U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
SUBJ: Flight Standards Information Managment System
Purpose of This Order. This order establishes the Flight
Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) as the repository of all Flight
Standards policy and guidance concerning aviation safety inspector job tasks.
Technically speaking, FSIMS is a Flight Standards
directive, which aviation safety inspectors use as the system of record for
all Flight Standards policy and guidance.
Audience. The primary audience for this order is Flight Standards
aviation safety inspectors, their managers and supervisors, and other operational
and administrative employees. The aviation industry uses this order as a reference
only, and the general public may find it of interest.
Where You Can Find This Order. Flight Standards personnel
can find this order at
Operators and the public can find this order at
Cancellation. This order cancels the following Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) orders and incorporates their entire content into this
directive (See Appendix A.):
FAA Order 8300.10, Airworthiness Inspector’s Handbook, and all
FAA Order 8400.10, Air Carrier Operations Inspector’s Handbook,
and all numbered changes
FAA Order 8700.1, General Aviation Operations Inspector’s Handbook,
and all numbered changes
Explanation of Changes.
Sole Source for Policy and Guidance. FSIMS is now more than
a data repository of Flight Standards policy documents. The Director, Flight
Standards Service, intends for FSIMS to be the sole source of policy and guidance
for aviation safety inspectors.
The establishment of FSIMS as an agency directive does not mean we have
removed the contents of the cancelled directives. We have included the contents
of the cancelled orders in this directive.
The functional capabilities of FSIMS, e.g., searches conducted according
to inspector specialty, etc., have not changed. Rather, to simplify coordination,
to eliminate confusion between electronic and printed versions of various orders,
and to confirm FSIMS as the single Flight Standards policy document, we have
made FSIMS a stand‑alone, electronic directive.
(3) Flight Standards will continually review its other directives, both
technical and administrative, and incorporate them into this directive when
they are due for revision.
We will publish this directive, i.e., FSIMS, and any subsequent changes
to it, solely in an electronic form. Flight Standards will not produce or distribute
printed copies of this directive.
Inspectors or the public and industry may print the contents of FSIMS
in whole or in part; however, the printed copy will bear a disclaimer in the
footer indicating FAA cannot guarantee the printed document’s currency and validity.
This is because Flight Standards policy divisions could change the content of
FSIMS on a daily basis.
Inspectors should not print the contents of FSIMS in its entirety; it
amounts to nearly 8,000 pages.
Inspectors should use the MyFSIMS function to create a customized library
of content pertinent to their job functions.
(5) With an electronic directive, inspectors will not need to remove and
insert printed pages. MyFSIMS alerts inspectors to any changes to FSIMS when
they log onto their computer network.
Policy Division Responsibilities.
Development of Policy and Guidance. Policy divisions—as defined
in FS Order 1100.1, Flight Standards Organizational Handbook—will continue
to develop policy and guidance for aviation safety inspectors. Flight Standards
will publish these changes in FSIMS. For example, the Aircraft Maintenance Division,
AFS-300, will continue to develop FSIMS policy and guidance previously contained
in FAA Order 8300.10, Airworthiness Inspector’s Handbook, and pertinent to aircraft
Quality System. Policy divisions must follow the Flight Standards
Quality Management System (QMS) Process AFS‑100‑001, Directives
and Advisory Circular Production, and associated work instructions in the production
of policy and guidance for inspectors included in FSIMS.
Technical Publishing Responsibilities. The Technical Information
and Communications Programs Branch, AFS‑140, is responsible for formatting,
coordinating, and publishing in FSIMS any policy or guidance changes developed
by the policy divisions according to QMS Process AFS‑100‑001. (Per
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirements, agencies must coordinate
policy with affected parties using a specific administrative process.) AFS‑140
also has the responsibility to maintain the legal case file for FSIMS.
Service Director Responsibilities. Per OMB requirements, the
Flight Standards Service Director, the Deputy Service Director, the Assistant
Deputy Service Director, or any individual acting for the Service Director,
approves all policy and guidance changes to FSIMS.
Delegation of Authority. The Service Director may re‑delegate
this authority in writing to policy divisions for changes to policy which affect
only that division.
Office of Primary Responsibility. For administrative purposes
only, the Office of the Director, Flight Standards Service, AFS‑1, is
designated as the office of primary responsibility for this order.
Aviation Safety Inspector Responsibilities. Inspectors have
the following responsibilities concerning the use of FSIMS:
To use FSIMS as their sole source of policy and guidance.
To comment on coordination copies of draft policy and guidance.
To take all training provided for FSIMS so they can use its capabilities
to the fullest.
To provide customer satisfaction information with FSIMS’ content
or operation through the “E‑mail the Librarian” function within FSIMS.
Making Changes to FSIMS.
Policy Divisions. Policy divisions issue changes or updates
to their policy and guidance subject areas by developing a change to this order
in accordance with FAA Order 1320.1, Directives Management System, and AFS QMS
Policy divisions no longer need to “clump” numerous chapters together
in a handbook change. Divisions can create a change of any size—a single page,
a single paragraph, or large sections of its subject matter policy.
Policy divisions issue changes to their subject matter policy on a when‑needed
basis, i.e., they will not “save” material for quarterly changes. The flexibility
offered by an electronic order means that divisions may make needed changes
at any time as long as the divisions follow QMS Process AFS‑100‑001.
AFS‑140 will develop any associated ISO work instructions for policy
divisions’ use in developing a change.
Bulletins. Flight Standards policy divisions will no longer
issue bulletins; instead, the division develops a change to FSIMS. We will incorporate
existing bulletins, as appropriate, into appropriate portions of FSIMS as per
Notices. Flight Standards will issue notices for the purpose
of distributing temporary or life‑limited information to inspectors. Flight
Standards will accomplish changes or updates to permanent policy and guidance
through changes to FSIMS. However, divisions may use notices to distribute information
in a timely manner while working on a permanent change to FSIMS. Flight Standards
will also issue notices to address emergency or national security situations.
Standards will incorporate its current series of notices (8000, 8300, 8400,
8700, and 8900) into FSIMS as a change at a later date. Those notices remain
in effect until their established expiration dates, and this order does not
No Supplements. Regional Flight Standards divisions may
not issue any form of regional supplement, policy memo, etc., to FSIMS.
User Feedback. Regional divisions, office managers, and inspectors
must use the “FSIMS
Librarian” function in FSIMS to forward corrections, suggestions, or questions
about policy to AFS‑140. AFS‑140 will then assign the correction,
suggestion, or question to the appropriate policy division for resolution. (Users
can find policy‑owner information in FSIMS by clicking on the “Pub Data”
button within a document.)
Inspector Versus Operator Information. Flight Standards will
only publish policy and guidance pertinent to inspector job functions in FSIMS.
We will issue information for operators either as an advisory circular; as an
addition to FAA Order
Alerts for Operators, located within FSIMS; or as an addition to FAA Order
for Operators, also located within FSIMS.
Administrative Questions. Direct questions about the administrative
aspects of this order to AFS‑140 using the “E-mail the Librarian” function
described in paragraph 10e above.
Technical Questions. For questions about the technical content
of this order, i.e., FSIMS, see paragraph 10e above.
ORIGINAL SIGNED by
James J. Ballough
Director, Flight Standards Service
Appendix A. Current
Content of FSIMS
For aviation safety inspectors:
For the public and operators: