SAAA Maintenance Techniques Course
Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) Qualifications
Course Reference: MTC-AMT2 Certificate
Experimental Aircraft Builder
Common Core Subjects
Permission to conduct and certify annual condition inspections
The holder may only exercise the conferred permissions in respect of an aircraft that they own and of which they are the primary builder, or an aircraft that they own but of which they are not the primary builder and which is similar to an aircraft of which they are the primary builder.
The holder may exercise the conferred permissions provided that they:
- – consider themselves to be competent to do so – i.e. meet the General Competency Rule (below), and
- – are a financial Member of the SAAA
By virtue of being a primary builder, a primary builder is permitted to conduct maintenance to the extent permitted by the Regulations on the aircraft of which they are the primary builder or conduct maintenance on a similar aircraft.
General Competency Rule for AMT Certificate Holders:
The General Competency Rule is a cornerstone of achieving safe aircraft operations – in this context, through the conduct of correct and accurate aircraft inspection and maintenance activities. Before commencing any activity permitted by an AMT qualification or endorsement, a person must ask themselves ‘Am I capable of conducting this activity competently?’
This is the equivalent of the CASR Pt 61.385 General Competency Rule as it applies to pilots, or similar to the medical ‘fitness to fly’ question.
It means that an AMT holder needs to be sure they are competent to inspect and maintain IAW their AMT qualifications and endorsements.
The General Competency Rule in respect of aircraft inspection and maintenance activities covers but is not limited to:
- – maintaining aircraft records, certification and use of data
- – use of tools and the conduct of basic practices and procedures required to conduct an aircraft periodic or any other inspection
- – conduct of specific maintenance activities that go beyond those permitted under Schedule 8 or those required to conduct an aircraft inspection
The General Competency Rule has been included for two reasons. The first is to ensure that all persons holding AMT certificates consider whether they are competent to exercise the conferred privileges. This is about good practice.
The second relates to the anticipated inclusion of a General Competency Rule in the for-shadowed CASR Pt 43 legislation.
AMT Certificate Holders should also consider how familiar they are with a particular inspection and maintenance activity if they have not conducted that activity for some time.