Changes to certification requirements for US repair stations seeking UK Part 145 approval

SUMMARY:
The long-awaited update to the bilateral aviation safety agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom has been signed and is now available. This update requires U.S.-based repair stations wishing to continue servicing U.K. aircraft to obtain a U.K. Part 145 certificate.  

To see the FAA InFO 22004, click here.

To see the U.S./U.K. Maintenance Implementation Procedures, click here.

From the FAA InFO 22004:
Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, repair stations located in the U.S. may apply for a U.K. Part 145 certificate under the procedures listed in Section B of the Maintenance Agreement Guidance Between the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States and the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom. The responsible Flight Standards District Offices will process the applications and assist with certification requirements.

To facilitate the application interval, the CAA may rely on European Union Aviation Safety Agency certificates issued on the basis of the Annex 2 of the Agreement Between the United States of America and the European Community on Cooperation in the Regulation of Civil Aviation Safety (U.S.-EU Agreement) for U.S.-based Part 145 repair stations wishing to perform maintenance on civil aeronautical products under the regulatory control of the UK CAA until Dec. 31, 2024. This includes recognition of FAA Form 8130-3 with a dual (FAA/EASA) release dated prior to Dec. 31, 2024.

After Dec. 31, 2024, maintenance performed on civil aeronautical products under the regulatory control of the UK CAA must be released by the holder of a U.K. Part 145 certificate under the U.S.-UK MIP.

AEA COMMENTARY:
Any Aircraft Electronics Association member who is performing maintenance on civil aeronautical products under the regulatory control of the UK CAA should become familiar with the Maintenance Implementation Procedures and the FAA InFO 22004.

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.

Regulatory - Europe