Unscoped DCT Report (Standard DCT)


MLF Label: 3.3.3 (OP) Flight / Load Manifest / Weight and Balance Procedures 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 operate aircraft within the weight and balance limitations of the Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM).
Objective (FAA Responsibility): Determine if the CH will be able to; (1) Comply with regulations; (2) Operate aircraft within the weight and balance limitations of the Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM).

The (OP) Flight / Load Manifest / Weight and Balance Procedures Element includes the following System(s) and Subsystem(s)

Questions Answers Comments
  3.3.3 (OP) Flight / Load Manifest / Weight and Balance Procedures
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 procedures require the load manifest form be prepared and signed prior to each flight by employees of the certificate holder or other qualified personnel authorized to supervise the loading process?


REFERENCES: 121.135(b), 121.665

NOTE: Qualified persons may include qualified employees or the Operator's qualified and authorized contractors.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) ,  Rev.  3  9/19/2019 1:38:46 PM, 

QID:
 00003791, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
5   
Do the procedures require that cargo weights be checked for accuracy?


REFERENCES: 121.135(b), 121.665

NOTE: This also includes weights provided by air freight forwarders.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

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

QID:
 00003792, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
6   
Do the procedures require that, at takeoff, time load manifests include:

      #1 The weight of the aircraft, fuel and oil, cargo and baggage, passengers and crewmembers;
      #2 The maximum allowable flight weight per 121.693(b)(1) through (4);
      #3 The total weight computed under approved procedures;
      #4 Evidence that the aircraft is loaded according to the approved schedule that ensures the center of gravity is within approved limits; and
      #5 Names of passengers, unless such information is maintained by the Operator through other means, as applicable?

REFERENCES: 121.135(b), 121.693, 121.693(a), 121.693(b), 121.693(c), 121.693(d), 121.693(e)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) ,  Rev.  2  5/21/2014 10:33:21 PM, 

QID:
 00003793, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
7   
Do the procedures require the PIC to carry to the destination a copy of the:

      #1 Load manifest;
      #2 Dispatch release; and
      #3 Flight plan?

REFERENCES: 121.695(a)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( TYPE 119 OPERATION = "FLAG" OR "DOMESTIC" ) ,  Rev.  2  5/21/2014 10:33:22 PM, 

QID:
 00003799, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8   
Do the procedures require the Operator to retain, for at least three months, the:

      #1 Load manifest;
      #2 Dispatch release; and
      #3 Flight plan?

REFERENCES: 121.695(a), 121.695(b)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( TYPE 119 OPERATION = "FLAG" OR "DOMESTIC" ) ,  Rev.  2  5/21/2014 10:33:24 PM, 

QID:
 00003803, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
9   
Do the procedures require the PIC to carry to the destination the original or a signed copy of the:

      #1 Load manifest;
      #2 Flight release;
      #3 Airworthiness release;
      #4 Pilot route certification; and
      #5 Flight plan?

REFERENCES: 121.697(a)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (TYPE 119 OPERATION = "DOMESTIC/FLAG AND SUPPLEMENTAL") ,  Rev.  3  1/25/2016 2:39:50 PM, 

QID:
 00003807, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
10   
Do the procedures require the Operator to retain a signed copy of the documents that are listed in 121.697(a) for flights originating from its principal base of operations?


REFERENCES: 121.697(a), 121.697(b)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( TYPE 119 OPERATION = "SUPPLEMENTAL" ) ,  Rev.  2  1/25/2016 2:39:50 PM, 

QID:
 00003813, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
11   
Do the procedures require the PIC or other authorized person not on board the airplane to send signed copies of the documents per 121.697(a) to the main base of operations for flights that originate from other than the principal base of operation?


REFERENCES: 121.697(a), 121.697(c), 121.697(d)

NOTE: Exceptions to this requirement are stated in 121.697(d).

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (TYPE 119 OPERATION = "DOMESTIC/FLAG AND SUPPLEMENTAL") ,  Rev.  2  1/25/2016 2:39:50 PM, 

QID:
 00003814, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
12   
Do the procedures specify that the records required by 121.697(a) may be retained at a place other than the principal base for not more than 30 days before they are sent to the principal base of operations when a flight originates at a station other than the principal base of operations, and there is an authorized person who manages the flight who is not on board the airplane (as identified in the certificate holder's manual)?


REFERENCES: 121.697(d), 121.697(e)

NOTE: Documents for a particular flight need not be further retained at that place or be sent to the principal base of operations, if the originals or other copies of them have been previously returned to the principal base of operations.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( TYPE 119 OPERATION = "SUPPLEMENTAL" ) ,  Rev.  2  1/25/2016 2:39:50 PM, 

QID:
 00003815, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
13   
Do the procedures require that either the originals or copies of the documents required per 121.697(a) be retained at the principal base of operations for at least three months?


REFERENCES: 121.697(a), 121.697(e)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (TYPE 119 OPERATION = "DOMESTIC/FLAG AND SUPPLEMENTAL") ,  Rev.  2  1/25/2016 2:39:50 PM, 

QID:
 00003816, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
14   
Do the procedures require aircraft in cargo service that have been approved for increased zero fuel and landing weights per 121.198 to:

      #1 Have zero fuel weight increases not exceeding five percent; and
      #2 Have structural landing weight increases not exceeding the zero fuel weight increases?

REFERENCES: 121.135(b), 121.198(a), 121.198(c)

NOTE: This applies to airplanes modified under STC SA 4-1402.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) AND ( FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO" ) ,  Rev.  2  5/21/2014 10:33:26 PM, 

QID:
 00003817, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
15   
Do the procedures require calculation of passenger and baggage weights per operations specification A096?


REFERENCES: AC-120-27, A096

NOTE: This includes, but is not limited to, carry-on baggage removed from the cabin and placed in the cargo compartment.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "A096") ,  Rev.  2  6/25/2019 11:13:25 AM, 

QID:
 00003820, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
16   
Does the weight and balance program include procedures, based on source data, to show that aircraft:

      #1 Will be properly loaded per the approved configuration (loading schedules or charts); and
      #2 Will not exceed authorized weight and balance limitations during all ground and flight operations?

REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 2

NOTE: Source data used to develop the program may come from the manufacturers weight and balance documentation referenced from the TCDS, the AFM/RFM, and STC information and included in the manual. This information should be included in the operators manual system.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121" ) ,  Rev.  6  12/16/2019 4:50:03 PM, 

QID:
 00003822, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
17   
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
18   
Do the procedures require calculation of passenger and baggage weights per operations specification A097?


REFERENCES: AC-120-27, A097

NOTE: This includes, but is not limited to, carry-on baggage removed from the cabin and placed in the cargo compartment.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "A097") ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2019 11:13:24 AM, 

QID:
 00055191, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
19   
Do the procedures require calculation of passenger and baggage weights per operations specification A099?


REFERENCES: AC-120-27, A099

NOTE: This includes, but is not limited to, carry-on baggage removed from the cabin and placed in the cargo compartment.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "A099") ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2019 11:13:25 AM, 

QID:
 00055192, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
20   
Do the procedures require calculation of passenger and baggage weights per operations specification A098?


REFERENCES: AC-120-27, A098

NOTE: This includes, but is not limited to, carry-on baggage removed from the cabin and placed in the cargo compartment.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (OPSPEC = "A098") ,  Rev.  2  6/25/2020 10:02:54 AM, 

QID:
 00055193, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
21   
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
22   
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
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  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
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