If a New Zealand-registered aircraft is operating outside New Zealand, most maintenance on it can be performed and certified for release-to-service (RTS) by a foreign maintenance engineer.
Those engineers, however, must hold:
Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Personnel Licensing
The licence needs to include ratings/privileges for the area of maintenance the maintenance engineer is performing. For instance, if they’re carrying out a 100-hour inspection, they need the appropriate ratings/privileges for the airframe and powerplant.
The maintenance has to be performed and certified according to New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Rules.
Note: all New Zealand-registered aircraft must display a ZK precursor, eg, ZK-XYZ, while operating overseas.
The aircraft is to be maintained to the requirements of Part 43 Subpart B – Maintenance, and Part 91 Subpart G – Operator Maintenance Requirements.
Part 43 General Maintenance Rules
Part 91 General Operating and Flight Rules
The maintenance engineer must use the correct maintenance programme for the aircraft, as required by CAR 91.605 – Maintenance programmes and schedules.
If you’re intending to maintain a New Zealand-registered aircraft being used for commercial operations outside New Zealand, you need to get CAA approval of your organisation.
That’s to ensure:
Part 145 Aircraft Maintenance Organisations Certification
There are two tasks that cannot be performed nor certified by a foreign Part 66 AMEL holder. They must be performed by the holder of a CAA-issued certificate of inspection authorisation (IA) – Part 66 Subpart E.
The two tasks are:
Major modifications and repairs must be in accordance with acceptable technical data, and have appropriate IA conformity inspection and certification. Refer to Part 1 for our definition of major modifications and major repairs. IA conformity certification is required regardless of the source of the acceptable technical data. This includes a manufacturer’s service data (bulletins, instruction, and so on). Acceptable technical data is specified in Part 21 Appendix D.
Part 1 Definitions and Abbreviations
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