RECEIVE OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS: We will isue OPSS Paragraph D085, and any other required Paragraphs when you complete the above steps and meet all requirements.
UPDATE AIRCRAFT LISTING: To comply with §135.63(a)(3) add the aircraft, including the kinds of operations authorized for the aircraft, to your official control listing of aircraft used or available for use in air carrier operations.
The sample application letter
and the attachments—Request to Add an Aircraft, Airworthiness Limitations for Operations Specifications Part D
and Aircraft Compliance Statement for FAR 135 Operations,
may help you accomplish steps 1 through 4 above. They offer an organized method to show compliance and give us the information we need to approve the aircraft and operations you request. Use the linked OPSPECS A004 CHECKLIST
to request the Operations Specifications you need.
ACCURACY IS IMPORTANT:
We need complete and accurate data for the Operations Specifications. The attached forms are not mandatory but the information and supporting documentation is. Personnel experienced with the aircraft make and model and the proposed operations should prepare these documents and sign the statement on page 4 signifying complete and accurate technical information. Technical errors or omissions will delay completion of the project.
The “SCHEDULE OF EVENTS”
section on page 1-1 lists the most of the events involved with adding the aircraft to your 135 operation. If you schedule those events in that section
, we can schedule our resources accordingly. We will tell you about scheduling difficulties.
We hope you find that these attachments help you determine aircraft eligibility and apply for the operations you need. Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
The Richmond FSDO
INSTRUCTIONS: You may print and manually fill in these documents or use on-screen fill-in. For on-screen fill-in, use TAB and SHIFT-TAB and the mouse to navigate around the forms. It may be helpful to print a copy for reference while working on your computer. To preserve the original in case you need to start over, save the document with a new name before you start . Print the completed copy, sign it, and send it to us.
[EXAMPLE: INSERT COMPANY LETTERHEAD, NAME AND ADDRESS]
[Mr. Ms] [name], Principal Maintenance Inspector
Federal Aviation Administration
Richmond Flight Standards District Office
5707 Huntsman Road, Suite 100
Richmond, Virginia 23250-2415
Dear [Mr. Ms] [last name of the Principal Maintenance Inspector]:
This is to apply for amended Operations Specifications (OPSS), Paragraph D085, [if new make/model aircraft insert “and A003” else hit DELETE] to add [insert the aircraft make, model, series] registration number [insert the registration number including N] to our air carrier operation. Please see the following attachments for details of this application.
Attachment Section 1
Attachment Section 2: Airworthiness Limitations information for Operations Specifications Section D
Documents for Approval: We include the documents checked below for your review and approval.
Additional information about the aircraft
Our Schedule of Events for the activities needed to add the aircraft to our fleet
Names and contact information for personnel assigned to this project.
OPSPECS CHECKLIST A004 is included to show OPSS paragraphs to add or that need revision for operations with this aircraft. We attached information that shows the aircraft is equipped and approved for each requested operation. We developed or are developing the written procedures and training programs related to those operations. The Schedule of Events in Section 1 includes dates for completion of the documents and for training and demonstrations of proficiency where required.
Minimum Equipment List (MEL) (mandatory attachment if you will use an MEL)
Approved Aircraft Inspection Program (AAIP) (optional, but a mandatory attachment if you will use an AAIP)
Continuous Airworthiness Maintenance Program (CAMP) (mandatory attachment for 10-or-more-passenger aircraft operations, optional for all other aircraft)
RVSM Operations, Training, and Maintenance Programs (mandatory attachment(s) for aircraft operated between FL290 and FL410 inclusive—see §91.180 and AC 91-85 RVSM)
Procedures to conduct a pretakeoff contamination check during ground icing conditions (If not included, Operations Specifications A041 may be delayed. AC 135-16 )
Deviation request (mandatory attachment if a deviation is required, e.g., reduction in proving test flight time)
Training program revision (mandatory if any training is required to add the aircraft or operation)
Documents for Acceptance
: We include the documents checked below for your review and acceptance.
Aircraft Lease [Mandatory attachment if the Air Carrier is not the legal owner of the aircraft, Ref. 135.25(b) see the above link to guidance]
Revision to the Operations Manual (mandatory for any change to the MEL or other Part 135 Operations document)
Attachment Section 3: Aircraft Compliance Statement and supporting documents
Attachment Section 4: Airworthiness Checklist and inspection statement showing the aircraft is ready for operations under 14 CFR Part 135
Proof of DOT Economic Registration (insurance) (mandatory attachment for first aircraft, provide within 30 days after adding any additional aircraft)
The data required by Section 2.8 REQUIRED MAINTENANCE & INSPECTION DATA
Please contact the persons indicated in Attachment Section 1 for any question concerning this application. Please let us know immediately if you are not able to accommodate our schedule of events.
[insert name and title]