Chapter 3. Delegate Authorization

3.5  Limitations

TCCA retains authority and responsibility for examining and approving certain items, e.g., the certification basis, any special conditions, exemptions, equivalent safety findings, conformity inspections, and the issue of TCs and STCs. This limits the data that the Delegate can approve and the certificates that a delegate can approve to an LSTC and an RDC.

In practice, there are a number of limitations of privileges which are applied to delegates uniformly where TCCA retains responsibility for determination of compliance, or acceptance. In general, Transport Canada retains authority and responsibility for examining, accepting, and approving (as appropriate):

  1. An aircraft/rotorcraft flight manual or flight manual supplement;
  2. A master minimum equipment list (MMEL) or MMEL supplement;
  3. A limitation applicable to an aeronautical product and recorded in the type certificate or supplemental type certificate data sheet for that product (see ACSI 11 for guidance);
  4. A service life applicable to any life-limited part of an aeronautical product;
  5. A certification maintenance requirement;
  6. An airworthiness directive or an equivalent instruction issued under the authority of a foreign airworthiness authority;
  7. A noise approval applicable to an aircraft;
  8. Findings of compliance relating to Equivalent Safety and Exemptions;
  9. Authorizing a maintenance or inspection document for the purpose of releasing or returning an aeronautical product to operational service;
  10. Confirmation of the certification basis (if different than that identified on the Type Certification Data Sheet for a previously certified aeronautical product);
  11. Special conditions;
  12. Issue of Type Certificates and Supplemental Type Certificates;
  13. A limitation contained in a Maintenance Manual or a Maintenance Manual Supplement;
  14. Departures from specific policy and guidance;
  15. New, novel, or unique technologies; and
  16. Design change approvals involving innovative technology or unusual design features not considered in the type certification basis and/or requiring special conditions.
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