DAR Services Page
This is my DAR Services Page presented by M. K. Blalock
I can be contacted at (501) 327-4339
I am A Designated Airworthiness Representative for both Maintenance and Manufacturing.
AUTHORIZED FUNCTIONS AND CODES. The following is a list of maintenance functions.
"I CAN DO THE FOLLOWING FUNCTIONS."
DAR-T Codes and Function Description.
Code 23 — Issue recurrent standard airworthiness certificates for U.S.-registered
aircraft and recurrent airworthiness approvals for engines, propellers, parts, and appliances that conform to the approved design requirements and are in a condition for safe operation.
NOTE 1: These airworthiness certificate(s) include
non-U.S. manufactured aircraft imported to the United States from
the country of manufacture with whom the United States has a BAA
or BASA together with an Export Certificate of Airworthiness
or certifying statement from the CAA indicating the aircraft meets the
U.S. type design and is in a condition for safe operation.
NOTE 2: Maintenance DARs are only authorized to issue recurrent
airworthiness approvals for domestic shipments at accredited
distributors. Before the issuance of the approval tag, the criteria
contained in FAA Order 8130.21, Procedures for Completion and
Use of the Authorized Release Certificate, FAA Form 8130-3,
Airworthiness Approval Tag, must be met.
Code 24 — Issue recurrent standard airworthiness certificates for
non-U.S. manufactured aircraft imported from countries other than the country of manufacture with which the United States has a bilateral agreement(s).
NOTE: The CAA of the exporting country (other than the country of
manufacture) with whom the United States has a bilateral agreement,
must provide a certified statement that the aircraft conforms to its
U.S. TC and is in a condition for safe operation. This certified
statement normally comes in the form of an Export Certificate of
Airworthiness, issued by the country of manufacture.
Code 25 — Issue recurrent special airworthiness certificates for U.S.-registered
restricted category aircraft.
Code 28 — Issue recurrent/original special airworthiness certificates, in the
experimental category, for the purposes of operating, market survey, research and development, and crew training on U.S.-registered aircraft.
Code 29 — Issue special flight permits for U.S.-registered aircraft for the
purposes outlined in § 21.197(a)(1), (2), (4), and 21.197(b).
NOTE: Designees will not fax any special flight permits; reference
Code 30 — Issue recurrent/original special airworthiness certificates for limited
Code 31 — Issue recurrent export airworthiness approvals for class I products in
accordance with part 21, subpart L.
Code 32 — Issue recurrent export airworthiness approvals for class II products
that are manufactured and located in the United States in accordance with part 21, subpart L.
Code 33 — Issue amendments/replacements for standard or special airworthiness
certificates if the proper documentation can be obtained from the applicant.
NOTE 2: This includes the replacement of certificates when the
aircraft registration number changes.
Code 46 — Issue original/recurrent special airworthiness certificates,
experimental, for the purpose of operating United States (U.S.)-registered amateur-built aircraft.
Code 50 ----- Issue a statement of completeness for alterations that use DER approved data. Perform management of design and compliance data in support of major alterations by reviewing the applicant's data package for completeness to the applicable airworthiness standard.
Code 51 ------ Issue a data approval statement in support of a major repair or alteration in FAA Form 337, block 3, when the repair or alteration data meets applicable airworthiness
standards. (Field Approval)
As a FAA DAR Manufacturing Representative
I can issue original Standard Airworthiness certificates for U.S. registered aircraft and original airworthiness for engines, propellers, parts and appliances that conform to the approval design requirements and are in a condition for safe operations.
I can issue original airworthiness certificates for U.S. registered restricted category aircraft.
I can issue original export airworthiness for Class I products in accordance with the provisions of FAA part 21, subpart L.
I can issue original export approval for Class II products manufactured and located in the U.S. in accordance the FAA part 21, subpart L.
I can issue original export airworthiness approval for Class III products that are manufactured and located in the U.S. in accordance with FAA part 21 subpart L.
