1.5Dispatch with Inoperative Equipment

The MEL is an alleviating document. Its purpose is not, however, to encourage the operation of aircraft with inoperative equipment. It is never desirable that aircraft be dispatched with inoperative equipment and such operations are permitted only as a result of careful analysis of each item to ensure that the required level of safety is maintained. A fundamental consideration in permitting the dispatch of aircraft with inoperative equipment is that the continued operation of an aircraft in this condition should be minimized. The limitations governing repair intervals are discussed later in this document.

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