Unscoped DCT Report (Standard DCT)


MLF Label: 4.4.5 (AW) Weight and Balance
DCT Type: ED DCT
Specialty: Airworthiness
Peer Group: E - Part 135 (HAA)
DCT Revision: 10.0 on 12/17/18 (Released)
Summary Information

Purpose (Certificate Holder Responsibility): To accurately maintain the aircraft weight, center of gravity, and the associated records through an approved weight and balance control program.
Objective (FAA Responsibility): Determine if the CH will be able to; (1) Comply with regulations; (2) Accurately maintain the aircraft weight, center of gravity, and the associated records.


The (AW) Weight and Balance Subsystem includes the following Element(s)


Questions Answers References
  4.4.5 (AW) Weight and Balance
1   
Does the process design ensure the person with responsibility provides adequate resources (financial and human) for the safety and quality performance of this element?




Safety Attribute: Management Responsibility,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP") ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:21 AM, 

QID:
 00051929, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
AC-120-92, 8900.1 Vol 17 Ch 3 Sec 3
2   
Does the process design ensure the person with responsibility provides adequate resources (financial and human) for the safety and quality performance of this element?




Safety Attribute: Management Responsibility,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND ( NOT (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP")) ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:22 AM, 

QID:
 00051943, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
3   
Is the person with authority clearly identifiable, qualified, and knowledgeable to effectively plan, direct and control resources; change procedures and make key determinations including safety risk acceptance decisions for this element?




Safety Attribute: Management Authority,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP") ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:21 AM, 

QID:
 00051930, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
AC-120-92, 8900.1 Vol 17 Ch 3 Sec 3
4   
Is the person with authority clearly identifiable, qualified, and knowledgeable to effectively plan, direct and control resources; change procedures and make key determinations including safety risk acceptance decisions for this element?




Safety Attribute: Management Authority,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND ( NOT (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP")) ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:22 AM, 

QID:
 00051944, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
5   
Are there process measures that provide for the monitoring and measuring of safety performance related to this element?




Safety Attribute: Process Measurement,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP") ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:21 AM, 

QID:
 00051931, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
AC-120-92, 8900.1 Vol 17 Ch 3 Sec 3
6   
Are there process measures that provide for the monitoring and measuring of safety performance related to this element?




Safety Attribute: Process Measurement,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND ( NOT (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP")) ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:23 AM, 

QID:
 00051945, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
7   
Does the weight and balance program include procedures that are:

      #1 Consistent with weight and balance control procedures identified in the OpSpecs; and
      #2 Approved by the FAA?



Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) ,  Rev.  2  7/17/2014 4:33:04 PM, 

QID:
 00006172, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 48 Sec 1, 135.185(b), 135.23(b)
8   
Does the weight and balance program include procedures for determining the requirements for calibration of aircraft scales?




Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) ,  Rev.  1  5/14/2014 10:51:14 AM, 

QID:
 00006175, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 48 Sec 1, AC-120-27
9   
Do the procedures specify pre-weighing instructions and requirements?




Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) ,  Rev.  1  5/14/2014 10:51:14 AM, 

QID:
 00006176, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 48 Sec 1, AC-120-27
10   
Do the procedures specify recording the:

      #1 Type and serial number of each scale used;
      #2 Airplane weight, residual fluids; and
      #3 Scale tare weights?



Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) ,  Rev.  2  7/17/2014 4:33:05 PM, 

QID:
 00006180, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 48 Sec 1
11   
Do the procedures include instructions for completing all forms and records?




Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) ,  Rev.  1  5/14/2014 10:51:14 AM, 

QID:
 00006184, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 48 Sec 1, 135.23(b)
12   
Does the manual include procedures for ensuring compliance with aircraft weight and balance limitations?




Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) ,  Rev.  2  1/5/2018 8:18:56 AM, 

QID:
 00006189, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
135.23(b)
13   
Did the manual include procedures for determining empty weight and center of gravity for multi engine aircraft that are calculated from values established by actually weighing the aircraft within the preceding 36 calendar months?




