In March 2022, Regulation (EU) 2022/410, amending Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014, introduced the new concept of continuing airworthiness management in a single air carrier business grouping. The new Regulation allows several air operator certificate (AOC) holders to use the same continuing airworthiness management organisation (CAMO) within a single air business grouping, thereby removing inefficiencies and allowing short-time interoperability of aircraft between different AOC holders.
The new Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) for the new Regulation, which are adopted by this ED Decision, will facilitate the implementation of the requirements introduced by that new Regulation, in particular by:
- defining a ‘single air carrier business grouping’;
- harmonising the management systems of the organisations involved;
- providing guidance on the cooperation in the oversight of the organisations (CAMOs and operators) by competent authorities (CAs); and
- providing guidance on the nomination by the operator of the person responsible for the management and supervision of the contract with a CAMO.
The new Regulation and the related AMC and GM are expected to reduce regulatory burden and increase cost-efficiency for air carrier business groupings.