FAA/Aviation Industry Minutes for
OpSpec Working Group (OSWG) 2005-04

October 18, Tuesday, Industry Meeting 9:30 to 12:00

                            OSWG Meeting 1:00 to 5:00

October 19, Wednesday, OSWG Meeting 8:30 to Noon

Hosted by: Air Transport Assn. (ATA)

Paul Railsback, 202-626-4101

Meeting Location:  Air Transportation Assn

1301 Penn. Ave. NW, Washington, DC.


October 18-19, 2005                OSWG 2005-04

ATA host @ Hogan and Hartson Conference Room, Downstairs from the lobby, 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC.

January 24-25, 2006                 OSWG 2006-01

AmeriJet host @ Miami (see attached info)

April  26-27 , [Wed/Thurs] 2006 OSWG 2006-02

(Note: dates changed at 10/18 meeting)

NACA @ Washington, DC

July 25-26 , 2006                       OSWG 2006-03

ComAir Host in Cincinnati

October 24-25, 2006                 OSWG 2006-04

UPS Host in Louisville

Chairpersons:  Casey Seabright, NWA, Industry Chair

John Cowan, UAL, Industry Vice Chair

Connie Streeter, FAA Chair

1.  Convene :


Roll call—

a.  Roster:   A copy of this meeting’s Roster will be sent in a separate electronic file to all those on the OSWG email list.


b.   The OSWG SPEC is now called the OSWG Procedures Guide.  It is on the www.opspecs.com website under POLICY/OSWG Meetings.  All are encouraged to review this procedures guide.


c.  General Information in Regard to Agenda Items: 

(1) Proposed changes to an OpSpec or to the guidance that would constitute "policy changes" to an OpSpec will generally need to be presented to the OSWG and AFS-260 in HBAT format which includes appendices containing the appropriate revision to the guidance for the OpSpec in 8400.10/8300.10 and a sample of the proposed OpSpec revision and/or guidance. 

(2) If you have a proposal, email Connie Streeter and she will provide you with a sample template for the proposal.


2.  Status of Assigned Action Items :                  Chairpersons

Ø            Reviewed, amended, and adopted agenda

Ø            Bob Hall has retired.

Bob writes:   Connie - Well, good news for me.  I will be retiring from ALPA effective October 1, 2005. (see the "press release" from the Engineering and Air Safety Director below).  Unfortunately I will be retired before OSWG 2005-04.  So please pass this announcement on to all of OSWG members and relay my best wishes to all of them.  It has been my pleasure working with the OSWG.  Although I will be retiring, Chris Stevens (UAL Captain) will continue to represent ALPA  at OSWG meetings.

ALPA writes:

As many of you already know Bob Hall retired after almost 20 years of service to ALPA and its membership.  That is a long time for a second career.  Because it has been a long time we thought that we would provide more details not only on Bob’s ALPA career but also on his career in the US Air Force.


ALPA hired Bob in January 1986 directly from the US Air Force after 27 years as a fighter pilot and safety officer.  Bob’s most impressive accomplishment during his Air Force career was that he survived 118 combat missions over North Vietnam flying the F-105 “Wild Weasel”.  The “Wild Weasel” mission was to make the skies safe for other US combat aircraft. It involved “Hunter – Killer” tactics with the role of finding and either suppressing or destroying enemy radar controlled anti-aircraft or surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites.  The “Wild Weasel” motto was “First in and Last out”.


As a staff engineer in the Engineering and Air Safety Department Bob originally provided support to two ALPA Air Safety Technical committees: the Airworthiness and Performance (A&P) Committee and the New Aircraft Evaluation and Certification Committee (NAECC).  He was well suited to support these two committees due to his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and his developmental testing experience as a pilot and Test Programming Engineer at the Air Force Armament Development Test Center at Eglin AFB, Florida.  During the last half of Bob’s ALPA career, he worked OpSpecs, MMEL issues and provided staff support for the Operations Committee (OPSCOM). 


One of Bob’s biggest thrills during his ALPA career occurred during a NAECC visit to Airbus in Toulouse, France.  Bob accompanied the NAECC on their test flight evaluation of the A-320, which was in the final stages of development at that time.  After the pilots had finished their evaluation, there was a little time left.  Bob got to shoot a touch and go landing (yes, in the A-320 aircraft, not in the Simulator) - Pretty exciting for a “desk jockey”.


