Return to Service after Contract Maintenance

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Dirtdudeaz

#1
Hello,

If we are using a certificated contract maintenance provider to off-load work or for potential emergancy situations and would like to consider the article overhauled after that work, what work do we need to do...? The contractor would be performing the dissasembly, cleaning, internal inspections, repairs, and reassembly, and final testing, but not final inspections.

Per regualtions, we are not allowed to RTS any article directly after contract maintenance. Our manual says that we will process the articles through the normal receiving process and won't RTS, but nothing further.

Is a final inspection of the article itself and their paperwork (work cards, teardown reports, final testing data, etc...) enough for us to call the article overhauled with our 8130-3 and then attach their 8130-3 as well?
 
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Stijloor

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#2
Hello,

If we are using a certificated contract maintenance provider to off-load work or for potential emergency situations and would like to consider the article overhauled after that work, what work do we need to do...? The contractor would be performing the disassembly, cleaning, internal inspections, repairs, and reassembly, and final testing, but not final inspections.

Per regulations, we are not allowed to RTS any article directly after contract maintenance. Our manual says that we will process the articles through the normal receiving process and won't RTS, but nothing further.

Is a final inspection of the article itself and their paperwork (work cards, tear-down reports, final testing data, etc...) enough for us to call the article overhauled with our 8130-3 and then attach their 8130-3 as well?
A quick bump.

Can someone help?

Thanks!!

Stijloor.
 
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145Auditor

#3
The way we handle contract maintenace is by receiving the overhaul part. We send the part to the shop and open a workorder against the part. Perform preliminary inspection, AD search, Visually inspect overhauled part received from vendor providing vendor workorder number and 8130 number, and approve for return to service.

We just can't RTS a type certficated product (aircraft, engine or Propeller) after contracted maintenance.
 
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Dirtdudeaz

#4
So basically you receive the part in and do an inspection. Do you put an overhauled 8130-3 on the part or Inspected 8130-3?

What kind of 8130 comes with the part from the vendor?
 
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145Auditor

#5
We would put an inspected 8130 with the part. In the remarks statement we inspected part overhauled by vendor RS# on WO#. We receive an overhauled 8130 from the vendor. As practice we will attach a copy of the overhauled 8130 from the vendor with our 8130 however I don't believe it is required just as long as you retain the overhauled 8130 with your records.
 
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planedoc63

#6
First of all, you have to follow your manual and the 14 CFR regulations. Don't do anything contrary to your manual.

In the FAA 8900.1 guidance, contract maintenance is defined as "work performed by FAA certificated or noncertificated entities when the originating repair station [you] assumes responsibility for the work performed by issuing an approval for return to service (RTS)."

If the certificated vendor is providing you an 8130-3, that is the approval for return to service. Also, that would not be considered contract maintenance.

If that vendor performed some of the work on the article and did not issue an approval for return to service, then you can verify by test and/or inspection and by examining the paperwork that it meets the criteria for an overhauled status. At that point, you could issue an 8130-3 stating "Overhauled" based upon your test/inspection and review of the paperwork from the vendor. Also, remember that the contract maintenance functions need to be approved by your FSDO.

As long as the article in question is not a type certificated product (airplane, engine, propeller), then you can issue an 8130-3. The rule prevents you from only providing a return to service approval after contract maintenance for TC'd products.

As a reminder, if you are issuing 8130-3 forms, you must follow the guidance in Order 8130.21G (or later revision) for completion of the form.
 
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