Title Page

  • Prime Contractor

  • Contract Number

  • Contract Type

  • Headquarters Address
  • Additional Bases of Operation

  • Types and Number of Aircraft Operated

  • Inspection Location
  • Inspected by

  • Inspection Conducted on (Date and Time)

  • This contractor was evaluated with, and is bound by, the specific version of DCMA Instruction 8210.1 in effect on the date of contract ratification. DCMA Instruction 8210.1C, when required, is applicable contracts ratified on or after 21 AUG 2013.


Contractor Profile

  • Prime Contractor

  • Contract Number

  • Contract Type

  • Sub-Contractor (List All)

  • Aircraft Types

  • Production / Year

  • Number of Contractor Crewmembers Assigned

  • Number of Government Crewmembers Assigned

  • Applicable Clauses (GFRC, SFF, etc) & Dates Issued

  • Landing Permits for each Applicable Service- Provide Service & Expiration Date

  • DCMA Personnel (Command & APT) (Last, First, Rank, Title, Office, Phone, E-Mail)

  • Government Flight Representative (GFR) (Last, First, Title, Office, Phone, E-Mail)

  • Government Ground Flight Representative (GGFR/GFR) (Last, First, Title, Office, Phone, E-Mail)

  • Primary PMA-226 Contract Office Personnel (Last, First, Title, Position, Phone, E-Mail)

  • Procurement Contracting Officer (PCO) (Last, First, Title, Office, Phone, E-Mail)

  • Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO) (Last, First, Title, Office, Phone, E-Mail)

  • Project Manager (PM) (Last, First, Title, Office, Phone, E-Mail)

  • FAA Principle Inspection (POI)- If Applicable (Last, First, Title, Office, Phone, E-Mail)

  • Other (Last, First, Title, Office, Phone, E-Mail)

  • Any current issues or areas that should be observed during next inspection:


  • 2.0 Has the contactor applied for any Contract Waivers, Service Guidance Waivers, or Waivers to Aircraft Operations?

  • 2.0 What requirements has the contactor requested waived, or been approved to waive? Provide information related to each waiver and waiver expiration date.

  • Provide a copy of any approved waivers. (ie. AFMC Form 73 and/or DD Form 1716).

  • Note: ACOs and PCOs, shall not use the contract modification process for aviation contracts to waive this Instruction or Service Guidance requirements. DFARS Part 228.3, Insurance, subpart 228.370 – Additional Clauses, describe the limits imposed on the PCO for modifying the GFRC.There are three types of waivers that affect contractor aircraft operations; waivers to this Instruction; waivers to Service Guidance; and contract waivers.

  • 2.0 Is the contractor complying with DCMA Instruction 8210.1 until the waiver is approved? (Or until it was approved?)

  • 2.0 Does the waiver include an alternate means of complaince that provides an equivalent level of safety?

  • 2.0 Did the contractor provide the GFR a revision to the ground or flight procedures that incorporates the waived requriements?

  • 2.0 Have all approved waivers been included in the contractors ground and flight procedures, as applicable?

  • 2.1.2 Was a risk management analysis and risk mitigation plan submitted to the GFR that outlines how the contractor intends to reduce risk to the contracted aircraft operation affected by each waiver?

  • 2.3 Contract modification requests are routed through the GFR and ACO to the PCO for action.

    2.6. Waiver Authorities for DCMA 8210.1 and for Service Guidance:

    2.6.1. Army - U. S. Army Materiel Command, ATTN: AMCOL-CA, 4400 Martin Rd., Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898-5000.

    2.6.2. Air Force - Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, HQ AFMC/A3. Forward requests to HQ AFMC/A3V, 508 W. Choctawhatchee, Eglin AFB, FL 32542-5713.

    2.6.3. Navy - Commander, Naval Air System Command. Forward requests to: Commander, Naval Air System Command, AIR-09F, 22541 Millstone Rd. Unit 10, Patuxent River, MD 20670-1606.

    2.6.4. Coast Guard - Commanding Officer, USCG ALC, 1664 Weeksville Road, Building 63, Elizabeth City, NC 27909-6725.

    2.6.5. Non-Signatory Waiver Authorities – When a contract that includes this Instruction is issued by an organization not listed as a signatory to this Instruction (NASA, DEA, DHS, foreign governments, etc.), contact the organization issuing the contract for guidance on identifying the appropriate waiver authority.

  • GFR/GGFR/GGR Notes related to any contractor issued or pending waivers.


  • Per DCMA Instruction 8210.1C paragraph 3.1.1, should a conflict arise between the contract and source guidance, the following hierarchy shall be used in descending order: DCMA Instruction 8210.1 (as revised), Service Guidance, and the Approved Procedure.

  • 3.0 Has the contractor developed specific written procedures for all flight and ground operations?

  • 3.0 Did the contractor wait for the ground and flight operations to be approved by the GFR before beginning operations?

  • 3.2. The contractor is responsible for writing, implementing and enforcing its procedures, and identifying and correcting deficiencies. Was evidence of such practice observed and was it effective?

  • 3.3 Has the contractor prepared and maintained specific written procedures, separate and distinct from industrial or quality procedures, that describe aircraft flight and ground operations at all operating facilities?

  • 3.3 If the contractor references existing company procedures, operating instructions, etc., in order to fulfill the requirements of DCMA 8210.1, are the referenced document(s) readily available for review?

  • 3.3.1 Has the contractor provided specific guidance describing activities and requirements containted in DCMA Instruction 8210.1 and all contractual provisions pertaining to safety, and flight and ground operations applicable to all aircraft, for each specific contractor operation and location?

  • 3.3.2 Has the contractor described in detail how the contractor will ensure that individuals perform only duties they are qualified and authorized to perform?

  • 3.3.3 Has the contractor adequately explained all aspects of a given operation to include the purpose, scope, and steps to accomplish the task?

  • 3.3.4 Has the contractor identified by office/title of individuals responsible for preparing and maintaining specific written procedures for aircraft flight and ground operations at all operating facilities?

  • 3.3.5 When appropriate, has the contractor included requirements to verify the successful completion of the task or procedure?

  • 3.4 NOTE: For contractor operations with no existing approved procedures, the contractor should provide its procedures, including portions thereof, to the GFR for approval as soon as possible. Procedures may be approved in sections, however contractors shall not conduct ground operations until the applicable procedure has been approved (interim or final approval). Flight operations are prohibited until all procedures have been approved.

  • 3.5.1 Does the contactor have multiple service contracts?

  • 3.5.1 Has the contractor specified general guidance from a single source for basic flight rules, evaluations, etc? (Note: The contractor is encouraged to develop a common set of procedures. This will require the contractor to request common process block changes or waivers).

  • 3.5.2 Have the contractors procedures been modified, as required, to include the latest pertinent Service Guidance changes? (This may require contract changes).

  • 3.7 Did the contractor write their procedures to follow the order listed in DCMA Instruction 8210.1 Attachment 10, OR provided a paragraph to cross reference the required items?

  • DCMA INST 8210.1C Attachment 10 – Required Procedures Outlined

    CHAPTER 1: DEFINITIONS - may be included, but may not be modified.
    CHAPTER 2: WAIVERS - may be included, but may not be modified or extended by GFR

    CHAPTER 3: PROCEDURES - contractor must, at a minimum, develop procedures for the following:
    * 3.6. Subcontractors.
    * 3.8.2. Procedures POC.
    * 3.17. Access to Contractor’s Facilities

    * 4.1. Flight Management.
    * 4.1.1. General Flight Rules. A simple statement listing which Service Guidance aircrews shall follow is sufficient.
    * 4.1.12. Aircrew Duty and Rest Limitations. Contractors need not address these paragraphs. Including these procedures as a ready reference or making them more restrictive is acceptable.
    4.2. Crewmember/Non-Crewmember Approval. Address only the following subparagraphs in the Procedures.
    * 4.2.1. Requesting Officials (or Contractor’s Requesting Official (CRO)).
    * 4.2.7. Removal From Crewmember Status.
    4.3. Crewmember Qualification Requirements. Contractors need not address these paragraphs. Including these procedures as a ready reference or making them more restrictive is acceptable.
    4.4. General Procedures.
    4.5. Crewmember Training Requirements.
    4.6. Crewmember Ground Training Requirements.
    4.7. Crewmember Evaluations.
    4.8. Forms and Records.

    5.2. Training, Qualification and Certification.
    5.3. FOD and Tool Control.
    5.4. Aircraft Engine/APU/GTC Operation (Ground Personnel).
    5.5. Medical (Physical) Requirements for Ground Personnel. Although this is a contractual requirement, contractors need not address their process for accomplishing these tasks in their Procedures.
    5.6. Aircraft Ground Support Equipment (AGSE).
    5.7. Airfield and Facility Vehicle Operation.
    5.8. Aircraft servicing.
    5.9. Aircraft Ground Handling.
    5.10. AFE/ALSE/ALSS.
    5.11. Egress System/Component Maintenance and Storage.
    5.12. Aircraft/Equipment Hydraulic Fluid Analysis Program.
    5.13. Oil Analysis Program.
    5.14. Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE).
    5.15. Weight and Balance.
    5.16. Tire and Wheel.
    5.17. Welding and Brazing.
    5.18. Security of Aircraft / Prevention of Unauthorized Access or Operation of Government Aircraft.
    5.19. Technical Orders/Maintenance Manuals
    5.20. Aircraft Records Management.
    5.21. Safe-for-Flight Release.
    5.22. Battery Handling, Recharge and Storage.
    5.23. Corrosion Control.
    5.24. Aircraft Weapons, Munitions, and Cartridge Activated Devices.
    5.25. Lasers.
    5.26. Severe Weather.
    5.27. Fuel System Maintenance.
    5.28. Hangaring of Aircraft.
    5.29. Storage and Handling of Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT).
    5.30. Gases (Inert and Flammable).
    5.31. Application of External Electrical and Hydraulic Power.
    5.32. Operation of Landing Gear, Powered Doors, and Flight Control Surfaces.

    6.1. Mishap Prevention Program.
    6.2 Designation of an Aviation Safety Official
    6.3. Risk Management.
    6.4. Hazard Identification and Elimination Procedures.
    6.5. Aviation Safety Council.
    6.6. Flight Safety Meetings.
    6.7. Safety Audits.
    6.8. Bird/Animal Avoidance and Strike Hazard (BASH) Program.
    6.9. Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (MACA) Program.
    6.10. Safety Publications.
    6.11. Aircraft Damage Reporting Procedures.
    6.12. Aircraft Mishap Reporting Procedures.
    6.13. Privileged Data.
    6.14. Mishap Response Plan (MRP)(or Premishap Plan).
    6.15. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Procedures.
    6.16. Aircraft Facilities.
    6.17. Contractor Evaluation of ARFF, Aircraft Facilities, and Protection of Aircraft on the Ground.
    6.18. OCONUS ARFF, Aircraft Facilities, and Protection of Aircraft on the Ground

  • 3.8.2 Has the contractor identified to the GFR a single point of contact who has cognizance over the functional organizations involved and who can coordinate approval issues?

  • 3.8.3 Does the contractor maintain current copies of the approved procedures at each operating location?

  • NOTE: 3.10. Modifying contracts to update to this version of the Instruction. If a contract modification (contractor or Government initiated) implements a more recent version of this Instruction, or a new contract is issued, the contractor may operate for three months with existing approved Procedures created using an earlier version of this Instruction.

  • 3.11 Does the contractor operate at locations with mutiple versions of this instruction? (Where contractors have multiple contracts that contain older versions of this Instruction, they are bound by the specific version defined in each contract or contractors may request a contract modification for the older contracts to upgrade to the latest version of the Instruction).

  • 3.12 Does the contractor have overarching “Core” procedures to ensure operations are uniform throughout multiple locations?

  • 3.12 Do the core procedures address site/aircraft specific operations or does the contractor have a local operating annex to cover such procedural gaps?

  • 3.13 Within the last 12 months, has the contractor conducted a review of their procedures?

  • 3.13.1 Did the contractor review the documents referenced in DCMA Instruction 8210.1C paragraph 3.3 and were they found to still be valid?

  • 3.13.2 Did the contractor verify the safety and effectiveness of each procedure?

  • 3.13.3 Did the contractor assess changing Service Guidance and its effect?

  • 3.13.4 At the completion of the contractors annual review, did the contractor submit recommended changes to the GFR for approval?

  • 3.14 Did the GFR/GGFR/GGR identify any deficiencies or inadequacies in the contractors procedures?

  • Please explain any idenitified deficiencies and/or inadequacies:

  • 3.15 Has a Corrective Action Request (CAR) been issued to the contractor (either verbally or other written method)?

  • 3.15 Has the contractor developed a corrective action that addresses the root cause of the documented deficiency or inadequacy?

  • NOTE: See DCMA Instruction 8210.1C Attachment 13 for further guidance on the CAR process. Should the contractor and GFR have a difference of interpretation of a given procedure, the issue should be raised to the following authorities for resolution: for DCMA activities, DCMA-AO; for Service activities, waiver authority for this Instruction is listed in 8210.1 Paragraph 2.6.

  • 3.17 Did the Prime contractor provide the GFR and APT access to the aircraft and facilities upon request and without delay during work hours?


  • This section applies to all Contractor Requesting Officials (CRO), crewmembers and non-crewmembers. It applies for all flights under contract regardless of who is on board or operating the aircraft.

  • 4.1.1 Do the contractors flight operations follow Service Guidance?

  • 4.1.2 Did the contractor establish and maintain a flight planning area and provide access to current and sufficient information, including Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs), weather forecasts and advisories, allowing crewmembers to properly plan and participate in flights? Note: Government provided flight planning areas meet this requirement.

  • 4.1.3 Are the contractors flight profiles prepared for all flights and do they detail planned flight checks and events, to include proficiency training and the specific geographical areas or point-to-point routes to be flown?

  • 4.1.3 Are the contractor flight profiles designed to allow the maximum possible use of ground radar monitoring/advisories, radio communications (eg. status reports at established intervals) or chase aircraft to monitor aircraft position and status?

  • 4.1.4 Does the contractor conduct unmanned aircraft (UA) operations outside Specical Use Airspace?

  • 4.1.4 If the contractor conducts UA operations in Controlled Airspace, Restricted Areas, Warning Areas, or Prohibited Area Airspace, does the contractor have an FAA Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) or other FAA authorization permitting such operations?

  • NOTE: UA operations (Group 1-3) flying Public Aircraft Operation (PAO) aircraft wholly or partially outside Special Use Airspace shall do so only under an approved FAA COA or IAW current DoD/FAA agreements and are confined to Class D, E, G or COA approved airspace. Coordinate operations with the responsible ATC facility as needed/required. UA inside a buidling is not regulated by FAA.

  • 4.1.5 Do the contractors procedures delineate processes that ensure flight schedules are developed, and Requests for Flight Approvals submitted, with sufficient lead time to preclude interruption to either Government or contractor operations? (Note: Under normal situations, submitting approvals during the workday prior to the day of the scheduled flight is considered sufficient lead time.)

  • 4.1.6 For flights involving a mixture of contractors and/or contracts, does the requesting contractor provide the GFR with sufficient detail that informs the GFR as to which procedures the aircrew will follow during the flight?

