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Requirements
NPR 7900.3D
Effective Date: May 01, 2017
Expiration Date: May 01, 2023
COMPLIANCE IS MANDATORY FOR NASA EMPLOYEES
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Subject: Aircraft Operations Management

Responsible Office: Office of Strategic Infrastructure


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Chapter 10. Commercial Aviation Services (CAS), Including UAS Operations

10.1 General

10.1.1 This chapter documents NASA's Flight Program Standards for CAS operations as required by the Federal Management Regulation (FMR) Part 102-33, Management of Government Aircraft.

10.1.2 CAS is a full-service contract agreement through which an executive agency acquires an aircraft and related aviation services (e.g., pilot, crew, maintenance) for exclusive use.

10.1.3 Except for passenger carriage, CAS flights shall be conducted as public-use aircraft operations under NASA's aircraft authority. [732] As such, NASA has a responsibility to ensure CAS aircraft are airworthy and such aircraft operations are conducted safely.

10.1.4 All CAS operations shall be inspected by NASA Center Flight Operations personnel prior to contract award. [733]

10.1.5 For all CAS contracts and agreements, NASA shall ensure that the operator hold and maintain a 14 CFR 121 Certificate or 14 CFR 135 Certificate and meet the requirements of this chapter. [734]

10.1.5.1 NASA may approve deviations to an operator's 14 CFR 135 Certificate under NASA's public-use authority while operating a NASA mission. Such deviations shall be authorized in writing by the Center Chief of Flight Operations. [735]

10.1.5.2 If a CAS aircraft has a valid FAA Standard Airworthiness Certificate and the aircraft is maintained and to be operated in accordance with that Certificate, the Center may accept the FAA Certificate after a Center airworthiness review. In this case, issuance of a separate NASA airworthiness statement is required.

10.1.5.3 If a CAS aircraft has a valid FAA Limited or Restricted Category Certificate and the operation is restricted to the limitations imposed by the Certificate, the Center may accept the FAA Certificate after a Center airworthiness review. In this case, issuance of a separate NASA airworthiness statement is required.

10.1.5.4 If a CAS aircraft has a FAA Experimental or Provisional Certificate, the airworthiness of the aircraft shall be reviewed and approved by the Center's airworthiness review process and a NASA Airworthiness Certificate issued. [736]

10.1.5.5 If a CAS aircraft has been modified as described in section 2.6, the aircraft configuration and airworthiness shall be reviewed and approved by the Center's airworthiness review process and a NASA airworthiness certificate or statement issued. [737]

10.1.5.6 If the aircraft has FAA Form 337 documentation (FAA Series 8110, 8100.9), the Center shall review the Designated Engineering Representative (DER)/Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) evaluation. [738]

10.2 CAS Management and Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

10.2.1 The Assistant Administrator, OSI shall ensure that the CAS policies are in compliance with applicable Federal regulations. [739]

10.2.2 Mission Directorates (MD) are responsible for establishing and documenting aircraft mission requirements and funding to support CAS requirements, including oversight of CAS. MDs shall coordinate with AMD as early as possible in the planning process when establishing program or project plans that involve the acquisition of CAS. [740]

10.2.3 Center Directors are responsible for establishing and documenting a written process to delineate CAS acquisition, operations, and oversight responsibilities. Oversight responsibilities include initial contractor review prior to contract award, surveillance during the contract period of performance and appropriate close-out responsibilities. Center Directors shall ensure Center flight operations is involved in the CAS planning and review process as soon as practical. [741] Early Flight Operations involvement can help identify problems involving requirements so solutions can be developed early in the process.

10.2.4 Center Flight Operations. All Center CAS contracts or agreements including Space Act Agreements that include aviation operations, shall be coordinated, reviewed, and concurred with by the Center's Flight Operations prior to contract award or execution of the agreement. [742]

10.2.4.1 Chief of Flight Operations. The Chief of Flight Operations oversees the Center's surveillance of contractor aircraft operations. The Chief of Flight Operations shall determine which requirements and regulations apply to the contract and then ensure the contractor meets those requirements. [743]

10.2.4.2 Chief of Quality Assurance. The Chief of Quality Assurance shall provide support for CAS oversight and Surveillance Plan development and implementation. [744]

10.2.4.3 The Center Engineering Technical Authority working with the Center Airworthiness Review Board shall provide airworthiness coordination and support for CAS operations as required. [745]

10.3 CAS Aircraft Maintenance Requirements

10.3.1 The contractor shall ensure that the aircraft and all required equipment are operated and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. [746]

10.3.1.1 Airworthiness Directives (ADs) and Manufacturer's Mandatory Service Bulletins (MMSBs)

a. The contractor shall comply with MMSBs and FAA ADs before and during agreement performance. [747]

b. The contractor shall provide and make available a list of all completed MMSBs and FAA ADs applicable to the contract aircraft in the format shown in FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 43-9C complete with authorized signature, certificate, type, and number. [748]

10.4 Safety Requirements

10.4.1 The contractor shall have a documented Aviation Safety Program. [749]

10.4.2 The Chief of Flight Operations shall incorporate CAS mishap prevention and mishap notification in the Center's Aviation Safety Program. [750]

10.5 CAS Surveillance and Inspections

10.5.1 In accordance with Agency requirements, a Surveillance Plan shall be implemented for all CAS contracts due to the critical and complex nature of CAS operations as defined in NPR 8735.2. [751]

10.5.2 The CAS contract shall cite and allow NASA access to all maintenance and flight efforts performed under a NASA contract regardless of contractor/subcontractor status. [752]

10.5.3 Surveillance Functions. The Surveillance Plan shall be coordinated and supported by flight operations to ensure that qualified aircraft operations and maintenance personnel are involved through the life of the contract. [753]

10.5.4 Inspections. Inspections shall be conducted for all CAS operators, aircraft, pilots, and maintainers. [754]

10.5.4.1 Centers shall develop and use a standard checklist to document the inspection and associated results. This inspection will review as a minimum:

a. The operator's flight operations and maintenance manuals, aircraft logbooks, and personnel training records.

b. The aircraft for configuration control and material condition to meet NASA mission requirements. [755]

10.5.5 Surveillance and Inspection Teams. Surveillance and Inspection Teams shall include at a minimum a pilot and maintainer to provide expertise in the areas of operations, maintenance, quality assurance, airworthiness, and aviation safety. The mix of members may vary for each inspection. [756]

10.5.6 Funding for CAS Surveillance and Inspections. Program and/or project managers are responsible for funding the surveillance and inspections of CAS operations. Programs and projects that involve CAS shall ensure that the oversight and surveillance functions required for CAS operations are included in their budgets and allocated to the appropriate organizations. [757]



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