Chapter 6. Procedures Manual

6.2  Flight Test Delegates Procedures Manual

Flight Test Delegates are also required to prepare and submit an EPM or a DAPM (if a DAO or an AEO) that meets the content requirements of section 6.1 above. However, in addition to the above material, there is some additional guidance on required content, as per the following notes, which should be incorporated into the format discussed in section 6.1.

Manual Approval:

The EPM or DAPM in respect of a flight test delegate is approved by the Chief, Flight Test, from the Aircraft Certification Branch in Headquarters.

Manual Distribution:

A copy of the approved EPM or DAPM should be forwarded to the Aircraft Certification Flight Test Division in Headquarters for review.

DAR/TCCA Communication

Communications with TCCA on certification projects will normally be initiated and conducted through the applicable Regional Office. In instances where questions arise regarding regulatory interpretation or acceptable means of finding compliance, the appropriate specialists in Airworthiness Flight Test will be contacted for guidance.

DAR Authorized Functions

The flight test DAR functional specialties are identified in section 3.3, while a sample of the delegated airworthiness requirements for which findings of compliance may be made are identified in the Specialty Delegation Matrices presented in Appendix C. The specific delegated requirements would be determined through discussion between the candidate and the Flight Test Division of the Aircraft Certification Branch.

Overlapping Responsibilities

For projects and requirements where a clear demarcation of responsibility is not possible and certain overlapping of functions between specialties exist (e.g. Test Pilot, Flight Analyst, structures, powerplants, mechanical systems, avionics and electrical systems), the DAR is responsible only for the flight test and/or flight test analysis aspects of an approval.

The DAR Test Pilot's signature may be required in conjunction with delegates in other technical disciplines for specific requirements that use flight test as the method of compliance. For example, if sufficient flight test instrumentation is not installed, the DAR's signature would be required to verify test conditions and test results. The necessity for this involvement will be identified in the General Compliance Program.

Flight Test Programs

The Compliance Program will identify when flight tests are required to demonstrate compliance with specific airworthiness requirements. The DAR will be responsible for ensuring that the appropriate qualitative and quantitative flight test assessments are made by a technically qualified crew in a properly configured aircraft with sufficient test instrumentation and recording capability for the intended test.

TCCA Aircraft Certification Branch Flight Test Division will be consulted as necessary on the extent of flight test programs as well as acceptable means of compliance.

Test Plans

The delegate will contact TCCA prior to each program to determine the requirement for a formal flight test plan. Proposed test plans will be submitted to TCCA for review. The test plan will provide the following information:

  1. The applicable airworthiness requirements;
  2. The test configuration and its relationship to the configuration to be approved;
  3. Test equipment and instrumentation;
  4. Test conditions and test procedures;
  5. Test data analysis methods (if applicable); and,
  6. Flight authority required (if applicable).

Test Plan Acceptance, Conformity Inspection and Flight Authority

Unless otherwise instructed by TCCA, actual testing will not commence until acceptance of the proposed test plan by TCCA. Furthermore, all required conformity inspections will be successfully performed and appropriate flight authority obtained prior to the actual testing.

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