Part 135 Operators

How to Write an MEL (part 2)

This post is the second in a series of posts that cover the process for developing an MEL. Click here for the start page for this topic.There are, in most cases, three sections to an MEL. There can be more or less, depending on whether you combine things together, but we will assume that you follow the basic format as explained below: Administration Section I consider the first part of the MEL to be the administration section. Why “admin”? Well, this is not an official FAA term, but the term does serve to describe the basic boilerplate and control pages […]

How to Write a Minimum Equipment List (part 1)

This post is the first in a series of posts that cover the process for developing an MEL. Minimum equipment lists are one of the more difficult documents to develop since the FAA guidance for MELs is somewhat vague in terms of the details and individual FSDOs/inspectors can have varying preferences for how an MEL is written. Read the recommended documents below thoroughly, and be prepared to ask some questions of your FAA inspectors. The basic steps for developing an MEL for you company involve downloading the FAA’s MASTER Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) and developing your company-specific MEL from that […]

SAS Updates, Spring 2020

Having had several new projects starting up recently, it was time to take a look at the updated SAS DCTs. [Click here to go to the latest DCTs] Overall the changes were not significant. A few additions of questions, and some minor rewording. One thing that has been a noticeable change from the first versions of the SAS checklists is that they have become more finely-tuned and some of the less important questions have been edited out. It also seems the SAS team has spent some time getting the questions grouped better by actual DCT number. The first versions of […]