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Airworthiness and Maintenance Programmes


6-Week Online Course Facilitated by Malcolm McMillan, Senior Aviation Consultant

Understanding where the programme and tasks come from and how they are established is important when managing the programme as an operator or owner. The compliance monitoring department personnel also need to have this knowledge to ensure the operator’s responsibilities are fulfilled. Knowing which tasks can’t be changed and those which can, through an analysis process will aid in optimising the programme for more effective and lower cost maintenance programmes.

This instructor-led online course is developed and facilitated by Malcolm McMillan, Senior Aviation Consultant. The asynchronous delivery approach will help you attend the course from anywhere, anytime. The course features several learning activities and you will have to complete them in sequential order and progress toward completion. All participants successfully completing this program will get a certificate of completion.

Course Outline

Week 1: Presentations

Presentation 1 – Airworthiness and Regulations

  • An introduction to the concept of airworthiness.
  • Highlights of ICAO, FAA, EASA requirements relating to maintenance programmes.
  • A general explanation of the certification process to help understand the source of maintenance tasks.

Participant Tasks: Read Regulation References

Week 2: Presentations

Presentation 2 – Maintenance tasks derived from certification

  • How the certification process determines the Systems and Structures maintenance tasks.
  • Airworthiness Limitations, CMRs, Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, CPCP, etc.

Participant Tasks: Read Regulation References CS 25

Exercise 1: Investigate Systems Safety Analysis

Week 3: Presentations

Presentation 3 – Maintenance tasks derived from MSG-3 analysis

An overview of the MSG logic processes for Systems, Structures, Zonal and EZAP and the relationship between the Maintenance Review Board Report and the operator’s programme.

Participant Tasks: Review MSG document, PPH

Week 4: Exercises

Presentation 4 – Exercise description and explanation

Exercise 2: Perform MSG-3 analysis

Week 5: Exercises

Presentation 5 – Operator Maintenance Programmes

  • The detailed content of an operator’s maintenance programme and how it relates to the previous subjects. A look at the management of effectiveness, reliability and getting the programme approved by the regulator.
  • Considerations and responsibilities for an operator with an ageing aircraft fleet.

Exercise 3: Example MP using checklist

Participant Tasks: Review EASA Part M appendix, FAA AC’s and own national guidance

Week 6: Exercises

Presentation 6 – Related aspects

  • Addition of aircraft to the programme and alignment checks.
  • Short term amendments for operational needs and variations.
  • Programme optimisation for more reliable and cost effective maintenance.
  • Engine off wing work scoping.
  • Low utilisation programmes.

Exercise 4: Review one of own programmes and identify sources of different tasks and how well the program is compliant

Facilitated by Malcolm McMillan, Senior Aviation Consultant

Malcolm has over forty years experience in the aviation industry. He has extensive experience as a regulator responsible for oversight of operators and continuing airworthiness management organisations and approval of associated maintenance programmes.

He is currently engaged in consultancy and training, providing regulation compliance support for regulatory authorities and industry. He supports a number of operators in an independent compliance monitoring role.

His aviation career began as a Technician Apprentice with British European Airways (now British Airways). On completing his apprenticeship and college qualifications he worked at London Heathrow Airport, performing Line Maintenance on aircraft such as Viscount, Vanguard, Trident, BAC 1-11, B707 and L1011. He moved to Gulf Air in 1977 and spent 10 years on the L1011 Tristar and B737 fleets at line station such as Heathrow, Bombay and Paris and at their base in Bahrain.

Malcolm joined Air Europe in the UK as a project engineer and later Technical Manager looking after Boeing 757 and 737 continuing airworthiness. This post fulfilled many of the responsibilities and functions of what we call a CAMO today. One of the functions was the assessment of maintenance data and management of the Approved Maintenance Programme alongside Planning to ensure effective and on time maintenance. In 1989, Malcolm took up the position of airworthiness surveyor with the UK Civil Aviation Authority performing a wide range of duties on a variety of aircraft types including airships.

As well as performing regulatory oversight and auditing of production (Part 21G), maintenance (Part 145), AOC and CAW (Part M spG) organisations in the UK and overseas Malcolm was responsible for the approval of maintenance and reliability programmes of the companies under his surveillance.

Malcolm was the chairperson for Bombardier CRJ regional jet MRB, initially for JAA and then EASA, for ten years, seeing the introduction of the CRJ 700, NextGen models and the CRJ 1000.

After twenty one years with the CAA, Malcolm took early retirement in 2010 to start his own Airworthiness and Regulation Compliance Consultancy Company. He is now the Co-director of VR Aviation Safety Partnership Ltd. The company, based in the East Midlands of the UK, has a wide portfolio of domestic and global based clients. Malcolm holds an EASA Part 66 B1, and C Maintenance Engineers Licence.

Certificate of Completion

All participants successfully completing this program will get a certificate of completion.


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