|135-10B||AFS-300||Approved Aircraft Inspection Program This advisory circular (AC) provides information and guidance that can be used to develop and obtain approval of an Approved Aircraft Inspection Program (AAIP).||06-08-2016|
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is amending its regulations to adopt specific rules for the operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) through a final rule. These changes address the classification of sUAS, certification of sUAS remote pilots, and sUAS operational limitations. This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for conducting sUAS operations in the NAS in accordance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107.
Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996
The Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996 (PRIA), as amended, was enacted to ensure that air carriers and air operators adequately investigate a pilot’s background before allowing that pilot to conduct commercial air carrier flights. Under PRIA, a hiring employer cannot place a pilot into service until he or she obtains and reviews the last 5 years of the pilot’s background and other safety-related records as specified in PRIA.
This advisory circular (AC) is supplemented by the current edition of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 8000.88, PRIA Guidance for FAA Inspectors, and numerous other documents available on the PRIA Web site at http://www.faa.gov/pilots/lic_cert/pria. These sources of detailed information related to PRIA provide invaluable assistance to the certificate holder or others concerning the PRIA records request process as well as other compliance issues.
|120-78A||AFS-300||Electronic Signatures, Electronic Recordkeeping, and Electronic Manuals This advisory circular (AC), as any AC, is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation; rather, it provides standards and guidance for electronic signatures, electronic recordkeeping, and electronic manual systems. Electronic recordkeeping systems/programs are used to generate many types of records (e.g., load manifests, dispatch release, aircraft maintenance records, maintenance task cards, pilot training records, flight release, and/or airworthiness release). This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, for a certificate holder to utilize an electronic signature, electronic recordkeeping, and electronic manual systems.||06-22-2016|
Turbine Engine Continued Rotation and Rotor Locking
This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to demonstrate compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), Section 33.74, Continued Rotation and Section 33.92, Rotor Locking Tests.
|25.975-1||ANM-112||Fuel Vent Fire Protection This advisory circular (AC) provides information and guidance concerning compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements in Title 14, Code of Regulations (14 CFR) 25.975(a)(7) and related regulations for preventing fuel tank explosions caused by ignition of vapors outside the fuel tank vents.||06-24-2016|
|91-88||AFS-800||Electronics News Gathering Operations This advisory circular (AC) provides recommendations to ensure the safety of electronic news gathering (ENG) operations. Like all advisory material, this AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. It is issued to provide guidelines. This AC was developed in consideration of ENG industry standards and recommended practices.||06-28-2016|
|21-29D||AIR-100||Detecting and Reporting Suspected Unapproved Parts This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to the aviation community for detecting suspected unapproved parts (SUP) and reporting them to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Appendix A contains FAA Form 8120-11, Suspected Unapproved Parts Report, (with instructions) which serves as a standardized means of reporting. See appendix B for definitions specific to this AC.||07-12-2016|
|20-186||AFS-300||Airworthiness Operational Approval of Cockpit Voice Recorder Systems This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for compliance with applicable regulations for the airworthiness and operational approval for required cockpit voice recorder (CVR) systems. Non-required installations may use this guidance when installing a CVR system as a voluntary safety enhancement. This AC is not mandatory and is not a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to comply with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR). However, if you use the means described in this AC, you must conform to it in totality for requiredinstallations.||07-21-2016|
Authorization of Aircraft and Operators for Flight in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) Airspace
This advisory circular (AC) applies to all Operators conducting Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) operations. The AC can be used to obtain an initial operational authorization, or amend an existing, operational authorization. The AC appendices include supportive information relating to RVSM airworthiness certifications, training programs, operating practices and procedures, RVSM operations in oceanic and remote continental airspace, and review of height-keeping parameters. This AC describes acceptable means, but not the only means, for an Operator to obtain authorization to conduct flight in airspace or on routes where RVSM is applied. The advisory material contained in this AC has been substantially modified since the AC was issued in its original form in 2009.
