(Update) NACIP 3.0 Released February 17, 2021 — (updated February 18, 2021)
Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) Designees, Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) Lead Administrators, and Designee Support Staff:
The FAA National Automated Conformity Inspection Process (NACIP) 3.0 is active and can be found at https://nacip.faa.gov/.
AIR's Compliance and Airworthiness (AIR-700) and System Oversight (AIR-800) Divisions continue improvement and refinement efforts to enhance our certification and oversight capability. As such, we have news to share with you regarding changes to the current National Automated Conformity Inspection Process (NACIP 2.1.7c) System.
NACIP has been an integral part of AIR Certification project activities since 2003, allowing automation and standardization of the FAA Form 8120-10, Request for Conformity (RFC) process. Re-hosting of NACIP 2.1.7c to a more current software platform hosted in the cloud has been in work for the last two-plus years to increase its effectiveness across the range of AIR conformity activities and allow for improved interconnectivity to other relevant AIR applications. The result is NACIP 3.0.
This update provides many benefits to users of NACIP:
- Elimination of current issues associated with the dependency on other FAA systems
- Improved ease and speed in registration and authorization for access by internal and external users of the system
- NACIP 3.0 is now a "one stop shop" for AIR conformity and provides the opportunity for Manufacturing Inspection District Offices (MIDOs)/Manufacturing Inspection Offices (MIOs) and external users to use the system workflow for routing of Production RFCs, International RFCs and Type Inspection Authorizations (TIAs)
- Look, feel, roles and workflow are very similar to the legacy system
This system is effective February 17, 2021 using Chrome as a recommended internet browser. Please see this NACIP 3.0 reference document and the NACIP 3.0 Re-Platform Re-Host video for important details and additional information/instruction regarding NACIP.
Please direct any questions about NACIP to your authorizing FAA Advisor/Managing Specialist.
Use of Remote Technology During the Performance of Inspections and Tests — May 28, 2019
AIR-600 has released a new policy statement, PS-AIR-21-1901, on the use of remote technology that is applicable for designees conducting certain inspection and test witnessing activities. The FAA has determined that the performance of certain inspections and tests using remote technology can be more cost effective, improve certification timeliness, and reduce FAA and industry resource burdens. This policy provides information on the use of remote technology to perform prototype conformity inspections, engineering and ground tests, engineering compliance inspections, production conformity inspections, and inspections for the issuance of an Authorized Release Certificate, FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Tag. Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information or contact your advisor directly.
Deviation Memorandum providing relief for designee and ODA unit member training and oversight requirements due to COVID-19 travel and social distancing restrictions — April 30, 2019
The Delegation and Organizational Procedures Branch (AIR-6F0) issued deviation memorandum AIR600-20-6F0-DM135, to FAA Order 8000.95, Designee Management Policy, and FAA Order 8100-15, Organization Designation Authorization Procedures. This memorandum authorizes a deviation to individual and organizational designee oversight and training requirements that cannot be met due to precautions taken to limit the spread of COVID-19. This memorandum applies to FAA Managing Offices that have oversight responsibility for manufacturing designees, for organization designation authorization (ODA) holders responsible for the oversight and training of unit members, and for FAA OMTs managing ODAs.
MRO-Network Article about DMS — September 4, 2018
On August 29, 2018, MRO-Network.com published an article on the FAA Designee Management System (DMS) tool implementation process.
News for Engineering Designees (DERs)
There is no DER-specific news at this time.
News for Manufacturing Designees (DMIRs &
Important Guidance for Manufacturing Designees Issuing Airworthiness Certificates on Rotorcraft — May 28, 2020
The Reauthorization Act of 2018, section 317, includes a requirement that "covered rotorcraft" have a crash-resistant fuel system that is compliant with the sub-set of applicable regulations in Part 27 and 29. Covered rotorcraft, which includes normal and transport category rotorcraft, primary category helicopters and gyroplanes, and restricted category rotorcraft manufactured on and after April 5, 2020, must comply with the above referenced these fuel system regulations, before it can be issued a US Airworthiness Certificate other than experimental.
Foreign deliveries of noncompliant rotorcraft will still be allowed as well as flights under an experimental certificate (ex. production flight tests) without compliance. This is important because the new law doesn't apply if the aircraft is not going to be issued a US Airworthiness Certificate other than experimental.
Manufacturing designees must determine if a specific aircraft is eligible for a US Certificate of Airworthiness. SAIB SW-17-31R2, published by the Rotorcraft Standards Branch, will identify those approved type designs, amended type designs, and compliant STCs.
The Rotorcraft Standards Branch also maintains a list of rotorcraft with compliant crash resistant fuel systems.
This will facilitate records reviews and conformities for imported rotorcraft. Designees authorized to issue a US Certificate of Airworthiness for repatriated "covered rotorcraft" after export to a bilateral country must ensure compliance before issuing a certificate other than experimental.
Recurrent Aircraft Certification Seminar is now available via virtual training — April 30, 2020
As a result of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the United States, the Regulatory Support Division, AFS-600, is temporarily suspending the Face to Face Recurrent Aircraft Certification Seminar and is offering a virtual training seminar. The Recurrent Aircraft Certification Seminar schedule for the remainder of the calendar year is available in the Designee Registration System (DRS), with four classes available between May and August 2020. The May 2020 virtual class is now open for enrollment. AFS-600 will monitor COVID-19 restrictions for future changes to the class format.
AIR-600 Policy Statement, Use of Remote Technology During the Performance of Inspections and Tests has been released — April 30, 2020
The Certification Procedures Branch (AIR-6C0) has released a new policy statement, PS-AIR-21-1901, on the use of remote technology for certain test and inspections. The FAA has determined that the performance of certain inspections and tests using remote technology can be more cost effective, improve certification timeliness, and reduce FAA resource burdens. This policy provides information on the use of remote technology to perform prototype conformity inspections, engineering and ground tests, engineering compliance inspections, production conformity inspections, and inspections for the issuance of an Authorized Release Certificate, FAA Form 8130-3, Airworthiness Approval Tag. Contact your managing office or Organizational Management Team (OMT) if you have any questions.
News for Delegated Organizations (ODAs)
2019 ODA Scorecard Metrics Report Posted — January 19, 2021
The ODA scorecard continuous improvement team has published the metrics report summarizing the 2019 scorecard initiative which shows continued progress in making the ODA program more effective for both the FAA and industry. The report also identifies continuous improvement activities and recommendations which have been adopted for the scorecard program. You can find this and previous reports in the Information for ODAs, Library Tab.
FAA issues policy on MMEL/MEL relief for STCs — December 12, 2019
On November 7, 2019, the FAA issued policy letter PL 109 Revision 1 to provide guidance to obtain Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL)/Minimum Equipment List (MEL) relief for items associated with Supplemental Type Certificates (STC). The original release of this policy letter on December 13, 2001, identified the process for granting MMEL/MEL relief for STCs and considerations for obtaining relief for continued dispatch. This revision to the policy letter further defines the process for granting relief when items are installed or removed via an STC. It details the role of the Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) in evaluating the impact of the STC and approving the MMEL/MEL relief. It further stresses that an operator may not submit a request for MMEL/MEL relief on behalf of the STC applicant.