Summary of CAMO
The CAMO is employed by either the aircraft owner directly or by the operator, depending on how the owner wishes to handle their aircraft. In regards to the CAMO, it is their responsibility to plan and coordinate all maintenance activities and to keep the aircraft airworthy as much as possible. Broadly speaking this means:
• Forecasting planned maintenance work;
• Reliability assessment;
• Ensuring the maintenance provider can begin and finish works within the planned down-time.
All of the above keeps the owner happy, safe in the knowledge they can use their aircraft as much as they like outside of maintenance downtime.
The CAMO should always maintain contact with preferred maintenance providers (Part 145 organizations) of which it is typical to have at least three-optional companies to go to at any one time (see Diagram A, left). In the event there is a fault on the aircraft, the CAMO should be in a position of knowledge as to where the aircraft can be referred to efficiently rectify the issue.
Ultimately, a good CAMO-approved company should be the eyes and ears for an aircraft operator, and know exactly what’s going on technically with the aircraft – past, present and future. Significant levels of trust are afforded a company looking after the maintenance of an aircraft. If you choose to place your aircraft with a CAMO, you should ensure that your trust is well placed.
Author: Nadeem Muhiddin (Gamit)
Kindly reproduced with the permission of AV Buyer.