Task:

M3.3.34 Evaluate/Inspect 14 CFR Part 121 Extended Range Operations with Two-Engine Aircraft (ETOPS)

8/13/21

Function:

3.0 Certification

 

Duty:

3.3 Air Operator Certification

 

Sponsor:

Aircraft Maintenance Division

 

Job Series:

1825-Aviation Safety Inspector

 

Rating and Ranking:

Difficulty:                   High

Importance:                 Critical

Task Applicability:

PTRS Tracking:          3319                5319

SAS Elements:            4.3.0 (AW)      4.3.5 (AW)      Knowledge of 3.3.0 (OP), 3.3.5 (OP)

Regulatory and/or Statutory Requirement(s):

49 U.S.C. § 40113      Administrative

49 U.S.C. § 44701      General Requirements

49 U.S.C. § 44702      Issuance of Certificates

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. § 44713      Inspection and Maintenance

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

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

Relevant Guidance and Advisory Material (current editions):

Order 1380.51             Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem

Order 8900.1               Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)

AC 120-42                  Extended Operations (ETOPS and Polar Operations)

AC 135-42                  Extended Operations (ETOPS) and Operations in the North Polar Area

Job Aid(s):

None

Prerequisite Specialized Training:

Airworthiness Aviation Safety Inspector Indoctrination Training

FAA Course (27100083)     Introduction to Extended Operations (ETOPS) Maintenance Programs (AC AWS)

FAA Course (27100180)     GA AW ETOPS Part 135 for New Hire General Aviation Airworthiness Inspector

FAA Course (21000033)     Extended Operations (ETOPS) Maintenance Program (Required if part of Part 121 ETOPS Certification Team)

FAA Course (27100072)     Extended Operations (ETOPS) for Part 135 Operators (Required if part of Part 135 ETOPS Certification Team)

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           Receive request for ETOPS authorization.

K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2 and Sec. 3

1.1.       Open record.
1.2.       Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem (PTRS).
K:         Order 1380.51
1.3.       Safety Assurance System (SAS). Use SAS automation and the associated Data Collection Tools (DCT).
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 10

2           Application process.

K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2

2.1.       Conduct initial meeting.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1034C
2.2.       Review the applicant’s Letter of Intent (LOI) and application package for the required elements.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1034E
2.3.       Review process to validate the application includes all required elements.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1034F

NOTE: See Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 3, Pars. 4-1056 through 4-1060 to aid in validating the applicant’s proposed ETOPS maintenance program.

2.4.       Review the applicant’s process validation plan.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1034H

NOTE: The process validation plan is a living document and it can change many times.

2.4.1     The process validation plan must ensure that each ETOPS process is:
a.   Defined,
b.   Demonstrated,
c.   Analyzed,
d.   Amended (if required),
e.   Revalidated, and
f.    Proven (prior to ETOPS authorization).
2.4.2     Once the responsible Flight Standards office has completed their review and finds the completed application package and the Defined ETOPS processes it contains acceptable, the application package requires coordination with the Air Transportation Division (AFS-200), Operations Group (AFS-220), and the Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS-300), Commercial Aviation Group (AFS-330).
2.5.       Validation Flights and station/facility inspections.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Pars. 4-1034H and 4-1035
2.6.       Issue OpSpec paragraph D086 (Maintenance) for parts 121 and 135.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1038
2.7.       Certificate holders with existing ETOPS authority.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1038E

3           Task outcomes.

3.1.       Conduct debriefing.
3.1.1     After the conclusion of each validation flight, the responsible Flight Standards office/Operations and Commercial Aviation Group inspectors and the certificate holder should conduct an in-depth review of the flight. All active participants in the validation flight should participate in the review and present any areas of concern regarding the conduct or operation of the flight. The certificate holder process.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1035B
3.1.2     Brief the certificate holder on the evaluation results. Discuss all deficiencies, certificate holder corrective actions, and FAA actions. The aviation safety inspector (ASI) can find instructions for conducting briefings in.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 1, Chap. 3, Sec. 1
Order 8900.1, Vol. 3, Chap. 37, Sec. 1
Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1035B
3.2.       Compliance and Enforcement Action. Investigate any identified deficiencies. When debriefing the certificate holder, share information, discuss the facts, and identify the underlying root causes that led to the deficiencies. Review the certificate holder’s corrective actions and validate their effectiveness. Follow the process contained in Volume 14, Chapter 1, Section 2 to determine the appropriate FAA action.
3.2.1     Compliance Action is the primary means of addressing safety concerns and regulatory noncompliance.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 14, Chap. 1, Sec. 2
Order 8900.1, Vol. 3, Chap. 37, Sec. 1
3.2.2     Enforcement action, when necessary, is formal administrative and legal action.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 14, Chap. 1, Sec. 2
Order 8900.1, Vol. 3, Chap. 37, Sec. 1

4           Complete the task.

4.1.       Successful completion of this task will result in the following, as applicable:
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 3
4.1.1     Follow Volume 10, Chapter 5, SAS guidance for Module 4, Data Collection and Reporting;
a.    Upload items of proof supporting your “Inspector Action Taken” into the DCT;
b.    PIs follow Volume 10, Chapter 6, SAS guidance for Module 5, Analysis, Assessment, and Action, and upload supporting documents for your actions into the Action Item Tracking Tool (AITT);
c.    Update the Vitals tab in the SAS Configuration Module 1, as required;
d.    File any required supporting paperwork in the certificate holder’s office file;
e.    Send a letter to the certificate holder indicating denial of the short-term escalation authorization; or
f.    Amend the certificate holder’s OpSpecs, if applicable, authorizing short-term escalation authorization.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 3
Order 8900.1, Vol. 10

5           Future activities.

5.1.       Conduct heightened surveillance.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1036B
5.2.       Station/facility inspections.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1034H5)
Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1038E2)
5.3.       Adding new ETOPS destination and inspection of the new station facility.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 4, Chap. 6, Sec. 2, Par. 4-1038E2)
5.4.       Follow Volume 10 to plan future risk-based surveillance in SAS.
K:         Order 8900.1, Vol. 10