Public Aircraft Operations—Manned and Unmanned
This AC provides information to assist in determining whether government-owned or government-contracted manned and unmanned aircraft operations conducted within the territory of the United States are public or civil aircraft operations under the statutory definition of “public aircraft” in Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.) §§ 40102(a)(41) and 40125 (the statute). Additionally, this AC contains Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy pertaining to civil aircraft operators that provide contract support to government entities. The intent of this material is to better define the responsibilities of the parties to these contracts. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. Nothing in this AC changes the legal requirement for public aircraft operators to comply with the statute.
Aviation Weather Services - Change 1
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes Advisory Circular (AC) 00-45, Aviation Weather Services. This publication supplements its companion manual, the current edition of AC 00-6, Aviation Weather, which documents weather theory and its application to aviation. Revision H of AC 00-45 (AC 00-45H) provides an improved organization of aviation weather information. The document is organized using the FAA’s three distinct types of weather information: observations, analyses, and forecasts. Within this construct, AC 00-45H explains U.S. aviation weather products and services. It provides details when necessary for interpretation and to aid usage. In the past decade, access to aviation weather products has greatly improved with the increase of flight planning services and weather Web sites. The experience of listening to a weather briefing over a phone while trying to write down pertinent weather information becomes less tolerable when the reports are easily obtainable on ahome computer, tablet computer, or even a smart phone. To see weather along your route using a graphic of plotted weather reports combined with radar and satellite is preferable to trying to mentally visualize a picture from verbalized reports. Although most of the traditional weather products, which rolled off the teletype and facsimile machines decades ago, are still available, some are being phased out by the National Weather Service (NWS) in favor of new, Web-based weather information. It is the objective of AC 00-45H to bring the pilot and operator up to date on new and evolving weather information and capabilities to help plan a safe and efficient flight, while also describing the traditional weather products that remain. Online aviation weather information is easy to access, and so are references explaining the information. That is why AC 00-45H contains fewer illustrations and less detail for products available online. This AC will give an overview and direct the pilot where to find more weather information and explanatory details. Product examples and explanations are taken primarily from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NWS Aviation Weather Center’s (AWC) Web site (http://www.aviationweather.gov) and other pertinent NWS Web sites. Due to the fluid nature of Web addresses, this AC minimizes the inclusion of Web site links. Instead, it provides the name of the Web site which can be easily found using Internet search tools.
|00-68||AIR-150||Aircraft Certification Service Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program This advisory circular (AC) provides information and guidance to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) Production Approval Holders (PAHs), Design Approval Holders (DAHs), and Organization Designation Authorization Holders (ODA Holders) who choose to voluntarily disclose apparent noncompliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR). The procedures and practices outlined in this AC generally apply when PAHs, DAHs or ODA Holders voluntarily disclose noncompliance with regulatory requirements. These procedures and practices do not apply, however, to those persons who: (1) violate 14 CFR 21.2, Falsification of Applications, Reports, or Records; (2) are required to report failures, malfunctions, and defects pursuant to 14 CFR 21.3, but fail to make those reports in the timeframe required by the regulations; or (3) fail to report unsafe conditions pursuant to 14 CFR 183.63, Continuing Requirements: Products, Parts or Appliances. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. This AC describes an acceptable means to voluntarily disclose an apparent noncompliance. If you use the AC to voluntarily disclose noncompliance, the processes and requirements in this AC must be followed.||10-01-2016|
|00-6B||AFS-400||Aviation Weather This advisory circular (AC) was published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service (AFS), with contributions from the National Weather Service (NWS). The publication began in 1943 as CAA Bulletin No. 25, Meteorology for Pilots, which at the time contained weather knowledge considered essential for most pilots. As aircraft flew farther, faster, and higher, and as meteorological knowledge grew, the bulletin became obsolete. It was revised in 1954 under a new title, The Pilots’ Weather Handbook, and updated again in 1965. In 1975 it was revised under its current title.||08-23-2016|
|00-30C||AFS-400||Clear Air Turbulence Avoidance This advisory circular (AC) describes various types of Clear Air Turbulence (CAT), some of the weather patterns associated with CAT, and turbulence reporting systems and networks. Also included is information on turbulence forecasts and products.||03-22-2016|
Selection of Cyclic Redundancy Code and Checksum Algorithms to Ensure Critical Data Integrity
This advisory circular (AC) provides information about the availability of resource material on digital data integrity. This information is in the form of a research report entitled "Selection of Cyclic Redundancy Code and Checksum Algorithms to Ensure Critical Data Integrity," DOT/FAA/TC-14/49, dated March 2015. This report is provided for information only and, as such, is not intended as guidance but rather as reference material for the aviation industry.
