EASA has published Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1384 that looks at the establishment of operational requirements for the conduct of maintenance check flights.
A number of air accidents or incidents have occurred in flights conducted with aircraft that had just undergone incomplete or inadequate maintenance or to flights conducted to verify whether the maintenance of the aircraft was adequate - ‘maintenance check flights’.
In view of the Airbus A320-232 accident on 27 November 2008 off the coast of Canet-Plage (France), the Air Ops regulation is amended in order to define accurately that category of flights and to set, where needed, the minimum requirements for flight crews and the procedures to be observed in the preparation and conduct of those flights. It also amends Part-M responsibilities, specifically M.A.201(k). It draws on Opinions 01/2017.
All CAMO’s should ensure that they are clear on their responsibilities and that their procedures around managing and coordinating these maintenance check flights are integrated into their organisations to ensure continued compliance and the required levels of safety.