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NPR 7900.3C
Effective Date: July 15, 2011
Expiration Date: July 15, 2016

(NASA Only)

Subject: Aircraft Operations Management Manual

Responsible Office: Aircraft Management Division

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NASA Inter-Center Aircraft Operations Panel Charter(NC) for NC 1000.28A

Table of Contents


P.1 Purpose
P.2 Applicability
P.3 Authority
P.4 Applicable Documents
P.5 Measurements/Verification
P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1. Flight Operations, General Overview

1.1 Concept of Operations
1.2 Assignment of Authority and Responsibility
1.3 Operational Use
1.4 International Aircraft Operations
1.5 Special Operational Requirements
1.6 Waivers

Chapter 2. Airworthiness and Maintenance

2.1 Purpose
2.2 Airworthiness General Requirements
2.3 Airworthiness Responsibilities
2.4 Airworthiness, Flight Readiness, and Safety Reviews
2.5 Staffing for Airworthiness Review Process
2.6 Maintenance Program

Chapter 3. Research and Program Support Operations

3.1 Operations
3.2 Assignment of Pilot in Command of NASA Aircraft
3.3 Documentation
3.4 Flightcrew Requirements and Currency
3.5 Ground Training
3.6 Readiness Reviews

Chapter 4. Mission Management Flight Operations

4.1 Purpose
4.2 Policy
4.3 Classification of Mission Management Flights
4.4 Approval of Flights
4.5 Responsibilities Associated with Mission Management Flight Operations
4.6 Reporting Requirements
4.7 Reimbursement for Nonofficial Travel Use
4.8 Operations
4.9 Use of NASA Aircraft for Mission Management Flight Purposes
4.10 Waivers and Supplements
4.11 Flightcrew Qualifications
4.12 Crewmember Training
4.13 Ground Training
4.14 Flight Training Phase
4.15 Overdue Training
4.16 Minimum Currency Requirements
4.17 Overdue Recent Experience
4.18 Evaluation Phase
4.19 Coordination and Scheduling
4.20 Crew Complement
4.21 Crew Duty Time
4.22 Crew Rest
4.23 Maximum Flight Time Limitations
4.24 Hazardous Cargo
4.25 Sterile Cockpit Procedures
4.26 Crew Briefings
4.27 Flight Planning Considerations
4.28 Takeoff and Departure Procedures
4.29 En Route Procedures
4.30 Arrival, Approach, and Landing Procedures
4.31 Post-flight Procedures
4.32 Specific Operational Restrictions

Chapter 5. Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations

5.1 General
5.2 Planning
5.3 Preflight Operations
5.4 Flight Operations
5.5 Flight Crew Requirements
5.6 Airworthiness and Flight Safety Reviews

Chapter 6. Aviation Safety

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Aviation Safety Roles and Responsibilities
6.3 Center's Aviation Safety Program
6.4 Pre-Mishap Plan/Aircraft Incident Response Plan

Chapter 7. Aviation Medical Program

7.1 Introduction
7.2 Primary Aircrew Medical Requirements
7.3 Flight Physical Records
7.4 Review Boards
7.5 Waivers

Chapter 8. Aircraft Acquisitions and Dispositions

8.1 General
8.2 Aircraft Acquisition
8.3 Aircraft Materiel Acquisition Procedures
8.4 Aircraft Disposition
8.5 Aircraft Inventory

Chapter 9. Inter-Center Aircraft Operations Review Program

9.1 Purpose
9.2 Responsibilities
9.3 Procedures

Chapter 10.

Chapter 11. Flight Operations Performance Measurements and Reporting

11.1 Purpose
11.2 Responsibilities
11.3 Aircraft Data Reporting Requirements

Chapter 12. Assignment and Removal from Flight Status

12.1 Purpose
12.2 Assignment Procedures
12.3 Removal Procedures

Chapter 13. NASA Airfield Operations

13.1 General Requirements
13.2 Contents of Airfield Operations Manual
13.3 Safety and Emergency Requirements
13.4 Wildlife Hazard Management
13.5 Noncomplying Conditions
13.6 Deviations

Appendix A. Definitions
Appendix B. Acronyms
Appendix C. Flight on Public Aircraft

C-1 Flying on Public Aircraft (Crewmembers and Qualified Non-Crewmembers) C-2 Flying on Public Aircraft (Passengers)

Appendix D. Inter-Center Aircraft Operations Review Plan
Appendix E. NASA Inter-Center Aircraft Operations Program Review Sheet
Appendix F. Certificate of Airworthiness for Aircraft
Appendix G. NASA Aircraft Cost and Performance Worksheets

G-1 NASA Aircraft Cost and Performance Worksheets
G-2 NASA Aircraft Cost and Performance Worksheets
G-3 NASA Aircraft Cost and Performance Worksheets
G-4 NASA Aircraft Cost and Performance Worksheets
G-5 NASA Aircraft Cost and Performance Worksheets

Appendix H. Sample Approval Request to Acquire/Transfer/Dispose of Aircraft
Appendix I. UAS Classification Matrix
Appendix J. UAS Pilot Matrix
Appendix K. Compliance Matrix

List of Tables

Table 4-1 Mission Requirements
Table 4-2 Minimum Currency Requirements for Pilots
Table 4-3 Maximum Flight Time Limitations
Table 4-4 Minimum Runway Length for Mission Management Operations
Table 4-5 Wind Restrictions
Table 4-6 Minimum Landing Fuel
Table 13-1 Wildlife Hazard Assessment

List of Figures

Figure 4-1 Mission Required Travel Where Passenger Transportation Is the Primary Purpose of the Flight
Figure 4-2 Mission Required Travel Where Passenger Transportation Is Not the Primary Purpose of the Flight
Figure 4-3 Approval Flow for Other Official Travel Without Senior Federal Officials, Families of Such Senior Federal Officials, or Non-Federal Travelers Aboard
Figure 4-4 Approval Flow for Other Official Travel With Senior Federal Officials, Families of Such Senior Federal Officials, or Non-Federal Travelers Aboard


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