Voluntary Industry Distributor Accreditation Program
This advisory circular (AC) describes a system for accrediting civil aircraft parts distributors based on voluntary industry oversight. The AC also provides information for developing accreditation programs. We, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), strongly endorse participation in such a program to help certificated persons establish the eligibility of parts and products for installation on U.S. type-certificated (TC) products. We have revised this AC to meet current changes in regulatory requirements and industry practices since original publication. This AC is not mandatory and does not constitute a regulation. Any mandatory language used in this AC applies only to those who choose to voluntarily participate in this program; those who do choose to participate must follow the processes and procedures described in this AC in their entirety to be considered compliant with this program.
Use of Cockpit Displays of Digital Weather and Aeronautical Information - Including Change 1
This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance to flightcrew members and other airmen on the use of data link to access Flight Information Services (FIS). This AC addresses both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FIS Broadcast (FIS-B) provided through the Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) network and non-FAA FIS systems provided through commercial data link services.
a. Flight Information Services (FIS). FIS is a service that provides Meteorological Information (METI) and Aeronautical Information (AI) to enhance pilot awareness of weather and/or airspace constraints while providing information for decision support tools and improving safety. METI and AI data link services enable flightcrews to support the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) concepts of information sharing and provide airmen with a common operating picture necessary to support the evolving global Air Traffic Management (ATM) concepts.
b. Advantages of FIS METI and AI. FIS of METI and AI can augment pilot voice communications with Flight Service Stations (FSS), other air traffic control (ATC) facilities, airline dispatch centers, flight following facilities or other Operation Control Centers (OCC), typically referred to as System Operations Control (SOC). In addition, Internet connectivity provides the capability for Baseline Synchronization Services (BSS) to be utilized to update the aircraft’s navigational and other databases prior to flight.
This advisory circular (AC) describes the hazards of thunderstorms to aviation and offers guidance to help prevent accidents caused by thunderstorms.
Aviation Safety Reporting Program
This advisory circular (AC) describes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Reporting Program (ASRP) which utilizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a third party to receive and process Aviation Safety Reports. This cooperative safety reporting program invites pilots, controllers, Flight Attendants (F/A), maintenance personnel, dispatchers, and other users of the National Airspace System (NAS), or any other person, to report to NASA actual or potential discrepancies and deficiencies involving the safety of aviation operations. The operations covered by the program include departure, en route, approach, and landing operations and procedures; air traffic control (ATC) procedures and equipment; crew and ATC communications; aircraft cabin operations; aircraft movement on the airport; near midair collisions (NMAC); aircraft maintenance and recordkeeping; and airport conditions or services. The effectiveness of this program in improving safety depends on the free, unrestricted flow of information from the users of the NAS. Based on information obtained from this program, the FAA will take corrective action as necessary to remedy defects or deficiencies in the NAS. The reports may also provide data for improving the current system and planning for a future system.
Towbar and Towbarless Movement of Aircraft
This advisory circular (AC) provides guidance for towbar and towbarless movement of aircraft.
|00-58B||AFS-230||Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program||04-29-2009|
|00-64||AFS-300||Air Medical Resource Management This AC provides guidance and information, which establish minimum guidelines for Air Medical Resource Management Training. Procedural Subject||09-22-2005|
|00-61||AFS-800||Event Planning Guide Describes acceptable methods for organizing the aviation community for all events, such as major sports events (auto racing, golf, etc.) It is not limited to sporting events, but can be used whenever there is a large amount of aviation activity on an infrequent basis and open gatherings of people. The goal of this AC is to enhance air and ground safety. This AC does not include events that require FAA Form, 7711-1, Application for Certificate of Waiver or Authorization.||07-24-2000|
|00-59||AND-710||Integrating Helicopter and Tiltrotor Assets into Disaster Relief Planning Provides guidance to state and local emergency relief planners on integrating helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft into disaster relief planning efforts.||11-13-1998|
|00-57||AND-720||Hazardous Mountain Winds and Their Visual Indicators Assists pilots involved in aviation operations to diagnose the potential for severe wind events in the vicinity of mountainous areas. It provides information on preflight planning techniques and on in-flight evaluation strategies for avoiding destructive turbulence and loss of aircraft control. Pilots, dispatchers, air traffic controllers, and other who must deal with weather phenomena and the routing of aircraft will benefit from the information contained in this advisory circular.||09-10-1997|
|00-44II||AGC-200||Status of Federal Aviation Regulations||05-01-1997|
|00-41B||ASU-430||FAA Quality Control System Certification Program||10-10-1989|
|00-54||AFS-200||Pilot Windshear Guide Communicates key windshear information relevant to flight crews. Appendix 1 of this advisory circular is the Pilot Windshear Guide, which is only one section of the two-volume Windshear Training Aid.||11-25-1988|
United States (U.S.) National Aviation Standard for the Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Radio Range (VOR)/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)/Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) Systems
This Advisory Circular is issued to inform the aviation community of the establishment and content of the United States(U. S.) National Aviation Standard for the Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Radio Range (VOR)/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)/Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) Systems
Aircraft Gound Handling and Servicing
This advisory circular contains in~ormation and guidance for the servicing and ground handling of aircraft.