Section 3. Aeronautical Determinations
- All determinations for an outdoor laser operation must be issued in writing.
- Determinations rendered must either be objectionable or non-objectionable. A non-objectionable letter of determination (LOD) issued by the FAA is not permission nor an endorsement of the outdoor laser operation.
- Determinations may be telephoned to the proponent and to the CDRH; however, each must be followed up with a written response.
- Send a copy of the LOD to the military liaison offices, RNGB and geographic field office/FSDO, affected ATC facilities, and other offices as appropriate.
- Forward a copy of objectionable LODs to Rules and Regulations Group.
- The iOE/AAA, Laser Module may be used in lieu of sending copies when feasible.
- As a minimum, letters of non-objection determinations must:
- Include a listing of any provisions, conditions, or limitations.
- Inform the proponent not to incorporate change(s) into the proposed activity once a non-objection LOD has been issued unless the Service Center OSG amends the LOD change in writing.
- Stipulate a requirement that proponents must notify the FAA designated representative of:
- Any changes to show “start/stop" times or cancellation 24 hours in advance.
- The laser light activity 30 minutes before start time and upon completion.
- Include a statement advising the proponent that the determination is based on FAA requirements only and final approval must also be obtained from the appropriate authority.
- Specify that the FAA determination does not relieve the sponsor or operator of compliance responsibilities related to laws, ordinances or regulation of any federal, state, or local government.
- Include the name and telephone number of the ATC facility to be notified and other information as deemed appropriate.
- Indicate NOTAM requirements.
- An objectionable LOD must inform the proponent:
- That a determination of objection is being issued.
- Why the proposal does not satisfy FAA requirements.
- That supplementary information may be submitted for reconsideration.
- If negotiations to resolve any objectionable effects are not successful, the determination of objection stands.
- When the Service Center OSG issues a determination of non-objection, consider the time of duration (in days) of the laser activity.
- The Service Center OSG must review these publications for currency of published laser operations bi-annually. The Service Center will initiate paperwork to delete or amend any published information that requires amending.
- The Service Center OSG will forward to Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) AJV-A information for publication as follows:
- Class II Publications. Temporary laser operations at a specific location that will exceed 56 days but less than 180 days.
Publication in the Class II publication is dependent on established cutoff dates.
- Appropriate aeronautical charts. Laser operations at a specific location that will exceed 180 days or are considered permanent.
- Chart Supplement U.S. Publish in the Chart Supplement U.S. laser operations that will exceed 180 days at a specific location.