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Aircraft subject to EASA regulations must be maintained to an Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP). The AMP may be approved by the IAA, a CAMO via indirect approval, or self-declared by the owner, depending on the type of aircraft and the type of operation it is used for.

To assist aircraft owners/operations, EASA published an AMP template and Minimum Inspection Programmes for non-complex aircraft. The AMP template can be used in conjunction with the maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer or the Minimum Inspection programme.

Self-Declared Aircraft Maintenance Programmes

Aircraft classified as ELA1 and not used in Commercial Operations may be maintained to a Self-Declared Maintenance Programme. This may include the AMP template and the appropriate Minimum Inspection programme. More information is available in Aircraft Maintenance Programmes for ELA1 aircraft not used in Commercial Operations.

Aircraft Maintenance Programmes requiring IAA approval

AMPs requiring IAA approval should be submitted to the IAA at arc@iaa.ie or to The Times Building, 11-12 D'Olier St., Dublin 2.

For aircraft which are not considered complex motor-powered aircraft, the AMP may be based on the AMP template and the appropriate Minimum Inspection Programme or MPLA-H. Such programmes must demonstrate compliance with M.A.302(b), (d), (e) and (g). The Minimum Inspection Programme can be considered as complying with M.A.302(d) for single and twin piston engine aircraft and (powered) sailplanes, below 2,730 kg Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM) and balloons, and the MPLA-H may be considered as complying with M.A.302(d) for single piston engine helicopters below 2,730kg MTOM. The EASA template and Minimum Inspection Programme may be used for aircraft operating on a national Certificate of Airworthiness. In such cases, however, references to EASA and EU regulations must be removed.

EASA AMP template and Minimum Inspection Programmes

EASA AMP Template applicable to non-complex Aeroplanes, (powered) sailplanes and balloons

The Minimum Inspection Programmes, as provided for in M.A.302(h) and recommended maintenance schedules for certain aircraft types per AMC M.A.302(d) are available here:
Minimum Inspection Programme - Aeroplanes
Minimum Inspection Programme - Sailplanes and Powered Sailplanes
Minimum Inspection Programme - Balloons
MPLA-H Applicable to Helicopters

Owners/Operators should submit a customised AMP to the IAA for approval at the time of applying to register an aircraft, or, for ELA1 aircraft, when they so choose, use a "Self-Declared" AMP.

Superseded templates

Maintenance Programmes which were approved by the IAA and are based on superseded templates remain valid.

MPLA A Aeroplanes Superseded

MPLA SP Superseded

Which aircraft are affected?

Single and twin piston engine aircraft, sailplanes and single piston engine helicopters below 2,730 Kg Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM) operating on a Certificate of Airworthiness and subject to European Regulations.

Note: The EASA AMP template is not applicable to Annex I aircraft, Aircraft and Helicopters not affected by the EASA Regulations. However, Annex I aircraft below 2,730kg operating on a Certificate of Airworthiness may use the EASA templates, once references to EASA and EU regulations are removed.

Who may certify maintenance on the aircraft?

Owners' Responsibilities

In accordance with Section M.A.201 of the regulation (1321/2014) the owner is responsible for the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft and shall ensure that:

  1. The aircraft is maintained in an airworthy condition;
  2. Any operational and emergency equipment fitted is correctly installed and serviceable;
  3. The Airworthiness Review Certificate remains valid;
  4. The maintenance of the aircraft is performed in accordance with the Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP);
  5. The owner may contract the above to a CAMO.

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