FAA Answers Questions on Final Inspection Guidance

On April 7, the FAA responded to a Nov. 3, 2016 ARSA letter reminding the agency that its guidance should correctly cite the applicable regulation.

The letter from the Aircraft Maintenance Division acknowledged ARSA’s repeated inquiries regarding incorrect final inspection guidance in Order 8900.1. In Volume 6, Chapter 9, Section 11, the agency had erroneously indicated the person performing such inspections must be certificated under part 65. The language in section 145.213 makes clear that performing a final inspection and “signing off” on it by issuing a maintenance release (under section 43.9) are two separate steps.

“Since receipt of your letters, FAA guidance has been revised to include the elements of Safety Assurance System (SAS) and has corrected the errors that you discovered regarding final inspection…and return to service regulation reference[s],” the letter said.

The agency indicated the corrections will be published in the coming weeks along with changes regarding the definition of maintenance functions in Volume 2.

To read the full response, click here.