VOLUME 3 GENERAL TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION
CHAPTER 51 PART
133 EXTERNAL LOAD OPERATIONS
Section 2 Part
133 Airworthiness Related Tasks
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
29 , or 14 CFR section (§) 21.25 for the special purpose of rotorcraft external-load operations.
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
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
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
RESERVED. Paragraphs 3-4109 through 3-4125.