VOLUME 3 GENERAL TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION
CHAPTER 51 PART
Section 2 Part
3-4106 EXTERNAL-LOAD OPERATIONS. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
applicable to operators conducting rotorcraft external-load operations. These operators must acquire a Rotorcraft External-Load Operator
Certificate, and the operator must have at least 6 months of exclusive use of at least one rotorcraft certificated under 14 CFR part
the special purpose of rotorcraft external-load operations.
NOTE: Conduct a ramp inspection per
Volume 6, Chapter 1, Section 4. The
attaching means and quick-release devices utilized for human external cargo
(HEC) must meet the requirements of HEC certification per part
3-4107 ATTACHING MEANS. The attaching means for the external load must have been approved under:
• Part 8 of the Civil Air Regulations (CAR), on or before
January 17, 1964;
February 1, 1977;
this chapter, as applicable, irrespective of the date of approval; or
21.25 of this chapter.
3-4108 QUICK-RELEASE DEVICES. Each quick-release device must have been approved under:
this chapter, as applicable;
February 1, 1977; or
this chapter, except the device must comply with part
27.865(b) and part
§ 29.865(b), as
applicable, of this chapter.
3-4109 LOAD CLASSES. Aircraft external-load operators may apply for authorization to operate in load classes A, B, C, and D.
A. Class A. An external cargo load that cannot move freely, cannot
be jettisoned, and does not extend below the landing gear.
B. Class B. An external cargo load that can be jettisoned and is lifted free of land and/or water.
C. Class C. An external cargo load that can be jettisoned and
remains in contact with land or water during the rotorcraft operation.
D. Class D. An external cargo load other than Class A, B, or C. Class D
is approved on an individual basis through the issuance of operations specifications
(OpSpec). A class D authorization has special considerations, especially in terms of operating rules.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 3-4110 through 3-4125.