FAA – EASA Sign Maintenance Annex Guidance

SUMMARY: The Maintenance Annex Guidance (MAG), similar to the various maintenance implementation procedures (MIP) between the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, became effective on May 3, 2011.

While the widely reported Safety Agreement between the U.S. and EC, commonly referred to as a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement, is an important document, the MAG is the document that specifies when, where and how the BASA will be utilized for maintenance operations.

The MAG contains three sections:

Section A – Authority interaction (not applicable to industry).
Section B – Certification process for U.S.-based repair stations.
Section C – Certification process for EC-based maintenance organizations.

The MAG details EASA, FAA and applicant actions required to be taken in order for an FAA-certificated 14 CFR Part 145 repair station primarily located in the U.S. to be approved to EASA Part 145; and for an EASA Part 145 approved maintenance organization to be approved to 14 CFR Part 145, in accordance with the agreement between the U.S. and the European Community on cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety (the agreement).


The AEA appreciates the efforts of the EASA and FAA personnel in completing this monumental task. The association will brief on the impact of the BASA, as well as the MAG to the membership, at the AEA Europe Regional Meeting, May 11-13, in Copenhagen, Denmark, and all other AEA regional meetings in 2011.

A schedule of the regulatory briefing at the AEA regional meetings can be found at: www.aea.net/regional.

Contact Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, by email at ricp@aea.net or by phone at 202-589-1144.