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Appendix B: Priority Activities

This appendix lists the activities AIR has deemed priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Each activity is structured as follows:

  • Activity Title: provides a brief description of the scope of the activity.
  • Activity Lead: identifies the organization(s) leading the implementation of the activity.
  • Activity Sponsor: identifies the sponsor of the activity.
  • Relationship to the CSP: provides a description of how the activity supports initiative(s) in the CSP.

The Fiscal Year 2019 activities are:

Invest in Our People


This activity standardizes the management of positions within the organization. This includes equity in grade structure for similar work and standardized expectations. Position management will also allow for and encourage knowledge sharing and the development of the workforce. This activity includes five projects:

  • Standardize J/K frontline managers;
  • Standardize expectations for administrative and technical support;
  • Create rotational job opportunities;
  • Implement a "workforce development" concept; and
  • Establish grade-level parity/succession planning.

Activity Lead

AIR-900, Gwynne O'Connell

Activity Sponsor

AIR-900, Suzanne Chandler

Relationship to the CSP

This activity supports Initiative 9, Actions C and D, and Initiative 10, Actions B and D. It helps to create clear roles and responsibilities, supports an inclusive learning environment, and develops the workforce.

Refinement of Enterprise Operations (EO) Division


This activity creates a functionally aligned EO Division to partner with other AIR divisions in determining and providing resources and services in support of the AIR mission. As the division matures, additional capabilities and service offerings will be developed to further its support mission and continue optimizing support to the service.

Activity Lead

AIR-900, Gwynne O'Connell

Activity Sponsor

AIR-900, Suzanne Chandler

Relationship to the CSP

This activity supports Initiative 10, Action E. It systematically refines EO's organizational structure and better organizes AIR's resource management and personnel functions.

AIR Integrated Oversight (AIO)


AIR Integrated Oversight establishes a systems level, risk-based, data-informed, oversight program. It enhances AIR's ability to make oversight decisions that account for a system's compliance, organizational factors, and safety performance.

Activity Lead

AIR-600, Hillary Heintz

Activity Sponsor

AIR-2, Dave Hempe

Relationship to the CSP

This activity supports Initiative 2, Action A. It accounts for various systems and levels of applicant/holder maturity. It evolves AIR's oversight process to align with the future AIR organizational structure, which requires a more data-driven, system level oversight approach.

Maintenance of Confidence (MxOC)


This activity establishes a process that conducts periodic evaluations of FAA and foreign CAAs' ability to perform regulatory functions, based on equivalency or compatibility of standards, policies, procedures and technical competence of each authority. This informs FAA of the level of confidence in agreements with partners.

Activity Lead

AIR-400, Joe Simeone

Activity Sponsor

AIR-400, Amer Younossi

Relationship to the CSP

This activity supports Initiative 6, Action A and Initiative 2, Actions A and B. It establishes baseline and ongoing levels of confidence in foreign CAAs' technical components. This allows for the reduction of duplicative international certification work.

The FAA and Industry Guide to Product Certification (CPG)


CPG Implementation focuses on broadly applying the principles of the guide in a consistent and sustainable manner within FAA and Industry. It educates FAA and Industry on the benefits of the CPG, reinforces the education through follow-up activities, and measures how effectively the CPG has been applied. The implementation also includes the creation of a process to regularly update the CPG to ensure its continued relevancy.

Activity Lead

AIR-700, Christina Underwood & Kevin Dickert

Activity Sponsor

AIR-700, Lance Gant

Relationship to the CSP

This activity supports Initiative 1, Initiative 4, and Initiative 7, Action C. It allows companies that demonstrate competence to have more control over the certification process, supports effective teaming between FAA and Industry, supports more predictable schedules, and provides transparency in decision making.

Applicant Showing Only (ASO)


This activity conducts a root cause assessment of the current ASO policy to identify the reasons for low industry adoption of the program. It will deliver a recommendation on whether to continue ASO development and how the program aligns with AIR's future state, specifically in the area of refreshing the certification strategy.

Activity Lead

AIR-700, Tom Sciortino
AIR-600, Mike Reinert

Activity Sponsor

AIR-700, Scott Horn

Relationship to the CSP

This activity supports Initiative 1, Action A and Initiative 7, Action A. It supports clarity in Industry and FAA roles in the certification process. It also supports moving toward a systems approach to safety, targeting AIR's involvement to the areas of highest safety risk and reducing AIR involvement in the certification process where Industry demonstrates competence.

Innovation Center


This creates the AIR Innovation Center, an AIR-600 organization and process that facilitates development of new standards and guidance and promotes the safe and efficient adoption of emerging technology and processes for aviation applicants.

Activity Lead

AIR-600, Bill Schinstock & Karen Grant

Activity Sponsor

AIR-600, Mike Romanowski

Relationship to the CSP

This activity supports Initiative 4. It establishes a process for early engagement and reduces uncertainty in certifying new technology and processes.

Refinement of International Division


Refinement of the International Division supports a cohesive and consistent approach to international activity within AIR. It examines the International Division's responsibilities (policy, processes, and functions) and transfers responsibility where appropriate to other functional divisions. Specialized international activities will be managed by staff with international expertise. This includes: managing AIR's bilateral relationships, leading assessments of AIR's bilateral partners, leading Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness (IPA) negotiations and management, leading international outreach to promote U.S. priorities, engaging with and leading AIR's ICAO interactions, and acting as a linkage to all other entities involved in international activities.

Activity Lead

AIR-400, Dave Higginbotham

Activity Sponsor

AIR-400, Amer Younossi

Relationship to the CSP

This activity supports Initiative 6 and Initiative 10, Action E. It determines how best to organize international efforts in AIR's functionally aligned state. It establishes clear roles and responsibilities in order to efficiently and effectively execute international work to achieve desired outcome.

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