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VOLUME 3  GENERAL TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 51  PART 133 EXTERNAL LOAD OPERATIONS

Section 2  Part 133 Airworthiness Related Tasks

3-4106.    EXTERNAL-LOAD OPERATIONS. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 133 is applicable to all operators conducting rotorcraft external-load operations. Any person conducting rotorcraft external‑load operations must acquire a Rotorcraft External-Load Operator Certificate. The operator must have at least six months exclusive use of at least one rotorcraft certificated under 14 CFR parts 27 , 29 , or 14 CFR section () 21.25 for the special purpose of rotorcraft external-load operations.

3-4107.    ATTACHING MEANS. The attaching means for the external-load must have been approved under Part 8 of the Civil Aviation Regulations or under 14 CFR parts 27, 29, or 133.

3-4108.    LOAD CLASSES. The rotorcraft external-load operator may apply for authorization to operate in load classes A, B, C, and D.

A.    Class A is an external cargo load that cannot move freely, cannot be jettisoned, and does not extend below the landing gear.

B.    Class B is an external cargo load that can be jettisoned and is lifted free of land and/or water.

C.    Class C is an external cargo load that can be jettisoned and remains in contact with land or water during the rotorcraft operation.

D.    Class D is an external cargo load other than Class A, B, or C. A class D authorization is approved on an individual basis through the issuance of operations specification. A class D authorization has special considerations, especially in terms of operating rules.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 3-4109 through 3-4125.