Mitsubishi MU-2B Training Program
This AC provides guidance and standardized methods for meeting the training requirements outlined in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 91 Subpart N, Mitsubishi MU-2B Series Special Training, Experience, and Operating Requirements, for Mitsubishi MU-2B aircraft. The new part 91 subpart N mandates training, experience, and operating requirements to ensure the highest level of operational safety for the Mitsubishi MU-2B series airplanes. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, of complying with the requirement that all training and checking for the MU-2B aircraft must be conducted in accordance with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved training program. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation; however, it may be used by training providers to meet the requirements of part 91 subpart N. Training providers may also use this AC as a reference for developing their own MU-2B training programs to submit for FAA approval pursuant to the requirements of part 91 subpart N.
|43-214A||AFS-300||Repairs and Alterations to Composite and Bonded Aircraft Structure This advisory circular (AC) provides information and guidance concerning an acceptable means, but not the only means, of demonstrating compliance with the requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 43, 91, 121, 125, 129 (U.S.-registered airplanes), 133, 135, 137, and 145 regarding procedures and facilities for repairs and alterations of structures consisting of adhesively-bonded (including metal bond) and fiber-reinforced materials (e.g., carbon, aramid, and glass-reinforced polymeric materials mentioned in the current edition of AC 20-107, Composite Aircraft Structure). The information in this AC is applicable to repairs and alterations of bonded and composite structures, whether it is a damaged part that can be removed from the airplane for repairs, or repairs and alterations on the aircraft itself. Examples include repair patches, on-wing bonded repairs, and fabrication and bonding of replacement parts. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will consider any other method of compliance that the applicant elects to present. This AC uses mandatory terms such as “must” only in the sense of ensuring the applicability of these particular methods of compliance when using the acceptable means of compliance (AMC) described herein. This AC does not change regulatory requirements and does not authorize changes in, or deviations from, regulatory requirements.||07-23-2016|
Airport Field Condition Assessments and Winter Operations Safety
This AC provides guidance to assist airport operators in developing a snow and ice control plan, assessing and reporting airport conditions through the utilization of the Runway Condition Assessment Matrix (RCAM), and establishing snow removal and control procedures.
For implementation purposes, all certificated airports must submit revised Snow and Ice Control Plans to the FAA no later than September 1, 2016, for approval. The Federal NOTAM System is the primary means of conveying airport condition information by certificated and federally obligated airports. Effective October 1, 2016, the Federal NOTAM System will incorporate the new reporting criteria and methodology contained in this AC.
|21-55||AIR-100||Process to Support FAA Findings of Undue Burden or No Undue Burden for PAHs Requesting to Use a Manufacturing Facility Located Outside of the United States This advisory circular (AC) contains information and guidance to production approval holders (PAH) located in the United States requesting Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to use manufacturing facilities located outside of the United States. This AC provides information for PAHs in accordance with the regulations cited in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Articles. For the purposes of this AC, manufacturing facilities includes production certificate (PC) extensions, associate facilities, and suppliers located outside the United States. Before approving a PAH’s request to use manufacturing facilities outside of the United States, the FAA must consider certain factors that may impact the FAA’s ability to administer the requirements of part 21 that could potentially cause the FAA an undue burden. This AC outlines the necessary information the PAH should submit to the FAA as part of the PAH Project Initiation Plan included as appendix A to this AC (hereafter referred to as a “project plan”) to demonstrate that the proposed activity will not cause an undue burden||08-01-2016|
|135-7B||AFS-300||Part 135: Additional Maintenance Requirements for Aircraft Type Certificated for Nine or Less Passenger Seats This advisory circular (AC) provides information for establishing methods acceptable to the Administrator for compliance with the additional maintenance requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 135, § 135.421 for certain air carriers and commercial operators. In addition, this AC provides information related to other regulatory maintenance requirements applicable to part 135 aircraft type certificated (TC) for nine or less passenger seats. This AC gives part 135 certificate holders an acceptable means to comply with the regulations; however, it is not the only means. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. When this AC uses mandatory language (e.g., “must” or “may not”) it is paraphrasing a regulatory requirement or prohibition. When this AC uses permissive language (e.g., “should” or “may”) it describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, for complying with regulations. If you use the methods described in this AC to comply with a regulatory requirement, you must follow them in all respects.||08-11-2016|
Standardized Procedures for Obtaining Approval of Data Used in the Performance of Major Repairs and Major Alterations
This advisory circular (AC) describes a standardized procedure for requesting approval of technical data associated with major repairs/major alterations. This AC also provides information that can help determine if a proposed repair/alteration requires approved data, guidance and standardized procedures for obtaining field approval (or approval by other means) of data, and instructions for completing the field approval checklist. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to obtain approved data for a major repair or major alteration. However, if you—whether you’re an aircraft owner, operator, or Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT), collectively termed an applicant—use the means described in the AC, you must follow it in all important respects.