Probably Bob’s most valuable contribution to ALPA, and all airline pilots in general, is his work on Master Minimum Equipment Lists (MMELs).  Bob was part of the original FAA / Industry working group (started in the late 1980s and continuing today) that crafted FAA policy for what is allowed to be inoperative on an aircraft and still be safe to fly.  MMELs affect almost every flight flown by our members.


Bob and his wife Shirley live in a “Victorian” house (built in1890) in the Historic District of Leesburg, VA and Bob has invited everyone to stop by for a visit if you are in Leesburg and you want to see a truly unique and creatively decorated home containing lots of English antiques.  After ALPA retirement Bob is looking forward to spending more time working on his house, tinkering with (and driving) his antique cars, and continuing his trips to England, Colorado, Santa Fe, NM, and other exciting places (like skiing in Canada).


HAVE A WONDERFUL RETIREMENT, BOB!  You will be missed by your friends at the OSWG…


ACTION:   Katie Rudd was appointed to represent ALPA. 


3.  OpSpec D072, CAMP/D076, Short Term Escalation.


FAA Lead :  AFS-300

Industry Lead:   none


Background OpSpec D072 authorizes certificate holders and Part 91K program managers to use a CAMP. 


Desired Outcome:

Change 21 to Order 8300.10, vol. 2, chapter 84, removed the requirement for the "CAMP revision number"  and the "CAMP revision date" columns.  This is a Non-Mandatory change.  D076 will also change.


Discussion:  none


Action/Outcome:   The OpSpec will be rolled when change 22 to Order 8300.10 occurs.


4.  OpSpec D084, S pecial Flight Permit with Continuous Authorization to Conduct Ferry Flights.


FAA Lead:  AFS-300

Industry Lead:  None


Background A revision to D084 is necessary because the language in paragraph g of the current OpSpec only applies to ferry flights with one engine inoperative.  These ferry flights are not conduced under the authorization of D084, they are conducted under 14 CFR section 91.611.  Therefore the language must be removed. 


Desired Outcome   This would be a Mandatory change with a 90-day compliance date to correct this OpSpec.  OpSpec D084 is to be revised with the release of Change 22 to Order 8300.10.




Action/Outcome:   The change will occur when change 22 to 8300.10 occurs.


5.  OpSpec A023, Icing

FAA LEAD:  AFS-220, Dan Meier

Industry LEAD : None


Background:   Deice Notices 8000.308 and 8000.309 were published and as a result there was some confusion.  Some were under the impression that the POIs were to expect a rewrite of Deice programs. 


Desired Outcome:  Clarification of the Notices and a notification to the POIs that it did not mean they had to have all new deice programs.


DISCUSSION:  Dan provided some background on the evolution of the Notices. Highlights of his briefing include:

·                POIs are to work with their Carriers to revise individual programs as required and are not to just “pull” the OPSPEC.

·                The “pre takeoff” check may be performed from the cockpit using “representative” surfaces as approved by the POI (e.g., accumulation on wiper blades).  

·                The “validation” required by N8000.308 does not need to be accomplished by November 4th (per paragraph 6).

·                There is not yet adequate HOT data for operations in snow and ice pellets. Hence, such operations are considered dangerous and need to cease.


Action/Outcome :    Dan agreed to provide Connie with a short explanation that would be distributed to the OSWG and to the field inspectors to clarify the intent of the Notices.  OpSpec A023 will also be revised at a future date.


It read:

Subject: The purpose of Notice 8000.308 is to offer guidance to inspectors for a reevaluation of their certificate holder's deicing/anti-icing program in accordance with AC 120-60B and the applicable regulations. 

Notice 8000.308, (subparagraph 7b on page 10) is revised (as attached) to state that by November 4, 2005, POIs should document that the reevaluation of the certificate holders' ground deicing/anti-icing program has been completed as specified in paragraph 6a through 6d

Notice 8000.308 focuses on certificate holders that must (part 121)) or have chosen (part 135) to comply with the requirements of 14 CFR section 121.629(c).


Part 121 certificate holders :

This reevaluation  process outlined in Notice 8000.308, in all but extremely non-compliant programs,  should not result in a completely new program.  The resulting programs at the conclusion of this process should  be, if necessary, updated and/or corrected versions of operators' existing programs and  if necessary, OpSpec A023.

The intent of the reevaluation outlined in Notice 8000.308 is not the removal of a certificate holder's approved deicing/anti-icing OpSpec A023, but to have these programs brought into regulatory compliance as per the guidance in AC 120-60B.  In all but extremely non-compliant programs the POI should work with the operator to establish a reasonable time for corrections to their deicing/anti-icing program.    


