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Alabama & Northwest Florida FSDO

Flight Standards Realignment Information

Visitor Information on COVID-19 Precautions

We strongly recommend making an appointment with the FSDO before coming to the office.

In accordance with CDC Community Transmission Levels, if Transmission Levels are high (Red), the building might close and you will not be permitted entry. In that event, our office would need to know you were coming to inform you of the change and assist you virtually. Lower transmission levels may still require that you wear a mask upon entry to the office.

Please call or email the office to make an appointment — see Office Hours/Contact the Office information on this page.

FAA 2023 Inspection Authorization Renewal Procedures

Office Information

Airworthiness Certification (AWC)

Please use FAA’s AWC External Portal, which provides applicants the ability to submit Airworthiness applications for the following:

  • Standard Airworthiness Certificates
  • Special Flight Authorizations
  • Replacement Airworthiness Certificates
  • Special Airworthiness Certificates
  • Amended Airworthiness Certificates
  • Multiple Airworthiness Certificates
  • Special Flight Permits (Ferry Permits)
  • Exchange of Airworthiness Certificates

Appointment Information

Part 91 Letter of Authorization (LOA) Application Process and Information
Alabama-Northwest Florida FSDO Part 91 LOA Application Process Checklist (MS Word)

General Reference Information

Authorization Description Specific References
(Located in the Regulations and Guideline section)
A056 Data Link CPDLC Conduct data link communications AC 90-117
Notice 8900.455
Notice 8900.446
Flight Operations Group Data Communications (DataComm) Site
A115 LODA Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) Deviation Authority for Conducting Flight Training in Experimental Category Aircraft (14 CFR §91.319 (h)) e-CFR Site National Policy 8900.15

Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) 8900.1, Volume 3, Chapter 11, § 1

  • Use of Aircraft Issued Experimental Certificates in Flight Training for Compensation or Hire
B034 B-RNAV/P-RNAV Conduct operations within airspace designated as terminal or en route European Area Navigation airspace with specific aircraft AC 90-96A
B036 RNP-4 / RNP-10 Conduct Oceanic and Remote Continental Navigation Using Multiple Long- Range Navigation Systems (M-LRNS)
B039 NAT/MNPS Conduct operations in North Atlantic High Level Airspace (NAT HLA) Flight Technologies and Procedures Division information
B046 RVSM Conduct operations within RVSM Airspace 14 CFR, Part 91
  • 91.706
  • 91.180
  • 91 Appendix G
RVSM AGHME Monitoring Status Results Site
RVSM Documentation Site
C063 RNAV & RNP Terminal Operations Conduct IFR area navigation (RNAV1) Instrument Departure Procedures (DPs) and Standard Terminal Arrival routes (STARs) published in accordance with 14 CFR Part 97, and/or tailored arrivals (TA)
D095 MMEL as MEL Operate aircraft using MMEL as an MEL
D098 Short Term Operate specific aircraft in Special Areas of Operation for short term operations Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)
8900.1, Volume 4, Chapter 1,
  • Section 5, Safety Assurance System: Special Navigation Areas of Operation
D195 FAA Approved MEL Use a Minimum Equipment List for specific aircraft under the provisions of 14 CFR Section 91.213 (a)(2) Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS)
8900.1, Volume 4, Chapter 4
  • Section 1. Configuration Deviation List
  • Section 2. MEL Requirements for 14 CFR Parts 91, 137, 142 Operations

For all FAA information, from pilots and aircraft to airports and spaceports, we provide procedures and tools to help you apply for, receive, and maintain FAA licenses and certificates.

The NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107), including all pilot and operating rules, is in effect as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 29, 2016.

Note: The Alabama / Northwest Florida FSDO is NOT accepting appointments at this time for Remote Pilot Certificates.

For expediency, Alabama / Northwest Florida Flight Standards District Office recommends contacting an FAA designee (DPE) for the following services:

  1. CFI Renewals based on Activity, FIRC or FAA WINGS refer to a DPE. CFI Renewals based on "Duties and Responsibilities" must schedule an appointment with an FAA Inspector at a FSDO.
    The following are examples of renewals based on Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Company Check Pilot
    • Company Check Airman
    • Chief Flight Instructor
    • Military Instructor
  2. Private Pilot Certificate Based on Foreign Certificate
    An FAA certificate issued on the basis of your foreign license is now referred to a DPE.
    Verification of Authenticity of a Foreign License/Medical (FAA Letter of Authenticity)
  3. Military Competency
  4. SIC type rating applications
  5. SOE restriction removals
  6. Restricted ATP limitation removal
  7. Student pilot certificates (seeking Private or Sport privileges)
  8. Ground Instructor applications (Basic, Advanced and Instrument)

To locate a DPE, an airman can visit the Designee Management System (DMS) website.

To locate a DPE, an airman can visit the Designee Management System (DMS) website.

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