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NAVAIRI 13034.1

Revision D, March 15, 2010

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(AIR-4.0P) FLIGHT CLEARANCE POLICY FOR AIR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS



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  • Revision: Revision D, March 15, 2010
  • Published Date: March 15, 2010
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: US Navy (NAVY)
  • Page Count: 74
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

Description / Abstract:

a. Application. This policy applies to all air vehicles and aircraft systems owned or leased by any DON entity or component, whether or not they are reflected in the official Navy/United States Marine Corps (USMC) inventory. A flight clearance shall be issued only for an aircraft system owned or leased by the DON. Only by exception will a flight clearance be issued for a non-DON aircraft system. Examples of exceptions are listed in paragraph 7, Policy Exceptions. This instruction applies to:

(1) All Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including pre-accepted aircraft and DON public aircraft. This includes, but is not limited to, all aircraft systems in-service and under development, including Joint Program Office (JPO) systems being developed for DON use. It also applies to all Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN(RDA)) designated aviation acquisition programs being developed or acquired for DON use, and to Fleet units that own, operate, or manage DON aircraft;

(2) Standard and new/modified aircraft system configurations, including hardware, firmware, and software; flight envelopes; and operation. This includes, but is not limited to, stores and store suspension equipment, Aviation Life Support Systems (ALSS) utilization, and airborne and surface based components for UAS;

(3) Developmental Testing (DT) , Operational Testing (OT) , Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E), and Fleet operations. This instruction does not supersede or take precedence over the process for formal certification of readiness for DT, OT, or recertification for FOT&E required by applicable acquisition directives;

(4) Any DON owned or leased air vehicle operated at a DON or non-DON-owned range; and,

(5) Commercial Air Services (CAS) operated as a public use aircraft, under DON contract and in direct support to the DON.

b. The airworthiness process relies on sound configuration management and control processes, which are key tenets of managing and maintaining a flight clearance. A Flight Clearance authorizes flight in a specific configuration to specified limits. Configuration management (CM) is the responsibility of AIR-I.O. Sound CM planning, audits, control, status accounting and data management are essential to form the baseline of the configuration that will be authorized in a flight clearance. Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) are used to assess proposed aircraft modifications and, when approved, results in aircraft design changes. Authority to modify an aircraft is managed by AIR-6.0. A Technical Directive (TD) authorizes these aircraft modifications (rAW reference (c)). AIR-4. OP coordinates with AIR-I.O and AIR-6.0 to ensure that the integrity of these critical tenets of airworthiness are maintained. Examples of exclusions are listed in paragraph 8.

c. NAVAIR flight clearances are only valid when aircraft are maintained in accordance with OPNAVINST 4790.2J (references (d) and (e)) and/or NAVAIR accepted/approved maintenance and structural life management plans.

d. The airworthiness process addresses only a small part of the overall risk management process. The process ensures that. technical risk has been evaluated for a given aircraft configuration/flight envelope to ensu:r-e that deployment of the system meets accepted standards for loss of life, damage to non-program property, and potential damage to the environment. After the technical risks are identified, they must be acceptable to the approver at the appropriate level and coordinated with the Fleet user. Programmatic, operational, and flight test risks are all managed separately from the airworthiness process, and are discussed in more detail in references (f), (g), and (h).

Purpose. To establish policy, responsibilities, and procedures for executing airworthiness reviews resulting in Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) flight clearances for all Department of Navy (DON) air vehicles and aircraft systems.