Part 135 certificate holders:

If an air carrier, operating under 14 CFR 135, has been issued OpSpec A023 approving its use of a Part 121 deicing/anti-icing program, that air carrier must meet all of the requirements of section 121.629 (c)

The regulation specifically designates Section 121.629 (c) and not Section 121.629(d).  In cases where the air carrier cannot meet all the requirements for Section 121.629(c), OpSpec A023 will need to be removed and a different OpSpec issued, either OpSpec A041 for a pretakeoff contamination check (PCC), or A042 for an alternate procedure (usually this means no operations in ground icing condition).


If you have further questions, Please contact:

Dan Meier Jr.,  Aviation Safety Inspector Operations

Air Carrier Operations Branch, AFS-220

Voice:  202 267 3749

FAX:    202 267 5229


6.  Non-Std OpSpec 384, RNP SAAAR


FAA Lead:  AFS-410/AFS-220—

Industry Lead:  Alaska Airlines


Background:      The concept of required navigation performance (RNP) is a significant enhancement to navigable airspace design, use, and management.  RNP was developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Special Committee on Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) and is an integral part of the communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) plan envisioned by the Special Committee.


The RNP SAAAR instrument approach procedures are developed under the criteria of AC 90-RNP SAAAR and are approved for use without requiring the proponent to prove criteria sufficiency for use in the development of special (non-14 CFR Part 97) instrument approach procedures based on RNP using RNAV avionics systems .


Desired Outcome:  NonStandard OpSpec C384 is now in the live part 121 DB [only].  We are still working on the development of guidance.  However, the intent is for this OpSpec to remain a nonstandard authorization requiring AFS-200 and AFS-400 concurrence for it to be issued.  We will provide the OpSpec/MSpec in other DBs as it becomes necessary as a result of qualified applicants.


DISCUSSION : Jim Winkelman: Noted that as the only approved Carrier for RNP SAAAR things could be a bit smoother. While Alaska has requested the new DCA RNP procedure several times, they have been cleared to fly it only 4 times. No operational problems with the actual procedure were reported. The draft AC still has a few potentially contentious issues that are being worked.



Ø            I have just finished signing the first US Air Carrier operations specifications for RNP SAAAR.  Alaska Airlines will begin using the new DCA approach on Thursday September 29, 2005.  This is clearly two full days ahead of the post.

This was a true teamwork effort, my hat is off to all of you for your diligence, patients and willingness to do the right things.  Thank you all for allowing Flight Standards to achieve its goal in a fashionable style.”

Respectfully, Tim D. Miller

Supervisory Principal Operations Inspector for Alaska Airlines

(425) 227-2265


Ø            Guidance for Order 8400.10 is currently in development.  However, even after a HBAT is released, this OpSpec will remain a nonstandard.


Ø            CLOSED for the time-being. (success?)


7.  OpSpec C063, IFR RNAV Departure Procedures (DP) and Standard Terminal Arrivals (STAR)


Industry Lead:  

FAA Lead:   AFS-400/AFS-200


Background:   HBAT 05-04, U.S. Area Navigation (RNAV) Instrument Departure Procedures (DP), RNAV Routes, and RNAV Standard Terminal Arrivals (STARs); Revision to OpSpec/MSpec C063 was published 06/09/05.


During the implementation of various RNAV terminal procedures from 2001 through 2004, several operational problems became apparent.  Some of the relevant issues involved aircraft RNAV system architecture, procedure design and coding, and pilot/controller guidance and procedures.


A.  Regarding the latter concern, pilots in several cases did not fly with adequate precision to meet controller expectations.  In a few instances, this inconsistency resulted from pilots not following available flight guidance, such as a flight director.  In more limited cases, pilots did not enter the correct departure runway into their RNAV system.


B.   In an effort to harmonize RNAV system functionality, FAA design criteria, and operational guidance for RNAV terminal procedures and routes (except for instrument approach procedures), the FAA published A dvisory Circular (AC) 90-100, U.S. Terminal and En Route Area Navigation (RNAV) Operations, current edition (available at: http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/afs/afs400/afs410/policy_guidance /).  To reflect the terminology of AC 90-100, RNAV terminal procedures will be charted as either RNAV “Type A” or “Type B” DPs and STARs after September 2005. 


