.3, 37.17, 121.703, or 135.57.

Each certificated domestic repair station shall, within 96 hours after it discovers any serious defect in, or other recurring unairworthy condition of, an aircraft, powerplant, or propeller, or any component of any of them, submit a report to a central collection point as specified by the Administrator.

The report shall be made on a form or in another format acceptable to the Administrator, describing the defect or unairworthy condition completely without withholding any pertinent information.

Reporting in Compliance with FAA - EASA Maintenance Annex Guidance Change 8 (Ref 8.0):

>> This section should explain the procedures the organization will use to report any serious failures, malfunctions, or defects on a component or part of an aircraft (e.g., powerplants, propellers, or appliances) that occur as a result of aircraft/system operation.
>> The AMO may submit the reports in the form of a letter, e-mail, accessing the Service Difficulty Report (SDR) reporting system online (Check out the FAA website),
>> EASA online reporting system, or in a form and manner acceptable to the FAA containing the information required by 14 CFR § 145.221 in English.

Note: Responsibility. Include the title of each person responsible for completing and submitting reports of unairworthy conditions to the FAA.

Next Steps

Follow this link to our Library to find & Download related support documents (no charge).

Sofema Aviation Services (www.sassofia.com) and Sofema Online (www.sofemaonline.com) offer EASA Regulatory Compliant and Vocational Training across a range of Aviation Areas – Please see our websites or email team@sassofia.com 

Last modified on