3.7 Administrative Procedures

3.7.1 Approval Authority

In accordance with the current Ministerial Delegation of Authority Document, the authority and responsibility for MEL approval rests with a Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, the Regional Manager, Commercial and Business Aviation, the Director, Commercial and Business Aviation (AARX) or the Chief, Airline Inspection (AARXD).

3.7.2 Initial Application Information

When an air operator expresses the intent to operate an aircraft eligible to use an MEL, the nearest Regional Office or Transport Canada Centre will provide them with the following information:

  1. the current requirements of the CARs;
  2. a copy of the MMEL/MEL Policy and Procedures Manual (TP9155);
  3. the revision status of the MMEL, TC Supplement and Global Changes - where applicable;
  4. the information necessary, where applicable, to choose between developing their own MEL, or obtaining a copy of a TC Generated MEL. (See Section 3.7.6) - GMELs)

3.7.3 MMEL Approval Status

  1. Domestic MMELs

    The air operator must ensure that they use the latest version of the domestic MMEL to develop their MEL. The latest TC-approved versions of MMELs and TC Supplements for foreign MMELs are available for viewing or downloading from the MMEL/MEL web page.

  2. Foreign MMELs

    The most recent version of foreign MMELs may be used to produce a MEL, prior to the review by the Aircraft Certification Flight Test Division, provided that they are not less restrictive than an existing TC Supplement for the type. As part of the review process, Transport Canada reserves the right to add an overriding TC Supplement at a later date. In any case, the TC Supplement shall always take precedence over any foreign MMEL, revision, or temporary revision.

  3. Temporary or Interim MMEL Revisions

    Temporary or interim MMEL revisions may be incorporated into an air operator's MEL, subject to TC approval as it is for regular amendment.

3.7.4 MMEL Acquisition

Approved MMELs and TC Supplements may be downloaded at any time from the MMEL/MEL web page, when available in electronic format. Alternatively, air operators may obtain MMELs directly from the manufacturer, or the foreign MMEL Authority who normally provide MMELs along with a revision service.

3.7.5 Operator MEL Development (Non-GMEL)

  1. Development

    The air operator will develop their MEL and all subsequent amendments, as a joint operations and maintenance document; based on the current MMEL revision, TC Supplements – where applicable, O&M Procedure Manuals (DDPG, DPG, etc). In order to ensure management's involvement, each submissions of the air operator's MEL shall be reviewed and approved by at least one senior company official from each respective department (Operations and Maintenance) prior to the MEL being submitted to Transport Canada.

  2. Supporting Data

    The air operator must provide adequate supporting documentation for their MEL submissions to their Regional MEL POI/PMI. These documents will provide additional information, as required, relating to the air operator's MEL.

  3. Additional MEL items

    Any additional MEL items which do not appear in the MMEL will require justification, for consideration –reference Chapter 2, section 2.4. The Regional POI/PMI will review the request, and if valid, will forward the submission to Aircraft Certification Flight Test, (AARDC), Ottawa, for review and approval in the MMEL or TC Supplement.

  4. Copies

    The air operator shall submit a copy (more where requested) of the MEL document (c.w. O&M procedures) to the MEL Coordinator and/or POI/PMI.

3.7.6 TC Generated MELs (GMELs)

  1. A GMEL is a minimum equipment list developed by Transport Canada in conjunction with selected lead air operators and the manufacturer (where available), for a specific aircraft type and is consistent with the current MMEL and TCS, as applicable. GMELs include completely developed "O" and "M" procedures and are custom produced for an Air operator based on the options, mod status and configuration of their aircraft. Such MELs produced by the GMEL program are called Air operator's MELs (OMELs). GMELs provide an option to the individual development of a MEL by an air operator and come pre-approved thus providing cost and time savings to both the air operator and Transport Canada. A cost recovery fee may be applied to GMELs.

  2. A large number of aircraft types in common usage in the commuter and airline operations have been targeted. GMELs have been developed for those aircraft types listed on the MMEL/MEL web page, in Schedule1 of AppendixG.

  3. Air operators wishing to initiate operations with GMELs must forward a completed GMEL Information Form to their Regional Coordinator (RC). (See Appendix G, Schedule 2). The RC will forward a copy of the Information Form as soon as possible to the GMEL Program Managers (PM) to register in the program. When a GMEL for that aircraft type is completed, a GMEL Request Form will be sent to the air operator. (See Appendix G, Schedule 3). The Request Form will include an options list available for the type and model. Upon receipt of the completed Request Form, the GMEL Program Manager will produce the OMEL and forward it to the air operator's RC who will confirm that the air operator's manuals are amended for use of a MEL prior to forwarding the document to them. The Regional office will approve the air operator to use the OMEL once required training has been completed and the air operator has signed the acceptance letter.

    The RC at the Regional Office or Transport Canada Centre should be the point of contact for air operators for all GMEL issues.

  4. Amendments to the OMEL will be sent, pre-approved, from the Program Manager to the Regional Coordinator, and to the air operator. Upon receipt, the Air operator will have 30 days to incorporate the amendment into their MELs for that type and to send the MEL acceptance covering letter to their RC.

  5. If an Operator changes the aircraft type configuration, modification status or options of an aircraft operating with an OMEL, these changes must be submitted to the RC by means of a GMEL Request Form, which will be forwarded to the PMs for action.

3.7.7 GMEL Availability

GMELs are now available for several aircraft types. The status list of GMELs that have been produced, and that are scheduled for production is found on the MMEL/MEL web page.

Those air operators who are affected by the current MEL/GMEL exemption will have 60 days from the date of issue of their GMEL type to implement a GMEL or to submit their own MEL for approval. (Reference Air Carrier Advisory Circular (ACAC) 0111 issued 20 January 1997).

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