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S2C2 - MAINTENANCE BY AIRCREW

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

REQUIREMENTS

Determination of Authorised Aircrew Maintenance Tasks

Promulgation of Authorised Aircrew Maintenance Tasks

TRAINING, ASSESSMENT AND AUTHORISATION

Training

Assessment

Authorisation

Withdrawal of Authorisation

Recording of Training, Assessment and Authorisation

LOCAL WAIVER PROVISION

WARNING - AAP 7001.059 TAREG VERSION

WARNING

The procedures in AAP7001.059-TAREG support compliance with AAP7001.053-Technical Airworthiness Regulations, which have been superseded.

Procedures supporting compliance with AAP8000.011-Defence Aviation Safety Regulations are contained in AAP 7001.059-DASR

An organisation’s exposition details which 059 version is applicable

INTRODUCTION

1. The performance, supervision and inspection of aircraft maintenance is normally undertaken by qualified and authorised technical personnel. However, aircrew may be authorised to carry out a selected number of maintenance activities. In these instances, the maintenance is to be performed to the same standards required of technical personnel carrying out a similar function. Accordingly, nominated aircrew are to be trained and authorised to perform, supervise and/or inspect appropriate maintenance tasks.

2. This chapter prescribes the Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO) responsibilities when authorising aircrew to perform, supervise and inspect maintenance on aircraft and aeronautical product.

REQUIREMENTS

3. If authorised maintenance personnel are not available to conduct maintenance tasks, they may be performed, supervised and/or inspected by aircrew if:

  1. the maintenance task is an authorised aircrew maintenance task
  2. the aircrew members have current authorisation to perform, supervise and/or inspect the maintenance task
  3. all maintenance tasks are performed, recorded and correctly annotated in accordance with authorised maintenance data
  4. supervision and inspection is performed in accordance with Section 3 Chapter 1—Performance, Supervision Inspection and Management of Maintenance within an AMO.

Determination of Authorised Aircrew Maintenance Tasks

4. The maintenance tasks that may be performed, supervised or inspected by authorised aircrew are to be conjointly determined by the Commanding Officer (CO) and Senior Maintenance Manager (SMM) of the operating unit (for Naval aircraft operating as a ship's flight the determination is to be made by the CO and SMM of the parent SQN). In determining these maintenance tasks, the following issues are to be considered:

  1. the nature of the maintenance which a nominal member of aircrew could reasonably be expected to perform
  2. the demands of peacetime and contingency operations
  3. the likelihood of unavailability of qualified and authorised tradespeople while operating away from the parent base
  4. the likely availability of required logistics support, including Ground Support Equipment, publications and spares, while operating away from the parent base
  5. the resources required to provide training.

5. Explosive Ordnance. Force Element Group Headquarters approval is to be sought for authorised aircrew maintenance tasks which relate to the performance, supervision, and/or inspection of the loading or installation of explosive ordnance. However, the following tasks may be approved at AMO level:

  1. loading of smoke grenades
  2. loading Signal Underwater Sounds
  3. loading of sonobuoys.

6. DI(AF) LOG 16–12—Management of Explosive Ordnance Activities in the Royal Australian Air Force, DI(AF) LOG 16–13—Management of Explosive Ordnance Safety and Base Armament Services in the Royal Australian Air Force, eDEOP 101—Department of Defence Explosives Regulations and Section 3 Chapter 10—Management of Aircraft Explosive Ordinance Maintenance, provide further information relevant to Explosive Ordnance maintenance.

Promulgation of Authorised Aircrew Maintenance Tasks

7. AMOs must ensure authorised aircrew maintenance tasks are promulgated in local instructions.

TRAINING, ASSESSMENT AND AUTHORISATION

8. The CO and SMM or delegate must develop and promulgate a formal aircrew training, assessment and authorisation program for aircrew maintenance tasks which details and provides for:

  1. development of ground training graduation requirements and course syllabuses
  2. training for nominated aircrew
  3. assessment and demonstration of competency
  4. authorisation to perform, supervise and/or inspect
  5. recording of training, assessment and authorisation.

