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Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20010040
Date issued: 16 February 2001
Safety action status:
Background:

See Air Safety Information Paper `ATSB Survey of Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers in Australia'.

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that CASA when conducting surveillance of maintenance organisations, ensures that ground equipment, tooling and spares holdings are appropriate, and that there are systems in place to ensure that equipment is adequately maintained.

Initial response
Date issued: 03 September 2001
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Monitor
Response text:

When conducting surveillance of maintenance organisations, as part of the Authority's entry control requirements and normal audit activities, CASA reviews ground equipment, tooling and spares holdings for adequacy, and to ascertain that there are systems in place to ensure that maintenance equipment is adequately maintained.

In addition, Certificates of Approval issued under CAR 30 covering maintenance, are subject to the following conditions:

Each activity the certificate covers must only be carried out at a place where the facilities and equipment necessary for the proper carrying out of the activity are available, and;

The activities the certificate covers must be carried out in accordance with a system of quality control that satisfies the requirements of CAR 30 (2D).

These conditions require the organisation to have appropriate equipment and tooling, and that the equipment is adequately maintained.

ATSB response:

Thank you for your response to ATSB air safety recommendations R20010033, R20010034, R20010037, R20010038, and R20010040 relating to issues raised in the ATSB Survey of licenced aircraft maintenance engineers in Australia.

The ATSB has classified the response to R20010040 as MONITOR. The ATSB will continue to monitor incidents relating to maintenance issues for the next 6 - 12 months before reassessing the response to the recommendation.


ATSB Note: The Bureau sent an e-mail to CASA on 20 August 2002 requesting further information and a response within 14 days.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 06 September 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Monitor
Response text:

I am writing in relation to an e-mail from [name supplied], ATSB, to [name supplied], Corporate Affairs, CASA. [name supplied] states that he is still seeking information that would allow ATSB to close Air Safety Recommendation 20010040.

Air Safety Recommendation 20010040

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority when conducting surveillance of maintenance organisations, ensures that ground equipment, tooling and spares holdings are appropriate, and that there are systems in place to ensure that equipment is adequately maintained.

The Authority notes that, in their letter dated 5 February 2002, ATSB has classified the response to this Recommendation as "MONITOR". The letter further states that ATSB will continue to monitor incidents relating to maintenance issues for the next 6-12 months before reassessing the response to the recommendation".

Could I ask for a report of the relevant findings from ATSB's monitoring activities that has prompted [name supplied] to seek further information at this time. The Authority considered that its response, dated 31 August 2001, adequately closed the matter.

ATSB response:

The Bureau wrote to CASA on 20 September 2002 as follows:

A review of occurrences notified to the ATSB since 1 Januaruy 2002, has not identified any deficiencies where a maintenance organisation's ground equipment, tooling and spares holdings were considered inadequate or poorly maintained.

The ATSB considers that the absence of identified deficiencies in this area since 1 January 2002 does not in itself provide the assurance that air safety recommendation 20010040 has been satisfactorily addressed.

The Authority's initial response, dated 31 August 2001, was not accompanied by any supporting data. The intention of [name supplied] to [name supplied] was to see if any further data is available which would allow closure of this recommendation. Any further clarification of action taken by the authority would be welcomed.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 06 November 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

Thank you for your letter of 20 September 2002 which relates to Air Safety Recommendation 20010040. The view of the ATSB is that the Air Safety Recommendation has still not been adequately addressed by CASA.

Air Safety Recommendation R20010040:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority when conducting surveillance of maintenance organisations, ensures that ground equipment, tooling and spares holdings are appropriate, and that there are systems In place to ensure that equipment is adequately malntalned,

The Authority Instigated a systems audit approach in 1999, at first In the High Capacity Regular Public Transport sector of the Industry and later In the Low Capacity Regular Public Transport sector. The systems audit approach is based on the management system model and consists of four 'Systems Attributes', namely, 'Management Responsibility', 'Infrastructure', 'Processes' and 'Monitoring & Improvement'.

The lessons learned so far have been noted and are being addressed in the writing of a new surveillance procedures manual, which is nearing completion. Prior to introduction of the manual, CASA surveillance staff will be provided with comprehensive training In the use of the procedures. The training Is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2003 and will be followed up by an on the job monitoring and mentoring process.

When the Authority has completed the training of its surveillance staff in the new procedures, CASA will publish the manual on the CASA internet site.

However, as an indication of the contents of the manual, I have enclosed two extracts from the draft manual. One is an extract from the chapter 'Audit Approach'. It shows the attribute 'Infrastructure' and its components. The other is an extract from the chapter 'Audit Preparation'. It deals with the requirements for audit preparation with respect to the same attribute.

Thank you for bringing this matter to the attention of the Authority.

 
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