Special Report: Operating Internationally

By Declan Selleck


12. How does the US Customs define a “Private” aircraft?
“Private Aircraft” are defined as aircraft which are not carrying passengers and/or cargo for “commercial purposes” (that is, for payment or other consideration). 19 CFR 122.1(h)(1).“Private Aircraft” also may include returning aircraft which are not carrying passengers and/or cargo and did not leave the U.S. with passengers and/or cargo carried for “commercial purposes.” 19 CFR122.1(h)(3). The rule is for CBP. CBP do code FAA regulations – 91, 135, 121.

13. What is the toll-free phone number for ARINC?
From the ARINC website,SFO is 1-925-371-3920, NYC is 1-631-244-2492

14. I got a TCAS/ACAS Resolution Advisory on my last trip in the USA. Do I have any reporting requirements?
The NTSB has issued a final rule that adds six reporting requirements to NTSB 830.5 (a). The reporting requirements became effective March 8, 2010. These new additions specifically address aircraft with turbine engines and glass cockpits, and also include air carriers and fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. One of these elements speaks directly to TCAS/ACAS Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) resolution advisories issued either (1) when an aircraft is being operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan and compliance with the advisory is necessary to avert a substantial risk of collision between two or more aircraft, or (2) to an aircraft operating in class A airspace; NTSB Regional Officeshttp://www.ntsb.gov/Abt_NTSB/regions/AVIATION.HTM

15. I’ve recently heard a pilot mentioning a requirement for “Aircraft operating certificate in Europe” For Part 91 Operations, do we need to comply with this regulation to operate in Europe?
An AOC is not a requirement for an FAA Part 91 General Aviation operation. A change to ICAO Annex 6 in 2010 requires an AOC be in a standardized format and Certified True Copy for commercial operations. This may be part of the confusion. There is an FAA Info to Operators that describes this in detail.InFo#09019 dated 12/1/09. The key is to prove to a foreign inspector that your operation is GA vice commercial. There is an AC that helps. AC 120-12A dated 4/24/86 describes what defines “Commercial Operations”.

16. What is the form number to apply for a Radio Station License?
FCC Form 605. You can do it on-line athttp://www.fcc.gov/Forms/Form605/605.html

17. Can a newly delivered jet with a pink registration can be legally flown from Florida to Puerto Rico and back, with no stops anywhere in between?
“Pink slips” are only valid for the continental U.S., you will need a Flywire to expedite the registration process The flywire will allow you to operate Internationally. Contact information can be found at: http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/aircraft_certification/aircraft_registry/contact_aircraft_certification/”

18. I have heard it both ways and am looking for a FAA reference that states whether operating in the Gulf of Mexico between Houston and Cancun is actually Class II nav.
Class II navigation is any enroute flight operation or portion of a flight operation that is not Class I navigation.FAA Order 8900.1 Volume 4, Chapter 1, Section 4, Paragraph 4-76B.

19. Is a special pilot qualification or training required to operate into/from LFMN, Nice Cote D’Azure?
As a private operator, no special training is required but is recommended. Commercial operators require specific familiarization. Usually a line check and currency is sufficient.French AIP, AD Section
20. Where can I find a copy of the ICAO Annexes?
Try this website: http://www.bazl.admin.ch/dokumentation/grundlagen/02643/index.html

21. How do I get an FAA/FCC approved company Callsign to use internationally?
FAA Advisory Circular 120-26J dated 1/1/05

22. Describe the “Mach Number Technique”
Flying and maintain the aircraft at a constant true Mach number vise an indicated Mach number. NAT Document #007, Guidance Concerning Air Navigation in and above the NAT MNPSA Chapter 7, Paragraph 7.1

23. When is a revised ETA required?
When it is off plus or minus 3 minutes or more. NAT Document #007, Guidance Concerning Air Navigation in and above the NAT MNPSA Chapter5, Paragraph 5.1.6


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Declan Selleck

Declan Selleck

Declan is a Flight Service Specialist with OPSGROUP.

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