Chapter I - General

Under the Agreement for the Promotion of Aviation Safety dated June 12, 2000 Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada
March 14, 2011

1.0 Purpose

(a) This document sets forth the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transport Canada, Civil Aviation Directorate (TCCA) procedures for implementing the maintenance and alteration or modification provisions of the Agreement for the Promotion of Aviation Safety between the Government of the United States (U.S.) and the Government of Canada signed June 12, 2000. The Agreement provides, in pertinent part, that the FAA and the TCCA will pursue mutual cooperation and technical assistance in evaluation and acceptance of each other’s systems and continued monitoring of maintenance and alteration or modification facilities.

(b) The objective of these Maintenance Implementation Procedures (MIP), in accordance with the Agreement, is to outline the terms and conditions under which the FAA and the TCCA can accept each other’s inspections and evaluations of United States repair stations and Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Organizations (AMO) along with FAA certificated mechanics and Canadian Aviation Maintenance Engineers (AME) for findings of compliance, thereby reducing redundant regulatory oversight, without adversely affecting aviation safety.

1.1 Authorization.

The authorization for this MIP is Article III of the Agreement for the Promotion of Aviation Safety, and in that respect, the FAA and the TCCA have assessed each other’s standards and systems relating to the approval of repair stations/AMOs/AMEs and FAA certificated mechanics that perform maintenance and alterations or modifications on civil aeronautical products, and as a result, have established an understanding of such standards and systems.

1.2 Entry Into Force And Termination

This MIP shall enter into force 60 days after the date of the last signature and shall remain in force until terminated. The MIP may be terminated upon 60 days’ written notice by either the FAA or the TCCA. Termination of this MIP will not affect the validity of activity conducted under its provisions prior to termination.

1.3 Amendments

(a) This MIP may be amended by mutual consent of the FAA and the TCCA. Appendixes also may supplement it. The details of any such amendment or appendix shall be recorded and signed by the representatives identified in paragraph 1.5b, or their designees.

(b) Suggestions for improvement are welcome and can be addressed to the appropriate offices described in paragraph 1.5.

(c) The FAA and the TCCA recognize that significant revision by either authority to its organization, regulations, procedures, or standards may affect the basis on which this MIP is executed. Accordingly, each authority agrees to promptly advise the other authority of plans for such changes, and to give an opportunity for comment. Upon notice of such changes by one authority, the other authority may request consultation to review the need for amendment to this MIP.

1.4 National Requirements

(a) The legal standards for safety regulation by the TCCA are contained in Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR) and are explained in ancillary documents and procedures.

(b) The legal standards for safety regulation by the FAA are contained in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) and are explained in ancillary documents and procedures.

1.5 Accountability

(a) The designated offices for the technical implementation of this MIP are:

(1) For the FAA:

FAA, Flight Standards Service
Aircraft Maintenance Division, AFS-300
950 L’Enfant Plaza, S.W. 5th Fl.
Washington, DC 20024 
telephone +1–202–385–6435
facsimile +1–202–385–6474

(2) For the TCCA:

Standards Branch (AART)
Transport Canada Civil Aviation
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N8
Canada
Telephone 1–613–952–4371
facsimile +1–613–952–3298

(b) The designated offices for the technical coordination of this MIP are:

(1) For the FAA:

FAA, Flight Standards Service
International Programs and Policy Division, AFS-50
800 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20591
telephone +1–202–385–8070
facsimile +1–202–493–5888

(2) For the TCCA:

Standards Branch (AART)
Transport Canada Civil Aviation
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N8
Canada
telephone +1–613–952–4371
facsimile +1–613–952–3298

(c) The designated offices for the administrative coordination of this MIP are:

(1) For the FAA: 

FAA, Assistant Administrator for International Aviation, API-1
800 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, DC 20591
telephone +1–202–385–8900
facsimile +1–202–267–7198

(2) For the TCCA:

Standards Branch (AART)
Transport Canada Civil Aviation
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N8
Canada
telephone +1–613–952–4371
facsimile +1–613–952–3298

1.6 Resolution Of Disagreements

As stated in Article IV of the Agreement for the Promotion of Aviation Safety, any disagreement over the interpretation or application of this MIP shall be resolved by consultation between the FAA and the TCCA. If appropriate, resolution of such disagreements will be recorded as an amendment or appendix to this MIP, in accordance with paragraph 1.3.

