Maintainers Working Group
The first AOPA Maintainers Working Group meeting was held in March 2009. The attendees comprised two senior personnel from the CAA Maintenance and Airworthiness standards group, two from the GA maintenance industry together with George Done and Martin Robinson from AOPA representing aircraft owners. Subsequently, and partly as a result of that meeting, the CAA organised three seminars on EASA Part M aimed at informing representatives from Approved Maintenance Organisations and other interested parties of the state of play and latest developments at that time.
It subsequently transpired that the transition to EASA Part M continued to raise difficulties, particularly with the maintainers, and a further meeting was organised by AOPA in October 2010 at which it was firmly decided to hold similar meetings for the foreseeable future on a roughly quarterly basis. A pattern was set for these meetings in which the maintainers and AOPA representatives met in the morning, with the CAA representatives joining them for the afternoon session. Although, obviously, the morning meeting allowed the maintainers to agree on the relative importance of the agenda items for CAA attention in the afternoon, there are in fact several areas of discussion that concern maintainers and owners alone. These include an AOPA Code of Practice or Light Aircraft Maintenance Customer Commitment, pre-purchase inspections and dispute resolution.
Maintainers Working Group Terms of Reference
- To provide a forum for discussion of maintenance issues to the mutual benefit of aircraft owners and maintainers.
- To extend the forum to the regulators in order to allow issues to be discussed in a constructive manner and resolutions to problems sought.
- The WG is open to maintainers who are willing and able to contribute on a voluntary basis, but it is expected that these would be holders of EASA Part M approvals.
- The WG will endeavour to achieve maintenance representation across the range of activity, to include, for example, those involved in avionics and rotary wing.
- It is not expected that maintainers would necessarily be AOPA members.
- The WG will normally meet at approximately quarterly intervals, or as required.
- Items for the agenda will be welcome from owners (via AOPA), maintainers and regulators.
- Notes of meetings will be circulated to members of the AOPA Executive
The current members of the AOPA Maintainers Working Group are:
- Malcolm Bird, Aircraft Owner
- Brian Chambers, Aircraft owner
- Ken Craigie, Chief Inspector, LAA
- George Done, AOPA
- John Eagles, Air Stratus, Oaksey Park
- Paul Hendry-Smith, The Light Aircraft Company, Little Snoring
- Roger Kimbell, previously of J & J Aircraft Services, Sibson
- Paul Layzell, Touchdown Engineering, Old Buckenham,
- Martin Robinson, AOPA.
- James Sharman, Sharman Avionics, Sywell
- Mark Shortman, Head of Policy and Delivery, GAU, CAA
- Mike Smart, Farley Farm for maintainers
- Andrew Booth, Swiftair, Leicester.
- Carol Brightwell, Arion Aviation, Rochester.
- Julie Churchill, Aerolease, Conington.
- Pete Wood, Vintage Fabrics, Audley End.
If you are interested in this Working Group or wish to raise a maintenance related issue, please contact George by clicking on his name below.
One of the most regular requests AOPA UK gets from members is to resolve disputes between aircraft owners and maintainers. The AOPA Maintainers Working Group have produced a Code of Practice for Maintenance and Repair that they themselves will follow, and which can be signed up to by light aircraft maintainers.
Many disputes arise from unrealistic expectations on the part of owners. A common understanding prior to the commencement of work is desirable.
If an aircraft maintainer is not signed up to the AOPA Code of Practice ask why not! Be wary of any organisation that refuses to give any such, or similar, commitment to you as a Customer.
An aircraft owner who is a customer of a light aircraft maintenance organisation that subscribes to the AOPA Code of Practice for Maintenance and Repair is provided the following commitment:
AOPA Code of Practice for Maintenance and Repair