a. This instruction applies to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the Program Executive Officers (PEOs), the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP), and commercial entities (Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), Industrial Prime Vendor (IPV), Virtual Prime Vendor (VPV), Virtual Secondary Vendor (VSV), etc.) providing procurement or repairing/overhauling services to critical naval aviation material. It covers CAIs (including CSIs) used in fixed and rotary wing naval aircraft, unmanned air vehicles, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE), NAVAIR supported weapons and equipment, and associated support equipment.
Purpose. To establish policy, procedures, and assign responsibilities for the life-cycle management of replenishment items critical to naval aviation safety; and to implement the Department of Defense (DoD) Flight Safety Critical Aircraft Part (FSCAP) program as established by reference (a). This instruction addresses requirements governing the initial determination of item criticality and subsequent changes to this determination; coding and tracking of Critical Application Items (CAIs) (including Critical Safety Items (CSIs)); the process for ensuring the adequacy of technical data and proposed changes; the process for approving sources of supply and repair/overhaul; the surveillance process assuring that approved sources retain required capabilities; authorities for one-time organic manufacture of CAIs (including CSIs) under exigent circumstances; and requirements for disposing of CAIs (including CSIs) when no longer needed by naval aviation.