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NPR 7900.3D
Effective Date: May 01, 2017
Expiration Date: May 01, 2024
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Subject: Aircraft Operations Management

Responsible Office: Office of Safety and Mission Assurance

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P.1 Purpose

a. This directive establishes requirements, responsibilities, and procedures that will assist NASA Centers and other locations operating NASA aircraft to create local policies and procedures for the management of NASA aircraft resources, flight operations, and related matters.

b. This directive provides a standard approach for the management and use of the NASA Aircraft Operations program. The purpose of the NASA Aircraft Operations program is to directly support the Agency's mission in aeronautical research and development, space science and applications, space flight, astronaut readiness training, and related activities by providing operational flights in both manned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

c. This directive should be used in conjunction with other governing instructions, handbooks, and manuals.

P.2 Applicability

a. This directive is applicable to NASA Headquarters (HQ) and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers, and contractors operating NASA aircraft/UAS. This language applies to JPL (a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center), other contractors, recipients of grants, cooperative agreements, or other agreements only to the extent specified or referenced in the applicable contracts, grants, or agreements.

Note: This NPR alone is not sufficient to stipulate requirements for the contractor or grant recipient. The contract, grant, or agreement must state the requirements(s) from NPD 7900.4 and this NPR.

b. In this directive, all mandatory actions (i.e., requirements) are denoted by statements containing the term "shall." The terms: "may" or "can" denote discretionary privilege or permission, "should" denotes a good practice and is recommended, but not required, "will" denotes expected outcome, and "are/is" denotes descriptive material. All requirements are numbered consecutively in brackets at the end of the applicable sentence. Requirements are compiled as a Compliance Matrix in Appendix C.

c. In this directive, all document citations are assumed to be the latest version unless otherwise noted.

P.3 Authority

a. The National Aeronautics and Space Act, 51 U.S.C. § 20113(a).

b. Functions (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), 14 CFR. § 1201.102.

c. Transportation, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 48 CFR, Chapter 1, Part 47.

d. Transportation, NASA FAR Supplement (NFS), 48 CFR, Chapter 18, Part 1847.

e. NPD 1000.3, The NASA Organization.

f. NPR 4300.1, NASA Personal Property Disposal Procedural Requirements.

g. 8715.1, NASA Occupational Safety and Health Programs.

P.4 Applicable Documents and Forms

a. Pay Rates and Systems, 5 U.S.C. Chapter 53.

b. Persons and Supplies: Sea, Land, and Air Transportation, 10 U.S.C. § 2648.

c. Definitions, 49 U.S.C. § 40102.

d. Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, Public Law


e. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture, 7 CFR Subtitle B, Chapter III.

f. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture, 9 CFR Chapter I.

g. Certification Procedures for Products and Parts, 14 CFR Part 21.

h. Airworthiness Directives, 14 CFR Part 39.

i. Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration, 14 CFR Part 43.

j. Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors, 14 CFR Part 61.

k. Certification: Airmen Other Than Flight Crewmembers, 14 CFR, Part 65.

l. General Operating and Flight Rules, 14 CFR Part 91.

m. Civil Aircraft: Certifications Required, Subparts (a) and (b), 14 CFR § 91.203.

n. Certification of Airports, 14 CFR Part 139.

o. Training Centers, 14 CFR Part 142.

p. Hazardous Waste Management System: General, 40 CFR Part 260.

q. Identification and Listing of Hazardous Waste, 40 CFR Part 261.

r. Standards Applicable to Generators of Hazardous Waste, 40 CFR Part 262.

s. Standards Applicable to Transporters of Hazardous Waste, 40 CFR Part 263.

t. Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal, Facilities, 40 CFR Part 264.

u. Interim Status Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities, 40 CFR Part 265.

v. Government Aviation Administration and Coordination, 41 CFR Part 101-37.

w. Management of Government Aircraft, 41 CFR Part 102-33.

x. Replacement of Personal Property Pursuant to the Exchange/Sale Authority, 41 CFR Part 102-39.

y. Federal Travel Regulation System General, 41 CFR Chapter 300.

z. Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Allowances, 41 CFR Chapter 301.

aa. Carriage by Aircraft, 49 CFR Part 175.

bb. OMB Circular A-11, Preparation, Submission, and Execution of the Budget.

cc. OMB Circular A-76, Performance of Commercial Activities.

dd. OMB Circular A-126, Improving the Management and Use of Government Aircraft.

ee. Management of Government Aircraft, Federal Management Regulation (FMR),

Pt. 102-33.

ff. NPD 4300.1, NASA Personal Property Disposal Policy.

gg. NPR 1441.1, NASA Records Management Program Requirements.

hh. NPR 3792.1, NASA's Plan for A Drug Free Workplace.

ii. NPR 4100.1, NASA Materials Inventory Management Manual.

jj. NPR 4200.1, NASA Equipment Management Procedural Requirements.

kk. NPR 4310.1, Artifact Identification and Disposition.

ll. NPR 8000.4, Agency Risk Management Procedural Requirements.

mm. NPR 8621.1, NASA Procedural Requirements for Mishap and Close Call Reporting, Investigating, and Recordkeeping.

nn. NPR 8715.3, NASA General Safety Program Requirements.

oo. NPR 8715.5, Range Flight Safety Program.

pp. NPR 8735.2, Management of Government Quality Assurance Functions for NASA Contracts.

qq. NASA-STD-8719.11, Safety Standard for Fire Protection.

rr. NASA-STD-8719.12, Safety Standard for Explosives, Propellants, and Pyrotechnics.

ss. FAA Advisory Circular 20-142, Eligibility and Evaluation of U.S. Military Surplus Flight Safety Aircraft Parts, Engines, and Propellers. (http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentID/22201)

tt. U.S. Department of State (DOS) letter, NASA Request for State Aircraft Status, June 29, 1994.

uu. DOS e-mail; NASA, NOAA, and NSF Aircraft; March 31, 2003.

P.5 Measurement/Verification

a. Does the HQ Aircraft Division fulfill its responsibilities as specified within this NPR? To determine the compliance of the HQ Aircraft Management Division (AMD) with the requirements contained in this NPR, internal and external auditors responsible for verifying HQ requirements and processes evaluate the HQ AMD's performance against the requirements contained within this NPR.

b. Are Centers following the content and process requirements of this NPR that are applicable to Centers for Center aircraft operations and commercial aircraft services in accordance with this NPR? To determine Center compliance with this NPR, Center Directors or designees determine and document compliance by applying a verification process that is tailored to meet the needs of the Center. The HQ AMD, with the support of the Inter-Center Aircraft Operations Panel (IAOP), conducts biennial reviews of the Centers and spot checks to review Center documentation and implementation of Center-specific aircraft operations and commercial aircraft services activity.

P.6 Cancellation

a. NPR 7900.3C, Aircraft Operations Management, July 15, 2011.

b. NASA Memorandum (NM) 7900-65, NASA Interim Directive (NID) for NPR 7900.3B, NASA Aircraft Operations Management, September 24, 2009.

c. NM 7900.83, NASA Interim Directive (NID), Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Policy Update, November 10, 2009.

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