  • Does the contractor have documented processes and/or procedures that ensure only current and qualified crewmembers and non-crewmembers (except as noted in 8210.10 Paragraph 4.5.1, and 4.5.7) conduct approved flights in an approved flight areas, routes, and specified profile? (CAS APP)

  • Does the contractor perform according to an approved mission profile or test plan, and within applicable safety and engineering limitations? (Note: Experimental and engineering test flights require a specific test plan). (CAS APP)

  • Does the contractor perfom in accordance with its approved procedures? (CAS APP)

  • Does the contractor conduct a flight risk assessment (FRA) prior to each flight? (CAS APP)

  • 4.1.8 When flights occur that are not under GFR oversight (eg. formations, chase, pace, intercept/target, or in-flight refueling (receiver or tanker) with non-contract/non-Government aircraft), does the contractor have procedures that require the CRO to note the presence of non-contract/non-Government aircraft involved in the mission on the DCMA Form 644, Request for Flight Approval?

  • 4.1.8 When such flights occur, do the contractors procedures require the CRO to request a statement verifying the qualifications and capabilities of the non-contract aircrew and aircraft from the owning organization?

  • Does the contractor provide a means for communication between the contractor flight operations facility and the crewmembers while flying in the local area (e.g., contractor radio, phone patch through tower, etc.)?

  • Does the contractor require the flight communication system to be manned for the duration of the flight? (Note: Contractor aircrews embedded in Service units should use the local unit’s communication facilities and procedures to meet this requirement.)

  • Do the contractors flight supervision procedures, at a minimum, identify the check flight area, supersonic corridor, stereo route profiles and provide coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) if required/desired?

  • Does the contractor provide aircraft maintenance release procedures, to include a review of all safety of flight non-conforming repairs, a review of aircraft logs and records for outstanding safety of flight aircraft inspections/bulletins requiring action and expiring components (such as TDs, SBs, TCTOs, ADs, etc.)? (CAS APP)

  • If applicable, does the contractor have documented procedures that include record keeping requirements for supersonic flights?

  • 4.1.10 Does the contractor have procedures to ensure no crewmembers or non-crewmembers are placed on flight approval requests with non-current certificates, licenses, or permits? (CAS APP)

  • 4.1.11 Does the contractor have procedures that address the designation of pilot-in-command and crew positions for dual piloted and/or multi place aircraft and flight lead for formation flights? (Note: With dual contractors with no prime-sub relationship flying on the same flight, dual flight authorization requests are required. Mixed crews performing crewmember or maintenance tasks shall use identical checklists). (CAS APP)

  • 4.1.12 Does the contractor have minimum crew requirements for the various types of flight activities? (CAS APP)

  • 4.1.13 Does the contractor conform to the following flight/duty/rest limitations? (CAS APP)<br><br>The crew rest period is the non-work period immediately preceding the crew duty period. This period shall be a minimum of 12 hours with at least 8 uninterrupted hours allowed for sleep. The following crew duty period restrictions apply to all contractor crewmembers/non-crewmembers:<br> <br> The crew duty period begins when an individual reports for work (either flight or administrative duties) and ends when the engines are stopped at the end of an event, mission, or series of missions.<br><br> The basic crew duty period shall not exceed 12 consecutive hours. The GFR is authorized to grant extensions to the basic crew duty period of not more than two hours on a case-by-case basis.<br><br> When flying support flights (or engineering test flights IAW 8210.1 Paragraph 1.30.2) in dual-piloted aircraft with an operative autopilot installed and used, the maximum crew duty period may be 16 consecutive hours.<br><br> Pilots in single-piloted helicopters are limited to a maximum of 6 flying hours in a 12-hour crew duty period.<br><br> Use of augmented crews per procuring Service Guidance is allowed

  • Do the contractors procedures address chronic fatique issues? (CAS APP)

  • 4.1.14 Do the contractors procedures address flight restrictions for contractor flight personnel recovering from the effects of alcohol consumption, medications, diving, etc.? (CAS APP)

  • Does the contractor maintain a Flight Crew Information File (FCIF) at each flight operations facility and is the FCIF readily available to crewmembers?

  • Do the contractor procedures require crewmembers to read and certify knowledge of the contents of the Flight Crew Information File (FCIF) initially, and whenever there are new entries?

  • Has the contractor conducted a review of each FCIF within the past 12 calendar months?

  • Does the Flight Crew Information File (FCIF) include recommended information such as information which affects the safety of aircraft operations and information of a transitory nature that concerns flight operations. (Note: When collocated with a Government flight operations activity, the contractor may use the Government FCIF, provided both organizations concur and standardized procedures for use are established.)

  • Do the contractor procedures require the use of current, up-to-date publications? (Note: Procedures shall identify the method used for receiving, distributing, and maintaining the currency of flight manuals and checklists. Contractor personnel shall use Government flight manuals and checklists in all flight operations where applicable technical data has been published.)

  • Does the contractor use locally devised checklists, and has such checklist deviation been authorized by the appropriate Procuring Service? (Note: Use of Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) are authorized IAW Service Guidance.)

  • 4.2.1 Do the contractor procedures identify the individual(s) authorized to request Crewmember Approval and Qualification Training and outline the process for requesting such approval? (Note: Only the contractors designated Contractor Requesting Official (CRO) shall submit requests to the GFR for crewmember approval or for qualification training. The contractor shall identify by name (in writing) these officials to the GFR, and shall revise the list, as necessary, to ensure currency). (CAS APP)

  • 4.2.2 Do the contractor procedures ensure that only the required numbers of crewmembers are authorized for flight and such programs include sufficient flying time for currency in accordance with 8210.1C?

  • 4.2.3 Do the contractor procedures require the CRO to notify the GFR, prior to submitting a crewmember/noncrewmember for training/approval/authorization/review, of any of the following:<br> <br> Ever been removed from crewmember/non-crewmember status by a GFR for cause,<br><br> Been cited for a violation by the FAA or,<br><br> Removed from military flight orders for cause

  • 4.2.4 Do the contractor’s procedures require the CRO to forward the following documents to the GFR for crewmember approval: <br><br>1. DD Form 2627, Request for Government Approval for Aircrew Qualification and Training (Attachment 3), <br>2. A Resume/CV, <br>3. DD Form 1821, Contractor Crewmember Record, (Attachment 4), and<br>4. Copy of contractor crewmember’s proposed qualification training plan/program per Paragraph 4.3 for approval of training<br><br>(Note: At the contractor’s request, and with GFR approval, the DD Form 1821 can be substituted by Service forms). Contractors shall ensure that crewmembers do not fly or initiate qualification training before receipt of Government approval.

  • 4.2.5. Does the contractor have procedures that require Government Approval for Crewmember Status that includes: (CAS APP)<br><br>• On completion of qualification training, the CRO forwards two copies of DD Forms 2628, Request for Approval of Contractor Crewmember (Attachment 5), and DD Form 1821, Contractor Crewmember Record (Attachment 4) (or GFR approved Service form), to the GFR. <br><br>• The GFR indicates action taken and returns a signed copy to the contractor within ten workdays. <br><br>• Contractor crewmembers shall not perform in their aircrew specialties until receipt of Government approval. <br><br>• An approved DD Form 2628 is valid as long as the crewmember maintains their qualifications for the contractor.

  • 4.2.6 Within the last 6-calendar months, has the CRO provided a list of each contractor and subcontractor non-crewmember required to fly in manned Government aircraft, or perform as sensor operators, or observers for UAS, to the GFR? (Note: The CRO shall ensure that each non-crewmember is qualified and essential for accomplishing the specific mission of that flight).

  • Does the contractor have procedures for identifying and addressing human factors issues such as substance abuse, personal and family problems, etc., that would restrict the person from flight duties? And does this process include immediate notification to the GFR? (CAS APP)

  • 4.3.1 At minimum, do all pilots, except those described in 8210.1C para 4.3.6, meet the following requirements? (CAS APP)<br><br>1. Pilots: FAA Commercial Pilot or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with appropriate category and class ratings,<br>2. Flight Engineers: FAA Flight Engineer Certificate or a Service equivalent Certificate or Qualification. <br>3. Non-crewmember requirements (see 8210.1C Paragraphs 4.2.6 and 4.6.1). <br>4. UA pilots/Operators (see 8210.1C Paragraph 4.3.6). Paragraphs 4.3.2 and 4.3.3 do not apply to UA operations.

  • 4.3.2 At minimum, do Experimental Test Flight Pilots and Associated Experimental Ground Operation Pilots meet the following qualifications?<br> Pilot. Not less than 1,500 hours Pilot-in-Command time, to include 100 hours as Pilot-in-Command during engineering and/or acceptance flights listed under the functional flight category. Graduation from a military test pilot school (TPS) is required.<br><br> TPS Waiver. When the contractor pilot is not a graduate of a military TPS, the education and experience requirements listed in 8210.1 must be met as a basis of consideration for TPS waiver.<br><br> Other crewmembers. All other crewmembers must have 1000 hours in the position they are qualifying in, of which 300 hours must be in the same aircraft category (rotary-wing, glider, etc.).

  • 4.3.3. Do the pilots conducting Engineering Test, Check Flights, and all other flights, meet the following qualifications?<br><br> Pilot. The pilot must be qualified in mission, type, design, and if appropriate, series of aircraft. The pilot must have not less than 1,000 hours Pilot-in-Command time. In addition,<br><br> For fighter, attack, and trainer aircraft, the Pilot-in-Command time must include 100 hours in the same aircraft type and design.<br><br> The Pilot-in-Command time for other aircraft must include 300 hours in similar aircraft type.<br><br> Copilot. The copilot must have not less than 500 hours Pilot-in-Command time and be qualified in mission, type, design, and if appropriate, series aircraft.<br><br> Flight Mechanics/Crew chiefs. Contractor crewmembers must have a minimum of 150 hours experience as a flight mechanic/crew chief, have previously qualified and served in such capacity during military service or have been trained using the applicable Service training program modified to the contract requirements.<br><br> Other crewmembers. All other crewmembers must have 500 hours in the position they are qualifying in, of which 100 hours must be in the same aircraft category. (Army: includes CH-47 Flight Engineers.).<br><br> Maintenance Test Pilot (MTP) (Army).<br><br> Standard Army Aircraft. Contractor pilots who perform Maintenance Test Flights (MTFs) on Army Standard Aircraft, which have undergone maintenance, modification, or overhaul, or on new production aircraft, where a follow-up/acceptance MTF is not performed by the Government, shall be a graduate of the Army Maintenance Test Pilot Course or complete an equivalency evaluation conducted by the Directorate of Evaluation and Standardization (DES), U.S. Army Aviation Warfighting Center, Ft.Rucker, AL 36362-5000. All requests for equivalency evaluations shall be forwarded through the GFR to the procuring ACOM. The ACOM will coordinate all equivalency evaluations with DES.<br><br> Nonstandard Army Aircraft. Contractor pilots performing MTF or Functional Check Flights (FCFs) shall be qualified per procuring ACOM Aircrew Training Program for the specific aircraft. Request for nonstandard aircraft qualification shall be submitted through the GFR to the procuring ACOM.

  • 4.3.4. Do Contractor Flight Instructors and Flight Examiners meet the following qualifications?<br><br> Flight Instructors may be designated by the contractor to provide instruction to contractor crewmembers. Only highly qualified, proficient, and experienced personnel may be selected and trained as instructor crewmembers. These candidates shall meet the evaluation requirements provided by the Services prior to GFR approval on DD form 2628.<br><br> Flight Examiners may be designated by the contractor to administer recurring flight evaluations when authorized by the GFR. Only highly qualified instructor personnel may be selected and trained as Flight Examiners. These candidates shall meet the evaluation requirements provided by the Services prior to GFR approval on DD form 2628.<br><br> Instrument Flight Examiners (IE), Standardization Instructor Pilots (SP), Instructor Pilots (IP), and Maintenance Evaluators (ME) designations apply only to contractor pilots (Army) contracted for the sole purpose of conducting aircraft qualification training and administration of the Aircrew Training Program (ATP). Contractor pilots in these designated positions shall meet all Army initial aircraft qualifications and recurrent training requirements per AR 95-1 and the applicable aircraft Aircrew Training Manual.

  • Does the contractor require all pilots to maintain at least an "annual" FAA second class medical certificate? (Note: Army Contractor pilots will have the option of maintaining either an annual FAA Second Class Medical Certificate or an Army Class 2 FDME.)

  • Are contracted UA Operators required maintain an "annual" FAA second class medical certficate?

  • Are contracted UA Observers required to maintain an "annual" FAA third class medical certificate?

  • Are contracted "other crewmembers" required to maintain the following medical certificate? <br><br>Unless an FAA Second Class physical is required for their FAA flight certificate, non-pilot crewmembers may receive either an FAA Second Class or military Class 2 flight physical annually. (Exception: crew chiefs and loadmasters will meet the medical requirements of Paragraph below).

  • Are contracted "non-crewmembers" required to maintain an "annual" FAA third class medical certificate or military Class III flight physical?

  • 4.3.6 Does the contractor restrict UA Operators from serving as Pilot/UA operator for two or more UAs simultaneously unless Service Guidance authorizes the execution/conduct of such operations, or unless approved to do so by the waiver authority for this<br>Instruction? (Ref. 8210.1 Paragraph 2.6)

  • Do the contractors procedures address local airfield operations?

  • Do the contractors procedures address qualification and certification requirements for radio operators or tower controllers in accordance with FAA/FCC regulations when these services are provided by the contractor?

  • 4.4.2 Do the contractor’s procedures contain the following weather limitations?<br><br>Contractors shall use Service Guidance for ceiling/visibility minimums and alternate weather requirements. FCF/ACF flights shall be accomplished during day visual meteorological conditions. In no instance shall the takeoff/landing minimums be less than the following (Army contractors use AR 95-1): <br><br> All initial FCF/ACFs, and subsequent FCF/ACFs involving discrepancies for engine, flight controls, landing gear, or instruments affecting IFR capability:<br><br> Bomber, cargo, tanker, patrol, and trainer aircraft: 1,500 feet and 3 miles.<br> Fighter, attack, and reconnaissance aircraft: 3,000 feet and 3 miles. The USAAMA address and email have been updated post publication. <br> Helicopters/tilt-rotor: 700 feet and 1 mile.<br> Subsequent FCF/ACF flights not falling under<br> Bomber, cargo, tanker, patrol, and trainer aircraft: 1,000 feet and 3 miles.<br> Fighter, attack, and reconnaissance aircraft: 1,000 feet and 3 miles.<br> Helicopters/tilt-rotor: 500 feet and 1 mile. Helicopter/tilt-rotor FCF/ACF flights may be conducted under Special VFR conditions, but in no case with weather less than 500 feet and 1 mile. FCF/ACF hover checks may be performed when weather is less than the above, provided visual reference to the ground and obstruction clearance is maintained.<br><br> All other flights (Army contractors use AR 95-1):<br> Fixed Wing. In no instance shall a takeoff be attempted if the departure field’s observed weather is lower than 300 feet and 1 mile, or the minimums for the expected approach to be flown in the event of an immediate landing at that field, whichever is higher. In no instance shall an approach be commenced if the observed weather at the destination airfield is lower than 300 feet and 1 mile, or the minimums for the approach to be flown, whichever is higher. If, after commencing, the weather drops below this minimum, the approach may be continued but under no circumstances shall the aircraft penetrate below minimums for that approach or 300 feet whichever is higher unless sufficient visual reference with the runway environment has been established.<br> Rotary Wing. In no instance shall a takeoff be attempted if the departure field’s observed weather is lower than the minimums for the expected approach to be flown in the event of an immediate landing at that field. In no instance shall an approach be commenced if the observed weather at the destination airfield is lower than the minimums for the approach to be flown. If, after commencing, the weather drops below this minimum, the approach may be continued but under no circumstances shall the aircraft penetrate below minimums for that approach unless sufficient visual reference with the runway environment has been established. <br><br> UA Weather Minimums for all Flights. As written in the contract. If not specified in the contract, Service Guidance minimums for specific UA model will apply. If Service Guidance does not exist, then the contractor shall establish minimums commensurate with safe operation of the aircraft in concurrence with the Program Office.<br><br>4.4.3. Required daylight operations.<br> All check flights shall commence no earlier than official sunrise and terminate no later than official sunset. Exception: When a flight is required only to check the operations of auxiliary systems or components (unrelated to airworthiness, flight performance, or basic flight instruments), the flight may be flown during the hours of darkness.<br> Experimental/Engineering flights shall be conducted between official sunrise and sunset unless night operations are specifically required by the test plan/mission.

