NOTICE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

N 8900.412

 

National Policy

Effective Date: 4/5/17

 

 

Cancellation Date: 4/5/18

 

SUBJ:

OpSpec/MSpec/LOA C048/MC048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations

1.    Purpose of This Notice. This notice provides notification of a revision to optional operations specification (OpSpec), management specification (MSpec), and letter of authorization (LOA) C048/MC048 for certificate holders, program managers, and operators (hereafter referred to collectively as “operators”) conducting fixed‑wing airplane operations under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 91 subpart K (part 91K), 121, 125 (including part 125 Letter of Deviation Authority (A125 LODA) holders), 129, and 135. This notice also introduces LOA C048 for operators conducting fixed-wing airplane operations under part 91. This notice provides revised guidance for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificate-holding district offices (CHDO) and principal operations inspectors (POI) with oversight responsibilities for those operators. This is a mandatory revision to OpSpec/MSpec/LOA C048/MC048 which must be reissued or rescinded by the end of the regulatory compliance period.

2.    Audience. The primary audience for this notice is CHDOs, Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO), International Field Offices (IFO), certificate management offices (CMO), principal inspectors (PI), and aviation safety inspectors (ASI). The secondary audience includes Flight Standards Service (AFS) divisions and branches in headquarters (HQ).

3.    Where You Can Find This Notice. You can find this notice on the MyFAA employee website at https://employees.faa.gov/tools_resources/orders_notices. Inspectors can access this notice through the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) at http://fsims.avs.faa.gov. Operators can find this notice on the FAA’s website at http://fsims.faa.gov. This notice is available to the public at http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/orders_notices.

4.    Background. Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations for straight-in landing operations to 100 feet above touchdown zone elevation (TDZE) conducted under part 91, 91.175(l) and (m) are currently authorized through issuance of OpSpec/MSpec/LOA C048/MC048. A rule change effective on March 21, 2017 will consolidate and expand all EFVS operations under a newly issued rule ( 91.176). The C048 template has been revised to incorporate EFVS operations and provisions in the new rule. The old rule and the new rule will coexist until March 13, 2018, in order to give operators an opportunity to make necessary operational and administrative changes to their programs and procedures. Prior to March 13, 2018, C048 must either be reissued or rescinded for all EFVS operators. Operators that are not incorporating additional EFVS operations or provisions provided in the new rule will have an abbreviated application process.

5.    Guidance. The Flight Technologies and Procedures Division (AFS-400) developed this guidance in cooperation with the International Programs and Policy Division (AFS-50), the Air Transportation Division (AFS‑200), the Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS-300), and the General Aviation and Commercial Division (AFS‑800).

a.    FAA Order 8900.1. The following Order 8900.1 sections provide references, information, and guidance for PIs and supporting ASIs to perform an evaluation of an operator’s application for the initial issuance or an amendment to OpSpec/MSpec/LOA C048/MC048:

    Volume 3, Chapter 18, Section 5, Part C Operations Specifications—Airplane Terminal Instrument Procedures and Airport Authorizations and Limitations;

    Volume 4, Chapter 17, Section 1, Safety Assurance System: EFVS Operations Application Evaluation (new section); and

    Volume 12, Chapter 2, Section 5, Part 129 Part C Operations Specifications—Airplane Terminal Instrument Procedures and Airport Authorizations and Limitations.

b.    Templates. This notice contains the following:

    The sample OpSpec C048 template in Appendix A applies to part 121.

    The sample OpSpec C048 template in Appendix B applies to part 125.

    The sample OpSpec C048 template in Appendix C applies to part 129.

    The sample OpSpec C048 template in Appendix D applies to part 135.

    The sample OpSpec C048 template in Appendix E applies to part 121/135.

    The sample MSpec MC048 template in Appendix F applies to part 91K.

    The sample LOA C048 template in Appendix G applies to part 91 operators (other than part 91K) operating under 91.176(a).

    The sample LOA C048 template in Appendix H applies to part 125 A125 LODA holders.

NOTE:  The sample LOA C048 template in Appendix G provides an option for part 91 operators for use during international operations under 91.176(b).

6.    Action. PIs of those operators currently authorized C048 for 91.175(l) and (m) operations should advise the operators that reissuance of the new C048 must take place by March 13, 2018, in order for the operators to continue EFVS operations. Certificate holders and program managers currently authorized C048 must provide POIs with an application and supporting documents to receive authorization for the EFVS-related provisions provided by the new rule.

7.    Disposition. Inspector guidance for issuing these authorizations will be incorporated into Order 8900.1 before this notice expires. Direct questions concerning the information in this notice to the Flight Operations Branch (AFS‑410) at 202-267-4743.