Desired Outcome:   Please note that HBAT 05-04 states that OpSpec C063 [mostly for the part 135s] probably needs to be archived for many certificate holders until it is verified that the qualifications are met for the new OpSpec C063:

A.  OpSpec C063 for certificate holders is revised to authorize RNAV “Type A” or “Type B” DPs and STARs, as well as domestic U.S. RNAV routes and is no longer used for rho-theta navigation principles.  MSpec C063 is new and now available for part 91K program managers.  The new OpSpec/MSpec C063 is available in the Operations Safety System (OPSS).

B.  If an operator’s aircraft are not eligible and/or its flightcrews are not appropriately trained to conduct RNAV “Type A” or “Type B” DPs and STARs, OpSpec/MSpec C063 should not be issued. 

C.  For certificate holders currently issued the old OpSpec C063, the active documents should be archived and the appropriate RNAV authorization(s) should be selected in OpSpec/MSpec C052.


To archive the active OpSpec C063 in the OPSS:

(1)  Open the certificate and go to the certificate holder's grid;

(2)  Highlight the active C063;

(4)  On the menu bar select "paragraph" and under the drop-down menu select "change status" and "change to archive".




ACTION/Outcome:   Paragraph 3F of C063 was deleted and the OpSpec was re rolled as a nonmandatory change: The statement read  “ Prior to conducting operations on RNAV DPs incorporating altitude restrictions, the certificate holder must ensure that the flightcrews are trained and equipped to determine if altitude restrictions can be satisfied given the ambient conditions at the time of departure.”


Closed.  (Success)


7.  OpSpec C074, Category I ILS, MLS, or GLS Approaches


Industry Lead:  

FAA Lead:  Robert Davis, AFS-220


Background:  Order 8400.13 was again revised as of February 2005.  The OpSpec C074 and C059 could be affected by the change.s again revised as of February 2005.  The OpSpec C074 and C059 could be affected by the change.


Desired Outcome:    A decision to revise OpSpec C074 to agree with Order 8400.10--maybe.  The revised Order 8400.13 added the use of a flight director for conducting operations to certain airports/runways without CL, TDZ, or ALSF-II. 


DISCUSSION:  There is some FAA concern over operations without an ALSF-II system. Industry is concerned that such a stance is more onerous than the existing Order and presented some resistance. 


ACTION/Outcome:   To be determined.  AFS-220 will give it a closer look.


8.   OpSpec A527 and A528, Emergency Hurricane Relief


Industry LEAD :


Background:   A527 was put into the OPSS for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts; A528 was put into the OPSS for Hurricane Rita relief.  Both have been archived.  A new A527 was released for Hurricane Wilma.  It was archived a few days later.


Desired Outcome:  For those certificate holders that had it (and/or A527) issued, the active template in the certificate holder's grid must also be archived.  To archive the OpSpec in the OPSS when the template was archived by HQ:

(1)  Open the certificate and go to the certificate holder's grid,

(2)  Click on the "filter" and ensure that the "Active-Archived Decommissioned"  box is checked & click OK

(3)  The OpSpec will appear (dark green); Highlight the A527 and/or A528;

(4)  On the menu bar select "paragraph" and under the drop-down menu select "change status" and "change to archive".

If you have any questions or encounter any problems please contact the OPSS Help Desk at 405-954-7272.   


DISCUSSION:   Some expressed serious disagreement as to the necessity of such relief.  Some airports could not meet requirements for air carriers.  It was meant strictly for temporary  emergency relief.


Action/Outcome:   Carriers who had these issued should now archive them.


9.  OpSpec C359, Special Authorization for Certain Category II Operations at Specifically Approved Facilities


FAA Lead : AFS-410/AFS-200

Industry Lead: Jim Johnson, AA


Background:   Order 8400.13 was published November 2002. It was revised to Order 8400.13B on February 15, 2005.  When OpSpec C059 for CAT II operations was revised, OpSpec C359 was put into place because of the requirements of Order 8400.13 for CAT II operations.  Even though this OpSpec is in the “300” series, for authorization the operator does not have to follow the “nonstandard OpSpec process” for its authorization.  s published November 2002. It was revised to Order 8400.13B February 15, 2005.  When OpSpec C059 for CAT II operations was revised, OpSpec C359 was put into place because of the requirements of Order 8400.13 for CAT II operations.  Even though this OpSpec is in the “300” series, for authorization the operator does not have to follow the “nonstandard OpSpec process” for its authorization.  r CAT II operations.  Even though this OpSpec is in the “300” series, for authorization the operator does not have to follow the “nonstandard OpSpec process” for its authorization.  C359?  