  • 4.4.4 Does the contractor use the following flight operating limitations?<br> <br>Service Guidance shall be used for all operating limits. In the absence of Service Guidance, maneuvering parameters such as minimum altitudes and operating limits similar to Service requirements for like aircraft missions and events shall be included in the procedures.

  • 4.4.5 Does the contractor require flight plans to be filled out and filed in accordance with FAA/Service/host<br>nation regulations?

  • 4.4.6 Do the contractor arming and disarming (if applicable) procedures mirror Service, Tech Order, Tech Manual, and any applicable local procedures?

  • 4.4.7 Do the contractor live fire, laser, and gunnery operations, if conducted, procedures mirror Service, Tech Order, Tech Manual, and any applicable local procedures?

  • 4.4.8 Do the contractor night Vision/low light operations, if conducted, procedures mirror Service, Tech Order, Tech Manual, and any applicable local procedures?

  • 4.4.9 Does the contractor have procedures to issue, care, inspect, clean, and store Aircrew Flight Equipment Life Support, and Survival Gear (AFE/ALSE/ALSS) equipment?

  • 4.4.10/11 Does the contractor have procedures for experimental tests, engineering tests, and associated ground operations of Government aircraft applicable to: <br><br>4.4.11. Aircrew and Contractor Response to Emergencies:<br> Radio failure,<br> Landing gear malfunctions,<br> In-flight fire,<br> Barrier and arresting gear engagement,<br> Controlled bailout/ejection,<br> Jettisoning (fuel, armament, cargo),<br> Minimum and emergency fuel (UA battery capacity (if applicable)),<br> Emergency aircrew extraction,<br> Emergency aircraft movement (flightline, severe weather),<br> Hot brakes,<br> Inflight LASER illumination of aircraft,<br> Hazardous material,<br> UA ground control station,<br> Chase aircraft procedures (if applicable) (e.g., lost comm, lost sight, lead/chase responsibilities, etc.),<br> Any other airfield specific emergency procedures.

  • 4.4.12. Does the contractor have Mission/Aircraft specific Service Briefing Guides, or GFR approved equivalent, and does the contractor use such for conducting these briefings? (Note: In the absence of such briefing guides, the contractor shall develop briefing guides similar to what the Service uses for like aircraft and missions).

  • 4.4.13 For Army contracted services, does the contractor use the following procedures when conducting mission briefings? <br><br>Whenever a contract pilot serves as a pilot-in-command (PC) on a mission in a contracted aircraft, a mission briefing shall be conducted by contract personnel. The contractor shall designate in writing those pilots and supervisory personnel authorized to conduct mission briefings. Only a designated mission briefer can conduct the mission briefing. Self-briefing is not authorized.

  • 4.4.14 Does the contractor have procedures for ensuring aircraft weight and balance clearance forms are completed prior to flight?

  • 4.5.1 Is the contractors Initial Qualification Training IAW Service Guidance for the specific mission, type, design, and if appropriate, series aircraft?

  • 4.5.1 Does the contractor conduct Differences Training in series aircraft, and any special equipment or systems training, during initial training?

  • 4.5.1 If provided by the contractor, is the contractors in-house training program equivalent to the Services’ training program?

  • 4.5.1 If aircraft flight simulators exist for the type aircraft being flown by the contractor, do the crewmembers complete emergency procedures training in the simulator and are the training sessions commensurate with the Service requirements?

  • 4.5.1 If no aircraft flight simulator exists for the contractors aircraft, are emergency procedures training accomplished in an actual or mockup cockpit by an instructor?

  • 4.5.1 Have the pilots completed a comprehensive written examination on the applicable mission, type, design, and if appropriate, series of aircraft they will, or currently, fly?

  • 4.5.1 Does the contractors training program require the pilot to demonstrate knowledge of all the aircraft systems, including normal and emergency procedures to an instructor pilot?

  • 4.5.1 If applicable, has the contractor recommended an initial qualification program, that is similar to programs the Services use, for aircraft which there is no Service defined program or where it may be limited by the contract?

  • Does the contractor require crewmembers to maintain all applicable currencies as required by the procuring Service for each flight operation/event (in which qualification is maintained), in the designated aircraft and crew position. (Note: If this guidance doesn’t exist, the contractor shall develop and submit a recommended currency program (similar to Service requirements for like aircraft, missions and events) to the GFR for approval. For COCO operations the training program is not tied to Service Guidance, but all training programs must be sufficient to ensure that the aircrew are proficient for the mission to be flown before assigning that crewmember to the flight schedule).

  • Does the contractors Crewmember Currency Requirements address the following items? <br> Describes the methods used to ensure that aircrews maintain currency, and don’t perform tasks for which they are not current and qualified. <br>42 Identify the office/title of the individual responsible for overseeing Paragraph (above).<br> Publish a table of the specific Service Guidance used for currency, and recurrency/proficiency requirements. <br> Proration. A crewmember performing on a contract for less than a semiannual training period shall accomplish a prorated share of the minimum requirements based on the percentage of the remaining training period. Accomplishment of these currency requirements should be distributed evenly throughout the calendar period to enhance aircrew skill levels. <br> Using Civil Aircraft to Maintain Currency on Contract Aircraft. Generally, the operation of civil aircraft does not contribute to currency and proficiency requirements for the operation of Government aircraft unless the civil and Government aircraft are similar in handling qualities and have basically the same aircraft systems (fuel, electrical, hydraulic, cockpit layout, etc.), as determined by the GFR. When the GFR allows the use of civil aircraft to count for requirements, the records of the contractor crewmember will be annotated to indicate the specific civil aircraft used. <br> Contractor pilots (Army) contracted to conduct initial aircraft qualification, initial Maintenance Test Pilot qualification, or administration of the Army Aircrew Training Program shall be qualified and maintain currency per AR 95-1 and the applicable Aircrew Training Manual (ATM). Such designated pilot positions include; IP, SP, IE, and ME. <br>4.5.3. Multiple Aircraft Qualification Currency Requirements. Contractor crewmembers maintaining qualifications in multiple aircraft under contract shall accomplish a minimum of 50 percent of the Service currency requirements in each aircraft. Contractor crewmembers qualified in other than Government aircraft in a professional capacity shall have their records so noted, but approval for such additional qualification shall not be the responsibility of the GFR, nor does it constitute multiple qualification under this Instruction. <br> GFRs may authorize contractor crewmembers to maintain qualification in two different series of the same aircraft design (model). <br> Authority to approve multiple qualifications in two or more different design (model) aircraft, three or more series of the same aircraft design (model), or any other combination of mission/design/series, rests with the Service waiver authority for this Instruction. Exception: GFRs may authorize contractor UA-Operators in Group 1 or Group 2 aircraft to maintain qualification in up to 4 UAs (within the same Group) without the need for Service approval. USAF Only: Multiple qualifications are at the mission and design levels, IAW AFI 11-202 Vol 2 (AFMC Supplement). See AFI 11-502 Vol 2 (AFMC Supplement) for SUAS multiple qualifications. <br>4.5.4. Night and IMC. There is no requirement for contractor pilots and copilots to fulfill night or instrument requirements, except in those cases where night or instrument flying by contractor personnel is required by contract. Pilots maintaining night flying currency must also maintain instrument currency except in aircraft not certified for instrument flight. Training and currency requirements for night currency and other 43 events shall be accomplished in the contractor’s flying program under the provisions of the contract. <br>4.5.5. Special Flight Events. The contractor shall ensure that crewmembers are properly trained in flight operations which require special maneuvers or qualifications; e.g., formation, air refueling, BFM, ACBT, low level, night vision devices, weapons delivery etc. Currency requirements for these operationally oriented flight events shall be per Service Guidance. <br>4.5.6. Periods of Reduced Flight Time Availability. When contractor crewmembers cannot meet training requirements because of low density production or developmental aircraft, the contractor shall develop and submit a recommended alternative training plan for category/design aircraft through the GFR and ACO to the appropriate waiver authority. An example of such a training plan would be to substitute 50 percent of the Service requirements in a similar aircraft or compatible simulator. Such approvals must be obtained for each applicable semiannual period. <br>4.5.7. Recurrency/Requalification. When crewmembers fail to maintain basic aircraft qualification currency they shall not be permitted to fly as crewmembers on Government aircraft except for appropriate recurrency/requalification training. The contractor shall develop and submit a recommended recurrency program (similar to Service requirements for like aircraft, missions and events) to the GFR for approval. <br>4.6. Crewmember Ground Training Requirements. The contractor shall develop a ground training program which includes (as a minimum) the requirements of this section. The Procedures must assure that aircrews do not fly if training requirements have not been meet. <br>4.6.1. Crewmember and non-crewmember requirements (Paragraph 4.6.1 and its subparagraphs do not apply to UA operators). <br> Physiological training. All crewmembers and non-crewmembers shall receive the appropriate physiological training identical to the analogous Service crew position and mission parameters. Physiological training for pilots and copilots shall include spatial disorientation demonstrations and training to the maximum extent possible. Refresher training shall be accomplished per Service Guidance. This training, if required by Service Guidance, may be waived by the GFR for non-crewmembers required to fly no more than once in a 12 month period. <br> Aircraft Egress/Evacuation Training. This training shall cover a review of aircraft emergency equipment and escape procedures. Training shall be tailored to the type(s) of aircraft and crew position in which the individual maintains qualification. The contractor shall ensure that all crewmembers and non-crewmembers receive annual egress training. As appropriate, egress/evacuation training shall address a minimum of the following: <br> Egress methods (ground and flight), <br> Ejection seat normal and emergency procedures to include automatic modes, <br> Seat kit modes of operation and deployment, <br>44 Post ejection checklist items, <br> Parachute operation to include malfunctions and landing techniques, <br> Fire extinguisher training/refresher and, <br> Use of smoke masks. <br> AFE/ALSE/ALSS training. The frequency and content of training shall be based on Service Guidance. <br> Water Survival Training/Under Water Egress Training. Currency is required prior to operating any Government aircraft over open water beyond the gliding distance to land. The frequency and content of training shall be based on Service Guidance. Training shall be given by a qualified life support/survival equipment instructor or by attending a Service water survival refresher course. Water survival training shall be tailored to the type(s) of aircraft and crew position(s) for which the individual maintains qualification. This training, if required by Service Guidance, may be waived by the GFR for non-crewmembers required to fly no more than once in a 12 month period. <br> Land Survival Training. The frequency and content of training shall be based on Service Guidance. <br>4.6.2. Additional Requirements for Crewmember. The frequency and content of training shall be tailored to meet minimum requirements of the Procuring Service. <br> Academic Training. Aircrew members shall complete academic refresher training to include self-instruction. As a minimum, this training shall address the following topics (as appropriate): FCF/ACF procedures; aircraft normal and emergency systems/operations; Tech Manual notes, warnings and cautions; flight test areas and procedures; local airfield and ATC procedures; review of the Procedures and Service Guidance used. This training may be conducted during monthly flying safety meetings. <br> Emergency Procedures Training. This training may include the use of simulators belonging to either the contractor or the Government. A qualified simulator instructor or IP is required to supervise this training. If a compatible simulator does not exist, an IP may provide this training in a crew station mockup or cockpit. The frequency and content of training shall be based on Service Guidance. <br> Crew/Cockpit Resource Management Training (CRM)/Aircrew Coordination Training-Enhanced (ACT-E). The contractor shall ensure that all crewmembers receive the CRM/ACT-E training required by Service Guidance. <br> Initial Centrifuge Training (Air Force). All crewmembers and noncrewmembers who fly Active Sustained High G Aircraft (SHGA) must complete centrifuge training in accordance with Service Guidance. SHGA are capable of rapid Gonset rates (greater than 3.0 G/sec) and sustained (greater than 5 seconds) G-loading of greater than 6.0 G. Current examples of aircraft that meet this definition are: A-10; T/AT-38; F-4; F-15; F-16; F-22; and F-35.

  • 4.7.1 Are approved contractor crewmembers evaluated on their ability to perform assigned duties and designated flight tasks, including operating all the aircraft systems related to their crew position?

  • 4.7.1 Are the contractors Flight and Ground evaluations accomplished in accordance with Service Guidance?

  • 4.7.1 Are all evaluations conducted by the Government coordinated with, and approved by, the GFR?

  • 4.7.1 Does the contractor have procedures in place to ensure that aircrew evaluations do not lapse?

  • 4.7.2 Does the contractors training program provide for no-notice crewmember flight evaluations?

  • 4.7.3 Are the contractor flight evaluations administered to the contractor crewmember either by an approved contractor flight evaluator/instructor or by a qualified Government evaluator/instructor, at the direction of the GFR?

  • 4.7.4 Are contractor pilots designated as IE, SP, IP, or ME for the administration of the Army ATP evaluated annually by a Government pilots authorized to administer that evaluation to Service aircrews?

  • 4.8.1 Do the contractor procedures state that GFR written approval is required for all flights under the 8210.1C Instruction?

  • Does the contractor procedures outline the requirements for completion and submission of DCMA Form 644, Request For Flight Approval (8210.1 Attachment 2), or GFR approved equivalent form. (Note: GFR approved alternate forms shall contain the same required information depicted on the DCMA Form 644).

  • Do the contractors procedures require the names of all crewmembers, non-crewmembers, and passengers (Government or contractor) flying on the aircraft, in accordance with this Instruction, and such infomration required to be depicted, or attached to, the Flight Approval Request?

  • Do the contractor’s procedures require the Flight Approval request to be completed through block 8 for approval? Specifically, the following items must be completed in detail: <br><br> Block 2 - A by-name listing of all crewmember personnel, by position, authorized to participate in the flight. Contractors shall identify the PIC in Block 2. <br><br> Block 3 - A by-name listing of all non-crewmember personnel, by position, authorized to participate in the flight. <br><br> Block 7 - Type of flight, profile, governing directives, test plan, flight release, etc. Include flight area, route of flight, stops, and destination. <br><br> Block 8 - Signature and contact information of CRO who certifies that the flight is in accordance with the flight program authorized by the contract and shall be conducted in accordance with the approved flight operations procedures. <br><br> Block 9 – GFR signature. Must be in writing. A digitally signed email meets this requirement. <br><br> Block 10-13 - Record the applicable information upon completion of the flight and provide to the GFR within 24 hours. The GFR may waive this requirement for operations where the contractor aircrew are embedded in Service units.

  • 4.8.2 Does the contractor use DD Form 1821, Contractor Crewmember Record, (Attachment 4), or Service forms and directives, to record individual crewmember training, qualifications, flight time and approval to operate Government aircraft?

  • 4.8.3 Does the contractor maintain a training folder on each crew/non-crewmember in training status?

