There seems to be some Contractual misunderstandings or inconsistencies from around the system focused around when a particular Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT) can sign the Mechanical Flight Release/Airworthiness Release/Aircraft Release, commonly referred to as ‘the Release’, and under what circumstances each AMT classification is expected to sign the Release. Before moving on, it must be understood that signing any form of Aircraft Release is an important and serious compliance task, which requires specific training in order to be considered qualified to sign the Release. The rest of this explanation is based on the premise that all necessary training and qualification requirements have been met and are current.
Who accomplishes signing the Release is defined in the Contract, that work is defined. What we were recently informed of is that the Company has added language to the GPM that conflicts with the Contract. This means even if the GPM states that one classification may accomplish work, but the Contract clearly states the accomplishment of that work belongs to another classification - the Contract is the higher authority.
When situations occur in which management attempts to have the work assigned to the incorrect classification, the first step is to get with a Local 591 Representative at your station and together inform management of the violation. If management refuses to immediately correct the situation by complying with the Contract, a grievance is necessary to both stop the practice and to make any harmed Members whole for the contractual violation(s).
For Title 1, under Article 11, each classification and their scope of work regarding the Release is explained. I’ve provided an explanation and the excerpted language from the CBA to ensure uniform understanding from the same Contract language. [Emphasis mine]
AMT - May sign the Release only under two specific circumstances:
- AMT may sign the Release for their own work, while at their Station, which does not include tasks accomplished when working with additional AMTs while in their Station,
- AMT may also sign the Release for their own work and/or the work of others while on a Field Trip.
CBA 11.a.(2) for AMT “Certifies for the quality of his own workmanship including signing mechanical flight releases, except signs mechanical flight release for all work done on field work.”
Inspector AMT - May sign the Release for their own work and/or the work of others.
CBA 11.a.(6) for Inspector “As may apply to work assignments, he uses tools, measuring instruments, inspection aids, test equipment, and signs mechanical flight releases.”
Crew Chief – May sign the Release for their own work and/or the work of others.
CBA 11.c.(2) for Crew Chief “A Crew Chief – Aviation Maintenance Technician, who holds the proper licenses, may sign mechanical flight releases, and perform back checks and inspections.”
In a nutshell, here are the two basic Contract scenarios for an AMT accomplishing the Release:
While working at their home station, the Contract stipulates that the AMT may ONLY sign the Release when all of the work on the aircraft was accomplished by that one AMT. If ANYONE ELSE performs any other work/inspections/tasks that are accomplished on that aircraft, during that same visit, then either a Crew Chief or an Inspector is to sign the Release.
While working on a Field Trip, the AMT, Crew Chief and/or Inspector may sign the Release, regardless of the number of AMTs accomplishing the work.
If you have any questions regarding this topic, please don’t hesitate to contact your Local 591 Representatives for clarification.
TWU Local 591 Executive Board Member
Aircraft Release clarification.pdf