Unscoped DCT Report (Standard DCT)


MLF Label: 4.4.4 (AW) Aircraft Requirements/Acceptance Process DCT Type: ED DCT Specialty: Airworthiness Peer Group: A - Part 121 Air Operators DCT Revision: 18.0 on 12/28/21 (Released)
Summary Information

Purpose (Certificate Holder Responsibility): To maintain the aircraft in a safe and airworthy condition.
Objective (FAA Responsibility): Determine if the CH will be able to; (1) Comply with regulations; (2) Maintain the aircraft in a safe and airworthy condition.

 (AW) Aircraft Requirements/Acceptance Process Element includes the following System(s) and Subsystem(s)

Questions Answers Comments
  4.4.4 (AW) Aircraft Requirements/Acceptance Process
1   
Do the procedures prohibit the operation of an aircraft unless it:

      #1 Is registered as a civil aircraft of the United States;
      #2 Carries an appropriate current airworthiness certificate;
      #3 Is in an airworthy condition; and
      #4 Meets the applicable airworthiness requirements of 14 CFR Part 121, including those relating to identification and equipment?

REFERENCES: 121.153(a), 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 18 Sec 13

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION = "UNITED STATES REGISTERED" ) ,  Rev.  3  3/15/2017 9:13:52 AM, 

QID:
 00005897, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
2   
Do the procedures prohibit the use of a civil aircraft which is leased or chartered, without crew, and registered in an ICAO country, unless it:

      #1 Carries an appropriate airworthiness certificate issued by the country of registration;
      #2 Meets the registration and identification requirements of that country;
      #3 Is of a type design which is approved under a U.S. TC;
      #4 Complies with all of the requirements that would be applicable to that aircraft if registered in the United States;
      #5 Meets the requirements for issuance of a U.S. standard airworthiness certificate except that a U.S. registration certificate and a standard airworthiness certificate will not be issued for the aircraft; and
      #6 Has a copy of the aircraft lease or charter agreement with the FAA Aircraft Registry filed by the Operator?

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 17 Sec 1, 121.153(c)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION = "FOREIGN REGISTERED" ) ,  Rev.  4  6/22/2021 2:31:39 PM, 

QID:
 00005902, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
3   
Do the procedures include a requirement to evaluate the configuration and airworthiness of acquired aircraft (new or used), prior to their use in revenue service?


REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 121.153(a), 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 18 Sec 13

NOTE: Volume 10, Chapter 9, Section 1 provides an extensive checklist of items for aircraft configuration.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  5  3/15/2017 9:13:54 AM, 

QID:
 00005909, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
4   
Do the procedures specify that aircraft meet the following conditions for airworthiness:

      #1 Records, drawings, specifications, and TCDS confirm that the aircraft conforms to its TC and all STC and alterations to the aircraft;
      #2 The condition of the aircraft relative to wear and deterioration is acceptable and the aircraft is in a condition for safe operation;
      #3 Records show that all maintenance and preventive maintenance is up-to-date;
      #4 Records show that alterations were accomplished per 14 CFR Parts 21, 43, and 91;
      #5 The aircraft conforms to the "Limitations" and "Supplement" sections within the approved AFM; and
      #6 The aircraft has a valid standard airworthiness certificate?

REFERENCES: 21.41, 8130.2, 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 121.153(c), 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 18 Sec 13, 21.1(b), 3.5(a)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  5  9/19/2017 4:09:53 PM, 

QID:
 00005910, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
5   
When an aircraft is added to OpSpec D085, do procedures require an evaluation of the aircraft?


REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 18 Sec 13

NOTE: Refer to the appropriate 8900.1 guidance for a listing of aircraft certification requirements.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  4  3/15/2017 9:14:14 AM, 

QID:
 00005917, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
6   
Do procedures include requirements to validate and record the following aircraft identification information:

      #1 Serial number;
      #2 Line or fuselage number;
      #3 Date of manufacture;
      #4 TC data sheet number;
      #5 Registration number;
      #6 Total time; and
      #7 Total cycles;

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 18 Sec 13, 45.11

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  4  3/15/2017 9:13:51 AM, 

QID:
 00005939, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
7   
Do the procedures include requirements to verify, document, track, and monitor the following weights:

      #1 Operator's empty weight;
      #2 Max zero fuel weight;
      #3 Max structural weight;
      #4 Max taxi or ramp weight;
      #5 Max takeoff weight;
      #6 Max landing weight; and
      #7 Date of last weighing?

