1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice announces revised guidance
to clarify the codification (A-codes A1, A2, A3) used in operations specification
(OpSpec) A449 for Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
stations. This revised guidance aims to improve the appropriate A-code entry, which is utilized by the Office
of Aerospace Medicine, Drug Abatement Division (AAM-800) to determine the number and relationship of facilities
with drug and alcohol testing programs, and determine which of these need to be inspected. The revised guidance
emphasizes the importance of collaboration between the Flight Standards Service (FS) and AAM-800. This notice
also announces a nonmandatory revision to OpSpec A449 for part
stations, replacing references to the “Antidrug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program” with the
“drug and alcohol testing program” to align with the regulatory requirements of 14 CFR part
This notice also provides factors to consider for management position candidates having a finding
of material contribution related to the revocation of a certificate under part
clarifies appeal rights for denials of part
145 certificate applications.
2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice includes FS
Safety Assurance offices and PIs responsible for part
holders (CH) performing safety-sensitive functions for a 14 CFR part
or for a 14 CFR part
conducting commercial air tour operations under §
and FS personnel responsible for part
applicants intending to perform such safety-sensitive functions. The secondary audience
includes the Safety Standards and the Foundational Business offices.
3. Where You Can Find This Notice. You can find this notice on the MyFAA employee website at
Inspectors can access this notice through the Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS) at
Operators can find this notice on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) website at
This notice is available to the public at
a. AAM-800 is responsible for monitoring the aviation industry’s
compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations
by providing surveillance of regulated employers (including 14 CFR part
135, or §
91.147 operators, part
and non-certificated contractors that elect to conduct testing). AAM‑800 uses
a program called Compliance and Enforcement Tracking Subsystem (CETS) to schedule
and document oversight activities with the regulated employers. CETS uses the
Web‑based Operations Safety System (WebOPSS) and the National Vital Information
Subsystem (NVIS) as the sources to populate its company data.
b. When a part
station is issued OpSpec A449, AAM-800 relies on FS PIs to enter the correct codification
(A-code) that resides in the telephone line of OpSpec A449 in accordance with FAA Order 8900.1,
Volume 3, Chapter 18, Section 10.
AAM-800 needs this information to determine the number and relationship of facilities with drug
and alcohol testing programs, and to determine which of these need to be inspected. AAM-800 has
to assume the risk of an incorrect A-code (A1, A2, or A3) being entered into OpSpec A449. An
incorrect code indicates to CETS that a company does not need to be inspected; and it
is therefore not included in the company-scheduling portion of CETS. Collaboration
between AAM-800 and the responsible Flight Standards office is essential for
taking corrective action on incorrect entries in OpSpec A449.
a. FAA Order 8900.1. The following Order 8900.1 guidance has been updated:
• Volume 2, Chapter 11, Section 1,
• Volume 2, Chapter 11, Section 2,
Phase 2Formal Application (SAS Business Process Modules 1 and 2); and
• Volume 3, Chapter 18, Section 10,
Parts A, B, and D Operations Specifications for Part
145 Repair Stations.
b. OpSpec Template. The sample OpSpec A449 template in Appendix A applies to part
updates the title and references from “Antidrug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program” to “Drug and
Alcohol Testing Program”, in accordance with part
6. Applicability. OpSpec A449 is required for all part
stations performing safety-sensitive functions for part
135 CHs, or for part
conducting commercial air tour operations under §
OpSpec A449 is issued to record the type of FAA-mandated drug and alcohol testing program implemented by the
repair station, as indicated by the applicable A-code, and record information on where the program records are kept.
7. Action. PIs should review the OpSpec A449 guidance and provide a copy of this notice to their assigned
part 145 CHs.
a. Required Information. CHs and operators are responsible for providing the information required by
part 120, §§
the issuance and updates of OpSpec A449, as applicable.
Issued A449. PIs should review OpSpec A449 issued to their assigned part
to ensure that the proper A-code has been entered, and that all other information is up to date. This is a nonmandatory revision
to OpSpec A449. However, PIs must reissue OpSpec A449 to all repair stations requiring updates as a result of the review.
This should be completed within 90 days of the “HQ Control Date” of the revised OpSpec A449. Refer to Order 8900.1,
Volume 3, Chapter 18, Section 10,
Table 3-6B, Operations Specification A449 Questions and Answers, for additional information. When reissuing OpSpec A449,
the CH’s OpSpec A004, Summary of Special Authorizations and Limitations, should
also be reissued to include the updated authorization statement that reflects
the revised program title. The PI should communicate with AAM‑800 (via email at
for concurrence prior to reissuance of OpSpec A449.
c. Applicant for a Part
If the applicant intends to perform safety-sensitive functions for a part
135 CH, or for a part
conducting commercial air tour operations under
FS personnel should notify AAM-800 (via email at
upon receipt of FAA Form
Preapplication Statement of Intent. This communication expands oversight collaboration, and enables AAM-800 to
provide assistance prior to the commencement of operations. AAM-800 collaboration and concurrence prior
to issuance of OpSpec A449 is essential for establishing a solid baseline.
8. Disposition. We will incorporate the information in this notice into Order 8900.1
before this notice expires. Direct questions and comments concerning the information in this notice to the Aircraft
Maintenance Division, Repair Station Branch (AFS-340) at (202) 267-1675.
ORIGINAL SIGNED by
/s/ Robert C. Carty
Deputy Executive Director, Flight Standards Service
Appendix A. Sample OpSpec A449, Drug and Alcohol Testing Program: 14 CFR Part
a. The 14 CFR Part
station certificate holder has implemented a drug and alcohol testing program because the certificate holder performs safety-sensitive functions for a 14 CFR Parts
holder, and/or for a 14 CFR Part
conducting operations under §
b. The certificate holder certifies that it will comply with the requirements of 14 CFR Part
49 CFR Part 40 for its drug and alcohol testing program.
c. Drug and alcohol testing program records are maintained and available for inspection by the FAA’s Drug
Abatement Compliance and Enforcement Inspectors at the location listed in Table 1 below:
d. Limitations and Provisions.
(1) The FAA’s Drug Abatement Division is responsible for oversight and enforcement of the DOT/FAA‑mandated drug and alcohol testing
program. Questions regarding the program requirements or regulations must be directed to the Drug Abatement Division at 202-267-8442 or
(2) The certificate holder is responsible for updating this operations specification when any of the following changes occur:
(a) Phone number and address where the drug and alcohol testing program records are kept.
(b) If the certificate holder’s number of safety-sensitive employees goes to 50 and above, or falls below 50 safety-sensitive employees.
(3) The certificate holder with 50 or more employees performing a safety-sensitive function on January 1 of the calendar year must
submit an annual report to the Drug Abatement Division of the FAA.
(4) The certificate holder with fewer than 50 employees performing a safety-sensitive function on January 1 of any calendar year
must submit an annual report upon request of the Administrator.
e. The certificate holder has 50 or more safety-sensitive employees. - OR -
e. The certificate holder has fewer than 50 safety-sensitive employees.