  • 4.8.3 Does the contractors training folders include the following? <br><br>The folder shall contain:<br><br> A “Training Recap Table” listing all training required by the upgrade program. This table should fully identify prerequisite events and should allow the instructor to document the date an event was completed;<br><br> A record of the grade and date of the current aircraft and aircrew examinations;<br><br> Hours, types, and dates of ground schools completed; and,<br><br> Each training and checkout flight numbered with a résumé as to the areas covered, including how the trainee performed during that training period

  • 4.8.4 Does the contractor maintain a record folder for each crewmember after the completion of training and qualification and does the contractor have a method to inform the GFR when these documents are renewed, expired, withdrawn, or canceled? (Note: There is no requirement to maintain records for crewmembers no longer on flight status).

  • 4.8.4 Do the contractors cremember record folder Include the following requirements?: <br><br> Training records as required in Paragraph 4.8.3, above, for at least 18 months or per Service Guidance, whichever is longer; <br><br> Copies of GFR crewmember approvals. Include documented records of any completed special training which is needed to perform all maneuvers required to conduct the test, functional/acceptance check flights, and mission profile; e.g., formation, refueling, instrument, night, low level, etc.; <br><br> Current Medical Certificate. (Note: the contractor shall follow all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Privacy Rules regarding protection of medical records); <br><br> Certification of physiological training, altitude chamber, and centrifuge training, when required;<br><br> Certification of Life Support, egress and survival training; <br><br> FAA documents. <br><br> All applicable FAA Certificates and records of other qualifications; <br><br> Record that a Violation occurred (FAA or host nation) (Details provided upon request.);<br><br> Certification of recurring flight evaluations and prerequisite written and oral examinations. A copy of all flight evaluations shall be maintained for at least 18 months or per Service Guidance, whichever is longer; and,<br><br> Certification of CRM/ACT-E training.

  • 4.8.5. Does the contractor maintain training folders for each non-crewmember? (Note: A method shall be established to inform the GFR when these documents are renewed or expire, or are withdrawn or canceled.There is no requirement to maintain records for non-crewmembers no longer on flight status).

  • 4.8.5 Does the contractors non-crewmember training folders include the following items?: <br><br> A completed copy of non-crewmember’s authorization to fly or a copy of the CRO’s non-crewmember list (per Paragraph 4.2.6.), <br><br> Military or FAA Medical Certificate. (Note: The contractor shall follow all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Privacy Rules regarding protection of medical records.), <br><br> Certification of training and qualification, <br><br> Certification of physiological training and altitude chamber, when required, <br><br> Certification of applicable AFE/ALSE/ALSS, egress and survival training.

  • 4.8.6. Does the contractor maintain Flight Time Records of each crewmember’s flights and does the record include: <br><br> Date and time, <br><br> Type mission, <br><br> Aircraft type/design/series, <br><br> Instrument time (actual, simulated), <br><br> Night hours and, <br><br> Pilot-in-Command, co-pilot, instructor pilot, etc. hours.

  • 4.8.7 Do the contractors procedures provide access to records for crewmember/non-crewmember training folders, flight time records, and record folders and does it state that these records shall be available to the GFR and other appropriate Government personnel at the request of the GFR? (Note: Records may be maintained electronically or hard copy in a format acceptable to the GFR)

  • Any GFR comments related to the contractors flight operating procedures:


  • This section applies to contractor personnel who perform ground operations on aircraft, including for FOD and Tool Control per Chapter 3, Paragraph 3, and those personnel who operate and maintain ground equipment used in support of aircraft.

  • 5.1 Has the contractor developed, and does the contractor follow, written Ground Operating Procedures (GOP) to ensure that only trained, qualified and certified personnel perform all aircraft ground operations, as applicable? (Note: Contractors perform many ground operations related to aircraft not specifically mentioned in this Instruction; however, all hazardous ground operations performed in, on and around aircraft must be addressed in the procedures).

  • 5.2. Does the contractor provide Training, Qualification and Certification for each employee that includes a comprehensive initial indoctrination training and continuation training sufficient to enable him/her to perform authorized ground operations in a safe and effective manner?

  • 5.2 Are contractor personnel that are authorized to operate aircraft systems/subsystems (pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical, flight controls, landing gear, etc.) trained and qualified on each system and type/model aircraft operated?

  • 5.2 Are contractor personnel that are performing ground operations qualified for the procedures they are required to perform (Ref GOP Training Matrix, Attachment 12, for minimum requirements)? (Note: The contractor may determine the need, frequency, and requirements for recurring training, qualification, and certification unless prescribed by the contract, or this Instruction. Qualification can be obtained by demonstrating satisfactory skills on job knowledge, attending difference training, or by passing a written, oral, or performance evaluation for a specific task or operation).

  • 5.2.1 Does the contractor have a Master Training Plan that has been developed, as part of their procedures, to ensure that contractor personnel are qualified / certified to perform their tasks?

  • 5.2.1 Does the contractors Master Training Plan include: <br><br> A roster of instructors, <br><br> Initial and continuation training shall include, as applicable, written and/or practical exams (identify minimum passing score), <br><br> Course nomenclature, <br><br> Course outlines and programs of instruction for each GOP,<br><br> A process that ensures courses are current, <br><br> A controlled process for tracking and forecasting training to ensure employees do not go non-current or perform tasks if their currency has expired, <br><br> A process to identify/establish training for new or emerging requirements, <br><br> A process for evaluating the previous training, qualification, and certification of new personnel, <br><br> A process for recertifying/requalifying personnel.

  • 5.2.2. Does the contractors training, qualification, certification, and training records, contain, at minimum, the following: <br><br> Initial, recurring, currency/proficiency and re-certification training status for employees, <br><br> A record of successful course completion, date completed and next due date, as applicable, <br><br> Documentation of engine/APU/GTC run currency. Note: A separate run log may be maintained, <br><br> Other certifications, as appropriate and, <br><br> Records of medical examination type and currency as required (date accomplished & next due). (Note: Contractor shall follow all Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Privacy Rules regarding protection of medical records).

  • 5.2.3. Does the contractors testing procedures include: <br><br> Processes to ensure tests are not memorized / compromised over a period of time (e.g., multiple versions of each test, or randomly generated questions (computerized)). (Note: Emergency Procedures exams are exempt from the requirements of this paragraph.), <br><br> Provide a process for securing test material, <br><br> Retain latest exam results (e.g., pass/fail, score).

  • 5.3. Does the contractor have a FOD and Tool Control program? (Note: NAS 412 is a useful starting point for developing a FOD and Tool Control Program).

  • 5.3.1. Does the contractor have a Foreign Object Damage prevention and Tool Control program which is planned, integrated, and developed in conjunction with Safety, Test, Engineering, Quality, Maintenance, Production, Manufacturing and Facility offices, as applicable?

  • 5.3.2. Is the contractors FOD and Tool Control Processes, commensurate with the risk, and has it been established for manufacturing, maintenance, modification, assembly and disassembly, and flight test/acceptance operations?

  • 5.3.3 Does the contractors specific FOD procedures address, at a minimum, the following: <br><br> Metrics, measures, data collection, analysis, trend identification, root cause analysis and corrective action (NOTE: the methodology for accomplishing these processes does not require GFR approval), <br><br> Management’s role in FOD prevention (e.g., use of tool checks, response to lost tools, training program, etc.), <br><br> FOD Prevention Training. Initial, recurring, <br><br> Designation of FOD zones/areas (as appropriate), and controls governing each zone/area (e.g., increased restrictions/vigilance). Zones may be differentiated based on the level of risk, <br><br> Housekeeping. Shall include timely cleaning activities of areas off the product when generated work debris poses a migration potential increasing the risk of FOD, <br><br> Clean-As-You-Go. Shall include timely cleaning activities of areas within the aircraft/product when generated work debris poses a potential for migration and entrapment, <br><br> Use and control of FOD protection devices/barriers (e.g., caps/plugs, dust covers, intake/exhaust/pitot covers, pads, etc.) for open component ports, tubing, lines, ducting, electrical connectors, protection of surfaces/edges, etc., <br><br> Control of FOD on runways, taxiways, flightline, parking areas, aprons, hardstands and aircraft/engine run up areas to include trim pads, hush houses, and test cells through the use of sweepers, FOD walks, etc., <br><br> Reporting and tracking of degraded ramp/taxiway/runway surfaces and interim procedures for operating in or around degraded areas and during construction activities, <br><br> Vehicle traffic entering aircraft operational areas (e.g., rollover checks, FOD shakers, etc.), <br><br> Recurring FOD Prevention Meetings (no less frequent than quarterly). Includes lessons learned; problem areas; trend analysis/results, <br><br> FOD awareness briefings and/or procedures for visitors. Government employees/visitors shall follow the approved contractor’s FOD prevention procedures. Contractors shall develop specific procedures for aircrew access, Tool, Equipment and Item Control procedures shall address at a minimum: <br><br> Inventory, Accountability, Traceability (e.g., shadow boxing, automated inventory systems, tool chits, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), automated dispensing units, tool tags, serializing/etching, kitting, documenting work plans, inspections, tool/item issue/return process, control logs, etc.), <br><br> Items too small to etch/mark shall be listed by description on inventories (e.g., 12 apexes + kit/container), and containerized with like items (if applicable), <br><br> Inventory lists shall be of sufficient detail to identify tool type, location in the tool box (if applicable), and description of sub-components (e.g., feeler gauge/12 blades), <br><br> Control and inventory of specialty tools and test equipment, <br><br> Management Responsibilities (e.g., documented periodic surveillance/assessment of tool inventories, etc.), <br><br> Tool Crib Attendant Responsibilities (e.g., issue, turn in, inventories, etc.), <br><br>52 User Responsibilities (e.g., pre and post-use inspections to include inventory and serviceability; taking the minimum required to accomplish the task, etc.),<br><br> Methods for controlling specialty tools, shop aids, clamps, clecos, fixtures, etc., required to be installed on the aircraft/product for extended periods of time (over one shift), <br><br> Unserviceable Tools. Procedures shall ensure unserviceable tools are removed from use, <br><br> Methods for controlling consumables. This includes: perishable tools such as drill bits, cutters, reamers etc., that are periodically replaced due to wear, and expendable items such as rags, wipes, tongue depressors, acid brushes, sandpaper, applicators, sealant, glue, tape rolls, scrapers, etc. that are expended during use, <br><br> Methods for controlling small hardware and miscellaneous small parts (e.g., fasteners, nuts, bolts, and washers) used in, on, and around the aircraft and aircraft components (e.g., uninstalled wing, fuselage, tail section, engines etc.), and support equipment, <br><br> Methods for controlling personal items (e.g., pens, pencils, jewelry, cell phones, watches, keys, lighters, coins, wallets) during ground operations. <br><br> Lost Tool/Item Procedures. Shall include procedures for: non-attribution reporting, search process, documentation, GFR notification, and incident closeout. Aircraft shall not be released for flight until the contractor has concluded the search process. The Aircrew shall be briefed on all incidents of lost tools/items reported missing and not recovered, that the contractor determines may still be on the aircraft. The aircraft records shall be annotated to reflect the lost items.

  • 5.4. Does the contractor have procedures for Aircraft Engine/APU/GTC Operations (Ground Personnel) that address, at a minimum, the following: <br><br>5.4.1. Engine/APU/GTC Run Certification Program. Personnel authorized to start and operate aircraft engines, APU/GTCs, and uninstalled engines shall be certified. Aircraft engine motoring shall only be performed by trained and certified engine run operators. Operators may maintain qualifications in multiple aircraft, engine, APU/GTC types, <br><br>5.4.2. Engine Operations. The contractor shall ensure that the correct checklist and procedures are used. Helicopter and tilt-rotor (including UA helicopter/tilt-rotor) ground engine operations shall only be performed by pilots (UA operators) current and qualified in the aircraft/UA. Certified ground personnel may conduct helicopter and tilt-rotor APU/GTC operations,<br><br>5.4.3. Training. Ground personnel who operate aircraft engines, APUs, or GTCs shall be trained, pass a written exam, pass an emergency procedures test with a score of 100%, receive practical instruction (may be accomplished using a flight crew simulator) and be evaluated by a certifier for each aircraft type, model, series for which they are being certified. <br><br> There are three required phases of training for operating aircraft engines. <br><br> Phase I – Training (Academic). <br><br> General aircraft familiarization shall include, as a minimum, basic Mission, Design, Series, airframe characteristics, aircraft safe-for-maintenance procedures, cockpit configuration and systems, throttles and aircraft controls, egress, normal and emergency braking systems, aircraft system & subsystems operation, UHF/VHF radio operation, air traffic control (ATC) tower procedures, emergency radio transmissions, installation & removal of aircraft restraining devices (if applicable), thorough review of tech data procedures with emphasis on notes, cautions, & warnings, engine/APU/GTC operation, to include normal operational parameters and limitations, aircraft and engine/APU/GTC emergency procedures (critical actions) and operating limitations. Procedures identified as critical memory items must be memorized. <br><br> Complete an engine operation parameters/limitations test and an emergency procedures test. Emergency procedures must include all applicable emergency procedures identified in the engine/aircraft/APU/GTC technical data. Emergency procedures (critical actions) tests must shall be fill-in-the-blank, written out, i.e., not multiple choice, and require a 100% score. <br><br> Phase II – Practical (Aircraft Cockpit or Simulator). <br><br> Students shall demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in the following areas prior to performing an actual engine start: <br><br> Proper Run clearance procedures, <br><br> Cockpit scanning techniques/patterns, <br><br> UHF/VHF radio operation, ATC tower procedures, and emergency radio transmissions, <br><br> Normal APU/GTC/engine start, run, and shutdown procedures, including notes, cautions, and warnings, <br><br> Augmentor/afterburner or thrust reverser operation as applicable, including notes, cautions, and warnings, <br><br> Aircraft systems/subsystems normal operating parameters, including notes, cautions, and warnings, <br><br> Egress procedures, <br><br> Normal and emergency braking operation, <br><br> Ensure emergency procedures (critical actions) are memorized. Instructors will evaluate the student on response time and ability to handle emergency situations. <br><br> Phase III – Actual Aircraft Engine Run. Students shall be evaluated by a certifying official on all items in Phase II.

  • 5.4.4. Does the contractor have Currency/Proficiency (Ground) program that requires ground personnel, every 90-days, to perform a run for each aircraft/engine/APU/GTC type they are qualified to operate? (Note: Engine runs in an engine test cell cannot be used for currency in the aircraft. Currency may be maintained by the use of a GFR approved simulator on an alternating (every other engine run) basis).

  • Does the contractor have Currency/Proficiency (Ground) program that requires ground personnel, an an annual basis, to: <br><br> Pass a written procedures and emergency procedures test,<br><br> Complete an engine run evaluation by an engine run certifier,<br><br> Complete an APU/GTC run evaluation by an APU/GTC run certifier.<br><br> To regain 90-day currency, operator must complete an engine/APU/GTC run under the supervision of a certifier. (Note: GFR approved aircraft simulators may be used to regain currency. Annotate recurrency in the operator’s training record).

  • 5.4.5. Does the contractor have Engine Run Certifiers who are authorized to certify engine run operators and are these personnel appointed in writing?

  • 5.4.5 Are the contractors Engine Runs Certifiers current and qualified in the operation and have they received their annual exam from a Government or contractor engine run certifier? (Note: The GFR/GGFR may restrict certifier status and or require use of military certifiers).

