Instructions for Continued Airworthiness

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Minor Change to the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness Rule

The FAA has made very minor changes to 14 C.F.R. 21.50(b). This is a very important rule to many of our readers because it establishes the design approval holder’s obligation to provide and make available Instructions for Continued Airworthiness. Continue reading


ICA Guidance Now Open For Comment!

The FAA has released two guidance documents for comment pertaining to the development and distribution of ICA. Continue reading

MARPA Winter Meeting Scheduled for February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC

Don’t forget that the 2013 MARPA Winter Meeting will be held in Washington, DC on February 12, 2013. Continue reading

Former FAA Manager Giles Discusses New ICA Policies and Old ICA Rules

On October 4 at the MARPA Conference, Carol Giles, retired FAA Maintenance Division Manager and current President of Carol E. Giles & Associates, discussed some of the regulatory challenges and compliance issues currently facing the maintenance industry that also have an effect on PMA manufacturers. She particularly focused on Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA). Continue reading

New FAA ICA Policy Restricts Licensing Practices that Undermine FAA Approvals and Regulations

The FAA has released new guidance that clarifies the agency’s position concerning ICA licensing agreements. It will be unacceptable for ICA licensing agreements to include (1) Provisions that restrict sharing of ICAs between an operator and its maintenance contractors, (2) Provisions that restrict use of the ICAs where FAA has found the ICAs applicable (e.g. for PMA parts), (3) Provisions restricting the operator to only install OEM parts, (4) Provisions that require repairs or alterations to be OEM-approved, (5) Provisions restricting repair to only OEM-approved repair stations. Continue reading

Restrictive ICA/CMM Licensing Agreements that Preclude the Use of Independent PMA Parts

Many people are talking about restrictive ICA/CMM licensing agreements. These agreements condition access to the ICA or CMM on a licensing agreement that restricts the repair station or air carrier from using PMA parts. In some cases the restriction may be explicit, but in other cases it may be more subtle (like an agreement that forbids use of the OEM ICA for inspecting the PMA part, despite the fact that the FAA has already approved the PMA part with ICA provisions that require continued reliance on the OEM manual). Continue reading

International Regulators Discuss Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICAs)

At the recent EASA-FAA International Aviation Safety Conference, a group of regulators and industry experts discussed the requirements and regulations surrounding Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICAs). They noted that FAA, EASA and TCCA have agreed to work together to come up with harmonized solutions to the issued surrounding ICA. Continue reading