Task:

M2.3.13 Ground an Operator’s Aircraft

Function:

Duty:

2.0 Surveillance/Inspection

2.3 Air Operator Surveillance

Previous Task Analysis:

1995 Hughes Task # 2.3.13 and 2.3.77

1985 Allen Corp Task # 1.1.1

Difficulty:

5

Criticality:

Y

Importance:

5

Time:

 

Frequency:

1

Job Aid:

Y

PTRS Tracking

Specialty

3350

 

 

 

 

 

S

O

M

E

F

A

C

T

5350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P

 

 

P

 

 

Legal References:

49 U.S.C. § 40113        Administrative

49 U.S.C. § 44701        General Requirements

49 U.S.C. § 44709        Amendments, Modifications, Suspensions, and Revocations of Certificates

49 U.S.C. § 44713        Inspection and Maintenance

49 U.S.C. § 46101        Complaints and Investigation

49 U.S.C. § 46301        Civil Penalties

Purpose:

To ground an operator's aircraft used in air transportation

Significant Interfaces:

Operator

Flight Crew

Certificate Holder

Certificate Holding District Office

Flight Standards District Office

Regional Flight Standards Division

Aircraft Maintenance Division, AFS-300

Regional Legal Counsel

Procedural Guidance (current editions):

14 CFR Part 121          Operating Requirements: Domestic, Flag, and Supplemental Operations

14 CFR Part 125          Certification and Operations: Airplanes Having a Seating Capacity of 20 or More Passengers or a Maximum Payload Capacity of 6,000 Pounds or More; and Rules Governing Persons on Board Such Aircraft

14 CFR Part 135          Operating Requirements: Commuter and on Demand Operations and Rules Governing Persons on Board Such Aircraft

Order 1380.51              Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem

Order 2150.3                Compliance and Enforcement Program

Order 8900.1                Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

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

1           Initiate investigation to determine need to ground aircraft

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

1.1      Open PTRS record
K:          Order 1380.51
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

2           Inspect aircraft

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

2.1      Determine if aircraft is unsafe for air transportation
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12
2.2      Determine if operator intends to put aircraft into revenue service in unsafe condition
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12
2.3      Determine if unsafe condition constitutes a hazard to persons and/or property
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

3           Consult with principal inspector(s)/Regional Flight Standards Division, if time permits

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

NOTE:  This coordination must not interfere with any immediate action necessary to ground an unsafe aircraft that is expected to operate

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

4           If decision is to ground aircraft

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

4.1      Advise Pilot-in-Command and operator personnel who have authority to keep the aircraft on the ground of reasons for grounding notice under authority of U.S.C. 49 § 44713
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

5           Take necessary precautions to ensure aircraft is not operated

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

6           Debrief Flight Standards District Office and Regional Flight Standards Division

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

7           Ensure written notification confirming grounding is received by the appropriate operator personnel

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

7.1      Complete Aircraft Grounding Form only if operator will not correct discrepancies and still wants to fly the aircraft
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

8           Determine if violation action is necessary

K:          Order 2150.3

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

9           Mail two copies of written grounding confirmation to Regional Flight Standards Division

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

9.1      Provide details of grounding to operator’s principal inspector(s)
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

10         Document task

K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

10.1     File all supporting paperwork in operator’s office file
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12
10.2     Close PTRS record
K: Order 1380.51
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12

11         Future activities

11.1     Monitor operator's action to correct unsafe condition
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12
11.2     If unsafe condition is corrected and aircraft is made safe for operation before the five days elapse, notify operator in writing that the aircraft may now be operated
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12
11.3     If unsafe condition is not corrected, and there is good reason to expect the operator will operate the aircraft after the five days elapsed, inform Regional Counsel; request suspension or revocation of the Certificate of Airworthiness
K:          Order 8900.1, Vol. 8, Chap. 5, Sec. 12