International Operations Manual
Complicated? The actual flying part of international operations is easier today than ever and the rules are becoming more standardized. The hardest part, it seems, is facing the ramp inspector or the tax collector. I can't help you with the tax man but for the inspector you need to have a good SAFA plan.
G450 Sunrise HUD (Photo: Jeff Stafford)
U.S. Aircraft Regulatory Compliance
14 CFR 91. 14 CFR 91 pertains to all aircraft.
- 14 CFR 91.703(a)(1) and (a)(2) require each person operating a US-registered aircraft to comply with ICAO Annex 2 when over the high seas and to comply with the regulations of a foreign country when operating within that country’s airspace.
- 14 CFR 91.703(a)(4), 91.705, and Appendix C specify regulatory requirements and minimum standards for operation in North Atlantic (NAT) Minimum Navigation Performance Specifications (MNPS) airspace.
14 CFR 135. For operations under 14 CFR 135, 135.3(a)(2) specifies that while operating outside of the United States, operators must comply with:
- Annex 2, Rules of the Air, to the Convention on International Civil Aviation
- Rules of a foreign country when operating within that country
- All the regulations of 14 CFR 61, 91, and 135 that are more restrictive than Annex 2 or the regulations of a foreign country when compliance with these US regulations would not violate requirements of Annex 2 or the foreign country.
Primary Source Material
It is imperative for all pilots planning an international flight to become familiar with the appropriate Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) and the information contained in Notices to Airmen (NOTAM), International Flight Information Manual (IFIM), Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annexes, and regulations of the foreign countries over which they intend to fly. [AC 91-70A]
Current and historical FAA advisory circulars are available at: http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/.
- Advisory Circular 20-138D
- AC 90-96A BRNAV PRNAV
- AC 91-70A Oceanic Operations
- AC 91-85 RVSM
- AC 120-33 LNAV Approval over MNPS
- AC 120-42B ETOPS and Polar Ops
- AC 120-47 Over water Survival Equipment
Aeronautical Information Publications
These are hard to find and often cost a lot of money to get. If you spend a lot of time in a particular country, it might be worth the investment if you can get it in a language you understand. Fortunately, the U.S. AIP is free: http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/atpubs/AIP/aip.pdf.
FAA Orders 8400 and 8900 can be found at: http://fsims.faa.gov/PICResults.aspx?mode=EBookContents.
- 8400.12a RNP-10 Approval
- 8900.1 Vol 4 Ch 1 Sect 4 (Class II Navigation)
- 8900.1 Vol 4 Ch 1 Sect 5 (Special Navigation Areas of Operations)
Federal Aviation Regulations
These are available at http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/faa_regulations/.
- § 1.1 Definitions
- § 45.21 Nationality and Registration Marks
- § 45.23 Display of Registration Marks
- § 45.29 Size of Registration Marks
- § 45.31 Marking of Export Aircraft
- § 47.3 Registration Required
- § 47.5 Applicants for Aircraft Registration
- § 47.7 Certificate of US Citizenship
- § 47.8 Voting Trust
- § 47.9 Corporation not U.S. Citizen
- § 47.11 Evidence of Ownership
- § 47.39 Effective Date of Aircraft Registration
- § 47.43 Invalid Registration
- § 47.47 Cancellation of Certificate for Export
- § 91.207 Emergency Locator Transmitters
- § 91.509 Survival Equipment for Over water Operations
- § 91.511 Radio Equipment for Over water Operations
- § 91.703 Operation of Civil Aircraft of U.S. Registry Outside of the United States
- § 91.705 Operations Within the NMPS Airspace
- § 91.707 Flights Between Mexico or Canada and the United States
- § 91.709 Operations to Cuba
- § 135.43 Crewmember Certificate, International Operations: Application and Issue
- § 135.98 Operations in the North Polar Area
- § 135.145 Aircraft Proving Tests
- § 135.165 Radio and Navigation Equipment: Extended Over water or IFR Operations
- § 135.167 Emergency Equipment: Extended Over water Operations
- § 135.183 Performance Requirements: Land Aircraft Operated Over water
- § 135.381 En route limitations: one engine inoperative
Finding everything you need from the ICAO can be a challenge, so far the best source out there has been: http://www.bazl.admin.ch/dokumentation/grundlagen/02643/index.html?....
- ICAO Annex 1 - Personnel Licensing
- ICAO Annex 2 - Rules of the Air
- ICAO Annex 3 - Meteorology
- ICAO Annex 4 - Aeronautical Charts
- ICAO Annex 5 - Units of Measure
- ICAO Annex 6 - Operation of Aircraft - Part 1 Commercial Aircraft
- ICAO Annex 6 - Operation of Aircraft - Part 2 General Aviation
- ICAO Annex 6 - Operation of Aircraft - Part 3 Helicopters
- ICAO Annex 7 - Aircraft Nationality and Registration Marks
- ICAO Annex 8 - Airworthiness of Aircraft
- ICAO Annex 9 - Facilitation
- ICAO Annex 10 - Vol II - Communication Procedures
- ICAO Annex 11 - Air Traffic Services
- ICAO Annex 14 - Vol 1 Aerodrome Design
- ICAO Annex 16 - Vol 1 - Aircraft Noise
- ICAO Annex 16 - Vol 2 - Emissions
- ICAO Annex 18 - Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air
- ICAO Doc 4444 - Air Traffic Management, Fourteenth Edition
- ICAO Doc 4444 - Air Traffic Management, Fifteenth Edition
- ICAO Doc 4444 - Amendment No. 1
- ICAO Doc 4444 - Amendment No. 2
- ICAO Doc 7030 - Regional Supplementary Procedures
- ICAO Doc 8168 - Vol 1 - PANS OPS
- ICAO Doc 8168 - Vol 1 - Appendix
- ICAO Doc 8168 - Vol 2 - PANS OPS Approach Procedure Construction
- ICAO Doc 8168 Vol 2 - Corrigendum
- ICAO Doc 9613 - Performance Based Navigation
- ICAO Doc 9905 - RNP AR Design
- JAA TGL10 - PRNAV
- NAT Doc 007 MNPSA - North Atlantic Airspace Operations Manual
- NAT IGA - North Atlantic General Aviation Operations Manual
- Original ICAO 1944 Convention
* Not all of Doc 4444 seems to have been reproduced in the 15th edition, so you might need to look at the 15th edition and then then 14th edition for some sections.
United States Customs Publications
The Customs and Border Protection website provides a few helpful documents: http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/.
Portions of this page can be found in the book International Flight Operations Manual, Part I.