1.7 Definitions

For the purposes of this MIP (and notwithstanding definitions contained in 14 CFR or the CARs), the following definitions apply:

(a) ACA. Aircraft Certification Authority issued by an AMO under CAR 573.

(b) Administrator. The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration

(c) Alteration or Modification. Making a change to the construction, configuration, performance, environmental characteristics, or operating limitations of the affected civil aeronautical product.

(d) Canada. In a geographical sense (1) the Provinces and Territories, including territorial waters, and (2) the airspace of those areas.

(e) CAR. Canadian Aviation Regulations.

(f) CFR—Code of Federal Regulations, specifically in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 1 through 199.

(g) Civil Aeronautical Product. Any civil aircraft, aircraft engine, or propeller or subassembly, appliance, material, part, or component to be installed thereon.

(h) Compliance with 14 CFR Part 43. Compliance with the latest issue of CAR 571 and the FAA special conditions as set forth in this MIP and associated TCCA guidance material, as applicable.

(i) Compliance with 14 CFR Part 145.  In the case of an AMO, compliance with the latest issue of CAR 573 and the FAA special conditions as set forth in this MIP and associated TCCA guidance material as applicable when maintenance, preventive maintenance, or alterations are performed in Canada.

(j) Compliance with CAR 571. Compliance with the latest issue of 14 CFR part 43 and the TCCA special conditions as set forth in this MIP, recognizing that advisory circulars (AC) provide additional guidance in this area.

(k) Compliance with CAR 573. In the case of a part 145 repair station, compliance with the latest issue of 14 CFR part 145 and the TCCA special conditions as set forth in this MIP when maintenance, preventive maintenance, or modifications are performed in the United States, recognizing that ACs provide additional guidance in this area.

(l) Data Approved by the FAA. Data that is approved by the Administrator or the Administrator’s designated representative.

(m) Data Approved by the TCCA. Data that is approved by the Minister or a delegate of the Minister

(n) FAA Acceptable. Data that is acceptable to the Administrator, such as service information recommended by a type certificate (TC) holder, or industry standard data that supports eligibility of installation of standard parts (such as bolts and nuts) conforming to established industry or U.S. specifications.

(o) FAA‑Certificated Mechanic. An individual issued a mechanic certificate or repairman certificate by the FAA, under 14 CFR part 65.

(p) Maintenance. The performance of inspection, overhaul, repair, preservation, and the replacement of parts, materials, appliances, or components of a civil aeronautical product to ensure the continued airworthiness of that product, excluding alterations or modifications.

(q) MPM. Maintenance Policy Manual approved by the TCCA for an AMO.

(r) Preventive Maintenance. Simple or minor preservation operations, and the replacement of small standard parts not involving complex assembly operations.

(s) RCA. Restricted Certification Authority issued by the TCCA under CAR 571.11.

(t) Required Inspection Items. The items of maintenance and alterations that must be inspected by a person other than the one who performed the work. These items include at least those that could result in a failure, malfunction, or defect endangering the safe operation of the aircraft, if not performed properly or if improper parts or materials are used.

(u) SCA. Shop Certification Authority issued by an AMO under CAR 573.

(v) Special Conditions. See chapter 3 of this MIP. FAA special conditions are those requirements in 14 CFR parts 43, 121, and 145 that the FAA has determined are not contained in CARs 571 and 573. TCCA special conditions are those requirements in CARs 571 and 573 that the TCCA has determined are not contained in 14 CFR part 43 or 145.

(w) United States. In a geographical sense, (1) the States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the possessions, including the territorial waters, and (2) the airspace of those areas.

 

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