NOTE: Certificate holders issued OPSPEC E096 must follow procedures referenced for aircraft in E096.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) AND ( PROPULSION = "MULTIENGINE" ) ,  Rev.  4  12/17/2018 2:59:15 PM, 

QID:
 00006190, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
135.185, 135.23(b)
14   
Do the Operator's procedures for ensuring compliance with aircraft weight and balance limitations specify current manufacturer procedures available in the approved AFM or POH?




Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) ,  Rev.  2  1/5/2018 8:18:56 AM, 

QID:
 00006191, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 48 Sec 1, AC-120-27
15   
Do the manufacturer's weight and balance procedures cover all aspects of the certificate holder's or applicant's intended operation?




NOTE: The certificate holder has the option of using the procedures developed by the manufacturer, available in the approved Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) or pilot’s operating handbook (POH).

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135") AND ((OPSPEC = "D101") OR (OPSPEC = "D102") OR (OPSPEC = "D104")) ,  Rev.  2  1/5/2018 8:18:56 AM, 

QID:
 00006192, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 48 Sec 1, AC-120-27
16   
Do the procedures specify who is responsible for updating weight and balance information?




Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" ) ,  Rev.  2  1/5/2018 8:18:57 AM, 

QID:
 00006193, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 48 Sec 1, AC-120-27
17   
Do procedures exist in enough detail to meet the regulatory and guidance requirements for this element to produce the intended results?




Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP") ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:20 AM, 

QID:
 00051926, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
18   
Do procedures exist in enough detail to meet the regulatory and guidance requirements for this element to produce the intended results?




Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND ( NOT (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP")) ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:22 AM, 

QID:
 00051940, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
19   
Do risk controls exist within this element to mitigate unacceptable levels of risk(s)?




Safety Attribute: Controls,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP") ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:20 AM, 

QID:
 00051927, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
AC-120-92, 8900.1 Vol 17 Ch 3 Sec 3
20   
Do risk controls exist within this element to mitigate unacceptable levels of risk(s)?




Safety Attribute: Controls,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND ( NOT (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP")) ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:21 AM, 

QID:
 00051941, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
21   
Does the certificate holder have a method to evaluate the impact of changes on related processes (interfaces) for this element?




Safety Attribute: Interfaces,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP") ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:21 AM, 

QID:
 00051928, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
22   
Does the certificate holder have a method to evaluate the impact of changes on related processes (interfaces) for this element?




Safety Attribute: Interfaces,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND ( NOT (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP")) ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:22 AM, 

QID:
 00051942, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
23   
Do procedures require individuals be competent in their safety related duties as it relates to safety performance of this element?




Safety Attribute: Safety Ownership,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP") ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:21 AM, 

QID:
 00051932, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
AC-120-92, 8900.1 Vol 17 Ch 3 Sec 3
24   
Do procedures require individuals be competent in their safety related duties as it relates to safety performance of this element?




Safety Attribute: Safety Ownership,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "135" OR "145") AND ( NOT (SAFETY PROGRAMS = "SMSVP")) ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:23 AM, 

QID:
 00051946, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No


Response Details List  EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW) (Released, 1.0)
1 Unclear procedure(s)
2 Conflicting procedure(s)
3 Used workaround(s)
4 Skipped process step(s)
5 Personnel failed to follow process (procedures, guidance, etc)
6 Procedures/guidance not available
7 Procedures/guidance not current
8 Inconsistent procedure(s)
9 Undocumented procedure(s)
10 Minor typographical error(s) (i.e. record entries)
11 Information missing
12 Communication failure(s)
13 Personnel failed to perform task
14 Process failed to meet desired outcome
15 Process oversight failure
16 Equipment/tools not available
17 Equipment/tools not adequate
18 Equipment/tools not calibrated
19 Facilities not adequate
20 Other
Response Details List  N/A Response Detail (Released, 1.0)
1 Operator not authorized by OpSpecs
2 Equipment not equipped/authorized
3 Not applicable due to exemption, deviation, or exception
4 Not authorized by regulation
5 Not authorized by Order
6 Not authorized by Notice
7 Not authorized/recommended by Advisory Circular
8 Not authorized by Policy Letter, Legal Interpretation, or other guidance
9 Other