  • 5.5 Does the contractors program require medical exams (Physicals) for ground personnel and does this program require, at minimum, the following: <br><br>5.5.1. All personnel performing engine runs, ground taxi, towing (except wing walkers), or operating self-propelled support equipment, shall receive a physical examination from a licensed physician prior to conducting these operations, and subsequently on a specified periodic basis (not to exceed 5 years). The physician shall determine, based on job requirements, that the individual can safely perform the specific operations for which they are certified.<br><br>5.5.2. Records. The contractor must only place a medical statement in the employee’s record that indicates the artisan/technician has been medically qualified for applicable tasks (include the completion date). The actual physical results must not be placed in the training record (violation of HIPAA).

  • 5.6. Does the contractor have procedures that address Aircraft Ground Support Equipment (AGSE) that include: powered and non-powered aerospace ground equipment (AGE) operations (e.g., powered: external Auxiliary Power Units (APU)/Gas Turbine Compressor (GTCs), hydraulic test stands, light carts, etc.; non-powered: nitrogen/oxygen servicing carts, lifting devices, cradles, slings, support devices, aircraft work stands, tow bars, etc.)?

  • 5.6 Do the contractors Aircraft Ground Support Equipment (AGSE) procedures include, at minimum, the following: <br><br>5.6.1. Periodic inspection/maintenance program to ensure serviceability and safety of equipment. Include maintenance/inspection methods and standards. Technical data must be referenced and used to develop scheduled/preventative maintenance plan, <br><br>5.6.2. Management of equipment maintenance/inspection and historical records, <br><br>5.6.3. User requirements (e.g., pre-operational inspections/documentation), <br><br>5.6.4. Tracking systems for preventative maintenance, time-changes and equipment items requiring calibration, next inspection due date, <br><br>5.6.5. An equipment identification process (e.g., unit numbers, bar codes, etc.), <br><br>5.6.6. Configuration control/management (e.g., Time Compliance Technical Orders, Service Bulletins, recalls of commercial equipment, safety alerts, etc.), <br><br>5.6.7. Corrosion control, <br><br>5.6.8. Equipment in overdue status but in-use and cannot be removed (i.e., jacks installed for extended periods, fixtures, cradles, etc.),

  • 5.7. Does the contractor have Airfield and Facility Vehicle Operation procedures that address, at a minimum, the following: <br><br>5.7.1. Vehicle operation (to include self-propelled equipment) in proximity of aircraft, aircraft components and support equipment, <br><br>5.7.2. Safe operating speeds, <br><br>5.7.3. Spotter requirements for backing, etc., <br><br>5.7.4. Vehicle pre-operational/safe-to-operate inspection requirements.

  • 5.8. Does the contractor have Aircraft servicing procedures that address, at a minimum, the following: <br><br>5.8.1. Refuel/defuel process, <br><br>5.8.2. Fuel servicing equipment, <br><br>5.8.3. Fuel storage, <br><br>5.8.4. Fuel quality, <br><br>5.8.5. Hydraulic systems, engines, gearboxes, propellers, landing gear struts, accumulators, etc. (to include prevention of cross-contamination), <br><br>5.8.6. Oxygen (liquid and gaseous), <br><br>5.8.7. Aircraft tires, <br><br>5.8.8. Grease guns, dispensing cans, spray bottles, pump oilers, etc. and, <br><br>5.8.9. Processes for preventing cross-contamination.

  • 5.9. Does the contractor have Aircraft Ground Handling procedures, that address, at a minimum, the following: <br><br>5.9.1. Towing (includes towing by hand): <br><br> Towing Pre-briefings to include risk management, <br><br> Identification of towing supervisor, <br><br> Required personnel, <br><br> Towing speeds, <br><br> Towing in congested areas, <br><br> Tow vehicle operation, <br><br> Aircraft setup/configuration as required by applicable aircraft technical guidance,<br><br> Towing during reduced visibility, (use of lighted wands, etc.), <br><br> Communications external to tow team, <br><br> Signaling for normal and emergency stops (e.g., whistles, horns, radios) and, <br><br> Emergency aircraft movement (hangar/flightline, fire/severe weather). <br><br>5.9.2. Marshalling:<br><br> Aircraft obstacle clearance distances, <br><br> Use of standardized FAA, ICAO, or Service Guidance hand/wand signals, <br><br> Marshalling team member positions in relation to the aircraft and, <br><br> Special equipment used for limited visibility marshalling operations (e.g., reflective vests and lighted wands). <br><br>5.9.3. Mooring and Tie Down: <br><br> Aircraft specific tie-down points, <br><br> Ground tie-down locations, <br><br> Use of approved tie-down equipment for the specific aircraft and, <br><br> Grounding requirements. (Note: For permanent or long-term sites, MIL-HDBK-274, Electrical Grounding for Aircraft Safety, provides guidance.). <br><br>5.9.4. Jacking: <br><br> Identification of jacking supervisor, <br><br> Pre-briefing, Required personnel, <br><br> Communication and signaling between jack team members, <br><br> Pre-operational inspection of jacking equipment,<br><br> Pre-operational inspection of location to ensure surface is clean, level, of appropriate weight rating, and the location is sufficiently clear of hazards (e.g., jet/prop blast, obstacles), <br><br> Proper securing/configuring of jacks after aircraft is jacked (e.g., locking rings, relieving manifold pressure, etc.) and, <br><br> Aircraft specific requirements (e.g., weight and balance, jack-points, configuration).

  • 5.9.5. Does the contractor have procedures that address Taxiing by Ground Personnel and do these procedures state, at minimum: <br><br> Only trained, qualified, and certified personnel shall taxi aircraft, <br><br> Procedures shall Follow Service Guidance, <br><br> Ground personnel shall not conduct taxi operations on rotor-wing or tiltrotor aircraft, nor shall they conduct high speed taxi.

  • 5.10. Does the contractor have AFE/ALSE/ALSS System/Component Maintenance and Storage procedures that address, at minimum, the following: <br><br>5.10.1. Training. All personnel performing maintenance, removal, installation, operational checkout of ALSE must be trained and certified through Service or equivalent commercial training, <br><br>5.10.2. Service or commercial technical guidance, whichever is applicable, shall be used to develop training and perform maintenance, <br><br>5.10.3. Proper documentation of all equipment inspection records, forms, cards or information systems, <br><br>5.10.4. Work center explosive safety program, as applicable, <br><br>5.10.5. Temperature and relative humidity requirements in accordance with applicable technical data for the chute drying and packing areas, <br><br>5.10.6. Serviceability/calibration requirements for all equipment used to service and maintain (e.g., parachute-packing tables must be smooth, free of slivers and other defects that will cause damage to parachutes), <br><br>5.10.7. Proper storage of ALSE (e.g., dry well-ventilated area free of dust and other contaminants), <br><br>5.10.8. Monitoring/recording of temperature when performing life raft and life preserver leakage tests, as required, <br><br>5.10.9. Moisture and oil-free air source used to inflate rafts and life preservers, <br><br>5.10.10. Lead seal crimping tools and crimping requirements/procedures and, <br><br>5.10.11. Oxygen systems maintenance requirements (e.g., regulators, lines, OBOGS, etc.).

  • 5.11. Does the contractor have Egress System/Component Maintenance and Storage procedures that, at minimum, address the following: <br><br>5.11.1. Training. All personnel performing maintenance, removal, installation, operational checkout of egress seats/components must be system certified formally through a Service school or by an equivalent Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) certified trainer trained and certified through Service or equivalent commercial training, <br><br>5.11.2. Initial and annual “Safe-for-Maintenance” and system familiarization training for all employees that have a need to gain access to cockpits or crew stations equipped with ejection or extraction systems and/or explosive operating canopy removal systems, <br><br>5.11.3. Service or commercial technical guidance, whichever is applicable, will be used to develop training and perform maintenance, <br><br>5.11.4. Proper documentation of all equipment inspection records, forms, cards or information systems, <br><br>5.11.5. Proper inspection, maintenance, handling and storage of Cartridge/Propellant Activated Devices (CAD/PAD) and other explosives applicable to facility/contract, <br><br>5.11.6. Work center explosive safety program, <br><br>5.11.7. Access to Egress seats/components restricted to authorized personnel only, <br><br>5.11.8. Proper storage of Egress seats/components (e.g., dry well-ventilated area free of dust and other contaminants) and, <br><br>5.11.9. Lead seal crimping tools and crimping requirements/procedures

  • 5.12. Does the contractor have an Aircraft/Equipment Hydraulic Fluid Analysis Program and do the procedures, at a minimum, contain the following: <br><br>5.12.1. Hydraulic fluid contamination surveillance program for both aircraft and GSE (as applicable IAW technical data) to include test equipment used for operational checks of removed components, <br><br>5.12.2. Sampling, <br><br>5.12.3. Proper handling of samples to prevent contamination, <br><br>5.12.4. Testing methods (e.g., patch and/or portable oil diagnostic system), <br><br>5.12.5. Testing results for all aircraft and GSE and, <br><br>5.12.6. Required actions for abnormal results.

  • 5.13. Does the contractor have an Oil Analysis Program with procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.13.1. Technical data requirements, <br><br>5.13.2. Sampling, <br><br>5.13.3. Proper handling of samples to prevent contamination, <br><br>5.13.4. Testing results and, <br><br>5.13.5. Required actions for testing results.

  • 5.14. Does the contractor have Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.14.1. Management and tracking of equipment, <br><br>5.14.2. Use of technical data, <br><br>5.14.3. Standards traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology or host nation equivalent, <br><br>5.14.4. Notification and recall process for equipment due calibration, <br><br>5.14.5. Management actions required for overdue items and, <br><br>5.14.6. Required actions for items identified as Out-of-Tolerance, <br><br>5.14.7. Process for removing/quarantining dropped/damaged items to ensure calibrated items with an unknown status are not used, <br><br>5.14.8. User requirements to ensure calibrated items are verified prior to use.

  • 5.15. Does the contractor have Weight and Balance program procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.15.1. Maintenance, storage, calibration, and handling of scales and/or load cells, <br><br>5.15.2. When an Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) is used, ensure a process is implemented to receive and install updated versions, <br><br>5.15.3. Use of technical data and, <br><br>5.15.4. General procedures: <br><br> Equipment. This area includes: Weighing Equipment, Weighing Accessories, Weighing Procedures, Aircraft Leveling, Dimensions Required for CG Location, Projection of Points to the Floor, Taking Measurements, Recording Weight and Dimensions, and Verification of Weighing Results; and, <br><br> Calculation. This area includes: Principle of Moments, Effects of Moments on Aircraft, Determination of Balance Condition (Location of Aircraft CG), Effects of Unbalanced Loading, Determining Center of Gravity for a Group of Items, Center of Gravity Limits, Expressing Center of Gravity, Lateral and Vertical Center of Gravity, and Most Forward and Most Aft CG Calculations.<br><br>(Note: The following references are good sources of information for developing Weight and Balance procedures: TM 55-1500-342-23 (US Army); NAVAIR 01-1B-50 (US Navy/US Marine Corps); T.O. 1-1B-50 (US Air Force); CGTO 1-1B-50 (US Coast Guard)).

  • 5.16. Does the contractor have Tire and Wheel procedures that reflect at a minimum: <br><br>5.16.1. Use of technical data in tear-down and build-up and, <br><br>5.16.2. Storage of wheels, components (e.g., bearings, races, keys, etc.) and tires.

  • 5.17. Does the contractor have a Welding and Brazing (on or near fueled or previously fueled aircraft) program procedure that addresses at a minimum: <br><br>5.17.1. Authorized locations, <br><br>5.17.2. Welding fire-safety checklist, 5.17.3. Process and authority for issuing a “Hot Work Permit,” <br><br>5.17.4. Pre-operational inspection of equipment<br><br>(Note: In the absence of specific contractual or Service Guidance, contractors should follow the minimum standards contained in NFPA 410.)

  • 5.18. Does the contractor have a Security of Aircraft/Prevention of Unauthorized Access or Operation of Government Aircraft procedure that includes: <br><br>5.18.1. Responsibilities and processes for preventing unauthorized aircraft movement and access by unauthorized personnel, <br><br>5.18.2. Promotion of security awareness in all flight-line personnel and, <br><br>5.18.3. Classified equipment storage

  • 5.19. Does the contractor have Technical Orders/Maintenance Manuals (to include Modification Flight Manuals) procedures that include: (CAS APP)<br><br>5.19.1. Methods that ensure only current technical publications are used for the servicing and maintenance of aircraft and support equipment, <br><br>5.19.2. The method for receiving, distributing, and maintaining the currency of technical publications. Where only commercial manuals are available, the contractor is responsible for obtaining them and ensuring that changes and supplements are promptly posted in the basic technical publications. For Federal Aviation Administration 60 (FAA) certified aircraft, the contractor shall maintain all applicable Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins for review, <br><br>5.19.3. Foreign Disclosure

  • 5.20. Does the contractor have Aircraft Records Management procedures that address at a minimum,<br>maintenance, management, and control of documents, work pages/plans, historical records, etc.?

  • 5.21. Does the contractor have a Safe-for-Flight Release process that certifies the aircraft is safe for flight and do the procedure address at a minimum: <br><br>5.21.1. Review items to include: applicable servicing, inspections, scheduled/unscheduled maintenance, weight and balance, all non-conformances that would preclude flight have been corrected, all deferred non-conformances have been evaluated and documented as “safe for flight” by those certified to make that determination, <br><br>5.21.2. Appointment of release authorities in writing and, <br><br>5.21.3. Process for release.

  • 5.22. Does the contractor have Battery Handling, Recharge and Storage procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.22.1. Use of technical data, <br><br>5.22.2. Tracking of batteries and, <br><br>5.22.3. Separation of non-compatible battery and element/component types (e.g., Lead Acid and Nickel Cadmium, if applicable).

  • 5.23. Does the contractor have Corrosion Control procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.23.1. Use of technical data, <br><br>5.23.2. Cleaning, washing, lubrication and, <br><br>5.23.3. Corrosion prevention/control.

  • 5.24. Does the contractor have Aircraft Weapons, Munitions, and Cartridge Activated Devices (CADs) procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.24.1. Use of technical data, (DoD 4145.26M, DoD Contractor's Safety Manual For Ammunition and Explosives provides extensive guidance), <br><br>5.24.2. Use, storage, handling and transportation.

  • 5.25. Does the contractor have Laser procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.25.1. Use of technical data and, <br><br>5.25.2. Use, storage, handling and transportation.

  • 5.26. Does the contractor have Severe Weather procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.26.1. Define conditions that constitute severe weather, <br><br>5.26.2. Provisions for obtaining forecasts and disseminating weather information to affected personnel, including off duty hours notification process and, <br><br>5.26.3. Response plan. Specific responsibilities for hangaring, mooring, or evacuation of aircraft as appropriate.

  • 5.27. Does the contractor have Fuel System Maintenance procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.27.1. Use of technical data, <br><br>5.27.2. Fuel Cell entry operations to prevent damage to the aircraft, including necessary clothing and equipment and, <br><br>5.27.3. Fuel systems purging procedures to include: <br><br> Purging method (air or fluid purging) and, <br><br> Process, facility, and equipment requirements. <br><br>5.27.4. Lower Explosive Level (LEL) procedures.

  • 5.28. Does the contractor have Hangaring of Aircraft procedures that address rules for full, partially full, or empty fuel tanks, fuel system purging, and LEL procedures? (Note: Hangars shall meet the requirements of 8210.1C Paragraph 6.16.1).