Desired Outcome: 

1.  Need to revise the present C359 to match the revisions to 8400.13B.  And, Bruce Montigney requested that the subparagraph c be removed for “training and checking” because he felt the real intent was not to train this separately which that statement implies. 


2.  Order 8400.13 appendices provide the Checklists for requesting runway approvals.  If you have any runways that are in question send msg to Dick Temple and he will do a “desk audit” on them.  Dick Temple will work with Lyle Wink on the status of these airports and determine which approach procedures are now published as Part 97s.


DISCUSSION:   Since Bruce was not at the meeting, there was no further discussion on this subject.  Interest in this OPSPEC seems to have diminished as currently only one runway (HOU runway 4) is impacted.


Action/Outcome:   Bruce and other POIs will review the necessity of having a separate paragraph at all for this authorization C359.


Bruce will work on merging the limited value of C359 into C059 and then allowing for the elimination of C359. He owes Connie the proposal and updated HBAT.


10.  OpSpec A031, Contract Training Centers


Industry Lead = None

FAA Lead = AFS-210, Hop Potter/Dan Jenkins


Background:   Jim Kerr (OKC academy) has some suggestions regarding FAA OpSpecs.  He writes:  There is confusion among the POI  work force regarding the audit interval required in OpSpec paragraph A031.  The audit verbiage is tied to the curriculum.  Operators are adding/changing curriculums on a somewhat regular basis. This in turn makes the anniversary date for audit difficult to determine.


September OpSpec A031 was inadvertently rolled with a minor change.  This still did not take care of the “audit” issue.


Desired Outcome:  (Jim Kerr, OKC academy) would like to suggest that the audit language be tied to the original date the POI authorized the use of outsourced training at training centers.  Justification is that the audit date would remain fixed and there would be less confusion for the POIs and operators when an audit would be required.


DISCUSSION:  Because it was pointed out that all certificate holders are responsible for conducting a biennial audit on their out-sourced training, some of the industry participants recommended that a n audit must be completed within the calendar year in which it is due.


Action/Outcome:  Many minor issues are still being studied (e.g., ways to accommodate companies with multiple training centers).   A031 will be revised with an audit date and a new JobAid within the next couple of months.


11.  OpSpec B036, Class II Navigation/OpSpec B034 Audits


Industry Lead:   None

FAA Lead:   AFS-200


Background:   OpSpec B036 is intended to authorize Class II navigation.  It has three selectables:  RNP-10, RNP-4, and N/A—Nothing DEFAULTS in this template.  Some have typed in other things, like BRNAV or PRNAV;  Some have authorized RNP-4 [because it is first on the list of selectables] and we are highly suspicious because very few operators 1) operate in the Tasman Sea and/or (2) can qualify for RNP-4 in accordance with the published guidance, we question these authorizations.


DISCUSSION :  AFS-260 audit of B036 and B034.  Many authorizations are just not applicable.  It was also noted in the audit that some entered the RNP value that was listed in the AFM.  That is NOT the purpose of the template.  The purpose of the OpSpec is for specific authorizations for Class II navigation equipment and capabilities and not documentation of the AFM.


Desired Outcome:

Ø            Correct selections and do not type in any RNPs.  Use ONLY the SELECTABLES and do not make up authorizations that are not applicable to B036!!

Ø            The RNP-4 value in B036 should only be applicable to operators who are granted Australia/New Zealand/Pacific OpSpec approvals for the Tasman Sea. That's because it's the only class II navigation environment that requires it, to my knowledge, with ADS and CPDLC equipped aircraft.

Ø            For the central and northern Pacific, RNP-10 is applicable, because that is the standard required by ATC.

Ø            For aircraft appropriately equipped with INS only, or GPS/INS equipped aircraft with independent inertials, both RNP-4 and RNP-10 may be issued, but with different time limits for the appropriate RNP value. This is to be provided by the PAI.

Ø            Otherwise, RNP-10 is the only Class II B036 that should be issued. Any it should state if two or three navigation systems are installed. That may also affect the RNP time limit if an FMC/FMS is installed.


ACTION/OUTCOME:  Please review your paragraph and correct any discrepancies.




Day 2

Begin at 8:30am




12.  Customer Survey.   Connie Streeter asked each meeting participant to fill out an OSWG Customer Survey.  This is a new requirement for FAA personnel.  Results of previous survey were provided for those attending.


