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by fabricio.fagundes published May 30, 2018 06:38 PM, last modified May 30, 2018 06:38 PM

How to obtain the certification of foreign maintenance organization in Brazil? 


How to obtain the Certification of Foreign Maintenance Organization in Brazil? (Canadian Repair Stations)

APPLICATION
The applicant must follow orientations from Part II of the Implementation Procedures for the Technical Arrangement on Aviation Maintenance between the Transport Canada Civil Aviation Directorate (TCCA) and the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (former DAC). Required documents and fees for this application are listed in the Implementation Procedures for the Technical Arrangement. Both documents are available in the International Agreements Library.

Note: This Technical Agreement was signed in 2005 and since then some regulations have been revised making the Sample Supplement in Appendix A outdated. We suggest to use the following updated Sample Supplement.
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HOW TO OBTAIN THE CERTIFICATION OF FOREIGN MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION IN CANADA? (Brazilian Repair Stations)

APPLICATION

The applicant must follow orientations from Part I of the the Implementation Procedures for the Technical Arrangement on Aviation Maintenance between the Transport Canada Civil Aviation Directorate (TCCA) and the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (former DAC). Required documents and fees for this application are listed in the Implementation Procedures for the Technical Arrangement. Both documents are available in the International Agreements Library.

For additional information about ANAC international certification, contact us at the following e-mail address: 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Components – If the repair station is EASA or FAA certified can it work on Brazilian components without an ANAC certification?
In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 43.17(b)-I of the Brazilian Civil Aviation Regulation n° 43 (RBAC 43), a foreign maintenance organization not certified by ANAC may perform maintenance, preventive maintenance, rebuilding, alterations and approve the return to service of aeronautical parts (not included aircraft, engine and propeller) to be installed on Brazilian registered aircrafts, since the conditions specified in the referenced requirement are met.

To address the condition required by 43.17 (b)–I(1), ANAC has issued the ordinance documents “Portaria ANAC N° 3109/SAR” and “Portaria ANAC N° 3166/SAR”, which state, respectively, that the regulatory system of aircraft maintenance functions maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are compatible with the system maintained by ANAC in Brazil.

Considering the points exposed above, ANAC will not issue a certificate to a foreign maintenance organization covered by the provisions of the requirement 43.17(b)-I of RBAC 43. It is important to consider that this certification exemption applies only to maintenance organizations whose local civil aviation authorities are the FAA or the EASA.

We emphasize that foreign maintenance organizations, regardless of their local civil aviation authority, that aims to perform maintenance and provide return to service for aircraft (airframe), engine and propeller need to be certified by ANAC in accordance with RBAC 145. In sum, for a foreign repair station to be allowed to work on Brazilian components it needs to be one of the following:

  • Certified by the ANAC;
  • Certified by the FAA where the FAA is the primary aviation authority;
  • Certified by the EASA where the EASA is the primary aviation authority.

 

Can Certified Class Ratings and Capabilities of a Brazilian Foreign Maintenance Organization be beyond the certification scope of local Civil Aviation Authority?
No. ANAC only certifies ratings and capabilities for a foreign maintenance organization when there is a valid certification for applied capability issued or accepted by the local Civil Aviation Authority – CAA.

Is it possible to get the Brazilian 145 certification for secondary bases / satellite stations / line stations / geographic authorizations in addition to the certification of main base (or principal address of the Maintenance Organization)?
Yes. We have to audit each location in order to issue an ANAC 145 Operation Specification (Ops Specs) for each of them. ANAC issues one RBAC 145 certificate for the MO and one Operations Specifications – Ops Specs for each location, once they are under the same quality control system. The certificate 24-month validity period will take in consideration the date of the last audit carried out on a base (main or secondary) of the MO.

Must the person required to have reading knowledge of the Portuguese language be an employee of the Maintenance Organization – MO?
No. The Maintenance Organization – MO shall have a designated person who shall be able to read and have basic comprehension of the Portuguese language. This person must be identified by the MO and must be available for immediate consultation whenever it is necessary, especially when Brazilian regulations need to be interpreted, as in the case of Brazilian Annual Maintenance Inspection – IAM.

