1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice announces that the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Cargo Focus Team (CFT) will conduct evaluations of Title 14 of the
Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR)
and 135 certificate holders’ Weight and Balance Programs (WBP). The CFT will do this using the Safety Assurance
System (SAS) Certificate Holder Evaluation Process (CHEP).
2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice includes
and 135 principal inspectors (PI), certificate management
offices (CMO), and Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO). The secondary audience
includes all Flight Standards divisions, branches, and offices.
4. Background. In April 2013, a Dubai‑bound Boeing 747‑400 crashed
after takeoff from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Following the accident, it was determined that a review of
part 121 certificated air carriers’ WBP manuals and
authorizations was necessary to ensure the programs were based on approved data.
5. Discussion. As outlined in FAA Order 8900.1,
Volume 3, Chapter 47, Evaluate
(10 or More and Turbine‑Powered Aircraft) Certificate Holder’s Weight and Balance
Control Program, the CFT reviews WBPs. However, this content is being revised
to reflect the CFT’s new evaluation process utilizing the SAS CHEP. These CHEPs
may be conducted solely by the CFT or concurrently with the Safety Analysis
and Promotion Division (AFS‑900). Refer to Order 8900.1,
Volume 10, Chapter 8, Section 1, Safety Assurance System: Certificate Holder
Evaluation Process, for information about the CHEP. According to Order 8900.1,
Volume 3, Chapter 47, Section 1, the CFT has provided a memorandum
of concurrence/nonconcurrence upon completion of the WBP review; however, this
process is being changed. Upon completion of an evaluation of the WBP by the
CFT, a memorandum of concurrence/nonconcurrence will no longer be issued.
6. Disposition. We will incorporate the information in this notice
into Order 8900.1 before this notice expires. Direct questions concerning the
information in this notice to the Cargo Focus Team (CFT) Manager, Repair Station
Branch (AFS‑340), at 202‑267‑1675.
ORIGINAL SIGNED by
/s/ Michael Zenkovich
Deputy Executive Director, Flight Standards Service