  • 5.29. Does the contractor have Storage and Handling of Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) procedures that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.29.1. Handling and storage requirements, <br><br>5.29.2. Proper use, labeling and identification and, <br><br>5.29.3. Emergency procedures.

  • 5.30. Does the contractor have Gases (Inert and Flammable) procedures that address at a minimum:<br><br>5.30.1. Handling, transportation, and storage requirements, <br><br>5.30.2. Ventilation, <br><br>5.30.3. Proper use, labeling and identification and, <br><br>5.30.4. Emergency procedures.

  • 5.31. Does the contractor have procures for the Application of Electrical and Hydraulic Power to the Aircraft that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.31.1. Use of technical data and, <br><br>5.31.2. Minimum required personnel.

  • 5.32. Does the contractor have procedures for the Operation of Landing Gear, Powered Doors, and Flight Control Surfaces that address at a minimum: <br><br>5.32.1. Use of technical data, <br><br>5.32.2. Minimum required personnel and, <br><br>5.32.3. Minimum clearance distances from objects.


  • 6.1 Does the contractor have a written Mishap Prevention Program for its flight and/or ground operations which includes the following applicable elements: <br><br>• Designation of an Aviation Safety Official; <br>• Risk Management; Hazard Identification and Elimination, <br>• Aviation Safety Councils; <br>• Flight Safety Meetings; <br>• Safety Audits; <br>• Bird/Animal Avoidance and Strike Hazard (BASH); <br>• Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (MACA);<br>• Safety Publications; Damage Reporting; <br>• Mishap Notifications; <br>• Handling of “Privileged” Data; and <br>• Mishap Response Plans

  • 6.2 Does the contractor have a designated Aviation Safety Official with specific, documented, duties and<br>responsibilities for this position?

  • 6.3. Does the contractor have a Risk Management program which incorporates risk assessment, mitigation, and acceptance process? (Note: The contractors may base their programs on Service programs such as Operational Risk Management (ORM) (USN) or Risk Management (Army/USAF) or equivalent industry practices. Development of a Safety Management System (SMS) based on FAA guidance is highly recommended).

  • 6.4. Does the contractor have Hazard Identification and Elimination procedures that as a minimum, address: (CAS N/A)<br><br>• The system/methodology should allow any contractor personnel to identify a potential hazard under a non-attribution policy, <br>• Provide an avenue to communicate (anonymously, if desired) this concern to the contractor’s safety department for validation and corrective action, and <br>• Document resolution of the identified hazard.

  • 6.5. Does the contractor have an Aviation Safety Council (AKA consolidated safety council) to promote a program of accident prevention in flight, ground, industrial, and explosive activities as they apply to flight and ground operations?

  • 6.5 Does the contactor hold Aviation Safety Council meetings on a regular basis (at least quarterly)?

  • 6.5 Does the contractor document and distribute minutes of the Aviation Safety Council meetings to appropriate offices and the GFR? (Note: The aviation safety council members shall provide a method to interface with their respective company organization/department).

  • 6.5 Does the contractors Aviation Safety Council perform the following actions: <br><br>6.5.1. Accept action items, provide safety expertise, implement changes as required, and operate as a focal point for safety within the company, <br><br>6.5.2. Address company mishaps for trend analysis and recommendations and, <br><br>6.5.3. Address airfield hazards to include obstructions, ATC facilities and procedures, Hazardous Air Traffic Reports (HATRs), and Bird/Animal Avoidance and Strike Hazard (BASH),

  • Note: 6.5.4. The contractors Aviation Safety Council “should” include (but are not limited to): Safety Manager, Director of Flight Operations/Chief Pilot, Quality Assurance (contractor and Government), Aviation Safety Official, Department Heads, FOD Manager, Chief of Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, Environmental/Hazardous Materials Manager, Aviation Maintenance Manager (contractor), GFRs, GGR (Government), CSS/CSM (Government), Airfield Manager, ATC liaison.

  • 6.6. Does the contractor conduct monthly Flight Safety Meetings that encompass all functional areas? (Note: The intent of these meetings is to provide a forum for sharing contractor and government information on safety items or issues.

  • 6.6 Does the contractor maintain attendance records, a summary of subject matter presented at meetings, and a method to brief absentees on the subject matter? (Note: In cases where the number of contractor flight personnel (i.e., four or less) makes a monthly meeting less effective, with GFR approval, a safety folder, updated monthly, meets this requirement.

  • 6.6 Does the contractor forward minutes of meetings to the GFR and maintain the meeting minutes on file for a minimum of one year? (Note: Where the contractor’s operations are embedded with Government operations, they may integrate their meetings with the local unit).

  • 6.7. Does the contractor conduct regular Safety Audits or Assessments (at least semiannually) which incorporate all aspects of the contractor’s flight and ground operations to include flight, ground, maintenance, industrial, and explosive activities?

  • 6.7 Does the contactor forward copies of the Safety Audit or Assessment report, findings and corrective actions to appropriate offices and the GFR?

  • The following references may be used as guidelines for developing a Safety Audit:
    6.7.1. Army - AR 385 Series, Safety publications,

    6.7.2. Navy - the Naval Safety Center (NAVSAFCEN) 3750 P1 Safety Review Checklist or The NAVAIR IG Safety Checklist,

    6.7.3. Air Force - AFI 91-202, The US Air Force Mishap Prevention Program, including Major Command (MAJCOM) supplements and,

    6.7.4. Coast Guard - COMDTINST M5100.47 (series), Safety and Environmental Health Manual.

  • 6.8. Does the contractor have a Bird/Animal Avoidance and Strike Hazard (BASH) Program? (Note: The intent of this program is to prevent avoidable damage to aircraft due to animal strikes. Define procedures to keep aircrew members aware of the current bird condition. Every reasonable effort must be implemented to keep all types of wildlife away from the runway environment. Contractors may integrate their program with the local airfield program.

  • 6.9. Does the contractor have a Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (MACA) Program? (Note: The intent of this program is to proactively analyze the local flying environment and take necessary steps to reduce the likelihood of a mid-air collision. Contractors may integrate their program with the local airfield program).

  • 6.10. Does the contractor have Safety Publications and make such safety publications readily available to all aircrew members?

  • 6.11. Does the contractor have Aircraft Damage Reporting Procedures that track all damage to contract aircraft, and requires notification to the GFR of all damage (at or above $5,000) to aircraft “in the open” within 7 days? (Note: Initial cost estimates are normally based on the contractor’s appropriate labor rates plus the cost of materials).

  • 6.12. Does the contractor have Aircraft Mishap Notification Procedures that require the contractor to notify the GFR of any aircraft mishap meeting the mishap classification criteria defined in DoDI 6055.07, Mishap Notification, Investigation, Reporting, and Record Keeping (or applicable agency reporting criteria for non-DoD aircraft) as soon as practical (see also Attachment 17, DoD Accident/Mishap/Incident Classification, Reporting Guide, and CSSO List)? (Note: The contractor shall provide the GFR a detailed narrative of the mishap, findings (including costs), and recommendations/ corrective actions. Contractors shall provide mishap cost estimates as they become available and may base their estimate on the contractor’s time-and-material rate. The contractor’s over-and-above rate is also permitted. The reported rate should reflect actual repair/replacement costs).

  • 6.13. Does the contractor have procedures for handling Privileged Data? <br><br>(Note: In the performance of the contract the contractor may request and receive from the Service’s safety center, access to “privileged” information as defined in DoDI 6055.07, Mishap Notification, Investigation, Reporting, and Record Keeping, and the Services’ safety regulations. If mishap related privileged data is to be requested and obtained, handling procedures for the privileged data must be in place).

  • 6.13 Does the contractors Privileged Data procedures address the following safeguards: <br><br>6.13.1. Limitations of company internal distribution to the minimum number of directly concerned safety or operator personnel, <br><br>6.13.2. No release of privileged data to third parties, <br><br>6.13.3. Training to ensure employee awareness of the sensitivity of privileged information and its restrictions for purposes of exclusive Government benefit only.

  • 6.14. Does the contractor have a Mishap Response Plan (MRP) (or Premishap Plan) which establishes the policies, responsibilities, and actions to be initiated should any aircraft in the custody of the contractor become overdue, or involved in a mishap?

  • 6.14 Does the contractor exercise the MRP on an annual basis?

  • 6.14 Does the contractors MRP, at a minimum, include the following: <br><br>6.14.1. Immediate action checklist to ensure command, control and coordination of the rescue/recovery effort, <br><br>6.14.2. A notification plan which includes a current roster of contractor and Government personnel (including duty and non-duty phone numbers) to be notified in the event of an aircraft mishap, <br><br>6.14.3. A process for impounding the aircraft, <br><br>6.14.4. Procedures for contractor and subcontractor cooperation and participation in mishap investigations conducted by the Government. Procedures must clearly define the differences between a Government Legal investigation (used to satisfy claims) and a Government Safety investigation (used for mishap prevention). The procedures must clearly state the contractual obligation of contractor personnel to provide information and interviews to the Government Safety investigation immediately upon request. The results of medical and toxicological testing per Paragraph 6.14.8 shall be provided to the Government Safety investigation board immediately upon request. The toxicological samples shall be provided to the Government legal investigation board immediately upon request, <br><br>6.14.5. Provisions for search and rescue procedures,<br><br>6.14.6. Procedures for site security and public affairs, <br><br>6.14.7. Does the contractors MRP procedures for the preservation of evidence to include: <br><br> Training records, <br><br> Aircraft log books, maintenance and servicing records, <br><br> Impounding all of the mishap aircraft’s fluid servicing equipment and contents, and, <br><br> Collection and impoundment of fluid samples from the mishap aircraft. <br><br>6.14.8. Medical Procedures. <br><br> Toxicological Testing. Contractors shall ensure that toxicological testing (at least equal to Service requirement), of personnel involved in aircraft mishaps is promptly accomplished. Contractors shall include toxicological testing procedures as part of their Mishap Response Plan. See the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology/ Division of Forensic Toxicology guidelines for information on toxicological testing programs. <br><br> Requirement. Crewmembers involved in mishaps in which there is a loss of life, an aircraft is destroyed, property damage is expected to exceed $500,000; three or more personnel are inpatient hospitalized; or any permanent total or partial disability is sustained shall receive toxicological testing at least equal to procuring Service requirements. Those contractor individuals identified by the GFR whose actions or inactions may have been factors in the mishap sequence shall also be tested (provided SOFA permits in foreign countries). The contractor shall ensure that the requirement for toxicological testing is flowed down to its subcontractors. <br><br> Contractor Personnel Refusing to be Tested IAW The GFR has no role in the hiring or firing of contractor personnel. In addition, the GFR cannot force compliance with any portion of this Instruction. However, the GFR has complete authority over access to all aircraft covered by this instruction. Any contractor crewmember refusing timely toxicological testing following a mishap shall be permanently removed as a Government approved crewmember. Any contractor non-crewmember refusing timely toxicological testing following a mishap shall be permanently removed from the contractor's non-crewmember list. Ground personnel refusing timely testing following a mishap will not be permitted to work on USG aircraft under this Instruction for 3 years. Contractors may request relief from these risk control measures directly to the appropriate waiver authority for this instruction. Requests should include sufficient evidence that the Government's risk has been adequately mitigated. Contractors shall annotate any refusals to comply with toxicological testing in the individual's personnel files. <br><br> Establish procedures for medical examination of crewmembers, non-crewmembers, and passengers involved in an aircraft mishap, and those ground personnel whose actions or inaction may have been factors in the mishap sequence. <br><br> An examination by a military flight surgeon or an FAA approved medical examiner is required for those involved in a physiological incident. <br><br> A comprehensive Flying Duty Medical Examination (FDME) is required during a post-mishap investigation for all Army contracts. In all events, the Army requires the examination by military flight surgeons. If a military flight surgeon is not available, Army aeromedical personnel may approve the examination to be performed by a Department of the Army Civilian or Department of the Army Contract Civilian physician.

  • 6.15. Does the contractor have Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) and Aircraft Facility Fire Response where flight operations are conducted? <br><br>(Note: Specific minimum ARFF and Aircraft Facility Fire Response requirements at contractor facilities including GOCO facilities are required to be aligned with the requirements in National Aerospace Standard (NAS) 3306, Facility Requirements for Aircraft Operations, (Revision 3 or later). When unable to meet the specific ARFF and/or aircraft facility fire response requirements of NAS 3306, contractors may seek relief through the appropriate Waiver Authority for this Instruction (see 8210.1C Paragraph 2.6).

  • 6.15.2. Does the contractor have a Fire Prevention/ARFF Focal Point for ARFF, fire protection and fire prevention for each facility/site that is responsible for coordinating ARFF, fire protection and facility fire response efforts and procedures for the contractor?

  • 6.15.3. Does the contractor conduct and document quarterly communication checks with appropriate agencies (police, fire department, ambulance service, etc.) for all methods of communication other than the 911 system? <br><br>(Note: This check shall ensure that emergency communication links are current and in working order.)

  • 6.15.4. If the contractor uses outside agencies (ie. provided by local, state, federal, or host nation to meet the ARFF and/or aircraft facility fire response requirements of this Instruction (which is permitted provided the contractor has ensured all contractual requirements are met even when partial or complete ARFF and/or aircraft facility fire response services are provided by a third party), has the contractor provided aircraft and facility-specific training of personnel from these units?

  • Does the contractor have specific procedures addressing how they ensure all contractual ARFF and aircraft facility fire response requirements are met to include methods for verification by the contactor and the Government? (Note: A written agreement for services should be in place and include detailed response plans, training requirements, provisions for an annual exercise, and operational command and control arrangements. Any deviations between available ARFF and/or aircraft facility fire response capabilities and contractual requirements shall be addressed and corrected by the contractor prior to aircraft operations being performed).

  • Does the contractor have specific procedures addressing how they ensure ARFF and/or aircraft facility fire response services are provided by a U.S. Service requirements are met, to include methods for verification by the contactor and the Government? <br><br>(Note: Where ARFF and/or aircraft facility fire response services are provided by a U.S. Service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard), equipment, response times, training, etc., they are allowed to be in accordance with the instructions, policies and guidance of that military service in lieu of NAS 3306 requirements, however, this does not relieve the contractor of the contractual obligation of ensuring agent, vehicle, and manning requirements (NAS 3306 Table 5.1) are met).

  • 6.16. Does the contractor have Aircraft Facilities (facilities include any building or structure where aircraft are produced/manufactured, housed, stored, serviced, repaired, altered, and/or maintained) that meet at least the minimum requirements of NAS 3306, Facility Requirements for Aircraft Operations?<br><br>(Note: When unable to meet the specific facility requirements of NAS 3306, contractors may seek relief through the appropriate Waiver Authority for this Instruction (see Paragraph 2.6). Contractors located at government owned facilities are exempt from paragraph 6.16.1 however, they shall assess the existing facilities based on the requirements of paragraph 6.16.1 and document any shortfalls. Documented shortfalls shall be provided to the applicable aircraft Program Office(s), facility owners (specific Service POC), and Waiver Authority(s) for this Instruction so that the shortfalls may be addressed if the contracting organization chooses).

  • 6.17. Has the contractor evaluated ARFF, Aircraft Facilities, and Protection of Aircraft on the Ground, prior to arrival of first aircraft and/or beginning contractual operations, the contractor shall evaluate and provide a report to the GFR for the following capabilities at all proposed operating locations: <br><br>• Airfields/heliports, <br>• ARFF and structural fire fighting services, <br>• Hangars/facilities, and <br>• Protection methods for aircraft on the ground. <br><br>(Note: The report shall identify any conditions failing to meet the minimums of NAS 3306. For hangars/facilities, the report shall identify the specific construction and fire protection capabilities, to include the NFPA 409 Edition with which the facility is compliant and fuel status of aircraft to be placed in the hangar(s). This report may include the data or applicable reports from paragraphs 6.15 and 6.16.)

