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1. Michael Huerta Assumes Role As FAA Administrator 12-7-11:
Colleagues, Yesterday, Randy Babbitt submitted his resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood.  He did so with a heavy heart as he was so proud to work alongside all of you here at FAA. I know that I, along with many of you, share the Secretary's thoughts about what we've been able to accomplish under Randy's leadership.  Secretary LaHood said this, “As FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt has been a dedicated public servant and outstanding leader.  I’m proud to say that we have the safest aviation system in the world, and thanks to Randy’s stewardship, it became safer and stronger.  He worked tirelessly to improve relations with the labor community and bolstered employee engagement among his 49,000 colleagues at the FAA.  He led the FAA’s efforts to improve pilot training and enhance safety for the traveling public, as well as those that work in aviation.  On behalf of the American people, I thank him for his service and his leadership." In order to advance the great work and mission of the FAA, Secretary LaHood has asked that I serve as Acting Administrator.  I want each and every one of you to know, that I continue to be incredibly impressed with the dedication of all of you and your focus on our mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world. The fact remains that our skies have never been safer, and the safety of our complex system relies on the unwavering dedication and constant commitment of more than 50,000 FAA employees and contractors working at locations across the world. Thank you for your service and your professionalism.  I am proud to be your colleague. Best, Michael Huerta
 
2. FAA Administrator Randy Babbit Resigns 12-6-11:
Dear colleagues –I wanted to tell all of you personally that I have submitted my resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood. I did this with a very heavy heart since I love working here at the FAA and with all of you. Serving as FAA Administrator has been an absolute honor, and it truly has been the highlight of my professional career. But as the leader of this organization I absolutely cannot let anything call into question the amazing work that all of you do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which is why I have reached the conclusion that I need to step aside.We have made terrific progress together over the last 2 ½ years. Whether it’s been in employee engagement, improved labor relations and increased collaboration, or progress with NextGen – we have made strides that every single one of you can be proud of. I have said from the beginning that everyone at the FAA, no matter what your position, is critical to our success and I still believe that. It takes everyone to carry out the FAA’s safety mission.As you know, Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will be the acting Administrator going forward. Michael has the support and confidence of both myself and Secretary LaHood. Michael has done a fantastic job since coming on board and I know his leadership will continue to steer the FAA to great successes. I know all of you will do all you can to support him.Please continue your terrific work. The American people are counting on all of you to ensure the safety of our aviation system. I am certain that you will continue to meet and exceed their expectations.Best-Randy Babbit.
 
3. Donald R. Lausman, FAA Mgr of the AIR-230 Airworthiness Branch issued the following message (on 09/01/2011 09:12 AM) concerning the 8130-3 Tag issue:
 
“All,
 
AIR-200 has been contacted by several manufacturers who have questioned which version of the 8130-3 tag is correct, one posted on the website with a date of 10/10 or the sample in Order 8130.21 dated 06/01.  The short answer is the -3 tag dated 06/01.  In some cases, managing offices have instructed some manufacturers issuing -3 tags to make changes to their systems to reflect the "new" date.
 
A little background - There is now a FAA requirement to have all FAA forms be .PDF fillable.  In the conversion process, a new date was mistakenly applied to the form even though the form content has not changed.  The error on the website has since been corrected and the date returned to 06/01.  We have already instituted CARs through our quality management system to prevent reoccurrence. 

Please pass this on to your MIDOs/CMOs/ODA OMTs members, etc.
 
Thanks
Donald R. Lausman
Manager, Airworthiness Branch, AIR-230
950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
5th Floor - Suite 500
Washington, DC 20024
202-385-6374”
 
4. Issues continue concerning the FAA Forms. Industry has reported that some of the pdf forms are not user friendly and don't work properly. The FAA is currently working on FAA Forms 8130-6 and 8130-9 to fix formating and functional issues and expects to publish them in the near future. Keep checking the currency of your forms!
 
ACSNW provides a variety of forms and in MS Word and pdf. Please check the "Resources and Links" page. Note: To protect yourself, when there's confusion, be sure to contact your local MIDO and or ACO to get direction (in writing/email) for which form they want you to use.
 
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Industry News and Information:
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Quality:
 
 
Suppliers:
Issues continue to thrive within the new FAA "approved" QA/QAMs regarding Supplier Control. PAHs are encouraged to carefully review their process and procedures to ensure that the new regulations are complied being with. On another note, from a "liability" standpoint, having good supplier control will mitigate risk and reduce escapements (FAA reporting is mandatory) due to supplier QA System failures.
 