13.  OpSpec C052.  Instrument Approach Procedures.

Industry Lead:  United Airlines , Captain John Cowan

FAA Lead:  AFS-220/AFS-410


Background :   We had a SNAFU concerning our OPSPEC authorizations recently when the JAC VOR unexpectedly went out of service (lightning strike on 9/10). Although we are authorized to conduct arrival, approach and departure procedures with the basic underlying NAVAID out of service, it's difficult to do if Center (SLC) denies you the procedure or if it's NOTAMed "NA". Here are a few of the obstacles we faced:


 - AVN evidently has a policy that when a primary NAVAID is OTS, they NOTAM each affected procedure as "NA". Example:


                JAC NO 9/2 JAC VOR OTS


                JAC NO 13/2 FDC 5/8234 ILS OR LOC RWY 19, JEPCO. PROCEDURE NA.


                Such NOTAMs cripple our ability to fly the procedure using our (OPSPEC authorized) RNAV capabilities. How do we resolve this?  


                To temporally get back into business, we took the highly unusual step of issuing the following company NOTAM:




Manager, Flight Operations Manual

Flight Standards and Technology, DENTK


Desired Outcome:    - - When you consider that for years numerous Air Carriers have had airplanes flying NDB approaches without an ADF receiver, and that many of our expensive advanced navigation systems don't look at VOR radials when navigating (i.e., don't actually track the radio signal), we are at a loss to understand these systemic failures.

Ø            ATC Center would not clear the pilots for the LOC approach because the VOR was OTS (used for the missed). How do we prevent this?

Ø            The ATC Tower manager says he is prohibited from using a procedure name (e.g., TETON ONE) in a clearance if the navaid is OTS. How do we resolve this? 

Ø            FAA HQ Staff seemed to be caught by surprise when we explained our RNAV authorizations. How do we resolve this?

Ø            Your assistance in facilitating resolution to these issues would help move all of us together into the 21st Century and would be greatly appreciated.


DISCUSSION:  Jerry Ostronic, AFS-220, r eported that some foreign approach procedures will start showing up that are actually “RNP” approaches but may have different titles, (e.g., RNAV GPS). As “RNP” approaches require special OPSPEC C384, C052 will include such a reminder. The currently drafted “reminder” (attempt to define what an RNP approach is) was confusing and the group asked that a clearer alternative be found. Classifying any approach requiring an RNP less than 0.3 nm may be a simple solution.


John Cowan, United Airlines , reported that some European airports are now titling ASR like approaches with an “SRE” (vice ASR or SRA) title and asked if SRE could be added to C052 (e.g., Brussels “SRE Ryw 02, 07R, 20, 25L/R” approach chart .)


ACTION/Outcome :  

1.  Connie will ensure that ASR/SRA/SRE is added to the list of selectables in C052.  This will not require a re-rolling of the OpSpec but would require any to re-issue the OpSpec if it is applicable.


2.  The FAA will be convening an internal three day “RNAV Substitution” meeting in early November. This issue will be discussed and the FAA will issue appropriate documentation.  The question was raised in regard to the ability to conduct RNAV approaches when dispatch does not have predictive RAIM for that airport.


3.  AFS-220 anticipates adding the following subparagraph to OpSpec C052 (mandatory roll) to ensure that operators be aware that using C052 for RNP SAAAR approaches—even though they may not be titled as such in a foreign country—is not acceptable and that the operators must meet the requirements for OpSpec C384:


(4) Approach procedures listed in the table above do not constitute authorization to conduct Part 97 RNAV (RNP) approaches.  In addition, this operations specification does not constitute authorization to conduct any foreign airport approach which has an RNP line of minima, an RF leg segment (radius to a fix), or requires an RNP missed approach.  These types of approaches must be authorized by the issuance of OpSpec C384. 


  14.   OpSpecs C060—Part 97 CAT II/CAT III Restrictions


Industry Lead:   UPS

FAA Lead:   AFS-410/AFS-220


Background For several years the OSWG members requested the removal of the requirement for listing the Part 97 CAT III runways in the OpSpec. 


Desired Outcome:   Suggestion sent in by Bill Cook, UPS:

g.   Authorized CAT III Runways


(1)    The certificate holder is authorized to conduct Part 97 CAT III instrument approach procedures at runways approved for such operations.  CAT III operations into Restricted U. S. Facilities are authorized with the approval of AFS-400 as provided in AC 120-28D, appendix 8, current edition.  Additional analysis or flight demonstrations are required for each aircraft type prior to approval of CAT III operations.  CAT III operations are authorized for U. S.  ILS facilities and aircraft listed below:


Airport Name/Identifier


Special Limitations



Cat III approach authorized for B767/B757 only.