  • 6.18. Is the contractor conducting OCONUS operations and using host nation ARFF, Aircraft Facilities, for Protection of Aircraft on the Ground and has the contractor provided a statement of capability of all areas listed in 8210.1C paragraph 6.17? <br><br>(Note: 6.18.1. Foreign Military Sales. Contractors may use host nation equivalent standards in lieu of using NAS 3306. Contractors are not required to identify the differences between NAS 3306 and the host nation equivalent standards nor submit their shortfalls to the Waiver Authority. However, they shall provide a statement of capability of all areas listed in paragraph 6.17).

  • 6.18.2. Is the contractor conducting OCONUS operations and using host nation ARFF, Aircraft Facilities, for Protection of Aircraft on the Ground and operating U.S. Government Aircraft? <br><br>(Note: Contractors that wish to use host nation equivalent standards in lieu of NAS 3306 shall identify any differences between NAS 3306 and the host nation equivalent standards. Shortfalls shall be routed through the GFR to the Waiver Authority(s) (see Paragraph 2.6). If a contractor is granted authorization to use the host nation standards, the evaluation from paragraph 6.17 will be conducted using those standards).

  • Provide any GFR / GGFR/ GGR comments related to the contractors safety programs.

7.0 GFR PROCEDURES (For internal use only)

  • 7.2.1 Has the Approving Authority appointed a GFR or GGFR and issued an appointment letter? (Ref: 8210.1 para 7.4)

  • At a minimum, has the GFR conducted a review of the contractor’s procedures within the last 12 calendar months AND within 90 days of a change of the primary GFR? (Thereafter, a 6-month semi-annual review +/- 1 calendar month, at a minimum, shall be conducted). <br><br>Note: GFRs should use Attachment 10, Procedures Index, and Attachment 11, Procedures Review Guide, when reviewing Procedures. The GFR shall complete the review and respond to the contractor in a timely manner (within at least 30 days). Contractors may continue operations under existing Procedures until the completion of the review process unless the GFR identifies an unsafe practice. The contractor shall be notified in writing when the review is complete. The GFR shall maintain a record of approval of the Procedures and send a copy of the approval letter to the ACO.


  • Any GFR / GGFR / GGR Recommendations

  • Inspectors Name and Signature


  • 1.1. Aircraft. For the purposes of this Instruction, unless otherwise provided in the contract, means:

    1.1.1. Aircraft to be delivered to the Government under contract (either before or after Government acceptance), including complete aircraft and aircraft in the process of being manufactured, disassembled, or reassembled; provided that an engine, portion of a wing, or a wing is attached to a fuselage of the aircraft;

    1.1.2. Aircraft, whether in a state of disassembly or reassembly, furnished by the Government to the Contractor under contract, including all Government property installed, in the process of installation, or temporarily removed; provided that the aircraft and property are not covered by a separate bailment agreement;

    1.1.3. Aircraft furnished by the Contractor to perform a service under contract; or

    1.1.4. Conventional winged aircraft, as well as helicopters, vertical take-off or landing aircraft, lighter-than air airships, unmanned aerial vehicles, or other nonconventional aircraft specified in contract.

    1.2. Aircraft Acceptance.

    1.2.1. Accepted Aircraft. Any aircraft which has been formally transferred to the Government.

    1.2.2. Pre-Accepted Aircraft (New Production). Any aircraft for which the government has an equitable or vested interest, but has not been formally transferred to the Government.

    1.2.3. Pre-Accepted Aircraft (Post Production). Aircraft already in the DoD inventory that are under a new contract (e.g., Maintenance, Modification, Repair, and Overhaul, (MMRO)) where the final DD Form 250 or WAWF RR has not been completed).

    1.2.4. Acceptance Documents. Acceptance may be accomplished via the DD Form 250, Material Inspection and Receiving Report, or the Wide Area Workflow Receiving Report (WAWF RR). The DD Form 250 and WAWF RR is a multipurpose report used:

    (1) to provide evidence of Government contract quality assurance at origin or destination;
    (2) to provide evidence of acceptance at origin or destination;
    (3) for packing lists; (4) for receiving; (5) for shipping; (6) as a contractor invoice; and (7) as commercial invoice support. The primary acceptance document is the WAWF RR, which is now required by most DoD contracts.

    1.3. Aircraft Identification Conventions.

    1.3.1. Aircraft Basic Mission (Class/Type). Identifies the primary function and capability of an aerospace vehicle (e.g., Attack, Fighter, Helicopter, Patrol, Transport, Trainer). Aircraft Basic Mission is represented by a letter of the alphabet (e.g., Fighter (F-16); Transport (C-135); Trainer (T-38); Bomber (B-1)).

    1.3.2. Modified Mission. Identifies modifications to the Basic Mission of an aircraft. The Modified mission identification appears to the left of the Basic Mission symbol (e.g., UAS/SUAS (MQ-1B); tanker (KC-135R); cargo (CH-47D), anti-submarine (SH-60B).

    1.3.3. Aircraft Design (Model). Identifies major changes within the same Basic Mission. Design numbers appear to the right of the Basic Mission symbol, separated by a dash (e.g., F-16; H-60; C-17).

    1.3.4. Aircraft Series. Identifies the production model of a particular design number representing major modifications significantly altering systems components. Consecutive series symbols appear to the immediate right of the design number (e.g., the F-16A and F-16C, the KC-135A and KC-135R, the AH-64A and AH-64D).

    1.4. Aircraft Operations. Operations as described in FAR subpart 42.302(a)(56), includes flight and ground aircraft operations.

    1.4.1. Aircraft Operations (as defined by U.S. Code). In the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS), aircraft operations are divided into two categories, Civil Aircraft Operations and Public Aircraft Operations (PAO). Civil Aircraft Operations. Anything other than those determined to be Public Aircraft Operations. Public Aircraft Operations. In general, the Government considers an aircraft operation "Public" when the aircraft is owned by the Government, or is used by the Government and operates outside of the purview of its FAA airworthiness certificate (e.g., configuration, operational use, flight rules, or maintenance). Aircraft operations in the National Airspace System (NAS) normally require compliance with CFR Part 91.

    Note: The Services make PAO determinations on a case by case basis. The contracting officer shall provide the contractor a “Declaration of Public Aircraft Operations” Letter. Refer to US Armed Forces PAO Decision Tool (Attachment 15), and the FAA PAO Circular 00-1.1(Series).

    1.4.2. International Definitions of Aircraft. Under the Chicago Convention, there are two categories of aircraft. State aircraft include those used in military, police and customs services. Civil aircraft are simply any aircraft that are not State aircraft. The Chicago convention and international law consider certain aircraft used in military, customs and police services, but not formally declared State aircraft, to be “deemed State aircraft”. This definition does not include civil aircraft but may include certain contracted air services. Note: There is no difference in the definition whether the aircraft is a manned aircraft or an unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

    1.5. Aircraft Operations – (Contracted). Contracts that support government operations can involve variations that describe the roles of the contractors and the government. Contractor operations in support of acquisition programs often are Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) operations. This describes the relationship of the contractor operating aircraft owned by the government (to include Pre-accepted aircraft that are contractor held). GOCO also applies to contracted aircrews supporting military operations in government aircraft to include test, transportation and training. Contractor-owned Contractor Operated (COCO) implies that the contractor is supporting a government requirement with their own aircrews and aircraft. Contractor-owned Government Operated (COGO) implies that the contractor is supporting a government requirement with their own aircraft manned by Government aircrews. COGO operations are always PAO. COCO operations can be Civil or PAO depending on the various factors that distinguish the two and as a result, the regulations and responsible authorities for these operations can shift from flight to flight depending on the operation.

    1.6. Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF). The firefighting action taken to prevent, control, or extinguish fire involving, or adjacent to, an aircraft. The purpose of ARFF is to suppress the fire long enough to rescue any incapacitated crewmembers and non-crewmembers, maintain maximum escape routes for ambulatory aircraft occupants, protect firefighting personnel, and minimize the damage to the aircraft.

    1.7. Airworthiness. The ability of an aircraft to safely attain, sustain, and terminate flight within an approved operating envelope. Airworthiness is normally defined as having two components; initial airworthiness and continuing airworthiness. Initial airworthiness relates to the aircraft’s initial engineering design and certification. Continuing airworthiness relates to operating the aircraft in an approved configuration, in accordance with established maintenance, training, and operational limits, and within approved safety standards.

    1.8. Approving Authority. The commander or designee of one of the following organizations having the administrative responsibility for a particular contract. (Note: GFRs receive their appointment letters from their Approving Authority. See Chapter 7, Paragraph 7.4, and Attachment 6.1, Applications for GFR/GGR Appointments, for additional guidance.)

    1.8.1. Army – Heads of Contracting Activity (HCAs) or Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting (PARC). The authority may be delegated within the contracting activity no lower than the Procuring Contracting Officer (PCO). No delegations are authorized external to the contracting activity.

    1.8.2. Navy - Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (COMNAVAIRSYSCOM). Delegated to other Controlling Custodian Commanders who administer FAR subpart 42.302 responsibilities for organizational level support and training contracts.

    1.8.3. Air Force - Head of Contracting Activity (HCA).

    1.8.4. US Coast Guard – Commanding Officer, USCG ALC.

    1.8.5. DCMA - Director, DCMA; Operations Directorate, Chief Operating Officer (COO); Director, DCMA International (DCMAI); Director, DCMA Special Programs (DCMAS); DCMA Region Commanders/Directors; Commanders, Defense Contract Management Agency Contract Management Offices (CMOs); (May not be re-delegated).

    1.8.6. Non DoD/Other - Commander of the Procuring Activity

    1.9. Army Nonstandard Aircraft. Army aircraft not classified standard or aircraft obtained from other DoD activities or commercial sources.

    1.10. Aviation Program Team (APT). The Aviation Program Team (APT) is responsible for performing the FAR subpart 42.302(a)(56) CAS mission. APTs consist of the Government Flight Representative (GFR) and alternates, Government Ground Representatives (GGRs), Contract Safety Specialist/Contract Safety Manager (CSS/CSM), and where appropriate, the Quality Assurance Representative / Specialist (QAR/QAS). The GFR leads the APT. Where no GFR is assigned, the APT consists of the GGFR, GGR (if assigned), CSS/CSM, and where appropriate, the QAR.

    1.11. Aviation Safety Official (ASO). The contractor individual assigned primary responsibility for developing and administering the contractor’s aviation safety program.

    1.12. Bailed Aircraft. Any Government-owned aircraft provided to a contractor under a Bailment Agreement for use in conjunction with a specific contractual requirement. Aircraft are usually bailed to a contractor to perform Government contract work. Aircraft are usually leased to a contractor for the contractor’s use.

    1.13. Certificate. Includes documents reflecting successful completion of FAA certification, FAA/Military flight physicals, and training to include: physiological, altitude chamber, centrifuge, qualification, life support, egress, survival, CRM, and other training required by Service Guidance.

    1.14. Certified. Endorsed authoritatively as having met certain requirements; possesses the appropriate documentation (e.g., Letter of Designation (LoD), training record entry indicating appropriate certification in the case of NDT, welding, etc.).

    1.15. Check Flights. Flights to determine compliance with contractual requirements, such as Acceptance Check Flights (ACFs) and Functional Check Flights (FCFs), which include:

    1.15.1. Any flight performed to accept or functionally check new aircraft production.

    1.15.2. Any flight performed to accept or functionally check accomplishment of depot maintenance, contract maintenance, or modification.

    1.15.3. Any flight performed to determine whether an aircraft or its various components are functioning according to predetermined specifications when subjected to the flight environment.

    1.16. Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA). Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizing UAS/SUAS operations in the National Airspace per specifically stated requirements, restrictions, and limitations.

    1.17. Cognizant Service Safety Office (CSSO). The CSSO is the Service safety office that has primary responsibility for mishap investigation and reporting on a specific aircraft and contract (Example: Tinker AFB Flight Safety is the CSSO for all KC-135 aircraft while those aircraft are Air Force Materiel Command assets under contract for major modification or PDM.).

    1.18. Component. The Service of the Approving Authority as defined above.

    1.19. Composite Tool Kits (CTKs). CTKs are tool boxes, tool kits, tool cabinets, tool shelves, equipment kits, etc. (mobile or stationary).

    1.20. Contract Administration Services (CAS). Those actions accomplished by the Government including quality assurance (QA), safety, flight operations, and others listed in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 42.302, Contract Administration Functions.

    1.21. Contract Administration Services Component (CASC). A Contract Management Office (CMO) of Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) or a Service which performs CAS in a designated geographical area or a specific contractor’s facility as listed in the Federal Directory of Contract Administration Services (CAS) Components.

    1.22. Contract Flight. Any flight under contract regardless of crewmember organization.

    1.23. Contract Management Office (CMO). The DCMA office which performs assigned functions related to the administration of contracts and pre-award functions. The focal point is the Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO).

    1.24. Contracting Officer (CO/KO).

    1.24.1. Administrative Contracting Officer (ACO). Individual possessing a contracting warrant who has been delegated authority to perform transactions on behalf of the Government in support of assigned contracts pursuant to FAR subpart 42.302.

    1.24.2. Procuring Contracting Officer (PCO). The only individual authorized to issue a solicitation and award a contract. The PCO is warranted and appointed by the Head of the Contracting Agency. In most instances, the term “contracting officer” refers to the PCO.

    1.25. Contractor. Any individual, corporation, or other entity whose personnel may operate aircraft; or perform aircraft maintenance, modification or production.

    1.26. Contractor’s Requesting Official (CRO). The individual appointed by the contractor and authorized to sign a “Request for Approval for Qualification Training,” “Request for Approval of Contractor Crewmember,” and "Request for Flight Approval." Prime contractors may appoint a subcontractor individual as CRO.

    1.27. Control. To reduce or prevent the unintentional spread of, to verify, or regulate, as in FOD and Tool Control programs.

    1.28. Crewmember. Any instructor/flight examiner, pilot, copilot, unmanned aircraft (UA) operator, flight engineer, navigator, weapons system operator, bombardier navigator, combat systems operator (CSO), radar intercept operator, boom operator, crew chief, loadmaster, defensive/offensive system operator, and other flight manual or applicable document handbook identified crewmember when assigned to their respective crew positions to conduct any flight under the contract.

    NOTE: Only the aircraft operators are considered crewmembers for UA operations.

    1.29. DD Form 250. See paragraph 1.2.4.

    1.30. Engineering Test Flights.

    1.30.1. Subsystem development flights (e.g., bombing/navigation, autopilot, fire control, systems).

    1.30.2. Flights where the aircraft serves as the vehicle carrying the item to be checked (e.g., electronic countermeasure stores, a radar system, a missile).

    1.30.3. Component development and reliability flights not included under Paragraph 1.30.2. (above).

    1.31. Experimental Test Flights. Flights that are conducted to determine or demonstrate critical operating characteristics of an aircraft. These flights often involve greater than normal risk. These include, but are not limited to:

    1.31.1. Initial flights of a new mission, type/design or series aircraft, high angle of attack tests, flutter and loads tests, and critical stores separation tests.

