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.
For the do-it-yourself ers!
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
Flow chart for operating with an MEL
Minimum Equipment List Services
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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