Monday, November 5, 2012

Conduct of, the Check Flight

5 Preparation for, and Conduct of, the Check Flight
5.1 The preparation for, and conduct of, all Check Flights should be carried out in accordance
       with the  Check Flight Procedure and the relevant  CFS, bearing in mind the following:
• Preparation of the aircraft for, and recovery from, a Check Flight is the responsibility of the
   CAMO and, where applicable, other maintenance organisations.
• The operator will be responsible for ensuring that its crew thoroughly understand the CFS,   the techniques to be used, the flight conditions required and all other aspects of the conduct of
   the flight.
• If deemed necessary by the operator, practice in the simulator or other training will be carried out.
• Prior to any Check Flight, a full pre-brief should be conducted between the CAMO, maintenance organisation and flight operations, during which the flight crew should be made aware of the specific reasons for the Check Flight. In particular, specific note should be made of any maintenance tasks that have a direct effect on the aircraft’s handling or performance. The briefings should include details of the data to be recorded, and the requirement to accurately record any defects or requests for maintenance.
• During the Check Flight, all test results and defects should be suitably recorded using the CFS and the Aircraft Technical Log (ATL) as appropriate.
• After the Check Flight, a full and formal debrief should be conducted by the flight crew to the operator, CAMO and maintenance organisation. This debrief should be recorded in writing to avoid any subsequent confusion. Copies of the relevant Check Flight reports and ATL pages should be provided to the maintenance organisation at this time. Any request for further maintenance, whether it is an observation or a reported defect, should be agreed with all parties and transcribed accurately onto a written works order immediately after the Check Flight.
• The briefing records and Check Flight report should be appended to the aircraft records.
• Responsibility for the safe conduct of the flight remains with the commander.

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