Airbus – Aircraft Maintenance Program (AMP)

The Airbus Aircraft Maintenance Program (AMP) is a comprehensive plan designed to ensure the continued airworthiness of an aircraft. It is derived from various sources, including the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS), Maintenance Planning Document (MPD), and other Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) documents, as well as regulatory requirements. The AMP outlines the maintenance tasks, inspections, and intervals necessary to maintain the aircraft in a safe operating condition.

The Airbus ALS is an integral part of your aircraft’s Aircraft Maintenance Program (AMP). It is structured into several sections, each addressing different aspects of airworthiness and maintenance requirements:

ALS Part 1 – Safe Life Airworthiness Limitation Items (SLI): This part includes items known as Life Limited Parts (LLP), which have a predetermined lifespan after which they must be replaced to ensure safety.

ALS Part 2 – Fatigue & Damage Tolerant Airworthiness Limitation Items (ALI): It focuses on parts that are critical for maintaining the aircraft’s integrity over time, taking into account the effects of fatigue and potential damage.

ALS Part 3 – Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMR): These are maintenance requirements that stem from the aircraft’s certification process, ensuring continued compliance with safety standards.

ALS Part 4 – System Equipment Maintenance Requirements (SEMR): This section deals with the maintenance needs of specific systems and equipment on the aircraft.

ALS Part 5 – Fuel Airworthiness Limitations (FAL): It addresses maintenance and inspection requirements specific to the aircraft’s fuel system to maintain safety and performance.

The documents are different with regards to their scope and ALS Part 3 – Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMR) for example is maintenance requirements that the aircraft certification (Type Certificate) is based on, as such they must be incorporated into the AMP to comply with airworthiness requirements.

The MPD, on the other hand, is a comprehensive document provided by the aircraft manufacturer that lists all required maintenance tasks and their intervals, based on the manufacturer’s design and testing. It includes detailed information on routine maintenance, inspection intervals, and the tasks necessary to ensure the aircraft meets its design and operational specifications – it is important to review the revision and source documents as the ALS might be revised and not incorporated into the MPD.

The AMP integrates information from the ALS and MPD, along with other OEM documentation and regulatory requirements, to create a tailored maintenance plan specific to the aircraft’s operations. It takes into account the operating environment, usage patterns, and specific regulatory requirements applicable to the operator. The AMP is a living document that must be updated and revised as necessary to reflect changes in operating conditions, new regulatory requirements, or updates to the aircraft’s design and operational use.

The process of developing an AMP involves analysing the tasks and intervals outlined in the MPD, incorporating the mandatory requirements from the ALS, and adapting this information to the specific needs and circumstances of the aircraft’s operation. This may involve adjusting maintenance intervals based on operational experience, specific environmental conditions, or other factors that could affect the aircraft’s performance and reliability.

There are many other considerations in the AMP also such as ICA (instructions for continued airworthiness) from modifications or supplemental type certificates, additional equipment / customisable equipment such as cabin emergency equipment and also information from engine manufacturers and other such sources.

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