VOLUME 12 INTERNATIONAL AVIATION
CHAPTER 2 FOREIGN AIR CARRIERS OPERATING TO THE United states AND FOREIGN
OPERATORS OF U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT ENGAGED IN COMMON CARRIAGE OUTSIDE THE
Section 6 Part
129 Part D
Operations SpecificationsAircraft Maintenance
12-269 PART D OPERATIONS SPECIFICATIONS (OPSPECS)AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE. The Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) issues Part D OpSpecs to foreign air carriers
who conduct operations within the United States under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
§ 129.14 using
U.S.-registered aircraft. The FAA also issues Part D OpSpecs
to foreign persons and operators using U.S.-registered aircraft operated in
common carriage solely outside the United States in accordance with
This chapter contains additional information specific to these
types of operations. The FAA does not issue Part D OpSpecs to part
air carriers who conduct operations with only foreign-registered aircraft. The
following guidance gives general instructions on how to complete Part D OpSpecs.
Detailed instructions on the procedures for approving a maintenance program
and minimum equipment list (MEL) under
§ 129.14 are contained in
Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 2 and
Volume 4, Chapter 4, Section 1.
OPSPEC D070 and D072. DECOMMISSIONED.
AIRCRAFT LISTING AND MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS. (Required for all air carriers and 14 CFR part
conducting operations with U.S.-registered aircraft.)
OpSpec D085 identifies the maintenance program that the FAA has reviewed and
approved for any U.S.-registered aircraft, as required by §
After the principal maintenance inspector (PMI) has evaluated the
maintenance program that the foreign air carrier or foreign person has submitted
in accordance with
Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 2,
and the current edition of Advisory Circular (AC)
Maintenance Programs for U.S.-Registered Aircraft Operated Under 14 CFR Part
the PMI will need to issue OpSpec D085 as follows:
A. Make, Model, and Series (M/M/S), Aircraft Registration Number,
and Aircraft Serial Number. All aircraft information must be first entered
into the Web-based Operations Safety System (WebOPSS) in the left navigation
area, under “CHDO,” then “Maintain Operator Data,” and then “Aircraft.” Aircraft
used to operate solely outside the United States identify as “129.14”. Aircraft
flying into the United States identify as “129”. Once the “Aircraft” data is
entered, when the PMI or operator moves a new OpSpec D085 template to the workspace,
the aircraft-specific information (M/M/S, aircraft registration number, and
aircraft serial number) for the foreign air carrier’s or foreign person’s U.S.-registered
aircraft will be auto-filled into the table(s).
NOTE: In the D085 template that is issued to foreign air carriers that
operate to the United States, there is an additional column in the table that
identifies if the aircraft is being used to operate to or solely outside the
United States. (Aircraft that are used to fly to the United States are identified
as “129”, and aircraft that are used to fly solely outside the United States
are identified as “129.14”.)
B. Maintenance Program Document Information. Maintenance program
document name, and document revision date and number. Enter the information
manually into the appropriate table.
NOTE: For dry-leased aircraft, refer to additional guidance in
Volume 12, Chapter 2, Section 9 and
OPSPEC D092. DECOMISSIONED.
OPSPEC D095MINIMUM EQUIPMENT LIST AUTHORIZATIONU.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT (OPTIONAL). (Required for U.S.-registered
airplanes if the carrier/operator is authorized to use a MEL.)
A. General. The regulatory basis for a MEL is 14 CFR part
Without the MEL, the foreign air carrier or foreign person operating
a U.S.-registered aircraft would have to operate the aircraft with all instruments
and equipment operative. For MEL exceptions, see
Volume 12, Chapter 2, Section 3, OpSpec A003.
B. Approval. When seeking approval of an MEL, the foreign air
carrier or foreign person must show that the procedures in its maintenance program
are adequate to support the use of its MEL. MELs are approved for U.S.-registered
aircraft through FAA OpSpecs. Section
in part that the OpSpec permitting the use of the MEL
is carried on board (refer to §
1) The carriage on board of the MEL is not limited to hard copies.
The intent of §
that the current and approved MEL is accessible to the flightcrew.
For example, if a foreign air carrier or a foreign person is approved by their
State of the Operator to carry the MEL electronically, this is an acceptable
means of compliance with §
2) An inspector conducting a ramp inspection must be able to
verify that the MEL is available, approved, and up-to-date. (Refer to International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Doc 8335, and see
Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 3, Figure 12-18).
C. Principal Inspectors’ (PI) Evaluation. After the principal
operations inspector (POI) has evaluated the operator-submitted program and
coordinated with the principal maintenance inspector (PMI) and/or principal
avionics inspector (PAI) in accordance with Volume 4, Chapter 4 and
Volume 12, Chapter 3, Section 2,
the PIs will need to issue OpSpec D095.
The aircraft make, model, and series (M/M/S), Aircraft Registration Number,
Serial Number, Master Minimum Equipment List (MMEL), Revision Date and Number,
and MEL Revision Date and Number for aircraft authorized for the use of an MEL
must be listed in the OpSpec table.
OPSPEC D097AGING AIRCRAFT PROGRAMS.
A. Foreign Air Carriers/Foreign Persons that are Authorized OpSpec D097. The issuance of this OpSpec
signifies the FAA has reviewed the foreign air carrier/foreign
person’s policy and procedures incorporated into their maintenance and/or inspection
programs for compliance with the Aging Aircraft Program rules. Table 1 of D097
will consist of three columns that list:
• The Aging Aircraft Program rules;
• The manual and section where the policy and procedures are located
for the applicable Aging Aircraft Program; and
• The date of the manual and section where the current policy and
procedures are located for the applicable Aging Aircraft Program.
NOTE: Figure 12-7 below illustrates a sample D097 Table 1 that lists the various 14 CFR part
rules. The foreign air carrier/foreign person will have a specific OpSpec D097
template for their operation.
Figure 12-7. Sample D097 Table 1 Aging Aircraft Maintenance Programs
Repairs Assessment for Pressurized Fuselages
Supplemental Inspections §
Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS) Maintenance Program §
Fuel Tank System Maintenance Program §
Flammability Reduction Means §
B. Submission to Principal Inspector (PI) for Review. Initial
submission and any later revisions to the foreign air carrier/foreign person’s
maintenance and/or inspection program policy and procedures must be submitted
to the PI for review for compliance with the Aging Aircraft Program rules.
C. Foreign Air Carrier/Foreign Person Action. A foreign air carrier/foreign
person’s program must have procedures to ensure that instructions for continued
airworthiness (ICA) are incorporated into their maintenance and/or inspection program.
D. Procedures for Tracking Changes and Approvals. The PI must
ensure that the foreign air carrier/foreign person has procedures in their manual
that track any changes and approvals made to the FAA Oversight Office-approved
fuel tank safety (FTS) ICAs.
OPSPEC D108. DECOMMISSIONED.
OPSPEC D301AIRCRAFT NETWORK SECURITY PROGRAM. Linking OpSpec D301 to Volume 3, Chapter 61.
OPSPEC D485. DECOMMISSIONED.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 12-270 through 12-289.