The aircraft inventory records are part of the complete packet of the logs and records maintained on each aircraft. In order to record aircraft inventory data accurately and properly, you, the AZ, must have a knowledge of their general content and use. Normally, material control center personnel supervise and coordinate (in conjunction with production division personnel) the inventory of aircraft upon acceptance and transfer.
The AIR is used to establish a formal, continuous chain of accountability for specific equipment and material installed on or designated for use on any aircraft of a specified type, model, and series (T/M/S). A master aircraft inventory record (MAIR) that identifies those items of installed and loose equipment for which a periodic inventory must be accomplished is maintained by NAVAIR. A MAIR is maintained as the standard for each T/M/S aircraft.
Aircraft are transferred and accepted only after an equipment/item inventory and notation on the forms of the AIR are completed. The AIR is NOT to be considered a packing list, bill of materials, or configuration list. Selection of items to be included in the AIR is governed by the following list, whether the items are government- or contractor-furnished equipment:
Special equipment items essential to the health, safety, and morale of the crew; for example, bedding, life rafts, first aid kits, crash axes, and portable fire extinguishers
Equipment/material required for the protection of the aircraft during flight and overnight storage; for example, covers for control locks, plugs, and external openings
Items of equipment subject to pilferage or that are readily convertible to personal use; for example, clocks, tool kits, compasses, mirrors
All classified items that are installed or for which installation provisions have been incorporated on the aircraft, except when items are accounted for by an authorized classified material accounting system during aircraft transferring actions
All items of loose equipment applicable to an aircraft that are designated for transfer by the ACC/TYCOM/NAVAIR whenever the aircraft is transferred
All mission-essential equipment that cannot be installed in an aircraft that has been configured for other missions
The following is a list of items that are EXCLUDED from the AIR:
Items of equipment that are rigidly fixed and are considered to be a basic/integral part of the aircraft; for example, engines, propellers, wheels, tires, brakes, instruments, ejection seats
Items that are considered personal issue and are furnished or authorized by a squadron allowance
Equipment/material that is authorized by the Individual Material Readiness List (IMRL)
Equipment/material that is provided on less than a one-per-aircraft basis and is accounted for by another material accounting system
ACC/TYCOM controlled material
NAVAIR is the sole authority for changes and revisions of AIRs. ACCs/TYCOMs are responsible for providing the assistance required for the development and maintenance of standard AIRs within T/M/S aircraft to organizations under their command. The CFA is responsible for assisting in the maintenance of standard AIR per T/M/S aircraft and providing NAVAIR with recommended changes to T/M/S MAIR. If an AIR becomes lost or destroyed, the reporting custodian constructs the AIR using a copy of the MAIR provided by NAVAIR and a physical inventory.
The AIR consists of the following parts: binder (OPNAV 4790/109); title page and sectional breakdown diagram (OPNAV 4790/110); equipment list (OPNAV 4790/111); shortages (OPNAV 4790/112); and the certification and record of transfer (OPNAV 4790/104).
The sectional breakdown diagram illustrates the sectional breakdown applicable to each type of aircraft, together with - various explanatory notes. The diagram consists of a side elevation of each particular aircraft drawn to an appropriate scale but not less than 5 inches in length. Additional views, such as the plan view of a wing, may be shown as desired. The identification of sections contained in the diagram is alphabetical, the letter A being assigned to the foremost section, B to the next, and so on, (generally) to the rearContinue Reading