Can a Pilot-Owner or Flight Crew accomplish an inspection required by an AD?
The provisions for a Pilot-Owner or Flight Crew to accomplish AD actions are to be found in Commission Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 on the continuing airworthiness of aircraft and aeronautical products, parts and appliances, and on the approval of organisations and personnel involved in these tasks, Annex I (Part M) & Annex II (Part 145).
For AD actions performed by Flight Crew:
- IF INDICATED IN THE AD, THE FOLLOWING APPLIES:
M.A.606(h)1. & 145.A.30(j)3. Personnel requirements
For a repetitive pre-flight AD which specifically states that the flight crew may carry out such AD, the organisation (Part M, Subpart F or Part 145 maintenance organisation) may issue a limited certifying staff authorisation to the aircraft commander (and/or the flight engineer) on the basis of the flight crew licence held, provided that the organisation ensures that sufficient practical training has been carried out to ensure that such person (aircraft commander or flight engineer) can accomplish the AD to the required standard.
- IF NOT INDICATED IN THE AD,THE FOLLOWING APPLIES:
M.A.606(h)2. & 145.A.30(j)4. Personnel requirements
In the case of aircraft operating away from a supported location the organisation may issue a limited certification authorisation to the commander (and/or the flight engineer) on the basis of the flight crew licence held, provided that the organisation ensures that sufficient practical training has been carried out to ensure that such person (commander or flight engineer) can accomplish the specified task to the required standard. Agreement from the local NAA is necessary: it must be simple maintenance.
For AD actions performed by Pilot-Owner:
M.A.803: Pilot-owner authorisation
- This is only applicable in the case of privately (non-commercial) operated non-complex motor-powered aircraft of 2.730 kg MTOM and below, sailplanes, powered-sailplanes and balloons.
- The accomplishment of an AD is permitted to the Pilot-Owner only in the case where it is specifically allowed in the AD.
- Furthermore, it is only permitted to the Pilot-Owner under the conditions of M.A.803 (limited Pilot-owner maintenance).
Actions are not accomplished under the supervision of an EASA Part 145 approved organisation or EASA Part M, Subpart F approved organisation.