What Is CAMO / CAO and why is it important?

Is your Aircraft serviced by a CAMO or CAO Certified organisation?

CAMO stands for Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation & CAO stands for Combined Airworthiness Organisation, which is a certification awarded by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) to Aviation Management companies likes "CAMO Services".


What Do CAMO’s / CAO's Do?

The task of a certified ‘Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation’ (CAMO) or Combined Airworthginess Organisation (CAO), such as our team here at CAMO Services, is fundamentally keeping aircraft airworthy, yet incorporates the management of all inspections and the associated paperwork to meet the EASA regulations.

The law requires a CAMO / CAO to observe the following commitments;

  • Entrust an orgnanisation to maintain airworthiness (CAMO Services is approved and active as a CAO with approval No. CY.CAO.0002)

  • Ensure the fundamental airworthiness of its aircraft

  • Continuously audit all aircraft and its components as required by authorities

  • Closely cooperate with any maintenance and servicing companies to maintain airworthiness standards

  • Takes responsibility for the quality management and all documentation to maintain airworthiness

CAMO Services offers this CAO certified service in Cyprus and we operate in Larnaca and Paphos International Airports.


What Are The Benefits To You Working With A CAMO / CAO?

All aircraft owners/operators who have aircraft registered in Europe, including Cyprus, must register their aircraft and cooperate with a CAMO / CAO as an EASA – (European Aviation Safety Agency) requirement. This ensures the highest safety standards.

Also all Training Organisations must contract a CAMO / CAO Management Organisation for looking after the airworthiness of their aircraft.

So lets break down what that actually means.

An aircraft not only needs to be maintained correctly, it has to be carefully monitored to ensure that it is firstly, safe to fly.

  • This means checking and ensuring that any inspections of items on the aircraft is not overdue.

  • A review of installed parts are replaced or inspected before failures occur.

  • Compliance with AD’s (Airworthiness Directives) are mandatory and are nearly always a ‘safety of flight’ issue, these must be checked and your aircraft inspected immediately.  

  • Manufacturers SB's (Service Bulletins) are usually a product improvement and are reviewed and embodied to increase reliability of your aircraft.

  • CAMO / CAO certified services do not only check and ensure compliance of all items, but also plan scheduled maintenance, taking all this scheduling and planning hassle away from you.

There are many ways of carrying out the due inspections, either in house engineers with a 145 facility, (which is the best option) or by arranging to take aircraft to other facilities for the work. CAMO Services co-operates with three such organisations in Cyprus.

A CAMO / CAO will obtain multiple quotations for scheduled work, assist with arranging down route AOG issues.

A CAMO / CAO will take care of the Airworthiness Review Certificate, again ensuring everything that was scheduled to be inspected and or replaced has been done correctly.

All of the above is checked at minimum – weekly, to ensure you and your aircraft are safe and compliant. If the aircraft is not compliant and has overdue items, this will affect insurance in case of claim, and will ground the aircraft if inspected by the Authority.

So working with a Certified CAMO / CAO saves you time, money and keeps you airworthy, which in business terms means ‘mobility’ to do your business.

Having a CAMO / CAO like us take care of your aircraft will give total peace of mind that your aircraft is in safest possible hands.

Along with our local Maintenance Facilities and our experience you can rely on us to keep you safe.


We Go ‘The Extra Mile’ With Our Service

The records are just as important as the maintenance for your aircraft. The maintenance of the aircraft must be reviewed for all task’s, AD’s (Airworthiness Directives), SB's (Service Bulletins) etc. This will ensure a safe and reliable aircraft.

The record keeping is also very important at the time of an aircraft sale or transfer of operator.

Missing records can be very costly, both in time and in parts if any certification is missing.


Non EASA aircraft do not need an approved CAMO / CAO, however contracting an EASA qualified CAMO / CAO will give European legal assurances and ‘peace of mind’ that your aircraft and records are controlled and maintained under a recognized ‘approval and audit’ system.