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Commercial Operations Branch

NAFTA Operations


Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) Volume 12, Chapter 1, Section 4

For those with FAA online training system access:
NAFTA eLMS online course 27100196 "NAFTA Operations – Process for Issuing NAFTA Letters of Authorization to Operators"

Background (AC-00-60B)

Ratified by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, NAFTA came into force on January 1, 1994. NAFTA opened up cross-border trade in SAS, defined in Article 1213 of NAFTA as aerial mapping, aerial surveying, aerial photography, forest fire management, firefighting, aerial advertising, glider towing, parachute jumping, aerial construction, heli-logging, aerial sightseeing, flight training, aerial inspection or surveillance, and aerial spraying services.

Application Process (AC-00-60B)

An authorization must be obtained from both the national and host CAA. Operators from the United States who wish to conduct a NAFTA SAS operation in either Canada or Mexico must submit an application package to their local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) that includes:

  • A letter from the operator requesting a new or reissue of a NAFTA authorization
  • A completed FAA Form 7711-2, Application for Certificate of Waiver or Authorization
  • A letter verifying insurance coverage
  • A copy of the aircraft Airworthiness Certificate, and
  • A copy of the aircraft Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS).

(Operators should review Advisory Circular 00-60B for complete instructions)


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