CAMO One Flight Approval Decision
An aircraft arrived at a small line station with a nose gear defect. The on duty B1 Certifying Staff determined that the nose gear strut required troubleshooting which involved jacking of the aircraft and dismantling the nose gear strut. The small line station did not have the required equipment, tools or manpower. A suggestion was made that the on duty CFS issue a release to service for one flight only back to a main base. There followed email traffic where the CFS requested CAMO written approval to release the aircraft for one flight only. CAMO approved the request and the CFS issued the CRS. When spoken to the CFS considered the email approval by CAMO was sufficient to absolve him of any blame if something went wrong. Is this correct?
All maintenance is based upon total compliance with the Maintenance Manual (AMM) or other approved data and no deviation is permissible, on either legal or technical grounds, without design authority approval. Should that not be the case a certificate of release to service must not be issued. For flights of aircraft with defects outside of approved limits permission must be sought from a design authority and a permit to fly issued.
The CFS in this specific case could have been held accountable had something gone wrong.