Thread: MEL definition
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 08:40
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This is what EASA states in its document 'Certification Specificationsand Guidance Material for Master Minimum Equipment List CS-MMEL':
‘Commencement of flight’ is the point when an aircraft begins to move under its own power for the purpose of preparing for take-off.

Operators should include guidance in the MEL to deal with any failures which occur between the commencement of the flight and the start of the take-off.
So it is very, very, very clear till what stage a defect needs to be entered in the Tech Log, rectified by an engineer or possibly deferred under the MEL: the release of the parking brake for taxi.

You'd be surprised how many pilots don't grasp this simple fact
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