Maintenance mayday resolved

Last Sunday we warned that a CASA directive dated July 4 could potentially ground almost the entire GA fleet today (Thursday.) We also reported that CASA had been tipped off to this parlous situation and was taking urgent steps to reverse it.

The errors had been picked up by the very alert Ken Cannane, Executive Director of AMROBA (Aviation Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Business Association,) who had already contacted CASA and been told that CASA was aware of the blooper and was doing something about it.

The good news is that yesterday CASA took the steps necessary to neutralise the problems created by the ill-considered directive, and substitute it with a new one. That meant you’re your engines, propellers and other sundry other aids to carefree aviation wouldn’t have to be ripped out and replaced before further flight. It also means GA aeroplane owners won’t need to go scouring the municipal dump to reunite themselves with their old vacuum pump, alternator or starter – the PMA or STC’d replacement will remain acceptable after all.

Airworthiness directive ENG-4 is still there; so are ENG-5, PROP-1, and all now remain relevant.

However Ken has pointed out to CASA that further changes need to be made because of all the cross-referencing that continues to convolute our rule structure:

“I just can’t believe that the project has been running for over four years, to get rid of the ADs and put them in the Orders. And they didn’t even wake up to the fact that they had to make consequential amendments to other CASA documentation as well, where advisory documents refer to the repealed ADs.”

AMROBA has also reminded its members that they’ll need to review their own manuals, which can be expected to refer to documents that no longer exist.

Wouldn’t like to be audited and cop an NCN for not being alert, would we?

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Paul Phelan flew for over 50 years in private, charter, corporate and regional aviation, worked in senior management roles with a major regional airline, and retains his license. In parallel he has been writing for Australian and international aviation journals for well over 20 years on all aspects of aviation including aircraft evaluation, flying, industry affairs, infrastructure, manufacture, regulatory affairs, safety, technologies and training. He has won three separate National Aviation Press Club awards for "best technical aviation story of the year."

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