9. Graduation Requirements and Course Syllabus. Graduation requirements and course syllabi are to:

  1. ensure a standard of performance, supervision and inspection of authorised aircrew maintenance tasks commensurate with that expected of technical tradespersons carrying out the same function (prerequisite trade training course qualification may also need to be identified as eligibility criterion for some maintenance tasks)
  2. be written such that the requirements of this chapter and Section 3 Chapter 1 are met.

10. Graduation requirements and course syllabi for all explosive ordnance related tasks are to be approved by Headquarters Air Command - Deputy Director Air Ordnance and Ranges (HQAC DDAOR), Headquarters - Fleet Air Arm or HQ 16 AVN BDE as applicable. For Air Force units, the graduation requirements and course syllabi for the tasks identified at paragraph 5 may be approved at Wing or FEG level, however, units are to inform HQAC DDAOR when such approvals have been granted.

Training

11. The SMM or delegate is responsible for the training of aircrew selected to perform, supervise and/or inspect authorised aircrew maintenance tasks. Suitably qualified maintenance personnel are to conduct the training in accordance with the relevant course syllabus.

Assessment

12. In addition to achieving the relevant graduation requirement, the selected aircrew must satisfactorily demonstrate task competency through practical task performance, supervision and/or inspection before being authorised to carry out the relevant function. This demonstration is to be conducted under the supervision of an SMM or delegate approved technical Senior Non-commissioned Officer, Warrant Officer, Engineering Officer or civilian contractor. If competency demonstration is not completed within 12 months of completion of training, retraining in accordance with the relevant syllabus is to be conducted.

NOTE

Aircrew are to have attained an equivalent level of competency as required by tradespersons and trade supervisors as specified in Section 3 Chapter 1 when performing similar tasks. For example, the SMM or delegate would not normally authorise the aircraft captain to act as trade supervisor unless they were assessed as ‘competent’ to perform the same tasks as a tradesperson, ie competent, trained and experienced.

Authorisation

13. Following satisfactory demonstration of competency, the SMM or delegate may authorise aircrew to perform, supervise and/or inspect maintenance in accordance with Section 2 Chapter 1—Maintenance Authorisations. The performance of aircrew personnel must be monitored to ensure competence is maintained and authorisations remain valid.

Withdrawal of Authorisation

14. Withdrawal of authorisations must be conducted in accordance with Section 2 Chapter 1.

Recording of Training, Assessment and Authorisation

15. Following successful completion of the assessment, the SMM or delegate must make a dated entry in the following as applicable:

  1. an Aircrew Log Book
  2. record of training and employment document, or
  3. other AMO approved system.

16. A person other than the SMM or delegate may make authorisation entries in the Aircrew Log Book providing the SMM or delegate authorisation is formally documented elsewhere.

LOCAL WAIVER PROVISION

17. When it has been determined that it is essential to restore an aircraft's mission capability to satisfy an urgent operational requirement, Aircrew may be authorised to perform, supervise and/or inspect a maintenance task, or act in a capacity, for which they have not been previously trained or authorised.

18. The intent of this waiver process is to permit an aircraft to be recovered to a base where re-examination and certification by appropriately authorised personnel is required prior to the release of the aircraft for further flight. The need to use aircrew for maintenance tasks should be given careful consideration by the CO and SMM due to the potential impact to technical airworthiness.

19. In this circumstance the joint authorisation of the CO and SMM of the applicable AMO is to be obtained before the Aircrew carries out the required task. Before granting authorisation the following issues must be considered:

  1. the nature of the maintenance task, ie task difficulty, operational or technical airworthiness related and the functions (perform, supervise, or inspect) to be performed
  2. current maintenance related knowledge and experience of the Aircrew who are to carry out the required task
  3. evaluation of the information and advice received from the Aircrew with respect the task to be carried out
  4. ensuring the Aircrew have confidence in their own abilities to carry out the proposed task based on their current qualifications, training and experience
  5. the risks, eg operational or technical airworthiness, personnel safety, equipment damage, associated with incorrect performance of the function
  6. the availability of the required logistics support
  7. the feasibility of providing authorised personnel to perform the function
  8. crew duty requirements
  9. availability of the required maintenance procedures.

20. The SMM or delegate is to document the specific authorisation applicable to the aircrew carrying out the task and any caveats associated with that authorisation. When documenting the authorisation the SMM or delegate must record the decision making processes, including the risk assessment and all considerations, leading to the authorisation.

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