VOLUME 1 GENERAL INSPECTOR GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION
CHAPTER 1 ORDER ORGANIZATION, USE, AND REVISION
Section 1 General Order Information
1-1 PURPOSE. This order directs the activities of aviation safety inspectors
(ASI) responsible for the certification, technical administration, and surveillance
of air carriers, certain other air operators conducting operations in accordance
with the appropriate part of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14
CFR), certificated airmen, and other aviation activities. This order also provides
direction for tasks related to aircraft accidents and incidents, investigations
and compliance, the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), administrative areas,
and miscellaneous tasks not related to a specific regulation.
1-2 CANCELLATION. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 8900.1,
Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), cancels FAA Orders
8300.10, Airworthiness Inspector’s Handbook; 8400.10, Air Transportation
Operations Inspector’s Handbook; and 8700.1, General Aviation Operations Inspector’s Handbook.
1-3 STANDARDIZATION AND CONSISTENCY. Two major objectives of the Flight Standards
Service are to standardize the functions of the ASI position and provide consistency
to industry stakeholders. For this reason, any change to this order must be
in accordance with the approved Aviation Safety (AVS) Quality Management System
(QMS) process. At no time will local interpretations be used in lieu of established
policy found in this order or from other official FAA sources. See
Volume 1, Chapter 3, Section 2 for
more detailed information on interdependence, critical thinking, and consistency.
A. Deviations From This Order.
1) Inspectors, supervisors, and managers who
find that specific requirements in this order do not apply to a specific case
should forward a request for permission to deviate from the requirements through
their division to the applicable Director. The originating office should specify
in its request the alternate means it will use to meet the intent of the policy
from which it wishes to deviate.
2) The Director for that office will assess the deviation request
and notify the division if the request is granted or denied through a signed
memorandum to the division. Offices and divisions will retain any policy deviation
memorandums until the applicable Order 8900.1 policy has been cancelled or they
no longer need the memorandums for reference.
B. Authority to Change This Order. The Executive Director of the Flight
Standards Service (AFX-1) must approve all changes to this order.
C. Conflicts With Other FAA Orders. The guidance in this order may conflict
with that in other FAA orders and directives. This situation may arise inadvertently
or because it is impractical to revise all orders simultaneously. In such a
case, use the order with the most recent date. If the guidance in this order
conflicts with 14 CFR, 14 CFR takes precedence. Inspectors should refer questions
about such conflicts to their immediate supervisors.
D. Availability of This Order. This order is available to both
FAA personnel and to individuals outside the FAA. Flight Standards inspectors
should advise operators of the availability of this order.
1-4 ORDER REVISIONS. Individuals at all levels of the FAA and in the aviation
industry are encouraged to make suggestions for revisions to Order 8900.1.
A. Policy Questions or Concerns. Any questions or concerns regarding Order
8900.1 content should be consulted with office management for resolution or
clarification of the issue before submitting a feedback inquiry. If the issue
cannot be resolved at the office level, email details of the issue to the FSIMS
Librarian and a courtesy copy to the office management. Questions, concerns,
and feedback that are not applicable to Order 8900.1 content may be rejected
or remanded to the proper office for possible action.
B. Order Revision Process. AFS-002-103, Directive and Advisory Circular
Production, is the process for revising this order. The need for a revision
may become evident when a change occurs in the aviation industry, national and
international regulatory bodies, 14 CFR, or FAA policies.
C. Review and Notification. The appropriate policy division will
review and consider all questions, concerns, or suggestions submitted. The FSIMS
Librarian will acknowledge receipt of each suggestion.
1-5 DIRECTIVE AND GUIDANCE INFORMATION.
A. Directive Information. Directive information is information considered
directive in nature, contains terms such as “shall,” “will,” or “must,” and
means the actions are mandatory. “Must not” or “shall not” prohibits the action.
The use of these terms will leave no flexibility, and inspectors must follow
their direction unless otherwise authorized by the applicable Director in accordance with subparagraph 1-3A.
B. Guidance Information. Guidance information is information
considered guiding in nature and will contain terms such as “should” or “may.”
1) “Should” indicates actions that are expected/recommended.
If the “should” expectation cannot be met, what was done to comply must be documented.
Resulting mitigating actions must be taken and communicated as appropriate.
2) “May” indicates actions that are desirable/optional and allow flexibility.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 1-6 through 1-25.