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CAAC Seeks Comments on 145 Guidance

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is collecting comments on three documents related to CCAR-145R4. The draft guidance materials cover certificate applications as well as personnel qualification and safety management under the Chinese maintenance rules. 

The following Advisory Circulars are open for comment (click the document identifier to download an English language Word document version): 

(1) “Guidelines for Domestic Maintenance Unit Application and Approval” (AC-145-FS-001R1). 

(2) “Development of Maintenance Unit Training Syllabus” (AC-145-FS-013R2). 

(3) “Quality and Safety Management System for Maintenance Units” (AC-145-FS-015R1). 

ARSA encourages impacted members to submit comments, feedback, and suggestions to maintenance@caac.gov.cn, with the subject line “CCAR-145R4 related AC feedback.” The deadline is April 15. 

Note: The original announcement from the CAAC included a sample comment matrix in Mandarin. Contact the authority for English-language guidance related to submission (if necessary). 

Previous updates involving Chinese oversight...

5/19/20 - CAAC Updates 'Simplified Approval Process for OEM’s MROs'

May 19, 2020

A member was kind enough to point out temporary guidance issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) regarding its “Simplified Approval Process for OEM’s MROs.”

While, unfortunately, the process only applies to “OEM MROs,” it will help the owners and operators obtain services from approved maintenance organizations of other nations.

The document is accessible through a link on one of CAAC’s websites fsop.caac.gov.cn/indexEn.jsp.

Click the image to expand; the highlighted areas direct to relevant guidance updates provided via the portal.

3/20/18 - FAA Provides Follow Up on Written Questions from China IPA Training

March 20, 2018

Update: On March 20, the FAA provided responses and follow up information to all questions submitted in writing during the live session.

Click the image to register for the training session.

A PDF document containing these responses has been uploaded into the session materials available through the training platform (this document contains no information regarding who asked each question, in order to protect participant privacy). Participants in the live session may access this document by going to their account page on PotomacLaw.inreachce.com. New registrants will get access to this material along with the session recording. 

On Jan. 17, ARSA hosted an online training session led by FAA personnel on the Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) established under the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the United States and China. This session mirrored the presentation delivered to FAA staff in November 2017, focusing on the use of the IPA when the FAA is acting as the certifying authority.  It was intended to provide industry with the background and major concepts of the agreement, and highlight specific areas relevant to CAAC validation of U.S. products.

The on-demand version of the session is available for registration and immediate access (registrants for the live session also get access to the recording for 90 days).

Presenters

Tom Groves is a Supervisory Aerospace Engineer in the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service Transport Standards Branch.  He is currently working on temporary assignment with the International Division, providing technical expertise to support development of high-priority bilateral agreements such as the EASA TIP and the IPAs with both China and Brazil.

Daniel Commins is a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service International Division.  As the focal point for AIR’s international engagement with China, he manages the bilateral relationship and manages projects such as IPA development and other bilateral activity.

Agenda

(1) FAA – CAAC IPA Status and Background
(2) FAA – CAAC IPA Change Management Plan
(3) Q&A
(4) FAA – CAAC IPA Key Validation Concepts
(5) Validation Process Overview – FAA as the Certifying Authority
(6) Summary
(7) Q&A

Target Audience

Aviation industry professionals and stakeholders with interest in the FAA’s administration of international aviation agreements.

Registration

Special Session Price: $30 (ARSA Members and Non-Members)

Click here to register and get unlimited access for 90 days.

Registration for this ARSA-provided training session includes:

  • Unlimited access to the recording for 90 days.
  • A copy of the presentation and all reference material with links to relevant resources and citations.

The association’s training program is provided through Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C., the firm that manages ARSA. To go directly to OFM&K’s online training portal, visit PotomacLaw.inreachce.com. To learn more about the association’s training program and see course availability, visit arsa.org/training.


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