FAA Published Guidance on ICAs

SUMMARY:
The Federal Aviation Administration has published two draft documents for public comment: AC 20-ICA, Instructions for Continued Airworthiness; and, Order 8110.54B, Instructions for Continued Airworthiness. Comments regarding both documents are due Oct. 6, 2015.

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS: 
AC 20-ICA, Instructions for Continued Airworthiness, provides guidance to the industry on developing the instructions for continued airworthiness. This AC applies to all design approval holders or applicants for a design approval who are required by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) to develop, furnish and make available ICA. This AC also applies to other design approvals that may affect a DAH's ICA.

Order 8110.54B, Instructions for Continued Airworthiness, provides guidance on responsibilities, requirements and content for instructions for continued airworthiness as required by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 21.50 and the various airworthiness standards.

AC 20-ICA applies to DAHs who are required by the applicable airworthiness standards to develop, furnish and make available ICA for their products. This AC also applies to design approval applicants in their development of ICA for FAA acceptance/approval. Finally, it applies to other design approvals that do not directly involve TCs or STCs, but that may, nevertheless, affect a DAH's ICA responsibilities.

The AC does not apply to individuals or entities that develop data to repair or alter aircraft, aircraft engines or propellers pursuant to 14 CFR Part 43. For more information on how to prepare or update maintenance information for repairs and alterations, refer to AC 43-210, Standardized Procedures for Requesting Field Approval of Data, Major Alterations and Repairs.

AEA COMMENTARY:
The AEA's Government & Industry Affairs Committee will be tasked with reviewing this draft document. Affected AEA members are also encouraged to review the draft documents and submit comments to the FAA prior to the Oct. 6, 2015, deadline. When submitting comments to the FAA, please copy Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs (contact information below), with a copy of the comments.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Ric Peri, vice president of government & industry affairs for AEA, by email at ricp@aea.net or by phone at 202-589-1144.

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