4th May, 1998
After the advent open sky policy, a number of new types of aircraft
have been imported into India for which adequate-manpower in terms of licenced aircraft
engineers on the type of aircraft are not available in the country. To tide over this
shortage of the personnel and till such time that the qualified personnel are available
with the operators, some operators employ foreign engineers. These engineers require
approval by DGCA to certify Indian registered aircraft and perform duties assigned to him.
These approvals are granted by DGCA after satisfying that the foreign engineers meet the
necessary qualifications, skill, experience and security requirements. This AAC describes
the procedure for grant of approvals to foreign AMES.
2. GRANT OF APPROVAL TO FOREIGN AMEs.
Operators seeking approval to utilise the services of foreign AMES, are
required to fulfill the following minimum requirements.
2.1 Foreign Engineers should be sponsored by the Indian operator for
grant of approval.
2.2 The engineer should possess a valid AME licence conforming to ICAO
standards or a basic licence and company approval (under FAR/JAR 145) on the type of
aircraft issued by the competent authority.
2.3 The engineer should have atleast one year working experience on the
maintenance after the endorsement of aircraft type on his AME licence / Company approval
out of which atleast three months should be recent experience on the type in the preceding
2.4 The engineer should be well conversant with the approved
maintenance system of the Indian operator as given in the operator's Quality Control
Manual. In this regard the Quality Control Manager should provide necessary briefing and
training to the foreign engineer and give a certificate stating that the engineer has been
trained and is well conversant with the approved maintenance system. The engineer should
also be made familiar with the operator's Organisation structure, engineering management
and the duties and responsibilities assigned to him.
2.5 The. engineer seeking approval on radio system, should additionally
be well conversant with the Indian air traffic control procedures for carrying out
functional check of VHF and HF radio systems. Otherwise a person holding valid RTR licence
should assist him.
2.6 The engineer should be fully aware of the contents of the
schedules, which are required to be certified by him. In case the engineer is not
conversant with the English language, the schedules should also be prepared in a language
in which he is conversant. Accordingly, the aircraft maintenance manual should also be
available in that language.
2.7 If the foreign engineer is required to certify major maintenance of
aircraft, he should produce documentary evidence of his experience covering the major
maintenance of the type of aircraft. However, it is desirable that the engineer has at
least a working knowledge of English.
2.8 The operators should ensure the validity of visa and passport
of the foreign engineer at all times during the period of approval.
2.9 The operator should ensure that the medical examination of the
AME has been carried out and is valid during the period of working in India.
2.10 The operator should ensure that the necessary security clearance
for the foreign engineer has been duly obtained before seeking approval.
2.11 The AME should be examined by a Board under AIC 17/94.
3. Procedure for Security Clearance of Foreign AMEs
The operators seeking approval of foreign engineers should apply to
DGCA Hdqrs for security clearance in the proforma given in Appendix 1.
In accordance with instructions of the Ministry of Home Affairs issued
vide OM No. 25022/61/86-F.I dated 26th May, 1986, security clearance is not required in
the following cases:
(a) Foreign technicians and experts coming to India for a period less
than three months, in pursuance of a collaboration agreement between foreign and Indian
firms, provided the agreement has been approved by Government of India.
(b) Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan.
(c) Officials and employees of UN and its specialised agencies.
4. Procedure of Examination under AIC 17 of 1994.
4.1 After receipt of security clearance of the foreign engineer, the
DGCA Hqrs intimates the operator to approach regional/sub-regional airworthiness office
for examination of their foreign engineer under AIC 17/94 for grant of approval. The
examination will be conducted at Regional/SubRegional office by a board constituted by
DAW/CAW of the regional/ subregional airworthiness office with the association of
representative of DGCA Hqrs.
The board should ensure the following:
a. All relevant documents including qualifications, recency of
experience, licence endorsements/ approvals held and medical and their validity are
b. The engineer has good knowledge of the operator's maintenance system
manual, company policies and procedures and his knowledge of the aircraft/engine/systems
c. The engineer should be specifically examined on the special features
unique to the aircraft operated by the firm.
d. If required, the engineer may be subjected to practical test on the
type of aircraft to assess his knowledge on the inspection schedules, snag rectification,
replacement of components, etc. required to be certified by him.
e. The familiarity of the engineer with the engineering management
structure, quality control procedure, log-book certification, MEL, snag rectification,
dispatch procedures etc. may be assessed.
f. The capability of the engineer to understand and communicate in the
English language many also be examined.
g. The engineer may also be examined with regard to any additional
items related to the job.
4.2 On successful examination, Regional/Sub-regional Airworthiness
office may issue the approval to the engineer under sub-rule 7 of Rule 61of the Aircraft
Rules, 1937, for a maximum period of one year. The approval is granted subject to the
condition that he continues to be in the employment of the sponsoring Organisation, his
licence remains current and he is medically fit to exercise the privileges of the
approval. A copy of the format of approval is at Appendix II.
4.3 During the period of approval the QCM shall monitor the work
performed by the foreign AME and ensure that proper inspection and certification is
carried out by the AME.
5. Renewal of Approval.
5.1 For renewal of the approval beyond a period of one year, the
engineer is required pass paper I of AME licence examination conducted by CEO. Approvals
of foreign AMEs shall not be renewed after a period of one year if then do not p-ass this
paper. The QCM should forward the applications for such examination to CEO well in time,
along with a certificate of experience.
5.2 For renewal of approval the recency of experience of three months
in the preceding twelve months shall be ensured.
5.3 The AME should continue to hold valid visa and passport.
5.4 The AME should submit a medical certificate as required for AME
(R. P. Sahi)
Director of Airworthiness