ORIGINAL SIGNED by

/s/ John Barbagallo

Deputy Director, Flight Standards Service

Appendix A.  Sample OpSpec C048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations: 14 CFR Part 121

a.    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this operations specification.

b.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1.

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

EFVS Visual Advantage

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

(Text Box)

(Drop Down)

c.    EFVS Operational Minimums. EFVS operational minimums for an airplane equipped with an EFVS are determined by reducing the visibility minimums prescribed for the planned IAP to be flown by the applicable authorized EFVS visual advantage recorded in Table 1. Provisions in Table 1 identify the authorized use of EFVS operational minimums.

d.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

(1)    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(a)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1000 or statute mile for 91.176(a) operations are not authorized.
(b)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1200 or statute mile for 91.176(b) operations are not authorized.
(c)    In accordance with part 121, 121.651, the certificate holder is authorized to begin the Final Approach Segment (FAS), or continue an IAP past the FAF, at an airport when the visibility reported is at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization.
(d)    The certificate holder is authorized under 121.613 to dispatch or release an airplane for the purpose of conducting an EFVS operation if in compliance with all provisions and limitations of this authorization provided:
(i)    Personnel assigned to dispatch/flight release duties have successfully completed the certificate holder’s approved EFVS training;
(ii)    Appropriate weather reports or forecasts indicate that the weather conditions will be at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization at the estimated time of arrival at the destination airport; and
(iii)    EFVS operational minimums are not utilized for determining suitable alternate airports.
(e)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
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(2)    The certificate holder may not use EFVS operational minimums until the requirements of 121.652 are met.

Appendix B.  Sample OpSpec C048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations: 14 CFR Part 125

a.   The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this operations specification.

b.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1.

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

EFVS Visual Advantage

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

(Text Box)

(Drop Down)

c.    EFVS Operational Minimums. EFVS operational minimums for an airplane equipped with an EFVS are determined by reducing the visibility minimums prescribed for the planned IAP to be flown by the applicable authorized EFVS visual advantage recorded in Table 1. Provisions in Table 1 identify the authorized use of EFVS operational minimums.

d.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

(1)    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(a)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1000 or statute mile for 91.176(a) operations are not authorized.
(b)  EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1200 or statute mile for 91.176(b) operations are not authorized.
(c)    In accordance with part 125, 125.381, the certificate holder is authorized to execute an IAP, or continue an IAP, at an airport when the visibility reported is at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization.
(d)    The certificate holder is authorized under 125.361 to release an airplane for the purpose of conducting an EFVS operation if in compliance with all provisions and limitations of this authorization provided:
(i)    Personnel assigned to flight release duties have successfully completed the certificate holder’s approved EFVS training;
(ii)    Appropriate weather reports or forecasts indicate that the weather conditions will be at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization at the estimated time of arrival at the destination airport; and
(iii)    EFVS operational minimums are not utilized for determining suitable alternate airports.
(e)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
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(2)    The certificate holder may not use EFVS operational minimums until the requirements of 125.287 are met.

Appendix C.  Sample OpSpec C048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations: 14 CFR Part 129

a.    The foreign air carrier is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this operations specification.

b.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The foreign air carrier is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1. The foreign air carrier’s airplane must be equipped with an EFVS that has either an FAA type design approval or, for a foreign-registered airplane, the EFVS complies with all of the EFVS requirements of 91.176(a)(1) or (b)(1) applicable to the operation to be conducted and is approved by the State of the Operator or State of Registry.

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

EFVS Visual Advantage

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down )

(Text Box)

(Drop Down)

c.    EFVS Operational Minimums. EFVS operational minimums for an airplane equipped with an EFVS are determined by reducing the visibility minimums prescribed for the planned IAP to be flown by the applicable authorized EFVS visual advantage recorded in Table 1. Provisions in Table 1 identify the authorized use of EFVS operational minimums.

d.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

(1)    The foreign air carrier is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(a)    The foreign air carrier is authorized to begin the Final Approach Segment (FAS), or continue an IAP past the FAF, at an airport when the visibility reported is at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization. In no case will the operational minimums be less restrictive than those minimums approved by the State of the Operator or State of Registry.
(b)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
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(2)    The foreign air carrier may not use EFVS operational minimums until authorized by the State of the Operator or State of Registry and authorized by this operations specification C048.

e.    Pilot Training and Qualification Requirements. The use of EFVS as prescribed in this operations specification is authorized only for those PICs and SICs who have:

(1)    Completed the foreign air carrier’s approved EFVS training; and

(2)    Been qualified for EFVS operations by one of the foreign air carrier’s check pilots or a civil aviation authority (CAA) inspector from the State of the Operator.

f.    Airplane Maintenance Requirements. The foreign air carrier must maintain the airplane and equipment listed in Table 1 of this operations specification in accordance with its maintenance program approved by the State of the Operator.