Is there an English version of RBAC 145 or a cross reference between EASA Part 145 or FAA 14 CFR 145 (or other CAA regulation) articles and RBAC 145 identifying the commonality/equivalency and the basis for the special conditions?
No. The best way for better understanding the Brazilian special conditions and requirements is to use the IS 145-002 as a reference (Access regulations in ANAC´s Digital Library).

If the aircraft is not certified in Brazil, is it possible to include the type/model on ANAC 145 Maintenance Organization Certificate (COM)?
No. A list of products that received the Brazilian type certificate and a list of products for which a foreign type certificate was recognized in Brazil are available at https://www.anac.gov.br/certification.

Major alterations, e.g.: approved by Supplemental Type Certificates – STC, must be Brazilian approved before being eligible to be installed on Brazilian operated products?
Yes, the major alterations must be Brazilian approved in order to be installed on Brazilian operated products (aircraft, engines, propellers and components installed on Brazilian registered aircraft), for example, STC´s must be validated to Brazilian STC (“Certificado Suplementar de Tipo - CST”).

Additional information can be found in Supplemental Instruction IS 21-010 and Inspector´s Manual MPR 900.04; Chapter 9, item 1186(d).

How are repair specifications accepted / approved?
When a repair is considered a major repair, in accordance with the criteria used/accepted by the Brazilian operator of the aircraft/product, the technical data to be used on this repair must be approved. This is done via a letter from the ANAC or on item 3 of form F-400-04 (SEGVOO 001) or in another format where ANAC or a designee makes a statement for that.

See Procedures Manual MPR 900.04 item 4-1186(d) for complete list of technical data considered approved by ANAC.

Are the requirements of RBAC 120 (Alcohol/drugs preventive program) applicable to foreign maintenance organizations - MO?
Yes. The MO must send to ANAC a Compliance Check List in accordance with RBAC 120 (it´s important to note that most of the requirements are not applicable to foreign maintenance organizations. Toxicological Tests will depend on the local law and is not required for foreign MO). The program itself is not required to be sent to the ANAC. One of the subprograms to be implemented is regarding information and training of personnel involved in sensitive activities on Brazilian products (Subpart H from RBAC 120).

Can the supplement to the MOM be in the national language?
In case of the original MOM (Maintenance Organization Manuals necessary to certification) is not published in English or Portuguese, an English or Portuguese copy of the MOM must be supplied. The Brazilian MOM Supplement can be also supplied in English or Portuguese.

What are the steps for Initial Certification and Certificate Renewal of a foreign maintenance organization - MO?

  • Step 1 - The MO will send the documents prescribed in IS145-002 by mail and electronically by e-mail. For Certificate Renewal, the documents may be sent only electronically by e-mail.
  • Step 2 - The Foreign 145 inspectors will review the documentation sent and report to the MO if any document is missing.
  • Step 3 - When all the documents are present and the payment is confirmed, two inspectors will be designated to perform a deep analysis of the documents, to report any outstanding issue to the MO and to perform the onsite audit.
  • Step 4 - The audit is performed and if any discrepancy is reported during it, it must be closed before the certificate is issued.
  • Step 5 - The certificate is issued and sent by mail to the MO with 2 year-long expiration date.

 

What are the steps for Certificate Renewal of a foreign maintenance organization – MO that has the FAA or EASA as the primary civil aviation authority (only for MO with certificate that include airframes, engines or propellers capabilities – see the first FAQ above)?

  • Step 1 - The MO may send the documents prescribed in IS145-002 only electronically by e-mail.
  • Step 2 - The Foreign 145 inspectors will review the documentation sent and report to the MO if any document is missing.
  • Step 3 - When all the documents are present and the payment is confirmed, The inspector will perform a deep analysis of the documents, report any outstanding issue to the MO. It must be closed before the certificate is issued. No onsite audit will be performed.
  • Step 4 - The certificate is issued and sent by mail to the MO with 2 year-long expiration date.