Section 2. FAA Aircraft
5-2-1. IDENTIFYING DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) AND FAA FLIGHTS
alphanumeric identifiers and radio/interphone call-signs are
established for use in air/ground communications when the Secretary of
Transportation, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, FAA Administrator,
or FAA Deputy Administrator have a requirement to identify themselves:
aircraft engaged in flight inspection of navigation aids must be
provided special handling by ATC facilities to the maximum extent
possible. FIAOs/flight inspectors are expected to coordinate with the
facility's air traffic supervisor on duty, or a designated
representative, prior to conducting flight inspections. Occasionally,
due to unplanned/special flight inspection requirements, flight
inspectors may attempt to conserve flight hours and accomplish
additional opportune flight checks with minimal advance coordination.
otherwise agreed to, direct contact must be maintained between the
flight inspection pilot and the ATC facility to provide for an
exchange of information regarding the intention of the pilot and the
known traffic in the facility's area of responsibility.
terminal and en route flight inspections are accomplished using
automatic recording equipment, and an uninterrupted flight is
necessary for the successful accomplishment of the flight. Maximum
cooperation will help the FIAOs accomplish their job within their
limited aircraft resources. FAAO 8240.41, Flight Inspection/Air
Traffic On-site Coordination Requirements, provides additional details
as does FAA0 7110.65, Air Traffic Control.
procedures must provide a means of passing impending flight inspection
information on to subsequent shifts and/or immediately notifying FIAOs/PICs
when facility air traffic activities make it impossible to handle
flight inspections expeditiously.
altitude flight inspection operations are generally conducted on IFR
flight plans; “VFR-on-top” will not be requested except when weather
conditions are ideal and excessive delays would result from operating
at an assigned flight level.
pilot must contact the STMCIC of the appropriate facility for
coordination prior to flight when special handling is required for the
successful completion of the flight check.
Flight inspection operations requiring the participation of ground
personnel or the establishment of specific communications or radar
operation capabilities are considered to require special handling.
Such flights must be coordinated with the appropriate facilities
AND DEVELOPMENT FLIGHTS
participating in FAA research and development test activities are
sometimes required to deviate from standard procedures to accomplish
the mission. These aircraft should be provided maximum assistance by
control facilities subject to other traffic. Direct radio contact
should be maintained between the aircraft and the control facility to
provide for an exchange of information regarding the pilot's intention
and known traffic.
b. Upon request by the pilot, the air
traffic manager of the controlling facility may authorize the use of
special flight procedures to be used by aircraft participating in FAA
research and development activities. Control personnel must be
thoroughly briefed on the procedure prior to the flight.
The actions established herein do not affect the pilot's
responsibility to obtain any necessary waivers to the CFRs.