FAA CHANGES TO MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
THE IMPACT OF EAPAS AND ICAs ON OPERATORS
Airframe manufacturers are expanding the scope of maintenance programs to comply with the FAA’s Enhanced Airworthiness Program for Airplane Safety (EAPAS). The EAPAS ruling requires operators to incorporate Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) for wiring under parts 121 and 129 into their maintenance or inspection programs.
The following FAA mandated aging aircraft programs require authored maintenance programs in strict accordance with published guidelines:
• 14CFR 121.111- Electrical Wiring Interconnect System (EWIS)
• 14CFR 121.1113- Fuel Tank Safety (FTS)
• 14CFR 121.1117- Flammability Reduction Means (FRM)
Incorporation of OEM ICAs are an unexpected burden on operators. As such, many operators will be slow to incorporate the wiring ICA in their maintenance/inspection programs. These rules and requirements continue to evolve resulting in endless scramble to avoid non-compliance.
Maintenance program workload already over-burdens operators, and without additional support delays in addressing operator cost saving initiatives and/or other required work or non-compliance will occur.
Operators need to have a temporary surge in staffing levels to update their task cards to current FAA guidance and address routine efforts to avoid non-compliance.
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