Experimental Flight Permit

Effective Date: June 2011

Reference:    TAM Part 5, Chapter 7

OAM, Chapter 4, Article 412

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

1.         Purpose

1.1.        This TAA Advisory provides a template for an Experimental Flight Permit (EFP) issued by the TAA (DTAES 3 staff) for an individual Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) aircraft or fleet.  EFPs 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, Weapon System Management (WSM) and Project Management Office (PMO) staff.

3.         Related Material

3.1.        Definitions

  1. Experimental Flight Permit. A document issued by the TAA (DTAES 3 staff) to provide flight authority for an aircraft when conducting test and evaluation flights in support of research and development, engineering flight testing and developmental flight testing.

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 4, Article 412.

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.        This advisory applies to those EFPs issued for flight testing in support of initial type certification and those major out‑of‑scope design changes where the TAA (DTAES staff) has retained flight permit approval.  Accredited WSM organizations will assign the EFP number.  PMOs and those WSMs without an accreditation are to request an EFP number from the TAA staff (DTAES 3‑3‑3).

4.2.        Internally, within DND, the MS Word template is available in RDIMS at AEPM nr. 1256226 and a completed example is available in RDIMS at AEPM nr. 1381041 (flight testing of installation of new antennae and radomes).  If you wish to obtain a copy of the MS Word template or the completed example and do not have access to RDIMS, please contact the OPI for this Advisory.

4.3.        Keep the form as short and simple as possible.  For example, all flight test air crew are authorized by CO AETE and bound by CF Flight Test Orders (CFFTOs); therefore do not include anything from those orders.  If possible, involve AETE in the drafting of the EFP to ensure not only that important requirements are captured but that unnecessary details are omitted.  However, if it is necessary to include lengthy instructions or detailed information, place them in an annex, so that the main EFP remains short and simple.

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

4.3.2.     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 AETE documentation.  Specify only additional equipment and/or those configurations that are peculiar or different from normal arrangements.

4.3.3.     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 to 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.  Do not specify how to approach any limits; test techniques and the AETE risk mitigation process will address those considerations.  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 EFP, Block F, as containing the maintenance instructions and then list the equipment for which the maintenance instructions are applicable in the appropriate information record.

4.3.4.     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 in Section E.

4.3.5.     Section G – Hazard Identification.  Insert here details of only those hazards that the TAA staff consider to be significant and unique to flight under this EFP; AETE may identify other flight test hazards during their Risk Assessment that will be considered during their Safety Review Board (SRB).  Do not refer to AETE test planning or SRB etc., since these are standard AETE procedures contained in the CFFTOs and do not need to be repeated in the EFP.

4.4.        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 >).

 4.5.        Controlled Goods.  If the EFP 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.

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