Maintenance and Manufacturing Staff Instructions (MSI) No. 57: Appendix B


Appendix B - September 2003 amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations


STD Part V


Standard 507 Appendix H

Additional aircraft types have been added to the list of aircraft eligible for a Special Certificate of Airworthiness – Owner-Maintenance as found in Appendix H of the Standard 507.

An Information note has been added following the list of eligible aircraft identified in Appendix H, establishing the aircraft to a specific make and model of aircraft.


Standard 566

With the introduction of the new licence model implemented approximately two years ago, amendments to standard 566 were required.  These changes included some new requirements in regards to recency, credentials and alternative training provisions for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licenses. Some additional wording has been added to some standards for clarification and some inaccurate information notes have been deleted, which were brought on by these changes.

Section 566.03 (4) (c) (NPA 2002-016) Issuance and Endorsement of an AME Licence: the information note listed below item c Knowledge has been deleted. The information note was to allow ATOs time to adapt their programs to the new standard. Transport Canada (TC) was to administer the AME technical examinations on behalf of the ATOs until 1 September 2001. This date has passed which makes the information note inaccurate.

Section 566.03 (4) (e) (i) (NPA 2002-009) Issuance and Endorsement of an AME Licence: As a result of AME licence ratings receiving broader privileges, AME applicants may or may not receive experience on all types of aircraft, systems or structures that are applicable to the licence rating being applied for. In order to meet the skill requirements of STD 566.03 (4) (e) (i) the AME does not need to perform 70% of the maintenance tasks of every single category in Standard 566, Appendix B, Part 1 that is applicable to the rating sought. The AME need only perform a representative selection of maintenance tasks (no less than 70%) that are applicable to the applicants experience used to meet the total, specialty, and civil experience requirements of the rating being applied for.

Section 566.03 (4) (e) (iii) (NPA 2002-010) Issuance and Endorsement of an AME Licence: The second information Note following item (e) Skill is no longer required. The purpose of the note was to inform AMEs that one means of complying with the skill requirements was by using the TC AME Personal Log Book (TP9761E). TC no longer prints AME logbooks, which now outdates the Info Note.

Section 566.03 (8) (NPA 2002-011) Ratings: There is currently a Global Exemption from CAR 571.11 (1), which expands the privileges of AME Licence holders endorsed with either an M1 or M2 rating. NPA 2002-011 will introduce these expanded privileges into STD 566 and thus eliminate the need for the Global Exemption.

Section 566.03 (8) (a) (i) (NPA 2002-068) Ratings: Very Light Aeroplanes (VLA) as contained in Airworthiness Manual Chapter 523 was not listed as a separate design standard. Aircraft built to 523-VLA are not equivalent to aircraft built to CAR 523. They have been listed so that Canadian Approved Maintenance Organizations and specifically Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) are made aware of 523-VLA’s distinct identity.

Section 566.05 (NPA 2002-012) Recency Requirements: The current recency requirements of STD 566.05 did not allow an AME licence holder to complete the regulatory requirements examination as a means of demonstrating recency. The 10/96 version of Standard 566 allowed an AME to complete the regulatory requirements examination as a means of demonstrating recency and in order to maintain the privilege MPL-18, Appendix D, was drafted. This change will eliminate the need for MPL-18 Appendix D. 

Section 566.06 (NPA 2002-013) Transition to New Licensing System: The new licensing module has been in place now for approximately two years and the implementation period is now over. A new section has been introduced titled New Licence Credentials. The current STD 566 did not identify the requirement to submit a photograph upon initial issue, renewal or reissue of an AME Licence. If the photograph of the licence holder were not updated upon licence renewal, the requirement to have a photograph on the licence would serve little value. This requirement will ensure that the AME will be easily identified as the valid licence holder throughout the validity period of the licence.

Section 566.07 (2) (a) (NPA 2002-014) Other Basic Training: The current version of STD 566 does not identify the minimum number of training hours required by AME applicants. A Maintenance and Manufacturing Policy Letter (MPL) 18, Appendix B was drafted to ensure the previous minimum acceptable standard would receive continued acceptance from Transport Canada. The standard now identifies a minimum number of training hours required by AME licence applicants for each applicable rating sought.

Section 566.07 (2) (b) (NPA 2002-015) Other Basic Training: The current standard identifies that AME licence applicants who obtained their basic training through a training system other than a TC Approved Training Organization (ATO) are required to attempt their applicable technical subject matter examinations at a TC approved ATO. The National Training Association (NTA) informed TC on May 7, 2001 that the TC approved ATOs were not in a position to develop, validate, or administer, technical knowledge examinations to AME applicants who obtained their basic training through the alternative training provisions in accordance with STD 566.07. These new changes to 566.07 (2) will introduce the use of the AME Licence Application Supplement form for the Technical Examinations and require that AME licence applicants, whose basic training was obtained in accordance with 566.07(2), attempt the applicable technical knowledge examinations at a Transport Canada Centre (TCC) eliminating the need for the TC Global Exemption and the Maintenance & Manufacturing Policy Letter (MPL) 18, Appendix E, which was introduced for that purpose.

No manual amendment and implementation period required for changes to Subparts 507 and 566