I can make conformity determinations on aircraft, engines, propellers and parts thereof to be used for design evaluation; e.g., TC and supplemental type certification (STC) programs and complete all necessary reports.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A CONFORMITY INSPECTION
Conformity inspections involve the review of all design data and production documents generated as part of a design approval program with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In recent years, the FAA has been moving in the direction of becoming an agency whose function is that of oversight. Rarely do Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) conduct conformity inspections or issue Airworthiness Certificates themselves. Instead, these tasks are now performed by designees, the Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR).
Prior to beginning the inspection, the DAR will need the following signed forms: FAA Form 8120-10, Request For Conformity (RFC) from the MIDO delegating the inspection to him, and Form 8130-9, Statement of Conformity from the applicant. The Statement of Conformity requires that the applicant comply with Section 21.33(a) of Title 14 CFR Part 21. FAA Form 8110-1, Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) may be generated instead of or in conjunction with the 8120-10. The 8120-10 (and the TIA) generally originates from the Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) in which the project resides. In some cases, a Designated Engineering Representative (DER) will be granted authority by the FAA to issue the 8120-10 directly to the DAR. Note that if your company is not the program applicant with the FAA, the DAR will need a letter authorizing you to act as an agent on their behalf. This letter must be signed by the program applicant. Please note that the inspection cannot begin until the DAR has received authorization to do so in the form of the above referenced documents. And ground and flight testing cannot begin until the conformity is complete and found to be satisfactory. This is so that the FAA can have a known configuration to base their finding on.
In basic terms, a conformity inspection determines that the applicant has correctly performed all processes and tests to produce parts and assemblies called for by the design data and has inspected those parts and assemblies and found that they are in compliance with the design data. For first article parts and assemblies that are part of a design approval project, this means that the applicant has performed a 100% inspection. No deviations from the design data are allowed. Items that are found to be unsatisfactory may have to be remade or reworked in order to bring them into conformance. These items will have to be reinspected. It is also possible that the design data can be changed to take into account certain deviations found during the inspection. NOTE: a conformity inspection is not to be used in place of a final inspection. By the time the conformity inspection takes place, the applicant should have performed all necessary tests and inspections and found 100% conformance to the design data. The DAR will perform no tests or measurements himself, rather he will examine all production records and request that certain random inspections be conducted again as a spot check to verify that the parts, assemblies, and installations are in compliance with the design data. The DAR does not do your job, he verifies that you have done your job. The DAR will examine some or all of the following documents and records:
· Design Data (Drawings, Process Instructions, Test Specifications)
· Production records (Travelers, Inspection reports, Test reports)
· Vendor Certificate of Compliance
· Purchase Orders
· Material Certifications
There are two types of conformity inspections, parts conformity and installation conformity. A parts conformity reviews all design data and production records used to build the parts and assemblies, and an installation conformity reviews all design data and production records used to install those parts and assemblies on an aircraft. In both cases, the parts and assemblies and the installation of those same parts and assemblies must be in 100% conformance with the design data. No deviations from the design data are permitted nor is any Material Review Board action allowed. NOTE: the conformity for any given part must be completed prior to it being installed on or in the aircraft.
Post inspection activities include the filling out the following forms and paperwork:
· FAA Form 8100-1, Conformity Inspection Record
· Type Inspection Report a) FAA Form 8110-4, Type Inspection Report, Rotorcraft Ground Inspection
b) FAA Form 8110-5, Type Inspection Report, Airplane Ground Inspection
c) FAA Form 8110-6, Type Inspection Report, Engines
d) FAA Form 8110-7, Type Inspection Report, Propellers
· FAA Form 8110-26, Supplemental Type Inspection Report
· FAA Form(s) 8130-3, Authorized Release Certificate as required
· Other documents as requested or required by the program office
The required forms for any given inspection are listed on the Request for Conformity or on the Type Inspection Authorization (TIA). Except for the 8130-3(s) which must remain attached to the part(s) and/or assembly(ies), the completed forms are sent to the program office.
If I can be of any assistance please give me a call and I can assist you in your certification procedures, or answer any questions you may have.