Unscoped DCT Report (Standard DCT)


MLF Label: 2.3.1 (OP) Appropriate Operational Equipment DCT Type: ED DCT Specialty: Operations Peer Group: A - Part 121 Air Operators DCT Revision: 16.0 on 06/25/20 (Released)
Summary Information

Purpose (Certificate Holder Responsibility): To prepare and equip aircraft and crewmembers to operate safely over the intended route.
Objective (FAA Responsibility): Determine if the CH will be able to; (1) Comply with regulations; (2) Prepares and equips aircraft and flight crews to operate safely over the intended route .

The (OP) Appropriate Operational Equipment Element includes the following System(s) and Subsystem(s)

Questions Answers Comments
  2.3.1 (OP) Appropriate Operational Equipment
1   
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: 5.23(a), 5.25(a), 5.25(b), 5.25(c), 5.21

Safety Attribute: Management 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
2   
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: Management 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
3   
Do process measurement(s) exist to evaluate the performance of this element and implement corrective action if necessary?


REFERENCES: 5.75, 5.71, 5.73

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
4   
Do the procedures specify that hand fire extinguishers of an approved type be conveniently located and accessible to the flight crew, and that each extinguisher must contain the type and quantity of extinguishing agent for fires likely to occur in the following areas (as applicable):

      #1 Flight deck;
      #2 Passenger compartment;
      #3 Galley compartments; and
      #4 Class E cargo compartments?

REFERENCES: 121.309(c)

NOTE: The appropriate number of fire extinguishers must be provided according to the aircraft capacity. At least one hand fire extinguisher in the passenger compartment must contain Halon 1211.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) ,  Rev.  2  5/21/2014 10:21:51 PM, 

QID:
 00002890, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
5   
Do the procedures specify that each airplane be equipped with a crash ax?


REFERENCES: 121.309(e)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( A/C CATEGORY = "TRANSPORT CATEGORY" ) ,  Rev.  1  5/14/2014 10:51:14 AM, 

QID:
 00002895, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
6   
Do the procedures specify that each passenger-carrying airplane must have one or more portable battery-powered megaphones readily accessible to crewmembers assigned to direct emergency evacuation?


REFERENCES: 121.309(f)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( PASSENGER SEATING CONFIGURATION = "SEATS: >60" ) ,  Rev.  1  5/14/2014 10:51:14 AM, 

QID:
 00002896, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
7   
Do the procedures specify that when operating above flight level 250, each flight crewmember must have an oxygen mask that can be rapidly placed on his or her face from its ready position and provide immediate communication between the flight crew and other crewmembers over the intercom system?


REFERENCES: 121.333(c)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND ( (A/C CONFIGURATION = "PRESSURIZED AIRCRAFT")) AND ((PROPULSION = "TURBOJET") OR (PROPULSION = "TURBOPROPELLER")) ,  Rev.  2  1/12/2016 3:31:40 PM, 

QID:
 00002897, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8   
Do the procedures specify that the Operator will supply supplemental oxygen for passenger use as required by 14 CFR Part 121?


REFERENCES: 121.327(c), 121.329(c), 121.331(c), 121.333(d), 121.333(e)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "PASSENGER" ) ,  Rev.  1  5/14/2014 10:51:14 AM, 

QID:
 00002898, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
9   
Do the procedures specify that the Operator will supply supplemental oxygen for flight crew use as required by 14 CFR Part 121?


REFERENCES: 121.327(b), 121.329(b), 121.331(b), 121.333(b)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) ,  Rev.  1  5/14/2014 10:51:14 AM, 

QID:
 00002899, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
10   
Do the procedures specify that PBE meeting the requirements of 121.337(b) must be provided on each airplane?


REFERENCES: 121.337(b)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) ,  Rev.  3  6/25/2020 9:58:19 AM, 

QID:
 00002900, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
11   
Do the procedures specify that each item of emergency and flotation equipment, as applicable, must:

      #1 Be inspected regularly in accordance with inspection periods established in the operations specifications to ensure its condition for continued serviceability and immediate readiness to perform its intended emergency purposes;
      #2 Be readily accessible to the crew and, with regard to equipment located in the passenger compartment, to passengers;
      #3 Be clearly identified and clearly marked to indicate its method of operation; and
      #4 When carried in a compartment or container, be carried in a compartment or container marked as to contents and the compartment or container, or the item itself, must be marked as to date of last inspection?

REFERENCES: 121.309(b)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") ,  Rev.  3  12/28/2016 12:35:07 PM, 

QID:
 00002905, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
12   
Do the procedures specify that each airplane operating in extended overwater operations must have the following equipment:

      #1 A life preserver equipped with an approved survivor locator light, for each occupant of the airplane;
      #2 Enough life rafts (each equipped with an approved survivor locator light) of a rated capacity and buoyancy to accommodate the occupants of the airplane;
      #3 At least one pyrotechnic signaling device for each life raft; and
      #4 An approved survival type emergency locator transmitter?

REFERENCES: 121.339(a), 121.339(b), 121.339(c)

NOTE: The required life rafts, life preservers, and survival type emergency locator transmitter must be easily accessible in the event of a ditching without appreciable time for preparatory procedures. This equipment must be installed in conspicuously marked, approved locations. A survival kit, appropriately equipped for the route to be flown, must be attached to each required life raft.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( AREA OF OPERATION = "EXTENDED OVERWATER OPERATIONS" ) ,  Rev.  3  6/25/2020 9:58:20 AM, 

QID:
 00002910, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
13   
Do the procedures specify that aircraft in overwater operations will be equipped with life preservers or approved flotation means for each occupant, unless exempted by the Administrator?


