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ing system, where the full audit checklist is broken up into
*	 A corrective action plan that is calculated to address
chunks. Certain elements may be repeated during the process
the identified root cause; this is often different from
in order to emphasize them and permit more frequent auditing
the initial containment and, as appropriate, can include
of those elements, and other elements may be checked less freactions like training, new inspection requirements in the
quently. In a small repair station, it might be effective to break
repair station's operating manuals, or communication
the full audit into 12 chunks and perform a monthly audit of
with an OEM whose component maintenance manual is
some elements; certain important elements might be repeated
incomplete.
each month (like checking sample documentation packages for
*	 Follow-up to ensure that the corrective action plan was
documentation compliance) while others might only arise once
adequately implemented and achieved the expected
per year (such as confirming that your accountable manager
results; if it did not, then you may have misidentified
is performing the tasks expected of an
the root cause.
accountable manager, or has properly
A third tool is periodic third-party
and legally delegated them).
audits. One problem with self-audits is
In your self-audits, you should have
that sometimes the internal auditor can
A GOOD WAY TO START
your auditor periodically review work
be "blind" to issues that arise slowly
DEVELOPING YOUR
packages and the approval for return to
within the repair station. A related
INTERNAL AUDIT
service/maintenance release produced for
problem can be that the internal audiCHECKLIST IS TO LIST
the work package. These are the primary
tor's checklist can fail to identify audit
ALL
THE
REGULATIONS
compliance documents that most Federal
elements that might have revealed
Aviation Administration inspectors will
compliance issues. Periodically using a
WITH WHICH THE REPAIR
examine when assessing compliance.
third-party auditor can help overcome
STATION COMPLIES AND
Make sure the approval for return to
these issues.
service/maintenance release documents
The third-party auditor should
continue to meet the regulatory standards
examine your self-audits to make sure
under Part 43, as well as the requirements
that your root-cause-and-correctiveof your repair station and quality manuaction process is functioning properly
als. Also, confirm that they accurately
and to assess your closed findings.
reflect the work performed.
Third-party audits can be hired from
It is easy for mechanics to diverge
certification bodies (such as ISO 9001
from the company's documentations polor AS9110 auditors), consulting firms
icies. It starts with little things - like failing to complete a form
or even from law firms specializing in aviation compliance.
in the work package or traveler. But later, if there is a compliWhen our firm audits repair stations for compliance, one
ance issue alleged by a customer or the government, then those
place where we often find problems is in manual provisions
minor slips can mean major headaches.
that are being properly followed, but that were inadequately
You should have a process for resolving any findings
drafted and, therefore, fail to maintain the repair station's
identified in your self-audits. This should include, but not
compliance status. This is the sort of finding that may be
be limited to:
missed by an internal auditor (who "lives inside the sys*	 A clear statement of the finding.
tem") but caught by an outside auditor.
*	 Initial containment actions to prevent the finding
As the world's aviation authorities continue to stress the
from jeopardizing safety.
importance of having compliance systems, using (1) an
*	 A root cause analysis for the finding to identify
intake process for new tasks, (2) self-audits and (3) thirdwhy it is happening; sometimes analysis can show
party audits can help the repair station support its compliunexpected causation.
ance goals. q

MAKE THEM THE
BACKBONE OF
YOUR AUDIT
CHECKLIST.

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