3.17MELs for Leased Aircraft

3.17.1 MELs for Leased Foreign Registered Aircraft

  1. Canadian leasing regulations require that leased aircraft must be of a type certificated for registration in Canada. A leased aircraft must have a MMEL approved or accepted by Transport Canada in accordance with the criteria set out in Sections 2.4 to 2.4.10 of this document.

  2. The MEL for a particular leased aircraft must not be less restrictive than the Canadian approved or accepted MMEL and must be approved or accepted by Transport Canada in accordance with the criteria set out in Sections 2.4 to 2.5 of this document. The MEL must be available in French and/or English, appropriate to the region and personnel using the MEL.

  3. The foreign country of registration of the leased aircraft may require that their aircraft be operated in accordance with their approved MEL, in which case any less restrictive changes to this MEL must be approved by the foreign authority. Transport Canada may require more restrictive changes to the MEL because of Canadian regulations and operating conditions. It is the responsibility of the Canadian lessee to determine the requirements of the foreign authority and Transport Canada for the use of a MEL on the leased aircraft.

3.17.2 MELs for Foreign Leased Canadian Registered Aircraft

  1. Transport Canada reviews each lease and approves or accepts the use of a MEL on such aircraft based on whether a bilateral airworthiness agreement or a technical arrangement exists between Transport Canada and the foreign regulatory authority and it has been determined that the MMEL/MEL procedures are acceptable.

  2. If there is no agreement between Transport Canada and the foreign authority a review of the foreign air operator's MEL is conducted to determine that it is consistent with our approved MMEL.
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