    1.31.2. Flights to determine or expand flight or propulsion system envelopes.

    1.31.3. Flights to initially determine the performance, flight characteristics, and handling qualities.

    1.31.4. Flights of an aircraft whose flight characteristics may have been altered by configuration changes.

    1.31.5. Initial flights of the first production aircraft of a new mission, type/design, or series.

    1.31.6. Initial flights of the first of those aircraft which have undergone “major modification” as determined by the Program Manager.

    1.31.7. Component development flights where failure of the test component would make the flight hazardous in nature and/or involve greater than normal risk as determined by the Program Manager, with advice from the contractor and GFR.

    1.32. FAR and DFARS References. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS) are composed of policy guidance for contracting officers, and clauses for use in contracts. The DFARS, issued by the Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Procurement), provides DoD implementation guidance and policies and procedures unique to DoD. Policy guidance includes instructions to contracting officers on Government policy and when to use the contract clauses contained in Part 52 of the FAR and Part 252 of the DFARS. Contract clauses set forth agreements between the Government and the contractor. NOTE: Non-DoD contracts may follow internal contracting processes or specific contract wording to accomplish the intent of FAR and DFARS clauses. Some of the pertinent clauses that relate to aircraft contracts follow:

    1.32.1. FAR Subpart 42.202, Assignment of Contract Administration. Describes how contract administration functions are assigned, re-delegated, rescinded or refused.

    1.32.2. FAR Subpart 42.302, Contract Administration Functions. Lists the normal CAS functions assigned by the contracting officer and performed by a contract administration office (CAO). FAR Subpart 42.302 (a)(56) is the CAS function that this Instruction describes.

    1.32.3. DFARS Part 228.3, Insurance, Subpart 228.370, Additional clauses. Requires inclusion of the GFRC in DoD aircraft contracts.

    1.32.4. DFARS Subpart 242.2, Contract Administration Services. Describes responsibilities for the normal assignment of contract administration services at contractor facilities, and for base, post, camp and station contracts.

    1.32.5. DFARS 252.228-7001, Ground and Flight Risk (GFRC). Used to indemnify contractors of liability under Government aircraft contracts. Requires contractors to comply with the operating procedures contained in the combined Instruction entitled ‘Contractor’s Flight and Ground Operations’ in effect on the date of contract award. The requirement to follow the Combined Instruction is a contractual requirement and applies independently of the Government’s assumption of risk via the GFRC. This requirement is applicable even when Government withdraws coverage under the GFRC.

    1.32.6. DFARS 252.228-7002, Aircraft Flight Risk (AFRC). Superseded. May be in use for contracts signed before 8 June, 2010. Used to indemnify contractors of liability under Government aircraft contracts. Normally used for cost-plus contracts. Requires contractors to comply with the operating procedures contained in the combined Instruction entitled ‘Contractor’s Flight and Ground Operations’ in effect on the date of contract award.

    1.32.7. DFARS 252.228-7005, Accident Reporting and Investigation Involving Aircraft, Missiles, and Space Launch Vehicles. Requires contractors to notify and cooperate with the Government when contract aircraft are damaged.

    1.33. Flight Crews. Includes crewmembers and non-crewmembers.

    1.34. Flight Operations. Those aircraft operations where intent for flight exists. This instruction uses the term "flight" as defined in the GFRC. High speed taxi and helicopter/tiltrotor hover taxi are also considered flight operations activities.

    1.35. Foreign Military Sales. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) refers to that portion of US Security Assistance authorized by the Arms Export Control Act (AECA)( 22 USC § 2751 et seq.), and conducted on the basis of formal contracts or agreements between the United States Government and an authorized recipient government or international organization. FMS includes government-to-government sales of defense articles or defense services, from DoD stocks or through new procurements under DoD-managed contracts, regardless of the source of financing. Simply stated, FMS cases occur when the U.S. Government brokers with a contractor to build aircraft, and the U.S. Government sells it to a foreign country. When operated by Service personnel, or contractors on behalf of a Service, the aircraft operations under a FMS case in U.S. National Airspace, the operations are PAO, and come with responsibilities for airworthiness.

    1.36. FOD. Foreign Object Damage/Foreign Object Debris.

    1.36.1. Foreign Object Damage (FOD). Any damage attributed to a foreign object that may be expressed in physical or economic terms, which may or may not degrade the product’s required safety and/or performance characteristics. FOD prevention programs are also known as Foreign Object Elimination (FOE) programs.

    1.36.2. Foreign Object Debris (FOD). A substance, debris or article alien to an aircraft or system which would potentially cause damage.

    1.37. Government Flight Representative (GFR). (See Chapter 7, for the GFR selection and assignment process.) GFRs (as defined below) are:

    1.37.1. GFR (Aircraft Flight and Ground Operations). A rated U.S. Military officer, or Government civilian in an aviation position, to whom the Approving Authority has delegated responsibility for approval of contractor flights, Procedures, crewmembers, and ensuring contractor compliance with applicable provisions of this Instruction (see Attachment 6, GFR/GGFR Appointment Letter Sample Format, for sample appointment letter).

    1.37.2. Alternate GFR. A rated U.S. Military officer, or Government civilian in an aviation position, to whom the Approving Authority has delegated responsibility to perform GFR duties in the absence of the primary GFR (as defined in Paragraph 1.37.1 above).

    1.37.3. Ground GFR (GGFR). A U.S. Military aircraft maintenance officer or NCO (E7 or above), or Government civilian equivalent, to whom the Approving Authority has delegated responsibility for approval of Procedures related to aircraft ground operations and ensuring contractor compliance with applicable provisions of this Instruction (see Attachment 6, GFR/GGFR Appointment Letter Sample Format, for sample appointment letter). GGFRs (as defined by this paragraph) are not authorized to act as a GFR (Aircraft Flight and Ground Operations (Paragraph 1.37.1)) or an alternate GFR (Paragraph 1.37.2), approve contractor crewmembers, flights, flight related portions of the Procedures, or any function/procedure described in this Instruction's Chapter 4 (Flight Operations). The Approving Authority may appoint an alternate GGFR.

    1.38. Government Ground Representative (GGR). A U.S. Military aircraft maintenance officer or NCO (E-7 or above), or Government civilian equivalent, with responsibility for surveillance of contractor aircraft ground operations as part of an Aviation Program Team (APT). GGRs differ from GGFRs in that GGRs have no authority to approve GOPs. GGRs shall know the status of all contractor facilities, equipment, group personnel training and certification, technical data, and Procedures involving aircraft ground operations.

    1.39. Government-Furnished Equipment (GFE)/Property (GFP). Any Government-- owned equipment, including aircraft, aircraft parts, or Ground Support Equipment (GSE) provided to a contractor for use in conjunction with a specific contractual requirement.

    1.40. Ground Operations. Comprised of aircraft operations, performed on/in/or around the aircraft, without the intent for flight. Specific ground operations include, but are not limited to: towing, jacking, lifting, mooring, fueling, hangaring, taxiing (other than hover taxiing and high speed taxi operations), ground runs (engines/APUs, propeller(s)/rotor(s)), external power application, landing gear & control surface movement, operation of associated aerospace ground support equipment, and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF). Ground Operations are separate and distinct from the manufacturing processes themselves, but sometimes facilitate the manufacturing and industrial process by supporting activities such as; aircraft maintenance, modification, repair, and overhaul, (MMRO) and production/assembly/check-out. Examples of these supporting Ground Operations are: FOD control early in the manufacturing process, weight and balance of components, etc. Requirements for ground operations procedures (GOPs) exist even prior to when the Government assumes the risk of loss or accepts the aircraft.

    1.41. Ground Personnel. Personnel designated by the contractor to perform ground operations.

    1.42. Hardware Control. A method for the control of loose hardware such as nuts, bolts, cotters pins, rivet heads, etc. used to prevent FOD.

    1.43. Industrial Procedures. Technical instructions (Service or contractor) that describe assembly, disassembly, repair, removal and installation process steps, maintenance, general aircraft manufacturing guidance/plans, build plans, sub-assembly manufacture, and engineering instructions.

    1.44. Intent for Flight. For operations under contract use the specific Service definition.

    1.45. Leased Aircraft. Any Government-owned aircraft provided to a contractor under a Lease Agreement. Aircraft are usually leased to a contractor for the contractor’s use. Aircraft are usually bailed to a contractor to perform Government contract work. DoD Instruction 7230.08, Leases and Demonstrations of DoD Equipment, further clarifies leased aircraft procedures and requirements. Lease agreements are legal contracts between the Government Program Office and the contractor.

    1.46. Maintenance Test Flight (Army).

    1.46.1. Any flight performed to accept or check accomplishment of maintenance or modification.

    1.46.2. Flight performed to determine whether an aircraft and its various components are functioning according to predetermined specifications while subjected to the flight environment.

    1.47. May. Denotes the permissive. However, the term “no pers to the requirements of this Instruction. Procedures may be divided into two parts; Flight Operations Procedures (FOPs) and Ground Operations Procedures (GOPs). The terms Procedures and Contractor's Procedures are synonymous.

    1.53. Program Manager (PM). The Program Manager is designated, under DoD 5000.1, The Defense Acquisition System, as the individual in the Services who is responsible for the management of a system acquisition program. He/she depends on a warranted Procuring Contracting Office (PCO) to assist him/her in the critical steps of fulfilling program objectives.

    1.54. Program Office (also System Program Office (SPO), Program Management Office (PMO), Program Management Aircraft (PMA)). The office which provides life cycle management of aircraft programs.
    1.55. Public Aircraft Operations. See paragraph

    1.56. Qualified. Meets the necessary training and proficiency (complete task without direct supervision) requirements for a task.

    1.57. Quality Procedures. Those procedures related to ensuring product form, fit or functionality. Examples include company quality manuals, and published quality standards like ISO 9000/AS9100.

    1.58. Service Guidance. “Service Guidance” is the procuring Service’s regulations, instructions, flight manuals, and technical publications listed below, and those specified in the contract in effect on the date of contract award (unless the contract is modified with respect to specific Service Guidance changes), which are applicable to the specific flight and/or ground operations conducted by the contractor. Service Guidance is not to be interpreted as requiring the day to day administrative functions that govern operations in Government organizations. As stated, contractors are only bound by the portion of Service Guidance that is applicable to the aircraft operations being performed under contract. Service Guidance does not automatically include the Service instructions/regulations that are referenced in the Service Guidance. If a Service Guidance instruction/regulation addresses a specific topic by referencing a second tier Service instruction/regulation, that referenced section in the second tier document shall be considered required Service Guidance for that topic. Service Guidance (that which is in effect on the date of contract award (unless modified)) includes the following:

    1.58.1. For USAF aircraft contracts: AFI 10-220_IP (AFMC Supplement), (Manned/UAS) AFI 11-202, Vol 1-3 and applicable AFMC supplements; AFI 11-2FT, Vol 1-3; AFI 11-401, AFI 11-301, AFI 16-1301, and applicable AFMC supplements. (SUAS) AFI-11-502 Vol 1-3 and applicable AFMC supplements; AFI 11-5FT Vol 1-3. (Contractor personnel integrated with Air Force maintenance personnel on Air Force installations only) AFI 21-101 and MAJCOM/local supplements.

    1.58.2. For USN/USMC aircraft contracts: OPNAV Instruction 3710.7 and applicable aircraft general NATOPS FLIGHT MANUALS. For COCO PAO, Navy Service Guidance is: applicable aircraft NATOPS FLIGHT MANUALS.

    1.58.3. For USA aircraft contracts: AR 70-62, AR 95 (series), AR 40-501, AR 385 series, and applicable technical manuals.

    1.58.4. For USCG aircraft contracts: Coast Guard Air Operations Manual, COMDTINST M3710.1 (series), and Aeronautical Engineering Maintenance Management Manual, COMDTINST M13020.1 (series).

    1.59. Shall. Denotes the imperative.

    1.60. Should. Indicates a desired, though not required, outcome.

    1.61. Sortie. For record and reporting purposes of this Instruction, a sortie is defined as a flight by one aircraft. A sortie begins when the aircraft begins to move forward on takeoff or takes off vertically from rest at any point of support. It ends after airborne flight when the aircraft returns to the surface and,

    1.61.1. The engines are stopped or,

    1.61.2. Aircraft has been on the surface for 5 minutes, whichever comes first between

    1.61.1 and 1.61.2 or,

    1.61.3. Change is made in the pilot in command (for manned aircraft).

    1.62. Support Flights. These include but are not limited to:

    1.62.1. Photographic,

    1.62.2. Chase,

    1.62.3. Rescue and recovery,

    1.62.4. Target or target towing,

    1.62.5. Aircraft delivery,

    1.62.6. Orientation,

    1.62.7. Demonstration flights,

    1.62.8. Severe weather evacuation flights,

    1.62.9. Cargo and/or personnel transport flights. This includes flights of an emergency nature,

    1.62.10. Aircrew evaluation, training, and currency and,

    1.62.11. Product or Mission Support Flights (including deployments) as directed by the Services.

    1.63. Supporting Contract Administration. Supporting Contract Administration (SCA) delegations are formal written agreements between the administering CAS Component (CASC) organization and another CASC organization, and are the preferred method used to transfer FAR subpart 42.302(a) requirements from one CASC organization to another. This is done when, for example, contract work is performed at geographically separated locations. If the supporting unit commander is not a CASC commander see DFARS 242.202 paragraph (e)(1)(A)

    1.64. Technical Data. Documents/instructions/procedures which can be in the form of Service Guidance, or Service approved Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) procedures, contractor engineering instructions, or equivalent.

    1.65. Test Aircraft. Any aircraft used for research, development or test and evaluation purposes.

    1.66. Trained. Instructed in the necessary knowledge and skills to perform assigned duties and responsibilities.

    1.67. Tools. Items used in the performance of a maintenance, manufacturing, or assembly/disassembly task, or operation are considered tools. Miscellaneous parts, hardware, and personal items are not considered tools.

    1.68. Unmanned Aircraft (UA). Includes any aircraft that is operated without an operator onboard (piloted remotely or autonomously). UAs have been known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), Remotely Operated Aircraft (ROA), Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPV), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS). Optionally piloted aircraft will be treated as UAVs when unmanned. Unmanned aircraft may also include aerostat

    1.69. Unmanned Aircraft Observer. Individual required to perform the see-and-avoid function for UA operations through direct visual contact.

    1.70. Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS/SUAS). Includes the aircraft (UA), communications, control systems, and ground support elements. UAS/SUAS aircraft are classified by Groups as defined below

    1.70.1. UA Group 1. Typically weigh less than 20 pounds. Normally operate VFR in Class E, G, Special Use Airspace, or Uncontrolled Airspace. Normal operations are below 1200 feet AGL and at speeds less than 100 250 knots.

    1.70.2. UA Group 2. Typically weigh 21-55 pounds. Normally operate VFR in Class D, E, G, or Special Use Airspace. Normal operations are below 3500 feet AGL and at speeds less than 250 knots.

    1.70.3. UA Group 3. Typically weigh more than 55 pounds but less than 1320 pounds. Normally operate VFR in Class D, E, G, or Special Use Airspace. Normal operations are below 18,000 feet MSL and at speeds less than 250 knots.

    1.70.4. UA Group 4. Typically weigh more 1320 pounds. Normally operate VFR in all airspace below 18,000 feet MSL and at any airspeed.

    1.70.5. UA Group 5. Typically weigh more 1320 pounds. May operate VFR or IFR in all airspace above or below 18,000 feet MSL and at any airspeed.

    1.71. Wide Area Workflow Receiving Report (WAWF RR). See paragraph 1.2.4.

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