3.1 MEL Purpose

The MEL is a joint operations and maintenance document prepared for or by an air operator to:

  1. identify the minimum equipment and conditions for an aircraft to maintain conformity with the standards of airworthiness and to meet the operating rules for the type of operation;
  2. define operational procedures necessary to maintain the required level of safety and to deal with inoperative equipment; and
  3. define maintenance procedures necessary to maintain the required level of safety and procedures necessary to secure any inoperative equipment.
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