Specific Purpose Flight Permit

Effective Date: June 2011

Reference: TAM Part 5, Chapter 7

                 OAM, Chapter 3, Article 312

OPI / Telephone: DTAES 3-2 / 819-939-4835

1.         Purpose

1.1.        This TAA Advisory provides a template for a Specific Purpose Flight Permit (SPFP) issued by the TAA (DTAES 3 staff) for an individual Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft or fleet.  SPFPs released by Weapon System Management (WSM) organizations are to be issued in accordance with DND internal procedure EMT09.047.

2.         Applicability

2.1.        This TAA Advisory applies to TAA, WSM and major capital Project Management Office (PMO) staff.

3.         Related Material

3.1.        Definitions

  1. Specific Purpose Flight Permit. A document issued by the TAA to provide flight authority for an aircraft to provide temporary flight authority when the aircraft does not meet the conditions for a Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA), but is otherwise capable of safe flight.

3.2.        Regulatory References

  1. C-05-005-001/AG-001 – Technical Airworthiness Manual (TAM), Part 5, Chapter 7;
  2. B-GA-104-000/FP-001 – Operational Airworthiness Manual (OAM), Chapter 3, Article 312.

3.3.        Other References

  1. DAOD 3003‑0 – Controlled Goods;
  2. DAOD 3003‑1 – Management, Security and Access Requirements Relating to Controlled Goods;
  3. Controlled Technology Access Transfer (CTAT) Manual, Part 2, Section 1.

4.         Discussion

4.1.        SPFPs in support of a design change will normally be issued by the WSM organization, regardless of whether the design change is in-scope or out-of-scope.  However, for out-of-scope design changes, the WSM organization is required to consult the applicable TAA project officer (DTAES 3 staff) as part of the SPFP review process.

4.2.        It is important to consult AIA staff prior to issuing a SPFP granting flight authority in advance of Airworthiness Clearance of a new aircraft.  This ensures that the requirements of the Investigative Airworthiness Clearance (IAC) have been sufficiently met to support flight safety investigation activities.

4.3.        Internally, within DND, the MS Word template is available in RDIMS at AEPM nr. 1256227. If you wish to obtain a copy of the MS Word template and do not have access to RDIMS, please contact the OPI of this advsory. This template is to be used for SPFPs supporting initial type certification and those major out‑of‑scope design changes where the TAA (DTAES 3 staff) has retained flight permit approval.  Accredited WSM organizations will assign the SPFP number.  PMOs and those WSMs without an accreditation are to request a SPFP number from the TAA staff (DTAES 3‑3‑3).

4.4.        Completed examples are available in RDIMS at AEPM nrs. 1375369 (simple SPFP: Operation of CU165 ScanEagle from HMCS Toronto), 1375404 (non‑type certified aircraft - CH148 Interim Maritime Helicopter) and 1375371 (in‑service aircraft: C19C Build 2 Software Configuration Set on the CF188), or can be obtained from OPI for this Advisory.

4.5.        Keep the form as short and simple as possible.  However, if it is necessary to include lengthy instructions or detailed information, place them in an annex, so that the main SPFP remains short and simple.

4.5.1.     Sections A, B, C, H and I.  These sections are self-explanatory; complete them as necessary.

4.5.2.     Section D – Description.  Insert specific conditions or requirements, such as those contained in an RFE.  Insert only relevant references; do not quote general references or instructions that are part of regular documentation.  Specify only additional equipment and/or those configurations that are peculiar or different from normal arrangements.

 4.5.3.     Section E – Technical Limitations and Operational Restrictions.  Technical limitations are those specified by the TAA staff, such as a deviation from a ‘g’ limit or a system that must not be used.  Operational restrictions are those specified by the OAA staff, such as a particular operational manoeuvre that must be avoided or special procedures that must be followed.  Insert here only those technical limitations or operational restrictions that are different from those approved for the standard aircraft.  Thus, if an aircraft is being tested within the approved flight envelope, then this section requires little or no text.  Applicants are to ensure that all operational restrictions and limitations can be fully transcribed into the Electronic Record Keeping Systems (ERKS) aircraft information record.

Alert: 1

Due to space constraints for some ERKS, it may not be possible to fully transcribe the maintenance instructions contained in Block F to the aircraft information record.  Applicants may choose to reference the SPFP, Block F, as containing the maintenance instructions and then list the equipment for which the maintenance instructions are applicable in the appropriate information record.

4.5.4.     Section F – Maintenance and Operating Instructions.  Insert here any instructions that may not be in existing documentation.  For example, if an item under test is new to the aircraft and unproven, there may be no approved maintenance procedures; if so, insert details of what servicing and maintenance is required, who will do it and at what frequency.  Specify which AOIs and/or other supplementary instructions or manuals are to be used.  Do not repeat here anything that is already stated in Section E.

4.5.5.     Section G – Hazard Identification.  Insert here details of only those hazards that the TAA staff consider to be significant and unique to the flight under this SPFP.  Insert details of the results of any risk assessment and the references of any associated RARMs.

4.6.        After completing each section of the form, delete all instructions and comments (ie, those identified with the “less‑than” (<) and “greater‑than” (>) marks), such as < Delete as required >.

4.7.        Controlled Goods.  If the SPFP contains any technical data, the document must be marked to indicate whether or not the technical data are Controlled Goods, in accordance with reference 3.3.a.  The markings must conform to reference 3.3.b, Figure 2‑1‑3 or Figure 2‑1‑6.

 4.8.        PMOs and WSMs must notify the applicable TAA staff (DTAES 3 Project Officer) of any issues or flight safety incidents that occur, which are related to the SPFP.

Alert: 2

While it is within the scope of authority of the TAA (DTAES 3 staff) to temporarily suspend or rescind a SPFP, it is important that, before doing so, verification is sought from the WSM/SDE that a Risk Alert Notification (RAN) has been staffed in accordance with AF9000 procedure DG01.003. In many cases, suspension or rescission of a SPFP may significantly affect operational readiness and thus the Operational Commander has the option of accepting the risk to continue operations.