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Document Title: AC 120-85B, Air Cargo Operations
Summary: This advisory circular (AC) provides operators with recommended procedures for managing cargo operations. Developing and using these comprehensive procedures is key to establishing a safe and efficient cargo operation. The AC provides guidance for aircraft bulk cargo loading and approved unit load device (ULD) cargo, including cargo loading systems (CLS). The information in this AC is designed to assist certificate holders in meeting their obligations under Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.) § 44702.
References: Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR):
  • Part 43, Maintenance, Preventative Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration.
  • Part 91, General Operating and Flight Rules
  • Part 121, Operating Requirements: Domestic, Flag, and Supplemental Operations
  • Part 125, Certification and Operations: Airplanes Having a Seating Capacity of 20 or More Passengers or a Maximum Payload Capacity of 6,000 Pounds or More; and Rules Governing Persons on Board Such Aircraft
  • Part 135, Operating Requirements: Commuter and On Demand Operations and Rules Governing Persons On Board Such Aircraft
Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.) § 44702.
Document for Download: Draft Document (PDF)
Draft Document Comment Grid (MS Word)
Comments Due: August 28, 2018
How to Comment: Deliver comments by mail or hand to:

Julia Lutz
600 Maryland Ave SW
Suite 610E
Washington, DC 20024


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