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|CCAR-145R3--Approval of Civil Aircraft Maintenance Organization

145.17 Equivalent Means of Compliance

Date & Time: 2015-12-21 15:35 Click:

For the small maintenance organization or under other special circumstances, the maintenance organization may propose the following equivalent means of compliance to the CAAC Headquarter Office or the CAAC RA regarding respective articles of this regulation provided that the equivalent safety of the civil aircraft or aircraft components can be ensured.
(1) For the small size maintenance organization or the maintenance organization that only provides specialized service or line maintenance service, the posts and responsibilities of Accountable Manager, Quality Manager and Production Manager may be taken by one person; the CAAC MOM and the Working Procedures Manual (hereinafter referred as “WPM”) may be integrated into one volume; the internal quality audits may be contracted out to an approved third-party organization, which shall provide copies of the audit reports to the CAAC Headquarter Office or the CAAC RA.
(2) The line maintenance work of the operator’s maintenance organization at any other locations other than the main base may be partially or entirely contracted out to the maintenance organization without the CAAC MOC provided that the following requirements are fulfilled:
(a) The contracted maintenance organization shall operate under the control of the quality system of the operator’s maintenance organization, and the operator shall take the full responsibility for the line maintenance work;
(b) The operator shall have a specific maintenance agreement/contract with the contracted maintenance organization, and the following information shall be included at least:
i. The technical documents and data provided by the operator as well as the relevant management procedure and requirement thereof;
ii. The tools, equipment and material provided by the operator as well as the management requirement thereof, including the borrowed tools, equipment and material;
iii. The training provided by the operator;
iv. The scope of work contracted by the operator and the authorizations so granted by the operator;
v. The means of recording and reporting;
vi. Other relevant specifications;
(3) For the manufacturer's maintenance organization, no extra or separate production control system is required if the production control system in use can fulfill the requirements of this regulation, but such situation shall be clearly addressed in the CAAC MOM.
Any other equivalent means of compliance acceptable to the CAAC Headquarter Office or the CAAC RA.