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 natural or legal person is eligible to obtain an approval for the establishment and operation of 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 (see related documents) 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
Recourse Against A Competent Authority’s Decision
Any person may file recourse with the Administrative court against a decision, act or omission of any competent authority or body.
Pursuant to Article 146 of the Constitution, recourse may be lodged within 75 days of the date of publication of the decision or act or in the event of publication or omission from the day when the act or omission was made aware to the applicant.
The Administrative acts as a cassation Court and not as a substantive Court. In other words, the Administrative Court may:
I. Dismiss the recourse
II. Annul wholly or partially the contested act or omission
After a cancellation decision, the administration must bring things back to the place before the act was issued.
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 of adoption of the decision. During the revisional procedure, the Supreme Court fully revisits the case.
Before the Plenary of the Supreme Court hearing a revisional appeal, the contested issue remains the legality of the action raised in the recourse. However, the revision of the legality of the act is done by the Plenary on the matters and to the extent that the two parties have limited the reasons in the notice of appeal.
The decision adopted by the Plenary 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.