M3.3.44 Evaluate 14 CFR Part 121/135 (10 or More) Operator’s Short-Term Escalation Procedure/Revision
3.3 Air Operator Certification
Aircraft Maintenance Division
1825-Aviation Safety Inspector
Rating and Ranking:
PTRS Tracking: 3320 5320
SAS Elements: 4.4.3
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 1370.121 FAA Information Security and Privacy Program & Policy
Order 1380.51 Program Tracking and Reporting Subsystem
Order 8900.1 Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)
Prerequisite Specialized Training:
Airworthiness Aviation Safety Inspector Indoctrination Training
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 short-term escalation procedures authorization.
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 Review the applicant’s short-term escalation procedures.
2.1. List management personnel with escalation approved authority.
2.2. Define the maximum limitations for a short-term escalation.
2.3. Contain criteria that define the type of data acceptable for justifying a short-term escalation.
2.4. Ensure the short-term escalation corresponds to the overall maintenance program and will not create an unsafe condition.
2.5. Restrict the occurrence of repetitive short-term escalations that indicate a need for a change in the maintenance program.
2.6. Provide a method for recording all escalations with provisions for submitting/reporting each request/use of an escalation to the responsible Flight Standards office.
3 Task outcomes.
3.1. Conduct debriefing.
3.1.1 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.
3.2. Compliance and Enforcement Action. Investigate and 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.
3.2.2 Enforcement action, when necessary, is formal administrative and legal action.
4 Complete the task.
4.1. Successful completion of this task will result in the following, as applicable:
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. vFile 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.
Order 8900.1, Vol. 10
5 Future activities.
5.1. Conduct routine surveillance.
5.2. Follow Volume 10 to plan future risk-based surveillance in SAS.
K: Order 8900.1, Vol. 10