Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Responsibilities of CAT

Responsibilities of commercial air transport operator

CAR M. A. 201(h) In the case of commercial air transport the operator is responsible for the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft it operates and shall:
1. be approved, as part of the air operator certificate/permit, pursuant to M.A. Subpart G for the aircraft it operates; and
2. be approved in accordance with CAR-145 or contract such an organisation; and
3. ensure that paragraph (a) is satisfied.
{M.A.201 Responsibilities
(a) The owner is responsible for the continuing airworthiness of an aircraft and shall ensure that no flight takes place unless:
1. the aircraft is maintained in an airworthy condition, and;
2. any operational and emergency equipment fitted is correctly installed and serviceable or clearly identified as unserviceable, and;
3. the airworthiness certificate remains valid, and;
4. the maintenance of the aircraft is performed in accordance with the approved maintenance}
AMC M.A.201 (h) Responsibilities
1. Reference to aircraft includes the components fitted to or intended to be fitted to the aircraft
2. The performance of ground de-icing and anti-icing activities does not require a CAR 145 approval.
3. The requirement means that the operator is responsible for determining what maintenance is required, when it has to be performed and by whom and to what standard, in order to ensure the continued airworthiness of the aircraft being operated.
4. An operator should therefore have adequate knowledge of the design status type specification, customer options, airworthiness directives (AD), modifications, operational equipment) and required and performed maintenance. Status of aircraft design and maintenance should be adequately documented to support the performance of the quality system.
5. An operator should establish adequate co-ordination between flight operations and maintenance to ensure that both will receive all information on the condition of the aircraft necessary to enable both to perform their tasks.
6. The requirement does not mean that an operator himself Performs the maintenance (this is to be done by a maintenance organisation approved under CAR -145) but that the operator carries the responsibility for the airworthy condition of aircraft it operates and thus should be satisfied before the intended flight that all required maintenance has been properly carried out.
7. When an operator is not appropriately approved in accordance with CAR-145, the operator should provide a clear work order to the maintenance contractor. The fact that an operator has contracted a maintenance organisation approved under CAR -145 should not
prevent it from checking at the maintenance facilities on any aspect of the contracted work if he wishes to do so to satisfy his responsibility for the airworthiness of the aircraft.

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