Establishment and Operation of Aircraft Maintenance Unit
In order to establish and operate an Aircraft Maintenance Unit in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain an approval for the establishment and operation of Aircraft Maintenance Unit by the Department of Civil Aviation, operating under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.
Based on the Commission Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 the term ‘aircraft’ means any machine that can derive support in the atmosphere from the reactions of the air other than reactions of the air against the earth’s surface; while the term “maintenance” means any one or combination of overhaul, repair, inspection, replacement, modification or defect rectification of an aircraft or component, with the exception of pre-flight inspection.
Who is Eligible
Every physical person or legal entity is eligible to obtain approval for the establishment and operation of an Aircraft Maintenance Unit, provided that the Department of Civil Aviation is satisfied that the criteria and requirements in accordance with the (EU) 1321/2014 Annex I (Part M) Subpart F or Annex II (Part 145) as applicable are fulfilled; related, among others, to the following:
- facilities are provided appropriate for all planned work, ensuring in particular protection from the weather elements;
- appointment of an accountable manager who has corporate authority for ensuring that all maintenance required by the customer can be financed and carried out to the standard;
- the organisation shall have available and use the necessary equipment, tools and material to perform the approved scope of work;
- the organisation shall hold and use applicable current maintenance data in the performance of maintenance, including modifications and repairs.
Where to Apply
The EASA Form 2 Application for Part M Subpart F / Part 145 approval can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the competent authority:
Department of Civil Aviation
27 Pindarou Street, Alpha Business Center
1429, Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel.: +357 22 404 102
Fax : +357 22 404 220
Which Certificates must be Submitted
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
- copy of Maintenance Organisation Exposition;
- copy of EASA Form 4 Management Personnel Acceptance;
- application fee receipt (between €512 – €2.560 (Depends on the specialization) (payable either by cash, cheque, or bank transfer).
On site inspections are carried out by the Department of Civil Aviation´s officers in order to ensure that the applicant complies with the requirements of Part-145 or Part-M Subpart F.
Fees Applicable & How to Pay
Application fees depends on the specialization and, therefore, vary between €512 – €2.560 (payable either by cash, cheque, or bank transfer);
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within three months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted.
Licence Validity Period
The Approval Certificate is valid infinitely and does not need to be renewed.
Dispute with the Competent Authority's Decision
How to File an Administrative Action
Administrative Action against a Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file an Administrative Action at the Administrative Court against a decision, act, or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, an Administrative Action may be lodged within 75 days from the date of the decision or act or omission or from the day when such decision or act or omission was notified to the applicant.
The Administrative Court acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the Administrative Action
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested decision or act
III. Compel the relevant authority or body to take a certain action
After a decision is annulled, the authority and/or public body must reverse things back to the state prior to when the concerned decision and/or act was executed and reexamine.
How to Appeal
An Appeal may be filed against the Administrative Court’s first-instance decision within a period of 42 days from the date such a decision was given.
At the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Section) hearing, the contested issue of the appeal remains the legality of the decision or act already adjudicated. However, such a revision of the legality of the decision or act is solely examined on the matters and the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the relevant notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Supreme Court is considered final in relation to the matter that has been judged.
Legislation & Obligations
Which Laws and Regulations Apply
What are my Obligations
Approved Aircraft Maintenance Units are obliged to comply with the provisions of the EU Regulations No 2018/1139 and 1321/2014, as periodically amended, and specifically, among others, to all the requirements of Part M Subpart F or Part -145, as applicable.
The Department of Civil Aviation supervises the approved Aircraft Maintenance Units. Authorised officers of the Department of Civil Aviation periodically conduct on site inspections in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of Part M Subpart F or Part 145, as applicable.