Flight Standards Service
Aircraft Maintenance Division
Vision Statement: Our vision at AFS-300 is to provide the very best regulatory and policy products and services for the continued airworthiness of all aircraft.
- Develops and recommends national policies, standards, systems, procedures, and program plans.
- Determines the need for, justifies, and formulates, new or amended regulations and supplementary regulatory material, and participates in regulatory review programs.
- Recommends grants or denials of exemptions.
- Develops OpSpecs.
- Advises the agencies’ officers and executives, and other principal officials, and serves as a point of contact for the public and the aviation community on technical matters appropriate to the national level.
- Determines the need for and sponsors research and development projects.
- Guides and assists other divisions, the regions, and other elements of the agency in the conduct of related programs, and provides guidance on applying agency policies, standards, and procedures pertaining to aircraft maintenance safety issues.
- Represents the service in developing international agreements, arrangements, policies and practices involving maintenance of civil aircraft and certification of foreign airmen and air agencies.
- Develops, coordinates, and issues national directives to provide technical guidance on policies and procedures.
- Recommends, initiates, and coordinates regulatory and policy action to resolve safety problems resulting from accidents, incidents, occurrences, and other sources.
- Assigns special technical projects, recommends priorities, and provides broad policy and program guidance to ensure the adequacy of maintenance program development activities performed by the Regulatory Support Division.
- Recommends final action on requests for reconsideration or original issuance, amendment, or denial of a maintenance airman or air agency certificate.
- Recommends final action on any petition for reconsideration or original issuance, amendment, or denial of OpSpecs pertaining to maintenance or airworthiness of aircraft.
- Develops standards, policies, and procedures for examining and appointing private persons to act as representatives of the Administrator, under the provisions of 49 U.S.C., sections 44702 and 45303, with respect to the maintenance and airworthiness of civil aeronautical products.
- Establishes policies and procedures and recommends final action on granting or denying exemptions under 49 U.S.C., section 44711, to foreign airmen who are directly in charge of inspection, maintenance, overhaul, or repair of aircraft, aircraft engines, propellers, appliances, or components.
- Establishes policies and procedures, and recommends final action on granting or denying deviations under part 119 for directors of maintenance and chief inspectors.
- Coordinates with the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) for all maintenance-related topics.
- Acts as the focal point for the Suspected Unapproved Parts program.