The FAA has issued a policy statement that prevents type certificate and supplemental type certificate design approval holders (DAHs) from “inappropriately” restricting the availability, distribution and use of instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA). ICA constitute only those maintenance instructions recommended by a DAH in compliance with airworthiness standards that are acceptable to or approved by the FAA to maintain a type-certified product in an airworthy condition.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) welcomed the FAA’s issuance of a policy statement clarifying when manufacturers must make instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA) available to maintenance providers.
The deadline for interested parties to submit comments about the FAA’s proposed policy statement regarding “Inappropriate DAH [Design Approval Holder] Restrictions on the Use and Availability of ICA” closed December 5. Two aircraft manufacturers–Boeing and Gulfstream Aerospace–commented, as did two associations, the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) and the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA).