manuals by inserting the message or printed copy
directly behind the title page,
Interim RACs applicable to microfilm
manuals are maintained with the applicable
microfilm cartridge. The RAC number(s) is/are
annotated on the cartridge side label. Upon
receipt of the updated cartridge, you should
review each outstanding RAC to make sure that
data incorporated into the applicable manual is
accurate before disposal of the message or paper
copy interim RAC.
Formal RACs are to be collated into the
applicable printed manuals when received.
The revision of a manual requires an evalua-
tion of technical manual condition, both physical
and technical, and the release of a complete new
edition of the manual. These revisions are
prepared and distributed on a nonscheduled, as
All manuals are reviewed
periodically (at least once a year) to determine
requirements for reissue. Revisions direct the
supersedure and disposal of the revised document.
Manuals that are furnished on microfilm in
a MIARS cartridge are updated (either by change
page or revisions) by the issue of an updated
cartridge that supersedes the previous issue of the
cartridge. The table of contents reflects the date
of the latest revision and/or change to the
technical manuals in the cartridge.
FLIGHT MANUAL CHANGES
The flight manual is the official technical
manual for issuing the operating instructions for
a particular model of aircraft. Updating flight
manuals is accomplished through revisions,
changes, or rapid action changes.
In this instance, a revision is a second or
subsequent edition of a flight manual that
supersedes the preceding edition. When received
in the activity, all preceding editions become
obsolete and should be disposed of.
A change is the term applied to the periodic
changes issued by the aircraft manufacturer to
incorporate information and instructions as
required. Changes usually require page-for-page
replacement and, in cases of additional informa-
tion, the addition of supplementary pages.
Interim and/or rapid action changes are issued
in a manner previously discussed. When urgency
demands, the naval message RAC is issued to
major commands such as Commander, Naval Air
Force, Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC);
Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic Fleet
(COMNAVAIRLANT); etc. Message interim
changes are incorporated into the flight manual
by changes, or they may be replaced by regular
Routine changes are prepared by the NAVAIR-
SYSCOM and distributed to each custodian of the
flight manual. RACs are placed in the front of
the flight manual by the holder until the
contractor incorporates the information into the
flight manual. A flyleaf is provided in each flight
manual indicating the status of each RAC.
Safety of flight supplements are issued by the
Air Force for flight manuals for all aircraft
procured by the Air Force. Safety of flight supple-
ments are similar to and serve the same purpose
as interim changes. They are distributed to the
holders of flight manuals procured by the Air
Force and jointly used by the Navy.
As an AZ striker or AZ3 newly assigned to
duties in a technical library, you are probably
impressed by the seemingly large amount of
technical data received for the library. Nearly
every mail call brings several packages or
envelopes of publications that must be incor-
porated into the library files. Automatic distribu-
tion accounts for the bulk of the day-to-day
publication receipts. The purpose of this section
is to provide you with background information
relating to the source of aeronautic technical data
so you will be better equipped to perform
technical library duties.
Commanding officers of newly commissioned
or reactivated activities are responsible for
requesting initial outfitting of general and
specific technical manuals. This is accomplished
by submitting a letter to the Naval Air
Technical Services Facility (NAVAIRTECH-
SERVFAC). The letter includes the type of
manuals being requested; for example, general
publications and/or specific publications for
a particular aircraft, missile, engine, etc.
Figure 3-5 shows a typical initial outfitting letter.