Appendix D.  Sample OpSpec C048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations: 14 CFR Part 135

a.    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this operations specification.

b.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1.

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

EFVS Visual Advantage

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

(Text Box)

(Drop Down)

c.    EFVS Operational Minimums. EFVS operational minimums for an airplane equipped with an EFVS are determined by reducing the visibility minimums prescribed for the planned IAP to be flown by the applicable authorized EFVS visual advantage recorded in Table 1. Provisions in Table 1 identify the authorized use of EFVS operational minimums.

d.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

(1)    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(a)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1000 or statute mile for 91.176(a) operations are not authorized.
(b)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1200 or statute mile for 91.176(b) operations are not authorized.
(c)    In accordance with part 135, 135.225, the certificate holder is authorized to begin an IAP, or continue an IAP, at an airport when the latest weather report indicates that weather conditions are at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization.
(d)    The certificate holder is authorized under 135.219 to takeoff an airplane for the purpose of conducting an EFVS operation if in compliance with all provisions and limitations of this authorization provided:
(i)    Personnel assigned to operational control/flight release duties have successfully completed the certificate holder’s EFVS training;
(ii)    Appropriate weather reports or forecasts indicate that the weather conditions will be at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization at the estimated time of arrival at the next airport of intended landing; and
(iii)    EFVS operational minimums are not utilized for determining suitable alternate airports.
(e)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
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(2)    The certificate holder is not authorized to conduct EFVS operations under 91.176(a) when conducting eligible on-demand operations.

(3)    For operations with turbine-powered airplanes, the certificate holder may not use EFVS operational minimums until the requirements of 135.225(e) are met.

Appendix E.  Sample OpSpec C048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations: 14 CFR Part 121/135

Section I. Part 121

a.    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this operations specification.

b.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1 (Section I).

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

EFVS Visual Advantage

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

(Text Box)

(Drop Down)

c.    EFVS Operational Minimums. EFVS operational minimums for an airplane equipped with an EFVS are determined by reducing the visibility minimums prescribed for the planned IAP to be flown by the applicable authorized EFVS visual advantage recorded in Table 1 (Section I). Provisions in Table 1 (Section I) identify the authorized use of EFVS operational minimums.

d.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

(1)    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 (Section I) according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(a)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1000 or statute mile for 91.176(a) operations are not authorized.
(b)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1200 or statute mile for 91.176(b) operations are not authorized.
(c)    In accordance with part 121, 121.651, the certificate holder is authorized to begin the Final Approach Segment (FAS), or continue an IAP past the FAF, at an airport when the visibility reported is at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization.
(d)    The certificate holder is authorized under 121.613 to dispatch or release an airplane for the purpose of conducting an EFVS operation if in compliance with all provisions and limitations of this authorization provided:
(i)    Personnel assigned to dispatch/flight release duties have successfully completed the certificate holder’s approved EFVS training;
(ii)    Appropriate weather reports or forecasts indicate that the weather conditions will be at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization at the estimated time of arrival at the destination airport; and
(iii)    EFVS operational minimums are not utilized for determining suitable alternate airports.
(e)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
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(2)    The certificate holder may not use EFVS operational minimums until the requirements of 121.652 are met.

Section II. Part 135

a.    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this operations specification.

b.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The certificate holder is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1 (Section II).

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

EFVS Visual Advantage

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

(Text Box)

(Drop Down)

c.    EFVS Operational Minimums. EFVS operational minimums for an airplane equipped with an EFVS are determined by reducing the visibility minimums prescribed for the planned IAP to be flown by the applicable authorized EFVS visual advantage recorded in Table 1 (Section II). Provisions in Table 1 (Section II) identify the authorized use of EFVS operational minimums.

d.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

(1)    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 (Section II) according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(a)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1000 or statute mile for 91.176(a) operations are not authorized.
(b)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1200 or statute mile for 91.176(b) operations are not authorized.
(c)    In accordance with part 135, 135.225, the certificate holder is authorized to begin an IAP, or continue an IAP, at an airport when the latest weather report indicates that weather conditions are at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization.
(d)    The certificate holder is authorized under 135.219 to takeoff an airplane for the purpose of conducting an EFVS operation if in compliance with all provisions and limitations of this authorization provided:
(i)    Personnel assigned to operational control/flight release duties have successfully completed the certificate holder’s EFVS training;
(ii)    Appropriate weather reports or forecasts indicate that the weather conditions will be at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization at the estimated time of arrival at the next airport of intended landing; and
(iii)    EFVS operational minimums are not utilized for determining suitable alternate airports.
(e)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
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(2)    The certificate holder is not authorized to conduct EFVS operations under 91.176(a) when conducting eligible on-demand operations.

