FAA Alerts and Notices

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FAA Issues SAFO on Dangers of Improperly Inflated Tires
June 22, 2009
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) to emphasize the importance of maintaining correct aircraft tire pressure. This can be accomplished by measuring cold tire pressure at intervals recommended by the manufacturer. Pressure checks are most effective when tires have been at rest for at least two hours since their last use. Aircraft tires are designed to carry heavy loads at high speeds meaning that problems caused by incorrect tire pressure can lead to catastrophic failures. Over inflation of a tire can cause uneven wear, reduced traction, and increased stress on aircraft wheels. Under inflation can increase stress on the tire which shortens its life and can lead to tire blowouts. Following the guidance in this SAFO is important as the FAA has identified a number of aircraft accidents where malfunctioning tires may have been a factor. Review the SAFO.

FAA Issues InFO Regarding Carriage of Air Operator Certificate
October 27, 2008
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an information for operators (InFO) message outlining the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirement for commercial operators to carry a “Certified True Copy” of their Air Operator Certificate (AOC). A “Certified True Copy” carries an official stamp or seal and a certification statement. The purpose of the ICAO requirement is to allow regulatory authorities to determine, during inspections such as ramp inspections, which state has responsibility for regulatory oversight of the aircraft’s operations. Read the InFO.
FAA Issues SAFO on Use of Non-Safety Personnel
April 14, 2008
The FAA has issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) regarding the accomplishment of safety-related functions for Part 135 operations. The SAFO recommends that operators identify to passengers those crewmembers who are safety-qualified and those who are not. For additional information, review the SAFO.
FAA Issues Revised OpSpec for Carriage of Hazardous Materials
March 1, 2007
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Notice 8000.352 which provides a revised Operations Specification (OpSpec) A055 for the carriage of hazardous materials by Part 135 and Part 121 air carriers. Download FAA Notice 8000.352 (126 KB, PDF)
Braking Action Common Terms Recommended by Industry-FAA Workgroup
October 2, 2006
Turbojet fractional and charter operators have been encouraged by the FAA to review a safety alert for operators (SAFO) related to landing performance assessments at time of arrival, and to voluntarily comply with a new OpSpec/MSpec C382 on the same topic. Review the braking action terms and the SAFO (27KB, PDF)
FAA Drops Landing Distance Assessment OpSpec to Pursue Rulemaking
September 1, 2006
The FAA has issued a safety alert for operators (SAFO) regarding "Landing Performance Assessment at Time of Arrival" for turbojet aircraft. The SAFO is based on the FAA policy statement on this topic that was published on June 7, 2006, and applies to air carriers, including business aviation operating under Part 135, Part 91 Subpart K or Part 125. Read the SAFO (53 KB, PDF)
Guidance for Part 135 Special Flight Permit Program
August 28, 2006
The FAA has issued Flight Standards Handbook Bulletin for Airworthiness (HBAW) 06-03, effective August 14, 2006, which provides significant relief for Part 135 (nine seats or less) certificate holders. The FAA received concerns from Part 135 operators regarding the availability of the FAA to issue special flight permits outside of normal business hours. This concern was addressed by the Airworthiness Working Group of the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and the HBAW is consistent with the ARC's recommendations. Download HBAW 06-03 (17 KB, PDF)
FAA Notice Addresses New Part 135 Weight and Balance Requirement
Notice 8400.84 (49 KB, Word) addresses Weight and Balance Operations Specifications for Part 121 and 135 certificated operators. The Notice states that certificated operators must comply with the newest revision of the weight and balance Advisory Circular (AC 120-27E)(1 MB, PDF) and develop an approved weight and balance program.
FAA Publishes SFAR for Portable Oxygen on 135 Flights
The FAA has published SFAR 106 to permit the use of certain portable oxygen concentrator devices on aircraft, subject to certain conditions.