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S2C2 - MAINTENANCE BY AIRCREW
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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.
3. If authorised maintenance personnel are not available to conduct maintenance tasks, they may be performed, supervised and/or inspected by aircrew if:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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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