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FAA and TCCA Sign New MIP

On March 14, 2011, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) signed the first revision to the Canadian Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP). This long awaited document corrects concerns that the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) identified in 2007.

Most importantly it states that procedures contained in a repair station’s Canadian supplement are accepted by the FAA (The former MIP stated that the procedures were approved). Additionally, the revised MIP specifies its applicability to aircraft operated in commercial air service pursuant to part VII of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR). Other changes include use of the term “mechanic” (instead of “airmen”) and identifying how major repairs and alterations are reported for Canadian aircraft.

The FAA must now update its guidance (currently contained in Advisory Circular 43-10B) to align it with the new MIP; it is ARSA’s understanding that changes to Order 8900.1 (the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)) are currently underway. Until such time, it is likely that repair stations may need to educate their local Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASIs) of the changes in the new MIP.

The new MIP is available here.

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