Pursuant to subsection 5.9(2) of the Aeronautics Act, and after taking into account that the exemption is in the public interest and is not likely to affect aviation safety, I hereby exempt persons performing ultrasonic testing of Bell 212 and Bell 20SB helicopter Main Rotor Grips, in accordance with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (BHTI) Alert Service Bulletins (ASB) 212-02-116 and 205B-02-39, respectively, from section 571.04 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). The requirements of section 571.04 are attached at Appendix A of this exemption. This exemption is subject to the conditions set out below.
The purpose of this exemption is to allow appropriately qualified persons, other than employees of AMOs with an applicable rating in the NDT category or persons authorized in accordance with Standard 571 Appendix K, to perform ultrasonic inspections on Bell 212 and Bell 205B Main Rotor Grips in accordance with BHTI ASBs 212-02-116 and 205B-02-39.
The exemption applies to persons performing ultrasonic testing of Bell 212 and Bell 205B helicopter Main Rotor Grips in accordance with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (BHTI) Alert Service Bulletins (ASB) 212-02-116 and 205B-02-39.
This exemption is subject to the following conditions:
- The person who performs the work shall sign the maintenance release for the work;
- The person who performs the work shall be the holder of an appropriately rated AME licence, who has completed the BHTI training program outlined in ASB 212-02-116 or 205B-02-39, as applicable. The appropriate training program shall be a minimum of 16 hours in duration;
- The inspection shall be performed in compliance with the procedures described in ASB 212-02-116 or ASB 205B-02-39, as applicable, and any related Airworthiness Directive;
- The maintenance release for the inspection shall include a reference to this exemption; and
- All other applicable requirements of the Canadian Aviation Regulations shall be met.
This exemption is in effect until the earliest of the following:
- July 31, 2005;
- the date on which any condition set out in this exemption is breached;
- the date on which an amendment is brought to the appropriate provisions of the CARs; or
- the date on which this exemption is cancelled in writing by the Minister where he or she is of the opinion it is no longer in the public interest, or is likely to affect aviation safety.
Dated at Ottawa, this 199thh day of July 2002, on behalf of the Minister of Transport.
Original signed by Merlin Preuss
APPENDIX A - Specialized Maintenance
(CAR) 571.04 No person shall perform the specialized maintenance set out in Schedule II to this Subpart on an aeronautical product other than an aircraft operated under a special certificate of airworthiness in the owner-maintenance or amateur-built classification, except in accordance with:
- a maintenance policy manual (MPM) established by the holder of an approved maintenance organization (AMO) certificate issued pursuant to section 573.02 with a rating of a category appropriate to the work to be performed; or
- a foreign document equivalent to an MPM established by a maintenance organization approved under the laws of a state that is party to an agreement with Canada, and the agreement provides for recognition of the work to be performed.
Schedule II - Specialized Maintenance
7. Specialized Maintenance Involving Non-destructive Testing (NDT)
Any inspection of an aeronautical product that is required by an airworthiness directive or a maintenance schedule and that involves the use of liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, radiographic, ultrasonic or eddy current methods, unless that inspection is performed under Appendix K to Standard 571.
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