EASA Is Asking
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is sending a letter to part 145 repair stations in the United States with EASA approval requesting information on the number of technical staff and types of ratings held by each company.
The information is being requested in anticipation of congressionally mandated inspections by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of foreign based repair stations, including those located in countries with bilateral aviation safety agreements (BASA). The European Union (EU) has made it clear that if the legislation passes without exempting BASA countries with Maintenance Implementation Procedures, EASA will be required to fully certificate all U.S. based repair under EASA part 145.
That means all U.S. based repair stations wishing to work on EU-registered products (aircraft, engines, propellers and component parts) will need to:
1. Create a separate quality control and assurance manual based upon EASA part 145 (click here for an explanation of all the items that need to be considered by repair stations in non-bilateral countries wishing EASA approval).
2. Pay full price for the certification, which includes—
a) A fee based upon the total number of—
i) Technical staff (those actually working on the civil aviation articles); and,
ii) Administrative staff directly related to the approval (such as quality assurance personnel that may not work on the article but which are needed to obtain and maintain the EASA approval).
b) A fee for each type of rating.
c) A annual surveillance fee.
d) The initial certification (approval) and each annual surveillance fee will also include the travel expenses for EASA auditors, which consists of—
i) Business class travel for each auditor; and,
ii) Per diem costs of 200 Euro for each auditor for each preparation, audit and travel day.
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Electronic Repair Administration Project Launch|
The ATA e-Business Program is launching a new industry-wide project to develop a suite of electronic messages (XML) to automate the component repair order process. The scope of the project includes electronic messages for part quotation, work scope, repair purchase order, shipment, teardown report and invoicing.
To participate and ensure that your business needs are considered, join the ATA e-Business Program!
Learn more at www.ataebiz.org.
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