MAG Change 2 – What You Need to Know

On Oct. 31, 2012, the second revision to the Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG) was released.

The MAG, originally issued on May 3, 2011, provides detailed guidance for FAA-certificated repair stations located in the U.S. to obtain an EASA certificate (and visa-versa) under the U.S./EU Aviation Safety Agreement. The guidance contains three sections addressing regulatory authorities, U.S.-based repair stations, and EU-based approved maintenance organizations. The first revision was signed on Jan. 10, 2012.

With regard to U.S.-based repair stations, the most notable revisions—

  • Clarify that for a U.S.-based repair station to obtain EASA approval, the repair station must hold a current FAA certificate.
  • Require that, for initial certification, an EASA form 9 be completed for the main base and each additional fixed location and line station. Thereafter, only one Form 9 is required for renewals of facilities under one approval certificate.
  • Clarify that in cases where the FAA specialized services ratings are not approved under the EASA rating system, the FAA will amend the operations specifications to reflect those specialized services under the limited ratings detailing the scope and application of the work performed. This change is a direct response to ARSA’s work behind the scenes to ensure member renewals are processed expediently.
  • Reiterate that required payments to EASA will only be accepted after the applicant receives an EASA invoice.
  • Require a PMI to keep regional coordinators apprised of a repair station’s corrective action plan when non-recommendations are issued.
  • Re-state an existing standard parts definition (see AMC M.A.501(c)).
  • Modify language regarding approved design and repair data (Section B, Appendix 1, Paragraph 8) to align with the Technical Implementation Procedures.

The MAG revision did not address issues surrounding part documentation requirements for new parts, as requested by ARSA in April 20, 2010 and a subsequent joint industry April 3, 2012 letter. Also not addressed were ARSA-requested clarifications regarding human factors training requirements and confusing airworthiness directive procedures.

ARSA’s current model EASA supplement, designed for U.S.-based repair stations currently holding or working to obtain EASA Part-145 approval, is available for the member price of $300.

As a reminder, all current EASA approval holders must have a new EASA supplement in place by Dec. 31, 2012, even if renewal is not due before the end of this year.

A document highlighting all MAG change 2 revisions is available here.

~ ~ ~ Post updated 12/3/12 ~ ~ ~

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