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 SARI Part 66/147 Working Group Meeting in Karachi, Pakistan

March 5 to 7, 2024


Following the successful SARI Part 145 and Part M Working Group Meetings (WGM), with the support of EU-SA APP II, SARI organised another very important activity related to Part 66/Part 147 WGM and this event was held in Karachi, Pakistan from 5 to 7 March 2024. This activity marked another significant step in our ongoing accomplishments to conduct a comprehensive series of activities aimed at updating and revising Airworthiness regulations. These initiatives are strategically designed to realign the Air regulations of the SARI Member States (MS) with the latest revisions and updates within the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Airworthiness regulations. This proactive approach ensures synchronization and compliance with the most recent industry standards, fostering enhanced safety and operational efficiency within the SARI framework.

The main objective of this activity was to review the entire process that led to the rules amendments, starting from the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) and Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA).

The Working Group Meeting aimed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Present the current EU Part-66 and Part-147 Implementing Rules, as well as the upcoming changes. 

  • Review the differences between the existing Part-66 and Part-147 regulations of the MS and identify the gap, leading to the development of an implementation action plan in the forthcoming period. 

  • Provide practical guidance to ensure the effective implementation of the amended rules in the region. 

  • Facilitate discussions on the challenges faced by the civil aviation authorities and the industry regarding the implementation of the amended Part-66 and Part-147. 

  • Improve understanding of EU regulations and their development based on the safety risks identified in the European Aviation Safety Plan (EPAS). 

The participants were informed on general process of rulemaking, international obligations, fundamental characteristics of EU safety regulations, EASA's rulemaking process, and procedures for amending national regulations. Furthermore, presentations by the states (Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan) on the status of Part-66 and Part-147 in their countries were also given. In addition, a presentation by a Part-147 training organization (PIA Training Centre) was also delivered. The expert informed the participants on the main changes introduced in Part-66 and Part-147, e.g. inclusion of new Part-66 licence categories and EU initiative to lighten the regulatory burden for general aviation. The expert further provided extensive insight into the European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS, 2023-2025) and a briefing on various changes related to Part-66 and Part-147 requirements including an overview of “Evaluation report related to the EASA maintenance licensing system and maintenance training organisations”. Finally, the expert presented the Management of Change on a state level. He introduced the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) Methodology utilized by EASA, emphasizing its role as a tool supporting decision-making in these processes through the Comment Response Document (CRD), issuance of the Opinion, publication of the final version of the rule, including associated Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM).

The activity hosted 19 participants of which 5 CAA Pakistan representatives, 2 CAA Nepal representatives, 1 CAA Maldives representative and 11 industry representatives from Pakistan. The SARI team was represented by: SARI AIR Expert Mr. Asmir Kruhovic, SARI Coordinator Mr. Muhammad Zahid Bhatti and Ms. Romany Lawrence-Hewa, SARI assistant.

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