Managing EASA Maintenance Check Flight (MCF) and Permit to Fly (PtF) Requirements

part21 15Brochure ButtonA Maintenance check flight (MCF) is a flight of an aircraft with an airworthiness certificate or with a permit to fly which is carried out for troubleshooting purposes or to check the functioning of one or more systems, parts, or appliances after maintenance if the functioning of the systems, parts or appliances cannot be established during ground checks.

An MCF is carried out in any of the following situations:

a) As required by the aircraft maintenance manual (AMM) or any other maintenance data issued by a design approval holder is responsible for the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft;

b) After maintenance, as required by the operator or proposed by the organisation responsible for the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft;

c) As requested by the maintenance organisation for verification of a successful defect rectification; or

d) To assist with fault isolation or troubleshooting.


a) Gain a detailed understanding of the regulatory requirements related to Permit to Fly (PtF) including CAMO procedures

b) Understand the requirements related to Part 21 Subpart P Permit to Fly Regulations

c) Familiarize with Maintenance Check Flight (MCF) Management Procedures

d) Understand how to create an MCF – checklist

e) Be able to interface with other organisations & business areas related to PtF & MCF




3.EASA Maintenance Check Flight Requirements Driven by Post Accident & Event Recommendations

4.Considering the Difference Between EASA Permit to Fly, Maintenance Check Flight (MCF) and Airworthiness Check Flights (ACF)

5.Part CAMO & Part CAO Organisation Privileges related to the Issue of a Permit to Fly

6.Developing PtF Procedures

7.EASA Part 21 Procedures for the issue of a Permit to Fly Considerations

8.Subpart P - Permit to Fly

9.Part 145 Considerations related to PtF and MCF

10.Flight Operations - Maintenance Check Flight Considerations

11.Continuing Airworthiness Procedures related to EASA Maintenance Check Flights (MCF)

12.Performing a MCF Risk Assessment

13.Quality Assurance Oversight and Auditing of MCF Process and Procedures



Nominated personnel and other key personnel in Part 21 Design & Production Organisations, Quality Managers Design Heads, Compliance Verification Engineers, Certification Managers, Quality Control Managers, Civil Aviation Authority representatives, Military Airworthiness Design Stakeholders. Accountable Managers, Quality Auditors and Airline CAMO Staff.

Other persons interested in obtaining a detailed understanding of the Design, Certification and Production of Aircraft Parts will also find the course useful


The course is made for individuals involved in aircraft maintenance operations, particularly those who are responsible for managing and overseeing maintenance check flights and the issuance of permit-to-fly documents.


After the training, the delegates will have an in-depth understanding of the Part 21 Considerations related to PtF and MCF, as well as how to perform a Risk Assessment.

After a successful MCF, the maintenance records should be completed, the remaining maintenance actions finalized and the aircraft released to service in accordance with the maintenance organisation’s approved procedures.


Course type: Presentation without voice over

Duration equivalent to 1-day classroom training
Category: Part 21
Price: 85 EUR


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