Are you familiar with FAA Part 135 Flight Locating Regulations? 14 CFR Part 135 operators can choose to get an Air Carrier Certificate or an Operating Certificate. There are 2 further types of authority to operate under as either On Demand or as an Air Carrier. Under the scope of the certificate you can decide based on your type of operation to have a 135 Single Pilot, 135 Single PIC, 135 Basic or a Standard Part 135 certificate.
FAA Part 135 Flight Locating Regulations
Whichever certificate and authority you choose to work under you will still be required to have Flight Locating procedures. Often operators say well the regulation says we only need to have procedures for when an FAA flight plan is not filed. Well if you continue reading it is still up to the carrier to have a procedure to notify FAA and/or search and rescue in the event of an overdue aircraft.
This becomes more important in international operations and ETOPS operations where you may not be in contact with a control facility for some time. Even if you are a single pilot or single PIC operator this situations might apply to you. Many international locations adopt both FAA and ICAO requirements so it is imperative that you have a flight locating procedure that is available and works wherever you operate.
The FAA requires for a Part 135 certificate holder to have Flight Locating procedures outlined included in a manual available for inspection. Flight Locating’s software meets all of the Part 135 Flight Locating Regulations and its automation and reporting tools greatly enhance the level of safety for your type of operation.
These regulations are outlined below:
14 CFR 135.79
(a) Each certificate holder must have procedures established for locating each flight, for which an FAA flight plan is not filed, that—
(1) Provide the certificate holder with at least the information required to be included in a VFR flight plan;
(2) Provide for timely notification of an FAA facility or search and rescue facility, if an aircraft is overdue or missing; and
(3) Provide the certificate holder with the location, date, and estimated time for reestablishing communications, if the flight will operate in an area where communications cannot be maintained.
(b) Flight locating information shall be retained at the certificate holder’s principal place of business, or at other places designated by the certificate holder in the flight locating procedures, until the completion of the flight.
(c) Each certificate holder shall furnish the representative of the Administrator assigned to it with a copy of its flight locating procedures and any changes or additions, unless those procedures are included in a manual required under this part.
[Doc. No. 16097, 43 FR 46783, Oct. 10, 1978, as amended by Amdt. 135-110, 72 FR 31684, June 7, 2007]
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