ARSA RSS Feed ARSA LinkedIn
Contact Us Payment Portal

ARSA Requests ICA Legal Interpretation

On May 18, 2009, ARSA submitted a request for interpretation to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Chief Counsel regarding maintenance manuals or instructions referenced in the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) of Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA). The Association asked the FAA to recognize that:

1. All component maintenance manuals (CMM) referenced in the ALS are a required part of the ICA;

2. Modifications to the ALS made after January 28, 1981 are changes in the type design that trigger the ICA requirements in 14 CFR § 21.50(b); and therefore,

3. Design approval holders must make the ALS and referenced CMMs available to properly rated repair stations.

The request was spurred in part by the Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR)-88 requirements mandating design approval holders develop design changes along with maintenance and inspection instructions to maintain ignition source prevention features in fuel tanks. In many cases the instructions are contained in an amended ALS that directly references CMMs as the source of the information.

ARSA looks forward to the FAA’s response and will keep its members updated on any developments.

Click here to read the Association’s request.



More from ARSA

ARSA Supports Effort to Increase Part 147 School Flexibility

On April 18, ARSA submitted supportive comments to the Federal Register notice related to a Southern Utah University petition for exemption from the curriculum requirements of Title 14 Code of…Read More

ARSA, Industry Allies Seek Objective Criteria for Operations Specifications

On April 13, a coalition of aviation industry organizations delivered a letter to the FAA seeking objective criteria for adding and reviewing paragraphs to any certificate holder’s operations specifications. The…Read More

House FAA Bill is “At the Gate and Boarding”

After almost a year in limbo, FAA reauthorization legislation is finally on the move again on Capitol Hill. The FAA bill is important because it provides several years of budget…Read More

ARSA at MRO Americas – Seeing the Sights

On April 10-11, Vice President of Communications Brett Levanto returned to Orlando for MRO Americas. During the event, held at the Orange County Convention Center, Levanto facilitated an invitation-only session…Read More

AIR Transformation by Another Name: ARSA Helps Kick Off SOC-ARC

On April 3, the Safety Oversight & Certification Aviation Rulemaking Committee (SOC-ARC) held its initial meeting at the MITRE Corporation in Vienna, Virginia to discuss the committee’s charter and plan…Read More
ARSA