- Advisory Circular 00-60B North American Free Trade Agreement and Specialty Air Services Operations (PDF)
- NAFTA Notice (PDF) (internal FAA only)
- NAFTA 8900 Volume 12, Chapter 1, Section 4 "North American Free Trade Agreement"
- FSDO office location reference map (PDF)
- FAA FSDO Offices
For those with FAA online training system access:
NAFTA eLMS online course 27100196 "NAFTA Operations – Process for Issuing NAFTA Letters of Authorization to Operators"
Ratified by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, NAFTA came into force on January 1, 1994. NAFTA opened up cross-border trade in SAS, defined in Article 1213 of NAFTA as aerial mapping, aerial surveying, aerial photography, forest fire management, firefighting, aerial advertising, glider towing, parachute jumping, aerial construction, heli-logging, aerial sightseeing, flight training, aerial inspection or surveillance, and aerial spraying services.
Application Process (AC-00-60B)
An authorization must be obtained from both the national and host CAA. Operators from the United States who wish to conduct a NAFTA SAS operation in either Canada or Mexico must submit an application package to their local Flight Standards District
Office (FSDO) that includes:
- A letter from the operator requesting a new or reissue of a NAFTA authorization
- A completed FAA Form 7711-2, Application for Certificate of Waiver or Authorization
- A letter verifying insurance coverage
- A copy of the aircraft Airworthiness Certificate, and
- A copy of the aircraft Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS).
(Operators should review Advisory Circular 00-60B for complete instructions)