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In most cases, if an operator provides air transportation of persons or property for compensation or hire, the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) require that a commercial operating certificate be issued. Operators of business aircraft that wish to conduct operations for compensation or hire are generally certificated under Part 135 of the FARs. As a certificate holding entity, the operator must comply with a number of FAA requirements regarding areas such as flight operations, maintenance and training.
Best practices for operators planning to add an additional aircraft to their Part 135 certificate.
Guidance for maintaining a positive and productive relationship with your local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).
Information on the FAA computerized system for the issuance of operations specifications (OpSpecs) for Part 135 and 121 carriers and other certificated entities.
Given the limitations on operations for compensation under Part 91, coupled with the potential for streamlining Part 135 certification and obtaining a deviation from the manual, training and management requirements of Part 135, some corporate operators may find Part 135 certification an attractive option.
This publication provides insight into the requirements for certification as a commercial operator under Part 119 as well as the differences between operations conducted under Parts 135, 125 and 121.
This article discusses policies that charter operators may utilize to ensure parental consent when transporting underage children.
Eligible On-Demand Operations
In addition to creating Subpart K of Part 91, the Final Rule "Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-Demand Operations" changes certain Part 135 regulations. 14 CFR 135.4 defines a new type of operator known as an "eligible on-demand operation." An eligible on-demand operation is allowed more lenient destination airport effective runway length performance and the opportunity to conduct an instrument approach at an airport with no weather reporting with certain qualifiers. These alternatives are only available to an eligible on-demand operation. One requirement of an eligible on-demand operation is that the flightcrew must consist of at least two qualified pilots.
- JobAid for OpSpec/MSpec C049: Destination Airport Analysis Programs (04/21/04) (38 KB, PDF)
- JobAid for OpSpec A057: Eligible On Demand Operations (12/19/03) (17 KB, PDF)
- Final Rule: "Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-Demand Operations" (394 KB, PDF)