EASAOnline looks at the roles within an EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Department (CAMO)

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Within the CAMO department we will see all levels of experience from Entry level administration staff through to Licensed Aircraft Engineers and Degree holding Aeronautical Engineering Staff.

Managing this department is the Continuing Airworthiness Manager (CAM), who is typically acceptable to the regulatory authority. If you are looking for a position with an organization as a CAM, you have to be highly trained and demonstrate considerable experience to achieve the position.

The Job of the Continuing Airworthiness Manager is to ensure that all Aircraft Technical Records are maintained correctly and that the aircraft is current with all maintenance requirements and is fit to fly.

The Continuing Airworthiness Manager (CAM) is an employee of the operator (nothing to do with an EASA 145 approved organisation). It is a fundamental responsibility of the operator to perform oversight of the aircraft's maintenance compliance. The duties of the CAM involve the management of 4 key areas:

a) The Maintenance Planning Department, which manages the Maintenance Program and generates Work Packages

b) The Technical Records Department, which looks after all the Aircraft Records

c) The Engineering Department, which performs analysis of  in Service information and

d) The Reliability Department, which maintains oversight of the effectiveness of the maintenance product.


Activities to be found within the CAMO include:

a) Reviewing and ongoing Monitoring of Airworthiness Directive Compliance for each aircraft type.

b) Interface in the event of any damage between the related parties, where necessary creating repair reports.

c) Managing Aircraft Reliability Reports,

d) Tracking Maintenance due including hard time components, ensuring that such components are replaced on time.


CAM's Responsibilities

The Continuing Airworthiness Manager is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the approved maintenance program together with its administration. In addition, he has to generate work packages to ensure the aircraft remains fully compliant with the Maintenance Program.


EASA Regulations

The regulatory requirements which drive the role of the Continuing Airworthiness Manager may be found in EASA Part M. EASA has created a common environment for regulation across all European member states, providing a comprehensive regulatory structure through which all aircraft can be managed and maintained in terms of the obligations of continuing airworthiness.

A role of the CAM is to be able to interpret the regulations and to ensure full compliance. The role is not without challenges as there is the possibility of incorrect interpretation of the regulatory standards. The goal is to be part of a process which delivers continuous improvement. A review of EASA Part M shows in detail the duties of the CAM and it has to be acceptable to the regulatory authority.


People who are considering a job as Continuing Airworthiness Manager will typically have completed a formal aeronautical education and have either an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Licence or a Degree, together with at least 5 years of relevant experience. 


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