|90-105A||AFS-400||Approval Guidance for RNP Operations and Barometric Vertical Navigation in the U.S. National Airspace System and in Oceanic and Remote Continental Airspace This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for operators to conduct Required Navigation Performance (RNP) operations in the United States, in oceanic and remote continental airspace, and in foreign countries which adopt International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for RNP operations. Guidance is provided for the following: • Required Navigation Performance Approach (RNP APCH) procedures; • Barometric vertical navigation (baro-VNAV); • RNP 1 (terminal) operations; • RNP 0.3 (rotorcraft) operations; • RNP 2 domestic, offshore, oceanic, and remote continental operations; • RNP 4 oceanic and remote continental operations; • RNP 10 (Area Navigation (RNAV) 10) oceanic and remote continental operations; • Advanced Required Navigation Performance (A-RNP), and • Additional Capabilities. This AC does not apply to those approaches which require unique authorization (Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR), as described in AC 90 101( ), Approval Guidance for RNP Procedures with AR, nor does it address instrument approach procedures (IAP) using localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) or localizer performance without vertical guidance (LP), which are addressed in AC 90-107( ), Guidance for Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance and Localizer Performance without Vertical Guidance Approach Operations in the U.S. National Airspace System.||03-07-2016|
|21.101-1B||AIR-100||Establishing the Certification Basis of Changed Aeronautical Products This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for the application ofthe "Changed Product Rule (CPR)," pursuant to Title 14 ofthe Code ofFederal Regulations (14 CFR) 21.101, Designation ofapplicable regulations, and 21.19, Changes requiring a new type certificate, for changes made to type certificated aeronautical products.||03-11-2016|
|00-30C||AFS-400||Clear Air Turbulence Avoidance This advisory circular (AC) describes various types of Clear Air Turbulence (CAT), some of the weather patterns associated with CAT, and turbulence reporting systems and networks. Also included is information on turbulence forecasts and products.||03-22-2016|
Guidance on the Extraction of Oil and Gas on Federally Obligated Airports
This AC discusses oil and gas development on federally obligated airport land, including any drilling that penetrates the subsurface of airport owned land. It describes how existing FAA policy, guidance, standards and obligations, as well as other applicable laws and regulations, apply to proposed oil and gas extraction from obligated airports (both use of surface land and extraction of subsurface minerals/oil/gas). It does not create new requirements for on-airport or nearby off-airport land use or development. The AC was produced as a joint effort by the FAA’s Offices of Airport Planning and Programming, Airport Safety and Standards, and Airport Compliance and Management Analysis.
|20-162A||AIR-100||Airworthiness Approval of Installed Passive Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags This advisory circular (AC) provides applicants with guidance for installing and using passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on aviation products and equipment. Specifically, this AC provides guidance for the proper installation and use of passive RFID tags as installed on aircraft parts and components. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, to comply with these requirements. However, if you use the means described in this AC, you must follow it in all important aspects. The term “must” is used to indicate mandatory requirements driven by regulation when following the guidance in this AC. The term “should” is used to indicate that the guidance is recommended, but not required, to comply with this AC.||04-06-2016|
|33.90-1A||ANE-111||Initial Maintenance Inspection (IMI), 14 CFR 33.90, Test for Turbine Engines This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to demonstrate compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 33.90, Initial Inspection Test.||04-13-2016|
|20-153B||AIR-130||Acceptance of Aeronautical Data Processes and Associated Databases This AC describes an acceptable means, but not the only means, for showing compliance with the applicable airworthiness regulations for equipment with an installed aeronautical database. This AC is not mandatory and is not a regulation. However, if you use the means described herein, you must follow it in all important respects. The term “must” indicates mandatory requirements when following the guidance in this AC. The terms “should” and “recommend” indicate recommended guidance, but are not required for meeting the objectives of this AC. The term “objectives” identifies requirements when used in this AC.||04-19-2016|
Pilots' Role in Collision Avoidance (With Change 1)
This advisory circular (AC) is issued for the purpose of alerting all pilots to thepotential hazards of midair collisions and near midair collisions (NMAC), and to emphasize those basic problem areas related to the human causal factors where improvements in pilot education, operating practices, procedures, and improved scanning techniques are needed to reduce midair conflicts.
|120-95A||AFS-200||Portable Oxygen Concentrators This advisory circular (AC) explains Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements for the use of portable oxygen concentrators (POC) on board aircraft. We intend for operators to use this AC as a resource during the development, implementation, and revision of standard operating procedures (SOP) and training programs regarding the use of POCs on board aircraft to increase the accessibility of air travel by passengers with disabilities.||05-24-2016|
|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.