Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness (CAW) Information workshop
16-17 January 2020
From 16 to 17 January, Chinese and European stakeholders in the domain of continuing airworthiness came together to exchange on standard practices and processes related to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI). This two-day workshop was organised by the EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP), and hosted in Chengdu.
Applying the successful approach to combine both authority and industry views on the subject matter, the workshop provided for comprehensive presentations by CAAC, EASA, Safran Aircraft Engines, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, COMAC, and ATR. Following an overview of ICAO standards for continued airworthiness activities, specific topics reviewed included analysis of failure, malfunctions and defects for products by the Design Approval Holder, the assessment of mandatory requirements for the modification, replacement of parts, or inspection of aircraft and amendment of operating limitations and procedures (MCAI), and airworthiness directives (AD) writing rules, among others. Detailed examples of AD and service instructions were also presented to the participants.
Discussion between attendees and speakers contributed to a lively workshop. It was concluded that the objective of the stakeholders to better understand each other’s processes, was met thanks to the open discussions both during the presentations and alongside the programme. The event was attended by EASA, the CAAC Aircraft Airworthiness Certification Department, the Academy of Civil Aviation and Technology, representatives of industry holding DOA and DAS privileges, CAAC Airworthiness Certification Centers of CAAC, the CAAC Regional Administrations, the Civil Aviation University of China, the China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology, the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China, the Aviation Fuel & Chemical Airworthiness Certification Center of CAAC and representatives of Chinese and European companies.