Title:

Conduct an Operational Evaluation with Foreign Regulatory Authorities

Number:

4.1.218        Validation Date:     08/11/16      Approval Date:           12/13/16

Comments:

This JTA describes the process used when:

1) The FAA is invited by the aircraft manufacturer to participate in an operational evaluation of an aircraft manufactured and certified in a foreign country.

OR

2) Foreign regulatory authorities are invited by a U.S. aircraft manufacturer to participate in an FAA operational evaluation of an aircraft manufactured and certified in the U.S.

Examples of these evaluations are: determinations of pilot type rating requirements, developing specifications for crewmember training, checking or currency, evaluation of MMEL relief proposals, or evaluating other technologies such as Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), and Head- up Display (HUD).

A concurrent FAA and foreign authority operational evaluation may reduce the demand on manufacturer resources and could eliminate duplication of effort. It has the potential for better harmonization of operational findings among regulatory authorities.

In all cases, it should be understood that the FAA AEG functions are not delegated to foreign authorities, nor is the AEG obligated to adopt or endorse foreign aviation authorities’ operational findings.

Job Task Sponsor:

AFS-200

Job Series:

1825 Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations)

Function:

4.0 General Technical

Duty:

4.1 Aircraft Evaluation

Rating and Ranking

 

Difficulty:

Moderate to high

Importance:

Critical

Time to Accomplish:

Variable

Specialty

Frequency

OPS

On-demand

 

Course Numbers

none

 

PTRS Activity Codes

SAI

EPI

none

N/A

N/A

 

Regulatory Requirements

 

 

14 CFR 61, 91, 121, 125, & 135

 

 

 

Forms

none

 

Job Aids

none

 

Other Guidance (Current Editions)

FAA Order 8900.1              Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

AC 120-53                          Guidance for Conducting and Use of Flight Standardization Board Evaluations

NOTE:  Ensure you are using the most current information. The Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), or current equivalent, may be used to obtain current guidance.

TASK DESCRIPTION:

Conduct an operational evaluation with foreign regulatory authorities.

 

SUBTASK 1:

Manufacturer proposes concurrent operational evaluation.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Manufacturer proposes concurrent operational evaluation with multiple aviation authorities.

Conditions:

N/A

Standards:

N/A

Knowledge:

AEG functions and assigned aircraft.

 

 

SUBTASK 2:

Create AEG office project record.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Create AEG project record. Create file folders.

Conditions:

AEG office files.

Standards:

In accordance with office practices for use of AEG filing.

Knowledge:

Office practices for use of AEG filing.

 

 

SUBTASK 3:

Coordinate with the manufacturer.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

The manufacturer will schedule a telephone conference or meeting with the Aircraft Evaluation Group.

Conditions:

Via email, letter, telephone.

Standards:

Timely appearance at the meeting and ability to take detailed notes.

Knowledge:

Knowledge of time and place of meeting.

 

 

ELEMENT 3.1:

Identify lead authority

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Identify the lead authority that will be the single liaison with the manufacturer. The lead authority is normally from the country the aircraft is manufactured in.

Conditions:

Via meeting, telephone or written correspondence.

Standards:

Effective communications.

Knowledge:

Foreign aviation authorities’ responsibilities and delegations.

 

 

ELEMENT 3.2:

Establish communications process

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Establish communications process with foreign authority, manufacturer and the FAA.

2) Determine operational evaluation team members.

Conditions:

Via meeting, telephone or written correspondence.

Standards:

1) Clear and comprehensive communications.

2) Ability to take detailed notes.

Knowledge:

Thorough understanding of the AEG’s role.

 

 

SUBTASK 4:

Attend informational meetings.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Attend meetings with aircraft manufacturer and operational evaluation team members and document agreements/findings

Conditions:

Meeting location

Standards:

Clear and concise communication and documentation.

Knowledge:

Understanding of meeting protocol

 

 

SUBTASK 5:

Provide issue papers (if applicable)

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Issues may arise which require documentation in the form of an issue paper.

Conditions:

AEG office correspondence procedures.

Standards:

Clear written communications.

Knowledge:

Comprehensive understanding of issue.

 

 

SUBTASK 6:

Coordinate manufacturer operations evaluation application

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Coordinate manufacturer operations evaluation application with all parties. The lead authority is normally responsible for this.

Conditions:

Meeting, telephone or correspondence.

Standards:

Clear communications.

Knowledge:

Operational evaluation process.

 

 

SUBTASK 7:

Conduct operational evaluation.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Conduct evaluation of the ground school and flight training with the evaluation team members.

Conditions:

Classroom, simulator and aircraft. Applicable Practical Test Standards.

Standards:

AC 120-53

Knowledge:

Clear understanding of the FSB procedures and the appropriate Practical Test Standards.

 

 

SUBTASK 8:

Draft evaluation report

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Ideally the entire team will write one report together that can be then modified by each individual aviation authority.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

AC 120-53 or other applicable FAA guidance

Knowledge:

Self-explanatory.

 

 

SUBTASK 9:

Resolve any open issues.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Open issues should be resolved between the participating aviation authorities and the manufacturer, if possible. Issues left unresolved need to be documented and the authorities need to agree on action item execution.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

Clear written communications.

Knowledge:

Issue resolution options.

 

 

SUBTASK 10:

Complete FAA evaluation report

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

Complete and distribute FAA evaluation report.

Conditions:

AEG Office/workstation

Standards:

AC 120-53 or other applicable FAA guidance

Knowledge:

Report writing criteria.

 

 

SUBTASK 11:

Close AEG office project record.

 

Objective/Skill:

Performance:

1) Close out AEG project record

2) Close out file folder.

Conditions:

AEG office files.

Standards:

In accordance with offices practices and procedures for use of AEG filing.

Knowledge:

Office practices for use of AEG Filing.