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Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI)

MCAI is defined as the “mandatory requirements for the modification, replacement of parts, or inspection of aircraft and amendment of operating limitations and procedures.” An Airworthiness Directive (AD) is one type of such information. ICAO requires that member States have a system to maintain the airworthiness of aeronautical products on their registry. As part of this system, States publish and exchange MCAI.

FAA Order 8040.5 describes policy and procedures for developing FAA ADs on imported products where the State of Design authority has issued MCAI.

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