AIRCRAFT TRANSFER ORDER (ATO)
A letter or message type of directive used to effect
all transfers of aircraft.
AUDITAs applied to the quality assurance
program, a periodic evaluation of detailed plans,
policies, procedures, products, directives, and
AUTOMATIC DISTRIBUTIONThe action
that provides initial distribution of publications
to newly activated aircraft squadrons or ships and
that provides definite follow-on distribution of
supplementary publications (changes, revisions,
supplements, etc. ) to recipients of publications on
initial distribution or to authorized requesters.
AVIATION ACTIVITYA formally struc-
tured staff, command, squadron, unit, or
detachment headed by a commander, command-
ing officer, or officer-in-charge responsible for
the management, maintenance/material, and
logistic support of naval aeronautical equipment.
See also MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY.
AVIONICSFor purposes of the Naval
Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP), avionics
is interpreted to include electronic, electrical,
instrument, flight control, fire control, bombing
equipment and associated subsystems taken either
as independent equipment, groups of equipment,
or integrated systems to accomplish assigned
AWAITINGTemporarily idle, with or
without preservation, while either awaiting entry
(or awaiting transfer toward entry) into an
operating status or into some logistic process (e.g.,
rework, storage, final disposition).
AWAITING MAINTENANCE (AWM)
TIMEThat time during which an aircraft is not
mission capable maintenance (NMCM) or is
partial mission capable maintenance (PMCM),
and no maintenance work is being performed on
the systems causing the NMCM/PMCM status.
Other maintenance upkeep not causing a
NMCM/PMCM condition maybe performed on
the aircraft during this period.
AWAITING OPERATING STATUS (AIR-
CRAFT)See OPERATING AIRCRAFT.
AWAITING PARTS (AWP)The condition
that exists when materials are not available on
station/ship to complete a maintenance action.
BAILMENTAircraft under the controlling
custody of NAVAIR but in the physical custody
of non-Navy organizations pursuant to a contract
for research, development, and evaluation or
production testing for the Navy.
BEYOND CAPABILITY OF MAINTE-
NANCE (BCM)A term/code used by
intermediate maintenance when repair is not
authorized at that level, or when an activity is not
capable of accomplishing the repair because of
a lack of equipment, facilities, technical skills,
technical data, or parts. This code will also be used
when a shop backlog precludes repair within time
limits specified by existing directives.
BULLETINA technical publication issued
by NAVAIR that (1) directs a one-time inspection
of equipment and contains related instructions,
and (2) disseminates administrative/management
information as related to maintenance of weapon
BUREAU NUMBER (BUNO)An unhyphe-
nated serial number, not exceeding six digits, used
to identify individual airframes within the Navy
aircraft inventory. Each number is unique to a
particular airframe. Assignment is controlled by
the Chief of Naval Operations.
CALENDAR AGEThe total number of
calendar months since acceptance.
CALENDAR INSPECTIONSee INSPEC-
CANNIBALIZERemoval of serviceable
parts or equipment from one aircraft for installa-
tion on another.
CHANGEA technical publication issued by
NAVAIR that directs, and provides instruction
for, the accomplishment of a change, modi-
fication, repositioning or alteration of material
in inservice aircraft, weapons, systems, assem-
blies, subassemblies, components or support
equipment. (See TECHNICAL DIRECTIVE.)
CHECKSee INSPECTIONS, AIRCRAFT.
COGNIZANT FIELD ACTIVITY (CFA)
An activity that has been delegated the authority
and assigned the responsibility to perform
specified engineering functions.