Cat III approach authorized for B767/B757 only.




CAT III approach authorized for B767/B757 only.




CAT III approach authorized for B767/B757 only.


Revised text addressing Restricted U. S. Facility Runway use.

(2)     CAT III operations are also authorized for the foreign airports and runways listed in Table 2 below.







DISCUSSION:  After the recently revised C060 was rolled, the UPS POI called and asked where he was to put any Part 97 CAT III runway restrictions since we no longer require them to be listed routinely in C060.  The group felt that two tables may be best, a domestic table for runways with comments or restrictions and an International table. Additionally it was suggested that a “dropdown” selection menu be added to the tables which would eliminate the need for the user to go to the website.



Ø            Connie will redraft to clarify how to capture and maintain known restrictions to domestic runways and develop an additional domestic table for runways with comments or restrictions with a “dropdown” selection menu.  Look for a revised HBAT 05-02 to be posted on www.opspecs.com.


Ø            Connie will provide an OPSS message when any new runways are added.  Connie will consider several of the groups recommended improvements.


Ø            Chuck S. will research pre-threshold terrain issues as they apply from one runway to the next.


15.  10:00 AM-- Nav Evolution Decommissioning Update Tom Meyer/Harry Kane.


Industry Lead:  

FAA Lead:   Harry Kane


Background Several times we have been asked about the NDB Decommissioning Plan.  Mr. Kane and Mr. Meyer have some information to share.


Desired Outcome:


DISCUSSION:  An educational briefing was provided by Mr. Harry Kane.

Outcome:   No action required.


16.  OpSpec B043 Fuel Reserves in International Operations :


FAA Lead: Gordy Rother / Jerry Ostronic/Robert Davis

Industry Lead(s):  Jim Johnson, American Airlines


Desired Outcome: Update B043 with a “correction” to the requirement for an alternate during supplemental operations, while the FAA continues to debate the definition of “class 1 navigation”.


DISCUSSION:  Industry is concerned that attempts will erode the definition of Class 1 navigation as provided in B032.


ACTION/Outcome:   Knowing that any attempts to erode the definition of Class 1 navigation as provided in B032 will meet with serious Industry opposition, Gordy will attempt to be creative in recommending an appropriate resolution. 


The FAA team is:

·                Drafting a new version of B043 and will share it with Industry when appropriate.

·                Revising the reporting requirements for B343 and will soon publish them.

·                Not currently considering allowing redispatch with B434.


All operators that are interested in providing data please send to FAA via Connie Streeter.


17.  OpSpec A012, Domestic Regulations for Flag Operations


FAA Lead:  AFS-220

Industry Lead:  none


Background :  Previous POI's at ASA have been of the opinion that we cannot list an airport in A012 if that airport is in a non-radar environment. The current POI is reluctant to allow a change because of the guidance in 8400.10 VOL 3 Chapter 1 Section 3 paragraph 64 OPSPEC A012 A. (3) The flight operations have the capability of being surveiled by radar or other surveillance technology equivalent to radar such as ADS or ADS-B. 

DISCUSSION:    The two airports that are in question for us at ASA are MBPV Providenciales I, Caicos Is, and MYGF Freeport, Bahamas. Flights to both airports are in a radar environment (Miami Center) until you arrive at the airports which both have a non-radar approach control facility.  We (ASA) have been operating flights to both airports as FLAG operations but have recently discovered that all the other airlines operating to these airports operate their flights under domestic rules using A012.


My question is the above reference from the 8400.10 correct and we cannot list an airport in A012 that has a non-radar approach control facility, or are we simply interpreting this wrong and it only applies to the en route section of the flight (this is what I have been told by other carriers who list there airports in A012).


Desired Outcome:  Remove or revise the requirement to be under radar surveillance at all times:  (3) the flight operations have the capability of being surveilled by radar or other surveillance technology equivalent to radar such as ADS or ADS-B.


Action/Outcome:   Jerry Ostronic agreed to review 8400.10 VOL 3 Chapter 1 Section 3 paragraph 64 OPSPEC A012 A and consider removal of this requirement. The entire group was unable to recall why such a requirement might have been included in 8400.10.  AFS-200 will remove or revise the statement in the 8400.10 guidance in a future change:


A change is in coordination that could revise the statement to read:  “ (3) The flight operations have rapid and reliable communications capability in accordance with part 121 section 121.99 and the flight operations have the capability of being surveilled by radar or other surveillance technology equivalent to radar such as ADS or ADS-B in the en route environment . ”  

(A success!)

