Unscoped DCT Report (Standard DCT)


MLF Label: 6.3.4 (AW) Carriage of Cargo DCT Type: ED DCT Specialty: Airworthiness Peer Group: A - Part 121 Air Operators DCT Revision: 10.0 on 06/25/20 (Released)
Summary Information

Purpose (Certificate Holder Responsibility): To ensure cargo is loaded appropriately for safe operation.
Objective (FAA Responsibility): Determine; (1) If the CH followed the accepted or approved process; (2) If the CH followed its Carriage of Cargo Loading procedures that supported a safe operation.

The (AW) Carriage of Cargo Element includes the following System(s) and Subsystem(s)

Questions Answers Comments
  6.3.4 (AW) Carriage of Cargo
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 specify that when carrying any cargo aft of a bulkhead or divider in any passenger compartment, it must be restrained to the load factors in 25.561(b)(3) and loaded as follows:

      #1 It is properly secured by a safety belt or other tiedown having enough strength to eliminate the possibility of shifting under all normally anticipated flight and ground conditions;
      #2 It is packaged or covered in a manner to avoid possible injury to passengers and passenger compartment occupants; and
      #3 It does not impose any load on seats or the floor structure that exceeds the load limitation for those components?

REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 121.285(c)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  9/29/2016 12:48:08 PM, 

QID:
 00050443, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
5   
Do the procedures specify that all certificate holder and vendor personnel must confirm load distribution and restraint calculations meet the certificate holders' approved program prior to submission to the flightcrew members?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  9/29/2016 12:48:05 PM, 

QID:
 00050492, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  YES
  NO
  Not Applicable
6   
Unless authorized by operational instructions, do procedures allow only FAA-certificated personnel to adjust CLS components through removal and reinstallation?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  9/29/2016 12:48:05 PM, 

QID:
 00050493, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
7   
Do the procedures specify that unserviceable ULDs which are owned/leased are routed to repair facilities listed on the certificate holder’s authorized vendor lists?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "UNIT LOAD DEVICE") ,  Rev.  3  6/25/2020 10:02:54 AM, 

QID:
 00050494, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
8   
Do the procedures specify that at least one hand fire extinguisher must be conveniently located for use in each cargo compartment accessible to crewmembers during flight?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 121.309(c), 25.851(a)

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  9/29/2016 12:48:04 PM, 

QID:
 00050495, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
9   
Does the certificate holders' Cargo Operations training program curriculums include duties and responsibilities, recurrent training requirements and intervals for the following employees:

      #1 W&B (CG Control) Personnel;
      #2 Load Personnel;
      #3 Load Supervisors;
      #4 Cargo Buildup Personnel;
      #5 Maintenance Personnel; and
      #6 Flightcrew Awareness Training?

REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

NOTE: Training programs are to include: - Basic aircraft load procedures, such as step-loading containers on all-cargo aircraft, loading containers in passenger aircraft, and bulk loading in lower and upper lobes; - CLS and cargo handling procedures; - Procedures for training load vendors and audit requirements for those vendors; - Training on expectations of loaders and proper load procedures, including safety and hazardous materials (hazmat); and- Frangible cargo requirements for certain positions.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  3  6/25/2020 9:59:15 AM, 

QID:
 00050599, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
10   
Does the certificate holder have procedures to ensure all weights are consistently expressed in either pounds or kilograms, and a method of conversion if both pounds and kilograms are used?


REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" ,  Rev.  2  6/25/2020 9:59:23 AM, 

QID:
 00051187, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
11   
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
12   
Did the certificate holder develop procedures for ULD buildup, compatibility of pallet/net combinations, and cargo restraint procedures?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "UNIT LOAD DEVICE") ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:21 AM, 

QID:
 00055955, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
13   
Did the certificate holder have procedures for determining "Special Cargo?"


REFERENCES: AC-120-85

NOTE: Examples of Special Cargo might include offset cargo, outsized cargo, sharp or piercing cargo, unusually shaped cargo, motor vehicles and other wheeled vehicles, tall cargo, and cargo not restrained by the aircraft CLS system.

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:22 AM, 

QID:
 00055956, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
14   
Did the certificate holder develop procedures for incorporating the performance and effectiveness of their Cargo Loading System (CLS) into their CASS system?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:23 AM, 

QID:
 00055957, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
15   
Do procedures specify that cargo compartments are appropriately placarded, legible, and secure?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:23 AM, 

QID:
 00055958, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
16   
Do procedures specify the proper operation and serviceability of its cargo ground- handling equipment prior to use?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:24 AM, 

QID:
 00055959, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
17   
Do the procedures specify the certificate holders responsibility for inoperative or missing CLS components in the aircraft maintenance logbook?


REFERENCES: AC-120-85, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  (FAR PART = "121") AND (FLT OPERATION CONFIGURATION = "CARGO") ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:25 AM, 

QID:
 00055960, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
18   
Did the certificate holder develop procedures to ensure authorized maintenance personnel and vendors are furnished with current manuals and manual revisions?


REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

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.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:25 AM, 

QID:
 00055961, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
19   
Did the certificate holder develop procedures to appropriately manage the aircraft’s basic empty weight (BEW)?


REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:26 AM, 

QID:
 00055962, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
20   
Did the certificate holder develop procedures when a conversion, modification, or major alteration to an aircraft changed its W&B characteristics?


REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 1, 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:27 AM, 

QID:
 00055963, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
21   
If multiple STCs apply, did the certificate holder have procedures to use only the STC with the most restrictive W&B limitations?


REFERENCES: 8900.1 Vol 3 Ch 47 Sec 3

Safety Attribute: Procedures,  Question Type: Output Validation,  

Scoping Attribute:
  FAR PART = "121" ,  Rev.  1  6/25/2020 10:03:28 AM, 

QID:
 00055964, Response Details: EP & ED DCTs (Both OP and AW),  Status: Released

  Yes
  No
  Not Applicable
22   
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
23   
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
24   
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