The Part 135 Air Carrier Operations Branch is responsible for the development and maintenance of policy and guidance related to certification and operations conducted under 14 CFR Part 135. This includes both fixed and rotary wing aircraft conducting part 135 commuter, on-demand, and cargo operations. The Part 135 Air Carrier Operations Branch is also responsible for policy and guidance related to Air ambulance and air tour operations.

Part 135 Air Carrier Operations

In addition to policy and guidance for certification of air carriers under part 135, this branch is responsible for the development and maintenance of Operations Specifications (OpSpecs) that enable the wide-ranging types of operations conducted under part 135 along with the associated policy and guidance materials. Additionally, this branch is responsible for regulations, exemptions, deviations and policy interpretations for part 135 operations. NOTE: The Part 135 Air Carrier Operations Branch does not develop policy and guidance related to training and checking of airmen for part 135 – this falls under the purview of the Air Carrier Training Systems and Voluntary Safety Programs Branch. A synopsis of the part 135 community can be obtained from the Study of Operators Regulated Under Part 135.

Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA)

[formerly Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)]

The Part 135 Air Carrier Operations Branch is the designated lead for the Helicopter Air Ambulance Focus Team (HAAFT) which is responsible for the implementation of the Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter Operations Rule, which includes the addition of Subpart L to 14 CFR 135. The new rules went into effect in April, 2015 with implementation dates ranging through April 2018.

Air Tour Operations

The Part 135 Air Carrier Operations Branch is also responsible for development of policy and guidance for all commercial air tour operations (both part 91 and part 135). This includes commercial air tours conducted over, or within ½ nautical mile, and below 5,000’ AGL, of a National Park Service (NPS) unit or abutting Tribal Land within the United States. Additionally, this oversight extends to include all air tours below 1500’ above the surface in the state of Hawaii.

Address:
Federal Aviation Administration
135 Air Carrier Operations Branch (AFS-250)
Room # 831
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, DC 20591
Phone: (202) 267-8166
Fax: (202) 267-5229