functionally tested before flight. Aircraft maintenance
officers determine which additional maintenance tasks
require QAR or CDQAR level in-process and final
inspections. Only those personnel designated as
QARs, CDQARs, and CDIs are authorized to sign as
inspector for QA inspection requirements. While not
all QA inspections conducted during the various
phases of maintenance require a signature, all
specified QA inspections are conducted, witnessed,
and/or verified by designated QA personnel.
Quality Assurance Inspection
The QA inspector who actually performs the
inspection of the standards of the work signs the
"INSPECTED BY" block on all VIDS/MAFs. The
sign-off on documents that do not involve an actual
inspection (for example, a control document for a
phase inspection) is a certification that all QA
functions associated with the inspection have been
performed and that the designated QA inspectors
received and accepted all necessary documentation. In
activities using NALCOMIS, refer to the NALCOMIS
Users Manual for specific details and procedures
related to QA inspection sign-offs.
NOTE: Do not be tempted by operational tempo
or commitment to sign off any maintenance task
without physically inspecting the job.
In-flight Maintenance Sign-offs
In the absence of designated QA personnel during
in-flight maintenance, the senior aircrew maintenance
person is authorized to sign as inspector. He or she
inspects the work performed from a technical
standpoint to ensure that sound maintenance
procedures were followed and that areas where
maintenance was performed are free of foreign
objects. If the discrepancy involves safety of flight, a
QAR inspects the repairs upon return to home base.
This is in addition to the inspection already performed
by the in-flight personnel.
Transient Maintenance Sign-offs
In the absence of designated QA expertise during
transient maintenance, the pilot in command is
authorized to either sign as inspector or designate a
qualified member of the aircrew to function in this
capacity. The pilot or person designated inspects the
work performed from a technical standpoint, ensures
that sound maintenance procedures were followed,
and that the areas where maintenance was performed
are free from foreign objects. If the discrepancy
involves safety of flight, a QAR reinspects the repairs
upon return to home base.
What person or activity decides if a CDI,
CDQAR, or QAR is to perform inspections
required by "QA " annotated on an MRC?
During a maintenance evolution, inspections
normally fall into three categories. What are the
QAR and CDQAR are required to conduct
in-process and final inspections of all
maintenance tasks that require what actions?
When must a QAR reinspect in-flight
QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAMS
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Describe the
programs that are managed and monitored by
The QA division manages or monitors many
different types of programs. Until Volume V of the
NAMP, OPNAVINST 4790.2 (NAMPSOP), is
distributed, local MIS should be prepared by your
activity for each program
Currently local maintenance instructions contain
procedures for implementing management programs
that contain information, techniques, local policy
procedures, and methods to manage each program.
Soon NAMPSOP will replace these MIs. The
programs managed by QA are covered in the following
Quality Assurance Audits
Audits are essential elements of an effective QA
program. Audits provide an evaluation of performance
throughout the department and serve as an orderly
method of identifying, investigating, and correcting
deficiencies. They also evaluate various maintenance
tasks and procedures. Audits monitor those specific
maintenance programs assigned to QA for monitoring.
Audits fall into two categorieswork center audits
and special audits.