The adding of this phrase also produces unintended consequences….


18.  OpSpec A021, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Loss of Control (LOC) and Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) Accident Avoidance Programs


Industry Lead:   none

FAA Lead:   AFS-220, Robert Davis/AFS-800, Hooper Harris.


Background :    OpSpec A021 authorizes a certificate holder operating in accordance with part 135 to conduct VFR emergency medical service (EMS) operations in helicopters.  HEMS operate in a demanding environment:  they provide an invaluable service to the public by providing crucial, safe, and efficient transportation of critically ill and injured patients to tertiary medical care facilities.  While the contribution of HEMS is a profound component of the nation’s medical infrastructure, from an operational standpoint, it is a commercial aviation activity performed by FAA-certificated air carrier operators.  HEMS operations have recently suffered an increasing accident rate, especially in accidents involving LOC and CFIT. 


The guidance for HEMS and the OpSpec will be revised.  Two draft HBATs are on the http://www.opspecs.com/ website for your review.


DISCUSSION:   Hooper Harris explained the reasoning behind the changes to the guidance and OpSpec.


ACTION/Outcome :   The two HBATs are in coordination and are anticipated to be published within the next 60 days.  It will be a mandatory change in the OpSpec with a 90-day compliance date.


19.  [Standing agenda item]  OpSpec C050, Special PIC Qualification Airports—14 CFR Section 121.445 Airport List Review & Recommendation of OSWG to AFS-220:


Industry Lead:   Casey Seabright, NWA

FAA Lead:   AFS-220/260


Background:   Advisory Circular 121.445 was cancelled and replaced with OpSpec C050 and guidance that directs the OSWG members to present additions and deletions to the 14 CFR Section 121.445 Special PIC Qualification Airport List.  The recommendation must include the airport information on the completed Airport Assessment Form found in association with OpSpec C050 and on the www.opspecs.com website.  The OSWG members should review the assessment and make a recommendation to FAA Headquarters, specifically AFS-220.  This recommendation will become a part of the OSWG minutes and presented to AFS-220 within 2 weeks of the quarterly OSWG meeting.  The Airport Assessment Form for each specific airport recommendation will also be forwarded to AFS-220.  AFS-220 will make the final determination in regard to the request and recommendation.  If a change in the Special PIC Qualification Airport List is to be made, the OSWG members will be notified by email, the revised List will be posted on the public website at http://www.opspecs.com and in the OPSS guidance subsystem in association with both OpSpec C050 and C067, and reported at the next quarterly OSWG meeting.


Desired Outcome A known process for updating the Special PIC Qualification Airport List. A consistent process for updating the Special PIC Qualification Airport List.


Additional processes that are included in the FAA/Industry SPEC for this process:

1) Should have a minimum of 1 week lead time before the OSWG quarterly meeting

2) OSWG Members can vote at the meeting or they can send their recommendation to Connie Streeter for submittal at the meeting.

3) Notification to certificate holders:

¨      Put a Note on the OPSS Splash Screen for first line of notification

¨      Change the Special PIC airport List in guidance subsystem in association with

      OpSpecs C050 and C067

¨      Change the Special PIC airport List on the b website

¨      Send email message to OSWG members

¨      Discussion of each individual assessment

¨      Recommendation for AFS-200





1. The staff of AFS-220 is reviewing one China airport, ZBSJ-Zhengding, Shijiazhuang, for its removal from the Special PIC Airport List; 

2. It has been requested by the FAA that the airport, Ponce, Puerto Rico, Mercedita airport, JPS, is added to the list.  If anyone has information they would like to share in regard to either airport, please send it to Connie Streeter.


Additional Agenda Items



FAA Lead: Bruce Montigney

Industry Leads: FedEx and AmeriJet


DISCUSSION:  The rules are changing and future hazmat handling authorizations will be issued via OPSPECs (approx 2007).  See page 58796 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 194 / Friday, October 7, 2005 / Rules and Regulations. 


OpSpec B045, Single Long Range Communication .  It was asked if there was any consideration of extending the gap beyond 30 minutes.  The FAA has already granted nonstandard authorization for Specific Aircraft, Specific Routes, and Specific gaps beyond 30 minutes.  Any requests must be very specific to be considered.



NEW IOPSS COURSE AT OKC:   This is Course #21062.  If you are interested please call Jim Porter at 405-954-3536 or Diana at 405-954-6723.