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VOLUME 3  General technical administration

CHAPTER 51  PART 133 EXTERNAL LOAD OPERATIONS

Section 5  Evaluate 14 CFR Part 133 Rotorcraft Lease Agreement

3-4176    PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.

·        Maintenance: 3430.

·        Avionics: 5430.

3-4177    OBJECTIVE. This chapter provides guidance for determining if an operator’s rotorcraft lease agreements comply with the requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 133, § 133.19.

3-4178    GENERAL. Under the provisions of § 133.19, the operator must have the exclusive use of at least one rotorcraft for six consecutive months.

A.    An operator who does not own a rotorcraft must have a written lease agreement providing exclusive use of a rotorcraft for at least six consecutive months. The lease agreement must specify the party responsible for the maintenance of the rotorcraft.

B.    A lease agreement is not required if an operator has sole possession, control, and use of a rotorcraft as an owner, and provides its own maintenance.

3-4179    OWNERSHIP OF ROTORCRAFT. In determining ownership of the aircraft, the inspector should research the following:

·        Aircraft Registration Listings (N-number listings),

·        FAA Form 8710-4, Rotorcraft External-Load Operator Certificate of Application, and

·        Verbal confirmation from the operator.

3-4180    COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. This task may require coordination with Airworthiness and Operations aviation safety inspectors (ASIs).

3-4181    REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.

A.    References.

B.    Forms. FAA Form 8710-4, Rotorcraft External-Load Operator Certificate of Application.

C.    Job Aids. None.

3-4182    PROCEDURES.

A.    Review the Operator’s Data. The operator must have exclusive use of at least one rotorcraft per the provisions of § 133.19. Review the operator’s certificate or the attached list of aircraft to determine which rotorcraft are used under a lease agreement.

B.    Evaluate the Lease. Determine if the lease agreement meets the requirements of § 133.19. The lease must allow for the following:

1)    Arrangements for the maintenance of the rotorcraft.
2)    Exclusive use of the rotorcraft for at least six consecutive months.

C.    Analyze the Results. Discuss with the operator any corrective actions that may be required.

3-4183    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    File PTRS Transmittal Form.

B.    Completion of this task will result in the following:

1)    If the lease agreement is satisfactory, no further action.
2)    If the agreement is unsatisfactory, notification to the certification project manager, who will inform the operator of any deficiencies.

C.    Document Task. File all supporting paperwork in the operator’s office file.

3-4184    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. It may be necessary to conduct one or more follow-up visits to ensure the operator is complying with the applicable regulations.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 3-4185 through 3-4200.