Designees and Delegations:
Q: Does Transport Canada require Export 8103-3 tags for PMA & TSO articles?
Q: Does Mexico require Export 8103-3 tags for PMA & TSO articles?
 
Conformity Defined: Generally speaking, and for the purposes of discussion, there are three primary levels of conformity. Be advised, by regulation, the "applicant" is required to perform all (100%) necessary tests and inspections to ensure that the article meets FAA approved type design and is in safe condition for operation prior to submitting to the FAA.
1. Prototype (level 1): The most extensive and important level. This conformity is really equivalent to an industry "First Article". This process level is owned by the FAA Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) and they drive the conformity process through a Request for Conformity (RFC) which is supported by the FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO), the "applicant" and FAA Designee. This level should include "witness" of tests and critical process; "hands-on" inspection of the article's/component's major and critical characteristics; detailed review of documents such as material and physical test reports; special processes (heat treatment, etc); non-destructive tests (dye penetrant, xray, etc) and Work Orders for completeness. The conformity is documented on a FAA Form 8100-1, Conformity Inspection Record (CIR) and submitted to the ACO via the MIDO for review and closure. The purpose of this level of prototype conformity is to "proof" the applicant's proposed design as submitted to, accepted and approved by the FAA ACO. Given the conformity goes well, any minor issues discovered during the conformity are rolled into a revision and approval is granted to the design. The "applicant" can then seek production approval either through the ACO or directly through the MIDO. Primary conformity guidance is found in FAA Orders 8110.4 (Chap 5) and 8120.2 (Part 6, Product Audit) and through the MIDO's guidance and oversight. Notes: 1. This level also includes "test set-up" which is very critical to the Prototype process. If done incorrectly, it can cause articles to be re-conformed. 2. Previously approved production parts can be used in a prototype, however careful scrutiny (e.g.: verification of materials and configuration management (FAA approved design) must be exercised and close coordination with the ACO and MIDO is required.
2. Production (level 2): The next level is production conformity (level 2). At this level, conformity is less extensive and verification/validation is accomplished via witness, sampling and record review. This conformity level is usually owned by the FAA MIDO's assigned Principal Inspector/Advisor and coordinated with the FAA Designee as applicable. The FAA ASI has the option to issue a "Production" Request for Conformity (RFC) which is a FAA MIDO RFC only. This level should include a careful record review of tests and critical process; some "hands-on" sampling inspection of the articles/component's most major and critical characteristics; a review of documents such as material/physical test reports; special processes (heat treatment, etc); non-destructive tests (dye penetrant, xray, etc) and a sampling of Work Orders for completeness. This conformity is documented on FAA Form 8100-1, Conformity Inspection Record (CIR) as directed by the FAA ASI. The purpose of this level of conformity is to verify the applicant's compliance with the approved type design as approved by the FAA ACO. Guidance can be found in FAA Orders 8110.4 (Chap 5) and 8120.2 (Part 6, Product Audit). The MIDO usually maintains and controls the oversight of formal "Production" conformities.
3. Production (level 3): The next level is production conformity (level 3). At this level, conformity review is minimal and is a verification/validation accomplished via sampling and record review. The process is usually recorded on a FAA Form 8130-3 Airworthiness "tag" as signed by a FAA Designee and FAA Form 8100-1 if directed by the FAA ASI. This type of conformity is monitored by the FAA MIDO's assigned Principal Inspector/Advisor through the Production Approval Holder (PAH) FAA approved quality system. This level should include a variable and random sampling of the article's characteristics via record review of tests; (some) "hands-on" inspection; a review of documentation (material tests; special processes, etc); and a sampling of Work Orders for completeness. This type of conformity is a final verification of the applicant's compliance with the approved type design as submitted to, accepted and approved by the FAA ACO. Guidance can be found in FAA Orders 8110.4 (Chap 5) and 8120.2 (Part 6, Product Audit). 
Notes: 1. The preceding is only an abridged explanation of the processes. Be sure to review all of the pertinent FAA Orders and Regulations and communicate early and often with all responsible parties, especially the FAA ACO, MIDO and any involved Designees. 2. Although somewhat outdated, the "FAA Conformity Inspection Process, Forms and Records Guidance Manual" offers some good information and direction concerning conformity.
 
Production Approval:
 
 
Airworthiness:
Be advised that several AW forms have been changed and superseded. This includes 8130-3 "Tags" and the 8100-2 "Standard" AW. Be vigilant and check your forms for effectivity prior to use. 
 
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