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Aircraft Engineers Warn EC of Deteriorating Safety Standards
Amsterdam - 10 April 2018 (click on link below)
English (original version)
SAFETY ISSUES WITH THE EASA VERIFICATION PROCESS (click to access information)
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By Annex 1 (Part M.A. 801 (a)), commercially operated aircraft must be maintained by a Part 145 organisation (approved as required by Article 4) which requires that 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, taking into account the availability and use of the maintenance data specified in point 145.A.45 and that there are no non-compliances which are known to endanger flight safety”.
However, numerous authorities within Europe and those regulated by EASA have elected to redefine “verification” so as to restrict it exclusively to the “box ticking” clerical exercise of ensuring, exclusively by reference to documentation and even if only signed off by unlicensed engineers, that maintenance tasks have been carried out appropriately and as required. It is difficult to understand how those authorities have concluded that checking documents signed off by engineers not themselves licensed to verify the completion of work for release purposes can be interpreted as verification in accordance with the terms of part 145.
It must be highlighted here that the Regulation states that verification is of “all maintenance ordered”, and explicitly not of all records of maintenance ordered, which would be the necessary description of the process permitted by an increasing number of European National Authorities. A “tick box” clerical exercise of that nature would, after all, hardly make it proportionate for the certifying engineer to become personally legally responsible for the approval of maintenance, nor would it be necessary or appropriate to impose more than 200 pages of detailed regulations on that class of engineer.
Performance, inspection and supervision of aircraft maintenance builds a cornerstone in aviation safety. On a global level, airlines and maintenance organisations compete by reducing operational cost. On to many occasions this competition has put to much pressure on people and organisations. This sometimes results in unsafe performance- and lack of inspection and supervision of aircraft engineering and maintenance. Violation of safety regulations is unfortunately accepted by aviation authorities which in turn builds a sub-standard.
AEIs campaign focus on two main areas:
- Enforcement of safety regulations and requirements
- Protected rights for licensed maintenance staff
This is why the Licensed Aircraft Engineer is important (link)
This is how EASA look at their own regulation. Unfortunately the same policy, and related regulations, are not being enforced in all member states.
EASA policy on Certificates of Release to Service for aircraft maintenance and associated responsibilities of maintenance organisations and CAMOs (17 December 2015)
Maintenance issues in the US
Even though the regulatory system in the US is different from the European EASA system, we share the same problem with cost reductions. Sometimes by cutting corners.