MEL training – understanding the full scope

closed2 days8-9 May 2023Schiphol, NLInquire Now!
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Course content

The MEL is an operational document that pilots must consult prior to flight, to determine whether or not inoperative equipment affects the airworthiness of the aircraft and the operational regulations for the intended flight.

Compiling a Minimum Equipment List is an air operator’s task and requires detailed knowledge of:

  • MEL philosophy;
  • MEL regulations;
  • MEL sources;
  • Aircraft configuration;
  • Operators’ policies and procedures.

This training course educates participants on the MEL philosophy, MEL regulations and MEL sources and also explains how to ensure that aircraft configuration and the operator’s procedures are properly reflected in a MEL. Specifically, it focuses on items operators typically struggle with, based on operator audits and Ramp Inspection (SAFA/SACA) findings.

The course includes a workshop in which the operator’s current MEL is reviewed with participants.

Course elements

  1. Introduction
    • Why an MEL?
    • MEL philosophy
    • Certification
      • Airworthiness
      • Operations
    • Stakeholders (e.g. FOEB/JOEB, TC holder, State of Design/Operator, Operator and MRO)
  2. MMEL
    • Basic principles
    • Format and elements
  3. MEL creation
    • Creating and implementing
    • MEL format
    • CDL
    • Source material for the MEL
    • Aircraft configuration
    • (O) and (M) items
    • Operator policy items
    • Required vs. non-required items
  4. Regulations
    • ICAO
    • Semi-past: JAA TGL 26
    • EU/EASA regulations since 28 Oct. 2014
    • National regulations and operating rules
    • FAR 121/FAA Advisory Circular and policy material
  5. MEL approval process and up-dating
    • Organizational aspects
    • Defect Deferral procedures
  6. Examples
  7. Exercises

Course delivery

The course is delivered by a former Operations Quality Manager with a major European operator who has accumulated extensive experience in MEL preparation, in addition to regulatory flight operations matters in general.

Target audience

Operator and National Aviation Authority (NAA) personnel engaged in writing and/or approving Minimum Equipment Lists. This typically includes Flight Operations Support staff, Chief Pilots, Nominated Postholders Flight Operations, Maintenance Support staff on the operator side and Flight Operations Inspectors and Airworthiness Inspectors on the NAA side.


Time: 1.5 day
Course fee: € 1400.- excl. VAT (21%)

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