conduct a debrief with the check pilot, aircrew
members, a maintenance control representative, and
applicable work center representatives for compliance
with objectives outlined on the FCF checklist, and to
clarify discrepancies noted. The completed check flight
checklists are retained in the aircraft maintenance files
for a minimum of 6 months, or one phase cycle,
whichever is greater.
Ensure the configuration of aircraft, aeronautical
components, and support equipment (SE) is such that
all essential modifications have been incorporated.
Ensure an inspection is conducted on all
equipment received for use, returned for repair, or held
awaiting repair to verify that its material condition,
identification, packaging, preservation, and
configuration are satisfactory; and, when applicable,
that shelf-life limits are not exceeded.
Review all incoming technical publications and
directives to determine their application to the
Prepare or assist in the preparation of
maintenance instructions to ensure that QA
requirements are specified (until Naval Aviation
Maintenance Program Standard Operating
Procedures, NAMPSOP, Volume V, of OPNAVINST
4790.2 is issued).
Maintain current assignments of personnel
qualified for specific QA responsibilities. Activities
using Naval Aviation Logistics Command Management
Information System (NALCOMIS) should refer to the
Users Manual for specific procedures.
Be responsible for the effective monitoring of the
Enhanced Comprehensive Asset Management System
Be responsible for effective monitoring of
hazardous material and hazardous waste procedures
within the aircraft maintenance department.
The QA division is organized with a small group
of highly skilled personnel. These permanently
assigned personnel, under the QA officer, are
responsible for conducting and managing the QA
effort of the department. The maintenance personnel
assigned to the QA division are known as QARs. To
obtain more efficient use of the information collected
by the aviation Maintenance Data System (MDS) and
to increase the scope of QA for commands still
operating under VIDS, a qualified data analyst is
assigned to the QA/A division. The primary duties of
the data analyst or NALCOMIS system administrator
are discussed briefly in Chapter 1 and are outlined
specifically in OPNAVINST 4790.2.
The number of personnel assigned to the QA
division varies among activities, depending on the size
of the unit and number of work shifts. When activities
with four or less aircraft assigned or small OMDs elect
to organize a QA division, the QA officer and the QA
supervisor will be permanently assigned. Usually, in a
small OMD under a one work center concept, qualified
personnel are designated as CDQARs to carry out the
QA verification functions.
At a minimum, how often must plane captains
have their qualifications monitored by Q/A?
Why must a QAR brief the check pilots and
aircrew prior to a functional check flight (FCF)?
What division is responsible for reviewing all
incoming technical publications and directives
to determine their application to the
In relation to the organization of a quality
assurance division, what determines the number
of assigned personnel?
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Describe the
functions and qualifications of QARs,
CDQARs, and CDIs.
The need for quality control requires that only
highly skilled maintenance personnel be designated as
QA representatives/inspectors. QARs and CDIs must
be highly qualified personnel with the ability to ensure
quality of maintenance within their technical areas.
Under this concept, the personnel in the production
divisions are ultimately responsible for the quality of
work performed in the department. The QA division
monitors the production and ensures that high quality
workmanship is accomplished by maintenance
personnel and that specifications and quality standards
are met. QA is concerned with the completeness and
adequacy of inspections, and emphasis is placed on the
thoroughness of the inspection rather than the number
of units inspected.
Quality Assurance Representatives
The nucleus of the QA division is a group of
QARs. These permanently assigned representatives