REFERENCES: 121.339(a), 121.340(a), 121.340(b)

NOTE: The life preservers or approved flotation means must be within easy reach of each seated occupant and must be readily removed from the airplane.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( AREA OF OPERATION = "OVERWATER OPERATIONS" ) ,  Rev.  2  6/25/2020 9:58:06 AM, 

QID:
 00002915, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
14   
Do procedures specify, for extended over-water and State of Alaska operations, that the airplane must be equipped with at least two independent long-range navigation systems and at least two independent long-range communication systems necessary under normal operating conditions to fulfill the following functions:

      #1 Communicate with at least one appropriate station from any point on the route;
      #2 Receive meteorological information from any point on the route by either of two independent communication systems. One of the communication systems used to comply with this paragraph may be used to comply with Sec 121.351(a)(1) and (a)(3); and
      #3 At least one of the communication systems must have two-way voice communication capability?

REFERENCES: 121.351(a), 121.351(b), 121.351(c)

NOTE: No operator within the State of Alaska may conduct an operation without the equipment specified in Sec 121.351(a), if the Administrator finds that equipment is necessary for search and rescue operations because of the nature of the terrain to be flown over. Installation and use of a single LRNS and a single LRCS may be authorized by the Administrator for operations and routes in certain geographic areas

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND ((AREA OF OPERATION = "EXTENDED OVERWATER OPERATIONS") OR (AREA OF OPERATION = "ALASKA")) ,  Rev.  3  9/19/2017 10:49:32 AM, 

QID:
 00002916, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
15   
Do the procedures specify that the airplane must be equipped with appropriate passenger and exit seating information cards?


REFERENCES: AC-121-24, 121.571(b), 121.585(d)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "PASSENGER" ) ,  Rev.  1  5/14/2014 10:51:14 AM, 

QID:
 00002920, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
16   
Do the procedures specify that passenger-carrying aircraft must be equipped with the emergency medical equipment listed in 121.803 and must be:

      #1 Readily accessible to crew and passengers; and
      #2 Clearly identified and marked?

REFERENCES: 121.803(a), 121.803(b)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "PASSENGER" ) ,  Rev.  2  5/21/2014 10:22:02 PM, 

QID:
 00002921, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
17   
Do the procedures require that the medical equipment meets both the specifications and requirements of 14 CFR Part 121 Appendix A for each airplane and that it includes:

      #1 Approved first aid kits; and
      #2 For airpleanes with flight attendants, an Emergecny Medical Kit ; and
      #3 For airpleanes with a maximum payload capacity of more than 7,500 pounds and flight attendants, an approved automated external defibrillator?

REFERENCES: 121.803(c)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "PASSENGER" ) ,  Rev.  2  5/21/2014 10:22:04 PM, 

QID:
 00002924, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
18   
Does the certificate holder have policies and procedures for ADS-B operations?


REFERENCES: 91.225, 91.227

NOTE: After January 1, 2020, only aircraft with installed ADS-B Out systems shown to meet the equipment requirements of §91.227 are authorized to operate in the airspace specified in §91.225.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" OR "135" OR "141" ,  Rev.  3  6/24/2019 1:40:00 PM, 

QID:
 00003192, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
19   
Does the certificate holder specify procedures to update and maintain the databases necessary to perform the functions of the EFB?


REFERENCES: A061

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" OR "135") AND (OPSPEC = "A061") ,  Rev.  1  3/14/2017 1:46:29 PM, 

QID:
 00051136, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
20   
Do the procedures ensure that the EFB and associated software will provide the necessary data, information, functionality and solutions to perform intended flight functions, or if not, provide substitute information in non-electric form?


REFERENCES: A061

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" OR "135") AND (OPSPEC = "A061") ,  Rev.  1  3/14/2017 1:46:30 PM, 

QID:
 00051137, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
21   
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
22   
Do the procedures specify that for all operations over uninhabited terrain and certain domestic operations (as required by operations specifications), the flights operate with the following search and rescue equipment in working order:

      #1 Suitable pyrotechnic signaling devices;
      #2 An approved survival type emergency locator transmitter; and
      #3 Enough appropriately equipped survival kits for the number of occupants onboard and route to be flown?

REFERENCES: 121.353, 121.353(a), 121.353(b), 121.353(c)

NOTE: Transmitter batteries must be maintained in accordance with 121.353(b).

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:04:24 AM, 

QID:
 00056205, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
23   
Do the procedures ensure that the communication and navigation equipment required for the intended route of flight, is on board and functional?


REFERENCES: 121.349, 121.347

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:04:25 AM, 

QID:
 00056213, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
24   
Do the procedures required that each airplane be equipped with an approved terrain awareness and warning system?


REFERENCES: 121.354(a), 121.354(b)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:04:28 AM, 

QID:
 00056219, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
25   
Do controls exist within this element that ensure risks are reduced to an acceptable level?


REFERENCES: 5.51, 5.53, 5.55

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
26   
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
27   
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  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, 2.0)
1 Not applicable or authorized for the certificate holder or applicant
2 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  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  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  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  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  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