From: email@example.com (Ed Hahn) Organization: The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Va. Date: 13 Oct 95 01:30:30 References: 1
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In article <airliners.1995.1560@ohare.Chicago.COM> firstname.lastname@example.org (Amit Bhati) writes: For those familiar with FAA regulations on Aircraft and Engine Performance, here is a question. I believe there muct be very specific procedures from the FAA about how and for what an engine (and other parts of the aircraft) has to be tested to keep it in continued operation. Can someone point me to sources of published information on Engine and Aircraft Performance Regulations and Procedures to check for compliance that the FAA has/had formed. Are such technical regulations different for different countries? Where can I get a list of documents that detail these procedures and regulations? ----- This has to be answered in 2 parts: 1) The aircraft or engine manufacturer must provide an official Maintenance Manual (and other documents) which is certified along with the aircraft or engine, to allow for "continued airworthiness". (FAR Part 25.1527 and 25 App. H) 2) The airline which operates the aircraft/engine must use an airline maintenance manual, based upon the aircraft/engine manufacturer, by which all aircraft maintenance is performed. Changes to this manual must be approved by the airline engineering department. (FAR Part 121 Subpart L, Parts 121.361 - 121.380a inclusive). The main point is, that the FAA does not generally develop or mandate particular maintenance programs for aircraft and engines, but instead requires that the manufacturer and operator develop these maintenance procedures, which it then inspects (usually via a designee) and approves. As for ensuring compliance, every action that is taken by a mechanic is checked and documented in some way (i.e. logbook signoff, work cards for periodic maintenance or modifications, repair records, returns to service) so that there will be complete accountability for every aircraft/engine maintenance action taken. These records are audited by several FAA inspectors who are experts in their areas of responsibility regularly. The airlines and FAA take these records and responsibilities very seriously, as do the mechanics and other maintenance personnel. ed -------- Ed Hahn | email@example.com | (703) 883-5988 -------- The above comment reflects the opinions of the author, and does not constitute endorsement or implied warranty by the MITRE Corporation. Really, I wouldn't kid you about a thing like this.