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VOLUME 15  faa SAFETY team POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

CHAPTER 8  Safety Award and Incentive programs

Section 2  Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” and Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Awards

15-8-2-1    GENERAL.

A.    Purpose. This section identifies guidance and describes the procedures for overall management of the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award (MPA) and Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award (MMA).

B.    Scope. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Team (FAASTeam) Program Manager (FPM) will promote, manage and process the MPAs and MMAs for their assigned Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) district. The Regional FAASTeam Point of Contact (RFPOC) will promote, manage and process these award programs for FSDOs that do not have FPMs assigned. The National FAASTeam Branch (AFS-850) issues the award (certificates and pins), delivers the award certificates and pins, manages the Roll of Honor on www.FAASafety.gov, and maintains award supplies and materials. This section includes or references policy, guidance and procedures to effectively manage these award programs. “Processing” used in this section means receipt, review, eligibility confirmation, award materials request/submission, presentation and recording.

15-8-2-3    TASK PREREQUISITES AND SIGNIFICANT INTERFACES.

A.    Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS) Activity Code.

1)    Operations: 1929 (MMA), 1930 (MPA).
2)    Maintenance: 3929 (MMA), 3930 (MPA).
3)    Avionics: 5929 (MMA), 5930 (MPA).

B.    Significant Interfaces. This task requires coordination with the following organizations or individuals:

·    Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI);

·    Award Nominee;

·    FSDO;

·    RFPOC; and

·    AFS-850.

C.    Automation Tools:

·    AFS-850 Wright Brothers/Charles Taylor Certificate/Pins Order Form Tracking Tool on the National FAASTeam SharePoint site;

·    FAASTeam Web site at www.FAASafety.gov;

·    Safety Performance Analysis System (SPAS); and

·    Enhanced Flight Standards Automation System (eFSAS).

D.    References. [Reserved]

E.    Legal References. [Reserved]

F.    Regulatory Guidance. [Reserved]

G.    Procedural Guidance (current editions):

·    FAA Order 1380.51, Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem.

·    PTRS Procedures Manual (PPM).

·    AFS-850 Wright Brothers Master Pilot/Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Certificate and Pin Order Work Instruction on National FAASTeam SharePoint site.

·    National FAASTeam PTRS/LDR Work Instruction on the National FAASTeam SharePoint site.

H.    Additional Guidance:

·    Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award Information Guide/Nomination Form, available on www.FAASafety.gov.

·    Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award Information Guide/Nomination Form, available, on www.FAASafety.gov.

I.    Forms. FAA Form 8000-36, Program Tracking and Reporting System Data Sheet.

J.    Job Aids. This task requires access to the National FAASTeam SharePoint site for:

·    National FAASTeam-Wright Brothers and Charles Taylor Certificate/Pin(s) Order Form on National FAASTeam SharePoint.

·    AFS-850 National FAASTeam Wright Brothers Master Pilot and Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Certificate and Pin Order Work Instruction.

15-8-2-5    BACKGROUND.

A.    AFS-850.

1)    Develops award policy, guidance and procedures, and makes it available to the field via the National FAASTeam SharePoint site or Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS).
a)    AFS-850’s Wright Brothers/Charles Taylor Certificate/Pins Order Form Tracking Tool is an automated system used by the FPM to request award certificate and pin(s).
b)    AFS-850 Wright Brothers Master Pilot/Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Certificate and Pin Order Work Instruction.
c)    AFS-850 PTRS Work Instruction.
d)    Volume 15.
2)    Processes award per AFS-850 Wright Brothers Master Pilot/Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Certificate and Pin Order Work Instruction.
a)    Reviews submitted award nominations.
b)    Issues award.
c)    Ships certificate and pin(s) to requester.
d)    Manages the Roll of Honor on www.FAASafety.gov.
e)    Maintains adequate supply of award materials.

B.    Eligible Candidates.

1)    Certificated pilots, mechanics, and repairmen must meet the eligibility requirements and submit a completed nomination form per The Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award Information Guide or The Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award Information Guide, as applicable. Award applications received by the FSDO will be processed by their assigned FPM. Applications received by FSDOs without FPMs will be forwarded to the RFPOC for processing.
2)    An Airworthiness FPM may receive, review, submit requests for, and record an MPA but must enlist assistance/support from a FSDO Operations FPM or ASI to confirm eligibility. This policy applies to an Operations FPM processing an MMA. The FPM will submit the award request to AFS-850 per the Wright Brothers/Charles Taylor Certificate/Pins Order Form Tracking Tool referenced in this section. AFS-850 issues the award(s), delivers the award(s) to the requesting party and maintains the Roll of Honor.

