EASA Opinion on Technical Records (Opinion 13/2016)
This Opinion addresses a safety issue linked with a wrong airworthiness assessment of the aircraft status due to incomplete technical records and is additionally related to a safety recommendation (SR) from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) (ref.: UNKG-2007-091), which recommends that the maintenance and overhaul records must be part of the logbook and retained until the aircraft/engine/propeller/component has been destroyed or permanently removed from service.
- a reorganisation of the related requirements in Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 (Part-M M.A.305 in particular);
- the provision of clearer requirements on components;
- the establishment of a consistent record-keeping period;
- the introduction of various forms of record-keeping (e.g. digital) and commonly used information technology (IT) systems; and
- amendments to AMC/GM to Part CAT, Part NCC, Part NCO and Part SPO of the Air OPS Regulation.
Ironically, considering the UK AAIB recommendation followed an accident to a light aircraft, EASA do also note:
…the general aviation (GA) community opposed the amendments initially proposed by the related NPA 2014-04. As a result, this Opinion does not propose any amendments to the forthcoming Part-ML.
Part-ML is a ‘light Part-M’ proportionate to the much lower complexity and risks of the lighter end of the GA sector. It was proposed in Opinion 05/2016 following the task force for the review of Part-M for General Aviation (PHASE II).