A Minimum Equipment List (MEL) is an FAA approved document that allows an aircraft owner/operator to fly with a certain item(s) inoperative. The Federal Aviation Administration produces a Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) for most aircraft to use. They provide the format that is acceptable to the administrator. You can download MMEL's here. Then tailor it to the equipment installed on your aircraft. Some of the format, numbering, and control pages are required to be included so minimizing changes will enhance final approval.
Since the FAA provides the Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL), for most experienced aircraft operators the most difficult task is working with the FAA's file type, which is ASCII. We highly suggest you purchase a completely reformatted template (BELOW), which is extremely user-friendly.
NOTE: Template does not include M and O procedures.
The FAA grants deferral per the MEL only after maintenance personnel have determined that the aircraft is safe to be flown and that the specific conditions, limitations, and procedures for that item have been accomplished. The satisfactory accomplishment of all procedures is primarily the responsibility of the aircraft operator. This responsibility may be delegated to qualified persons when published in the operator’s manual or MEL.
Those who elect to operate without an MEL must remove (FAR § 91.213(d)(3)(i) or deactivate (FAR § 91.213 (d)(3)(ii)) and placard any inoperative item.
(a) A certificated pilot can accomplish deactivation involving routine pilot tasks, such as turning off a system. However, this deactivation must qualify under the definition of preventive maintenance in FAR Part 43, Subpart A.
(b) If the deactivation does not qualify as preventive maintenance, a properly certificated maintenance person must perform the deactivation. This person must record the deactivation in accordance with FAR § 43.9.
Placarding can be as simple as writing the word inoperative on a piece of masking tape and attaching it to the inoperative equipment or to its cockpit control. Placarding is essential since it reminds the pilot that the equipment is inoperative. It also ensures that future flight crews and maintenance personnel are aware of the discrepancy.
Using the above method will take about 15 hours if you have done this before. And expect 40+ hours if you have not. This process will also require a moderate level of knowledge and skill to operate your word processing program (the more the better).
Keep in touch with your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) or your Principal Operations Inspector (POI) if you have questions. I will be glad to help in anyway I can just send me an email. If you would rather have ACCG do it email the aircraft make and model.
Flow chart for operating without an MEL
(From the Operations Inspectors Handbook, 8900.1)
Flow chart for operating with an MEL
Once we have received your MEL order, ACCG will provide you with forms to gather your aircraft equipment information. Or sometimes our customers fax an equipment list. Then your aircraft equipment information is used to make a draft MEL from the MMEL. The final document is customized with your logo or other preferences, and then printed and sent to you for your review. If you need any changes you can call, email, or fax them to us. Whichever is easiest for you. After you approve the second draft ACCG will print, bind, and send you another copy for final review and FAA submission.
NOTE: In some cases (M) and (O) procedures will be required to be provided by the operator, depending on the aircraft and the procedure.
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File Storage Information
The Non-Essential Furnishings Program (NEF) applies to aircraft operators utilizing an MEL under either Part 91 or Part 135 operations. A
CCG provides operators with assistance in obtaining approval of a NEF program.
Prior to issuance of Policy Letter 116, the FAA Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL) provided relief for Passenger Convenience Items (PCI) that limited relief to the cabin, galley, and lavatory areas. Many operators deferred inoperative, damaged, or missing equipment or instruments not located in these areas via means other then the Minimum Equipment List (MEL) or Configuration Deviation List (CDL) (i.e., air carrier internal deferral programs authorized by their maintenance program).
Also see FAA issued INFO on NEF Programs.
The FAA has revised PL-116 to specify that the deletion of PCI provisions in the MMEL and will be extended through April 30, 2008 to allow operators extra time to develop and gain approval of their NEF Programs.
The Non-Essential Furnishings (NEF) Program will be designed to meet the FAA regulatory requirements to gain FAA approval.
The fundamental elements for each NEF Program are:
NOTE: Once the program has been approved by your CHDO, your MEL (or MMEL) must be revised in accordance with Policy Letter 116. Additional fees apply.
ACCG will need a list of items that you wish to initially include in the NEF list. Download the Customer NEF Item list (below) to order.
Once you have revised the list to your aircraft (NEF's are aircraft specific) email it to us and we will build your NEF program in accordance with your maintenance, and MEL policy and procedures.
You can mail a check with your completed form (where to send) or click the by now button below to pay by credit card. If you pay by credit card please email your information form or fax to 561-741-1017. We must have your completed form to complete your manual.
NOTE: You may email logo if desired.