REFERENCES: E096, 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 18 Sec 13

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  4  3/15/2017 9:13:49 AM, 

QID:
 00005947, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8   
Do the procedures include requirements to verify and track the following powerplant information in their system:

      #1 Make/Model/Series;
      #2 Serial number;
      #3 Total time;
      #4 Total cycles;
      #5 Time since overhaul;
      #6 Powerplant TCDS number;

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 45.11

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  3  7/29/2015 10:31:30 AM, 

QID:
 00005955, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
9   
Do the procedures include requirements to verify and track the following propeller information in their system:

      #1 Make/model/series;
      #2 Serial number;
      #3 Total time;
      #4 Total cycles; and
      #5 Propeller TCDS number?

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 45.11

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) AND ( PROPULSION = "RECIPROCATING" OR "TURBOPROPELLER" ) ,  Rev.  3  7/29/2015 10:31:32 AM, 

QID:
 00005962, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
10   
Do the procedures include requirements to verify and track the following APU information in their system:

      #1 Make/model/series;
      #2 Serial number;
      #3 Total time;
      #4 Total cycles; and
      #5 Time since overhaul?

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 45.11

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  3  7/29/2015 10:31:31 AM, 

QID:
 00005968, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
11   
Do the procedures include requirements to verify and track the following landing gear information in their system:

      #1 Make/model/series;
      #2 Serial number;
      #3 Total time;
      #4 Total cycles; and
      #5 Time since overhaul?

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 45.15

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  3  7/29/2015 10:31:31 AM, 

QID:
 00005974, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
12   
Do the procedures include requirements to review and retain the following records that show compliance with:

      #1 Scheduled tasks that include maintenance overhaul, time controlled, and life limited items;
      #2 ATC transponder test and inspection;
      #3 Repair assessment and survey of pressurized fuselages (damage tolerance-based inspections and procedures);
      #4 Temporary repairs; and
      #5 Major repairs and alterations?

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  3  7/29/2015 10:31:31 AM, 

QID:
 00005980, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
13   
Do procedures include requirements to:

      #1 Transition (bridge) previously accumulated times to the Operator's current program;
      #2 Ensure incorporation of ICAs for any systems or equipment added to the aircraft since manufacture; and
      #3 Ensure full incorporation of manufacturer CMRs and airworthiness limitations?

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 43.16

NOTE: This process must transition the operators degree of inspection for each part of the airplane and its engines, auxiliary power unit, propellers, accessories, instruments and equipment. This process must include the transition of scheduling information that, provides the recommended periods at which they should cleaned, inspected, adjusted, tested, lubricated and the work recommended at these periods.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  3  7/29/2015 10:31:31 AM, 

QID:
 00005986, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
14   
Do analysis procedures exist that reviews the approved maintenance program to ensure it is comprehensive in scope and detail to effectively maintain applicable aircraft systems?


REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 18 Sec 13

NOTE: Example of aircraft systems may include LLMs; VOR equipment and IFR operations; HIRF/Lightning Protection Maintenance Program; ATC transponder tests and inspections; Anti-collision strobe lights; RVSM; FDRs; and Underwater locator beacons.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  5  12/28/2021 9:33:49 AM, 

QID:
 00005990, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
15   
Do analysis procedures exist that reviews the approved maintenance program to ensure it is comprehensive in scope and detail to effectively maintain the aircraft engines and APU?


REFERENCES: D072, 8900.1 Vol 10 Ch 9 Sec 1

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "D085" ) ,  Rev.  3  7/29/2015 10:31:32 AM, 

QID:
 00006007, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
16   
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 = "121") ,  Rev.  1  3/13/2018 11:30:19 AM, 

QID:
 00051912, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
17   
Did the certificate holder develop an Aircraft Network Security Program (ANSP) as authorized by OpSpecs D301?


REFERENCES: D301, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 61 Sec 1, AC-119-1

NOTE: ANSP aircraft can be identified by a Special Condition (SC) list on the Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) or, if later modified, will be identified in the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) or amended type certificate (TC) with an SC. In any of these cases, only SC's requiring instructions to an operator or operator action would mandate the requirement for an ANSP and OpSpecs D301.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" ,  Rev.  1  3/26/2021 1:03:39 PM, 

QID:
 00057435, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Observable
  Not Applicable
18   
Do controls exist within this element that ensure risks are reduced to an acceptable level?