(3)    For operations with turbine-powered airplanes, the certificate holder may not use EFVS operational minimums until the requirements of 135.225(e) are met.

Appendix F.  Sample MSpec MC048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations: 14 CFR Part 91K

a.    The program manager is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this management specification.

b.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The program manager is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1.

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

c.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

(1)    The program manager is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(a)    EFVS operations under 91.176(a) may only be conducted at airports with a weather reporting facility operated by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS), a source approved by the U.S. NWS, or a source approved by the Administrator; and the latest reported visibility of at least RVR 1000 for the runway of intended landing or at least statute mile.
(b)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
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Appendix G.  Sample LOA C048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations: 14 CFR Part 91

1.    The operator is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this letter of authorization (LOA).

2.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The operator is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1.

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

3.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

a.    The operator is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(1)    EFVS operations under 91.176(a) may only be conducted on IAPs to airports that have weather reporting facilities reporting the latest visibility of at least RVR 1000 for the runway of intended landing or at least statute mile.
(2)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
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4.    Designation of Responsible Person. This person should be the individual person who will be the operator, or, if the operator is a legal entity, an officer, employee, or person who that entity has contracted with in order to act on behalf of the legal entity with respect to this EFVS authorization. This person must be a U.S. citizen, or a person who holds a U.S. pilot certificate, and who accepts responsibility for ensuring the operator or entity complies with all stated regulations regarding EFVS operations and the limitations and provisions of this LOA.

a.    If the responsible person named on this LOA relinquishes responsibility, this LOA becomes invalid.

b.    The name, email address, and telephone number of the responsible person are listed in Table 2.

Table 2 – Responsible Person

Name

Email Address

Telephone Number

 

 

 

Appendix H.  Sample LOA C048, Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) Operations: 14 CFR Part 125 (A125 LODA Holder)

1.    The operator/company authorized to conduct operations in accordance with the Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA A125) is authorized to conduct the Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) operations under 14 CFR part 91, 91.176 specified in this letter of authorization (LOA).

2.    Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations. The operator/company is authorized to conduct the EFVS operations specified using the airplanes, Enhanced Vision System (EVS) sensor, and limitations and provisions listed in Table 1.

Table 1 – Authorized Airplanes, Equipment, and EFVS Operations

Airplane (M/M/S)

EVS Sensor

Authorized EFVS Operation

EFVS Visual Advantage

Limitations and Provisions

(With sub-list attribute)

(Drop Down)

(Drop Down)

(Text Box)

(Drop Down)

3.    EFVS Operational Minimums. EFVS operational minimums for an airplane equipped with an EFVS are determined by reducing the visibility minimums prescribed for the planned IAP to be flown by the applicable authorized EFVS visual advantage recorded in Table 1. Provisions in Table 1 identify the authorized use of EFVS operational minimums.

4.    Limitations and Provisions for Conducting EFVS Operations.

a.    The operator/company is authorized to conduct EFVS operations with the airplane make, model, and series (M/M/S) authorized in Table 1 according to the limitations and provisions in the following subparagraphs, as indicated in the “Limitations and Provisions” column for each airplane M/M/S.

(1)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1000 or statute mile for 91.176(a) operations are not authorized.
(2)    EFVS operational minimums less than RVR 1200 or statute mile for 91.176(b) operations are not authorized.
(3)    In accordance with part 125, 125.381, the operator/company is authorized to execute an IAP, or continue an IAP, at an airport when the visibility reported is at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization.
(4)    The operator/company is authorized under 125.361 to release an airplane for the purpose of conducting an EFVS operation if in compliance with all provisions and limitations of this authorization provided:
(A)    Personnel assigned to flight release duties have successfully completed the operator/company’s approved EFVS training;
(B)    Appropriate weather reports or forecasts indicate that the weather conditions will be at or above the EFVS operational minimums specified by this authorization at the estimated time of arrival at the destination airport; and
(C)    EFVS operational minimums are not utilized for determining suitable alternate airports.
(5)    Additional conditions and limitations: (Selectable subparagraph.)
[Text Box]

b.    The operator/company may not use EFVS operational minimums until the requirements of 125.287 are met.