Considerations Related to Forthcoming Changes to EASA Part 145.A.50

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Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com reviews the forthcoming requirements which will apply to EASA Part 145 Organisations in respect of Certification and Issue of Certificate of Release to Service (CRS).

Introduction

Regulation 2021/1963 amends Continuing Airworthiness Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 as regards safety management systems in maintenance organisations and correcting that Regulation.

Concerning New Text – (see italics)

(a) A certificate of release to service shall be issued by appropriately authorised certifying staff on behalf of the organisation when that certifying staff has verified that all the maintenance that was ordered has been properly carried out by the organisation in accordance with the procedures specified in point 145.A.70, taking into account the availability and use of the maintenance data specified in point 145.A.45, and that there are no known non-compliances which endanger flight safety.’;

Important Note Regarding This Change

Reference the Previous Text for Comparison:

» Regulation (EU) 2020/270 - A certificate of release to service shall be issued by appropriately authorised certifying staff on behalf of the organisation when it has been verified that all maintenance ordered has been properly carried out by the organisation in accordance with the procedures specified in point 145.A.70.

Change identifies the Certifying Staff as the Person Responsible for the Verification.

Point C - New defects or incomplete maintenance work orders identified during the maintenance shall be brought to the attention of the person or organisation responsible for the aircraft’s continuing airworthiness for the specific purpose of obtaining agreement to rectify such defects or completing the missing elements of the maintenance work order.

Note – Change from the need to communicate with the Operator to now the Need to Communicate with the CAMO responsible for CAW – Better!

Point D – Concerns internal Component CRS not requiring an EASA Form 1.

When an organisation maintains a component for its own use, the EASA Form 1 may not be necessary if the organization’s internal release procedures in its MOE so provides.’;

Point F concerns the fitment of a component without the full paperwork – the change again identifies the CAMO responsible rather than the Operator.

Fit a component without the appropriate release certificate for a maximum of 30 flight hours or until the aircraft first returns to the mainline station or main maintenance base, whichever is the sooner, subject to the agreement of the person or organisation responsible for the aircraft’s continuing airworthiness and subject to that component having a suitable release certificate but otherwise in compliance with all applicable maintenance and operational requirements. Such components shall be removed by the time limit provided for in the first sentence of this point unless an appropriate release certificate has been obtained in the meantime under points 145.A.50(a) and 145.A.42.’;

Next Steps

Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com & Sofema Online www.sofemaonline.com provide Classroom, Webinar & Online Regulatory Training & Consulting Related to EASA Part 145. For additional details visit our websites or email team@sassofia.com

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