C.    Presentation of Award. One of the highest honors the FAA can bestow to an airman is the MMA or the MPA. Recipients of these awards have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years of aircraft maintenance or aircraft operations. Because this award is so prestigious, it is highly encouraged that the Regional Flight Standards Division Manager (RFSDM) or Assistant present the award to the recipient. However, a FSDO Manager should present the award if the RFSDM or Assistant is unavailable to present the award. The FPM and/or RFPOC should participate at all ceremonies and will be the presenter of the award if no manager is available.

1)    The FSDO-assigned FPM will present a certificate, blue ribbon airman records package, and lapel pin to each award recipient and a pin to the recipient’s spouse, if applicable. The RFPOC will present or coordinate a presentation of the award in those FSDO districts that do not have an FPM assigned.
2)    The award should be presented at a public function whenever possible. If the award recipient is a newsworthy or noteworthy individual, the AFS-850 manager should be notified through the RFPOC to assess if an FAA executive-level presentation is appropriate.

D.    Promote Award and Encourage Applications. The FPMs will, with the support of their FAASTeam Representatives (REP), routinely promote the MPA and MMA within their local Flight Standards Field Office (FSFO) district. The RFPOC will encourage FAASTeam REPs and FSDO ASIs to promote the award in FSDO districts where no FPM is assigned.

15-8-2-7    MPA/MMA PROCESS FLOW.

Figure 15-8-2A.   Wright Brothers “Master Pilot”/Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award Process Flowchart

Figure 15-8-2A. Wright Brothers “Master Pilot”/Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award Process Flowchart

15-8-2-9    PROCEDURES.

A.    Open the PTRS Record (see flowchart process step 15-8-2-9A).

B.    Review Nomination Package and Confirm Eligibility (see flowchart process step 15-8-2-9B.).

1)    Review application and confirm that it contains all elements per the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award Information Guide or Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” Award Information Guide, as applicable.
2)    Access SPAS to research candidate history in Enforcement Information System (EIS), Accident/Incident Data System (AIDS), and PTRS records.
3)    Confirm eligibility.
a)    If the FPM is not the same specialty as award recipient, the FPM will solicit support from a FSDO ASI with the same specialty to confirm that eligibility requirements are met.
b)    If airman is not eligible, the FPM will deny application, terminate the process, advise the applicant and close PTRS with reason for non-eligibility. This should be done only if applicant is truly not eligible for award. For incomplete/erroneous applications, keep PTRS open, rectify application issues and continue the process.
c)    If the airman is eligible, proceed.
4)    Coordinate an award presentation venue and date with award recipient. This date is entered on the Wright Brothers/Charles Taylor Certificate/Pins Order Form Tracking Tool.

C.    Order Certificates, Pins, and Plaques (see flowchart process step 15-8-2-9C).

1)    Prepare and submit request for Certificate(s) and Pin(s), using the AFS-850 Wright Brothers/Charles Taylor Certificate/Pins Order Form Tracking Tool and AFS-850 Wright Brothers Master Pilot/Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Certificate and Pin Order Work Instruction. Both documents are located on the National FAASTeam SharePoint site.
2)    Receive and Check Certificate.
a)    Verify the certificate is correct and error-free.
b)    Advise/Invite responsible management team to present the award.

D.    Present the Award (see flowchart process step 15-8-2-9D). This is done by the RFSDM/Assistant, FSDO Manager/Front Line Manager (FLM), or FPM, if no manager is available.

E.    Close the PTRS (see flowchart process step 15-8-2-9E). Include comments with the data and recipient information required by the AFS-850 Wright Brothers Master Pilot/Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Certificate and Pin Order Work Instruction located on the National FAASTeam SharePoint site.

15-8-2-11    TASK OUTCOMES. Completion of this task results in:

·    Award rejection of MPA or MMA; or

·    Award acceptance and presentation of MPA or MMA;

·    A reliable, accurate PTRS database for award program analysis; and

·    FAA recognition and acknowledgement of award recipients.

15-8-2-13    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. The FPM will ensure the continued promotion of the prestigious MPA and MMA program at future safety events.

15-8-2-15 through 15-8-2-25 RESERVED.