|65-25F||AFS-300||William (Bill) O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards Program This advisory circular (AC) outlines the participation requirements for the FederalAviation Administration (FAA) William (Bill) O’Brien Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards Program. This revision addresses changes to the Awards Program Awards Program and provides instructions for AMTs and the employers of AMTs participating in the online Awards Program.||08-18-2016|
|00-6B||AFS-400||Aviation Weather This advisory circular (AC) was published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service (AFS), with contributions from the National Weather Service (NWS). The publication began in 1943 as CAA Bulletin No. 25, Meteorology for Pilots, which at the time contained weather knowledge considered essential for most pilots. As aircraft flew farther, faster, and higher, and as meteorological knowledge grew, the bulletin became obsolete. It was revised in 1954 under a new title, The Pilots’ Weather Handbook, and updated again in 1965. In 1975 it was revised under its current title.||08-23-2016|
|120-26L||AJR-2||Assignment of Aircraft Call Signs and Associated Telephones This Advisory Circular describes the requirements and procedures for the assignment and authorization for use of aircraft call signs in the National Airspace System (NAS), specifically, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) three-letter designators (3LD), U.S. special designators, and local designators, and their associated telephonies. Guidance is provided to aircraft operators for requesting call signs and explains the assignment and the authorization process for their use domestically within the NAS and internationally.||08-25-2016|
|61-140A||AFS-800||Autorotation Training The purpose of this advisory circular (AC) is to describe enhanced guidelines for autorotations during helicopter flight training. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found a need to raise awareness of the risks inherent in performing autorotations in the training environment, and in particular, 180-degree autorotations. In this AC, the FAA recommends procedures that will mitigate safety risk during autorotations. This information is intended to supplement information about autorotation training found in the current editions of the Helicopter Flying Handbook (HFH), FAA-H-8083-21, and the Helicopter Instructor’s Handbook (HIH), FAA-H-8083-4. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, of conducting autorotation training for proficiency or in consideration of the requirements to be issued an Airman Certificate under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. You may use alternate methods for training if you establish that those methods meet the requirements of the HFH and FAA practical test standards (PTS).||08-31-2016|
Flight Standards Service Schedule of Charges Outside the United States
This advisory circular (AC) transmits an updated schedule of charges for services of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service (AFS) aviation safety inspectors (ASI) outside the United States. Rulemaking action to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 187, Docket No. 27809; and Notice 94-24, Fees for Certification Services and Approvals Performed Outside the United States, established the methodology for determining these charges. The rulemaking established that the FAA would publish these fees in an AC.
|39-10||AIR-100||Alternative Methods of Compliance This advisory circular (AC) presents guidance for persons seeking approval of an alternativemethod of compliance (AMOC) to an airworthiness directive (AD). This AC also providesanswers to common questions regarding AMOCs.||09-14-2016|
|125-1A||AFS-800||Operations of Large Airplanes Subject to 14 CFR Part 125 This advisory circular (AC) sets forth one means that would be acceptable to the Administrator to assist persons in complying with the requirements of Title 14 of theCode of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 125. It also provides, in Chapter 2, a test of applicability for operations which may be subject to part 125.||09-15-2016|
Specification for Obstruction Lighting Equipment
This AC contains the FAA specification for obstruction lighting equipment. Effective 12 months after the date of this circular, only that equipment qualified per this specification will be listed in AC 150/5345-53, Airport Lighting Equipment Certification Program. No re-testing will be required for existing equipment where test standards are unchanged from the previous version of this AC.
Guidelines for Design Approval of Aircraft Data Link Communication Systems Supporting Air Traffic Services (ATS)
This AC provides guidance material for applicants seeking an airworthiness approval for aircraft with an installed data link system intended to support air traffic services (ATS) data communication. It identifies specific configurations of aircraft data link systems for applicants seeking approval for type certificates (TC) and supplemental type certificates (STC) in order to facilitate operational approvals. Appendix A of this AC provides a list of related documents. Appendix B of this AC contains a list of applicable acronyms. 1.2 This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, for you to gain airworthiness approval for aircraft data link system equipment. However, if you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it in all important respects. 1.3 The term “must” is used in this AC to indicate a mandatory requirement driven by regulation that is to be followed when using the guidance in this AC. The term “should” is used in this AC to indicate a recommendation and not a requirement when using the guidance in this AC. Since this AC represents an accepted means of compliance, an applicant seeking an alternative to any requirement or recommendation within this AC will need to be discussed with the Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) in order to achieve a common performance level with the AC.