Do you know your FAA Part 91 Flight Locating requirements? Primarily the FAA Part 91 regulations define the operation of small non-commercial aircraft within the US. Many other countries defer to these rules but may have subtle differences. FAA Part 91 usually refers to general aviation and some corporate commercial operations.

FAA Part 91 Flight Locating Requirements

If you buy an airplane for your own use and fly it around for pleasure or to a business meeting you are operating under FAA Part 91 the majority of the time. Parachute operators, firefighting aircraft, and crop-dusting aircraft also operate under FAA Part 91 even though they may receive or a transfer of money occurs for their services.

Even large jets can operate under FAA Part 91. If a casino for example buys a turboprop or private jet they can operate under FAA Part 91 and bring clients to their casino to gamble. The only restriction is that they cannot charge or hold out to the public to fly or provide charter services. The casino can also use it to fly executives and owners around and still operate under FAA Part 91.

The FAA Part 91 Flight Locating requirements are there for safety. If an aircraft is overdue to its location then appropriate people will be made aware and if necessary search and rescue operations can commence without delay. Flight Locating software provides, meets and exceeds the regulatory requirements. These regulations are outlined below:

14 CFR 91.1029

§ 91.1029 Flight scheduling and locating requirements.
(a) Each program manager must establish and use an adequate system to schedule and release program aircraft.

(b) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, each program manager must have adequate procedures established for locating each flight, for which a flight plan is not filed, that –

(1) Provide the program manager 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 program manager with the location, date, and estimated time for reestablishing radio or telephone communications, if the flight will operate in an area where communications cannot be maintained.

(c) Flight locating information must be retained at the program manager’s principal base of operations, or at other places designated by the program manager in the flight locating procedures, until the completion of the flight.

(d) The flight locating requirements of paragraph (b) of this section do not apply to a flight for which an FAA flight plan has been filed and the flight plan is canceled within 25 nautical miles of the destination airport.

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