Is there a standard FAA document type for 'general' maintenance steps that a Component Maintenance Manual (CMM) can reference?

For example:

Once the bulb has been locked into the socket, reference the bulb cleaning section in Document XYZ for the complete bulb cleaning procedure.

Where can I find Document XYZ?

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    – Pondlife
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    $\begingroup$ The FAA does have the Advisory Circular 43-xx series, but I've never seen a CMM that references them. Most manufacturers are very risk/liability averse and won't reference anything they don't control. $\endgroup$
    – Gerry
    Feb 28, 2020 at 0:10

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In general aviation and even working in FBOs, I have referenced AC43.13 to approve repairs that the CMM does not cover. These processes and techniques are approved by the Administrator. In general terms, the FAA tends not to tell you how to meet a requirement but rather gives the requirement then the organization has to meet that requirement through a FAA approved QMS. This process is applicable regardless if you are working with the MIDO, ACO, or FISO. In order to get down in the weeds, you would have to be very specific in your question.

Here is the link to FAA AC43.13 for everyone's review. https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentid/99861

Best, Mark


There is a standard for what they must include but not where they are to be found. The standard simply states they they be "available". According to order 8110.54A the "document XYZ" must be available to you and must include the following:

10. Component Overhaul Manual or Section. If the aircraft, aircraft engine, or propeller maintenance information references the use of a component overhaul manual, or specific section of a CMM, as the appropriate location for the ICA, those applicable instructions are incorporated by reference and become part of the complete set of ICA. If component overhaul manual information was developed to comply with 14 CFR § 21.50 then the component overhaul manual, or referenced section(s) are part of the ICA. As part of the ICA, it must be furnished to the owner and made available to any other person required to comply with those instructions per 14 CFR § 21.50. This manual or section must contain the following information:

a. Cleaning and inspection instructions that cover the materials and apparatus to use and methods and precautions to take during overhaul. These instructions must include methods of overhaul inspection; b. Details on all fits and clearances for the component relative to overhaul;

c. Details of repair methods for worn or otherwise substandard parts with information necessary to determine when to replace parts;

d. Instructions for testing the article after overhaul. This should include test acceptance criteria;

e. Instructions for storage that identify special containers and required equipment or tools. The ICA should also include the environmental restrictions for storage and storage limits; and

f. A list of tools and equipment necessary for maintenance and directions as to their method of use.


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