Air Carrier Contract Maintenance Requirements

Docket ID: FAA-2011-1136
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Parent Agency: Department of Transportation (DOT)

This rulemaking would revise the maintenance regulations for part 121 air carriers and for part 135 air carriers with airplanes having a passenger seating capacity of 10 or more. It requires affected air carriers to develop policies, procedures, methods, and instructions for performing contract maintenance that are acceptable to the FAA and to include them in their maintenance manuals. It would also require the air carriers to provide a list to the FAA of all persons with whom they contract their maintenance. These changes are needed because contract maintenance has increased to over 70 percent of all air carrier maintenance, and numerous investigations have shown deficiencies in maintenance performed by contract maintenance providers. This rulemaking helps ensure consistency between contract and in-house air carrier maintenance and enhance the oversight capabilities of both the air carriers and the FAA.

RIN: 2120-AJ33
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 121,14 CFR 135,14 CFR 121,14 CFR 135
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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Publication Period: Spring 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 49 U.S.C. 1153, 49 U.S.C. 40101 to 40103, 49 U.S.C. 40113, 49 U.S.C. 41721, 49 U.S.C. 44105, 49 U.S.C. 44106, 49 U.S.C. 44111, 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 44717, 49 U.S.C. 44722, 49 U.S.C. 44901, 49 U.S.C. 44903, 49 U.S.C. 44904, 49 U.S.C. 44906, 49 U.S.C. 44912, 49 U.S.C. 44914, 49 U.S.C. 44936, 49 U.S.C. 44938, 49 U.S.C. 45101 to 45105, 49 U.S.C. 46103, 49 U.S.C. 46105, 49 U.S.C. 1153, 49 U.S.C. 41706, 49 U.S.C. 44701, 49 U.S.C. 44702, 49 U.S.C. 44705, 49 U.S.C. 44709, 49 U.S.C. 44711 to 44713, 49 U.S.C. 44715 to 44717, 49 U.S.C. 1153, 49 U.S.C. 40101, 49 U.S.C. 40102, 49 U.S.C. 40103, 49 U.S.C. 41721, 49 U.S.C. 44105, 49 U.S.C. 44106, 49 U.S.C. 44111, 49 U.S.C. 44904
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Legal Deadline
StatutoryOtherIn accordance with the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Section 319(a).02/15/2015
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM11/13/201277 FR 67584
NPRM Comment Period End02/11/2013
Comment Period Extended02/12/201378 FR 9865
Comment Period Extension End03/13/2013
Comment Period End03/13/2013
Final Action03/04/201580 FR 11537
Final Action Effective05/04/2015
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Action Office: AFS-300
Disposition: Pending
Type: Rulemaking
Docket Close Date: October 13 2099, at 12:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Subtype: Rulemaking and Procedural Rules

Primary Documents

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Comment Now!
Due Mar 13, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 02/12/2013
ID: FAA-2011-1136-0022
Comment Now!
Due Feb 11, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 11/13/2012
ID: FAA-2011-1136-0001
Posted: 05/04/2015
ID: FAA-2011-1136-0055
Posted: 03/04/2015
ID: FAA-2011-1136-0052

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 11/15/2012
ID: FAA-2011-1136-0002


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Agency Contact
Wende T DiMuro
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