Task:

M2.3.32 Inspect an Operator's Avionics Test Equipment/Program

10/20/21

Function:      2.0 Surveillance/Inspection

Duty:             2.3 Air Operator Surveillance

Previous Task Analysis:

1995 Hughes Task # 2.3.32 and 2.3.84

Difficulty:           3

Importance:       5

Frequency:         2

Criticality:    Y

Time:

Job Aid:        N

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Legal References:

49 U.S.C. § 40113      Administrative

49 U.S.C. § 44701      General Requirements

49 U.S.C. § 44704      Type Certificates, Production Certificates, and Airworthiness Certificates

49 U.S.C. § 44705      Air Carrier Operating Certificates

49 U.S.C. § 44707      Examining and Rating Air Agencies

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

Purpose:

Inspect test equipment used during the calibration, repair and overhaul of equipment for compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations and industry standards.

Significant Interfaces:

Operator/Certificate Holder

Air Agency/Certificate Holder

Contract Service Provider

Flight Standards District Office

Manufacturer

Procedural Guidance (current editions):

14 CFR Part 43           Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration

14 CFR Part 65           Certification: Airmen other than Flight Crewmembers

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

14 CFR Part 145         Repair Stations

Order 1380.51             Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem

Order 8900.1               Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

Other                           Operator’s Maintenance Program Manual

Other                           Repair Station Manual, Test Equipment Manufacturer’s Manual

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

Job Task Performance Steps and Knowledge:

1           Initiate inspection of avionics test equipment/program.

K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

1.1.       Open PTRS record.
K:         Order 1380.51
Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
1.2.       For 14 CFR part 145, use Safety Assurance System (SAS) automation element 4.7.3 (AW) Tools and Equipment.
1.3.       For 14 CFR part 121, use SAS automation elements 4.6.1 (AW) Avionics Special Emphasis Programs and 4.7.1 (AW) Control of Calibrated Tools and Test Equipment.

2           Review operator/agency's maintenance manuals to determine what test equipment is required.

K:         14 CFR § 121.363

             14 CFR § 121.369(b)(5)

             14 CFR § 145.109(b)

             Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

3           Verify test equipment capabilities for level of maintenance being performed.

K:         14 CFR § 43.13

             14 CFR § 121.367(b)

             14 CFR §§ 145.109(a) and 145.211(c)(1)(viii)

             Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

4           Verify test equipment accessories for condition of repair, currency of calibration and accuracy of measurements.

K:         14 CFR § 43.13

             14 CFR § 121.369(b)(5)

             14 CFR §§ 145.109(b) and 145.211(c)(1)(viii)

             Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

             Test Equipment Manual

5           Verify test equipment used to perform quantitative measurements of aircraft components is calibrated (calibrations must be traceable to National Institute of Standards and Technology).

K:         14 CFR § 121.367

             14 CFR §§ 145.109(b) and 145.211

             Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

6           Verify operator/agency has full control of test equipment; ownership should be established, contractual agreements should be evaluated.

K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

6.1.       Ensure test equipment is identified according to operator/agency's manual procedures.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
6.2.       Ensure records are kept of date and person/organization calibrating each piece of equipment.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
6.3.       Ensure that inspection and calibration of precision tools and test equipment is done according to operator/agency's manual procedures.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

7           Evaluate Automatic Test Equipment (ATE).

7.1.       Ensure ATE testing program provides analysis that ensures aircraft components are tested to manufacturer's limits.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
7.2.       Verify management control is accomplished for setting limits and standards.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
7.3.       Verify management control is accomplished for performance of checks and tests.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
7.4.       Verify management control is accomplished for updating listing that identifies each ATE test by number and contains reference to a section of component manual.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
7.5.       Verify management control is accomplished for control and identification of software program revision status.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

8           Verify uncalibrated test equipment is identified and operator's manual defines its use.

K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 2, Sec. 10

             Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 14, Sec. 2

9           Verify procedures for incorporating new test equipment.

K:         14 CFR § 121.375

             Operator's Maintenance Program Manual

10         Verify procedures for handling inoperable test equipment.

K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 2, Sec. 10

             Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 14, Sec. 2

             Operator's Maintenance Program Manual

11         Analyze results of inspection.

K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

11.1.     If deficiencies are found, notify operator/agency; evaluate corrective actions.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

12         Document task.

K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

12.1.     File all supporting paperwork in the operator/agency's office file.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
12.2.     Close PTRS record.
K:         Order 1380.51
Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17
12.3.     For parts 121 and 145, follow Volume 10 SAS guidance in Modules 4 and 5.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17

13         Future activities.

13.1.     Conduct follow-up inspections, as required.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 6, Chap. 11, Sec. 17