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Air Transportation Division

New Program Implementation Branch

The New Program Implementation Branch This branch is responsible for managing, developing, and evaluating national standards and policies, rules, and exemptions for integrating new programs and initiatives into air carrier operations and 14 CFR part 142 training centers in coordination with the relevant policy division.
The branch is responsible for the following functions:

  • Develops policy and liaises with the Aircraft Evaluation Division (AED) in the conduct of Flight Operations Evaluation Boards (FOEBs), and the development of aircraft Master Minimum Equipment Lists (MMEL) and associated Policy Letters
  • Provides policy guidance on the approval process of minimum equipment lists (MEL), Configuration Deviation Lists (CDL), and Non-Essential Equipment and Furnishings (NEF), and the administration of those programs
  • Functions as the division liaison to other FAA offices on issues supporting the implementation of NextGen for air carrier and part 142 training centers
  • Develops policy for investigation of unauthorized illumination of aircraft with lasers, the associated hazards, mitigation efforts, and outreach programs
  • Functions as the division POC for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) matters when involved in air carrier operations
  • Participates in the Joint Implementation Measurements and Data Analysis Team (JIMDAT) and the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST)

Federal Aviation Administration
121 Air Carrier Operations Branch
Room # 831
800 Independence Avenue, S.W.,
Washington, DC 20591

Phone: (202) 267-9518
Fax: (202) 267-5229
General Inquiries: New Program Implementation Branch

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