REFERENCES: 5.53, 5.55, 5.51

Safety Attribute: Controls,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") ,  Rev.  2  3/8/2019 12:47:45 PM, 

QID:
 00051913, Response Details: Controls ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
19   
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 = "121") ,  Rev.  2  3/8/2019 12:47:45 PM, 

QID:
 00051914, Response Details: Interfaces ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
20   
Does the process design ensure the individual with responsibility provides both financial and human resources for the safety and quality performance of this element?


REFERENCES: 5.21, 5.23(a), 5.25(a), 5.25(b), 5.25(c)

Safety Attribute: Responsibility,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") ,  Rev.  2  3/8/2019 12:47:45 PM, 

QID:
 00051915, Response Details: Responsibility ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
21   
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?


REFERENCES: 5.23(a), 5.23(b), 5.25(c)

Safety Attribute: Authority,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") ,  Rev.  2  3/8/2019 12:47:48 PM, 

QID:
 00051916, Response Details: Authority ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
22   
Do process measurement(s) exist to evaluate the performance of this element and implement corrective action if necessary?


REFERENCES: 5.71, 5.73, 5.75

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

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") ,  Rev.  2  3/8/2019 12:47:48 PM, 

QID:
 00051917, Response Details: Process Measurement ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
23   
Does the process design require that individuals understand their safety role and how it contributes to the safety performance of this element?


REFERENCES: 5.23(a), 5.91, 5.93

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

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") ,  Rev.  2  3/8/2019 12:47:46 PM, 

QID:
 00051918, Response Details: Safety Ownership ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No


Response Details List  Authority ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW) (Released, 1.0)
1 Process oversight failure
2 Unacceptable safety risk acceptance
3 Ineffective planning of resources
4 Ineffective use of resources
5 Ineffective control of resources
6 Failure to implement safety risk processes
7 Process owner not clearly identified
8 Unqualified
9 Other
Response Details List  Controls ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW) (Released, 1.0)
1 Failure to identify hazards or ineffective risk controls
2 Failure to develop and maintain risk controls
3 Failure to effectively mitigate risk before applying risk controls
4 Risk controls ineffective
5 Unclear risk controls
6 Failure to assess risk for a new system
7 Failure to assess risk when revising an existing system
8 Failure to assess risk when developing operational procedures
9 Failure to maintain records of outputs of risk control assessments
10 Other
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  Interfaces ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW) (Released, 1.0)
1 Internal communication failure(s)
2 External communication failure(s)
3 Lack of interfaces
4 Inconsistent interfaces
5 Poor coordination between departments and employees
6 Failure of interfaces between processes or procedures
7 Other
Response Details List  Process Measurement ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW) (Released, 1.0)
1 Inadequate monitoring of operations processes
2 Ineffective evaluations of processes or systems
3 Undocumented or insufficient investigations
4 Failure to conduct audits
5 Ineffective audits
6 Failure to detect changes in the operational environment
7 Personnel failed to perform/follow process (procedures, guidance, etc.)
8 Process failed to meet desired outcome
9 Process oversight failure
10 Other
Response Details List  Responsibility ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW) (Released, 1.0)
1 Failed to provide financial resources
2 Failed to provide sufficient human resources
3 Individual not clearly identified
4 Failure to ensure safety of process
5 Failure to oversee operations conducted under the certificate
6 Failed to ensure quality performance of process
7 Process oversight failure
8 Communication failure(s)
9 Other
Response Details List  N/A Response Detail (Released, 2.0)
1 Not applicable or authorized for the certificate holder or applicant
2 Other
Response Details List  N/O Response Detail (Released, 2.0)
1 Personnel (e.g., key certificate holder personnel not present/available)
2 Equipment (e.g., equipment not present/available/in serviceable condition)
3 Event did not occur (e.g., did not observe an intoxicated passenger on the flight)
4 Time Constraints (e.g., resources/workload)
5 Weather (e.g., weather needed for observation not present or weather made observation impossible)
6 Other
Response Details List  Safety Ownership ED/EP/SP DCTs (Both OP and AW) (Released, 3.0)
1 Unaware of or ineffective safety policies or processes
2 Unaware of or ineffective safety related reporting tools
3 Unclear safety policy
4 Ineffective safety related training
5 Lack of safety culture
6 Unclear safety objectives
7 Other