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OBJECTIVE.  The objective of this section is to provide non-ATOS certificate management teams (CMT) and their principals a detailed description of the 1.x SAI’s and EPIs, and general guidance for the use of these tools.


DOWN LOADING AND SAVING WORD VERSIONS OF 1.X SAI’S AND EPIS.  To ensure that the 1.x SAIs and EPIs you are working with are current, it is recommended that “copies” be obtained from the Web site http://fsims.avr.faa.gov/.  You will be able to download word versions of the 1.x SAI’s and EPIs with or without job task items (JTIs).  The elements are constantly being improved and may be revised during the time that the evaluation your CMT is working is taking place.  For that reason it is recommended that a copy be downloaded from the website as recent as possible to the time of the evaluation/assessment and that copies be archived so that they become the desired version of the element for the duration of the evaluation.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE 1.X SAI. SAI data collection tools should be used as a reference by principal inspectors (PI) to ensure both regulatory compliance and inclusion of the safety attributes in air carrier programs.  Future surveillance activities may be generated based upon the answers gathered with the questions of the SAI.  An annotated version of the SAI can be archived and the results used to support risk statements and action plans.

A.Although 1.x SAI’s were created to be part of a much larger oversight system, non-ATOS inspectors can benefit from the structured evaluation these tools produce.  As stated above, the purpose of the 1.x SAI is to assist inspectors in ensuring regulatory compliance and that the safety attributes are addressed in the design of an air carrier’s program.  The questions in the procedures section identify the applicable regulatory requirements and the questions of the remaining sections, Sections 2-5, ensure the inclusion of the other safety attributes.  The following paragraphs describe the sections of the 1.x SAI:

(1)Element Summary Information: Every 1.x SAI has a Summary Information page that spells out what the “Purpose” and “Objective” are for the element, and any “Specific Instructions” that must be followed when performing an evaluation.

(2)Supplemental Information: Every 1.x SAI has a Supplemental Information section that lists the specific regulatory requirements (SRR) and FAA policy and guidance in a table format.  The references that appear in this table are generated from the references attached to the questions in Section 1, Procedures Attribute, of the SAI.

(3)Section 1, Procedures: The element specific questions in Section 1, Procedures, of the 1.x SAI are generated from the specific regulatory requirements of 14 CFR part 121 and applicable FAA policy and guidance.

B.In addition to the element specific questions, there are four standard questions that appear at the end of this section, numbered 2-5.  These questions were generated from 14 CFR part 121, § 121.135.  These questions ask for policy, duties and responsibilities, procedures, and work instructions necessary to accomplish the work associated with the air carrier’s programs.  These questions should be answered after all of the regulatory requirements have been addressed in the element specific questions in this section and should ensure that any additional duties, responsibilities, procedures, or instructions are in place necessitated by the uniqueness of the certificate holder’s operation.

C.The questions in section 1 may have job task items (JTI) listed with them.  These JTIs further identify the regulatory or policy requirements associated with the question to which they are attached.  Not all questions require JTIs.  

D.In addition to JTIs, the questions in Section 1 identify ATOS element interfaces that may be applicable.  In addition to answering the element specific questions in Section 1, think about what groups of air carrier personnel must interact.  A question may require procedures for maintenance personnel to notify maintenance control of a repair action that will restrict an aircraft operationally.  This information must make it to the cockpit so that the crew operating the aircraft are fully informed of the limitation and that all necessary actions have taken place.  Considering the unique operation of the air carrier, do the procedures and interfaces appear to be thought out and reasonable to ensure a timely flow of information?  Keep a running tab of the questions answered in Section 1, that you feel may have interface issues or concerns.  Document these concerns with Question 1, in Section 4.  This

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