There are several ways to obtain various Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publications. The easiest way to locate a particular FAA document and/or Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part is on the FAA website at www.faa.gov. In addition, you can order some FAA publications directly from the FAA or from the Government Printing Office (GPO). The FAA Records Checklist in Figure 11-1 at the end of this chapter is a list of addresses to assist you in obtaining the publications and records discussed in this post.
FAA publications and supporting regulatory guidance material fall into several specific categories, which are explained in this chapter. If you cannot find the information you are seeking, refer to the FAA website, which contains a great deal of useful information for aircraft owners and operators.
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The FAA issues an Advisory Circular (AC) to inform the aviation public, in a systematic way, of nonregulatory material of interest. The content of an AC is not binding on the public unless it is incorporated into a regulation by reference.
AC 00-2 (as revised) , Advisory Circular Checklist, contains a list of current FAA ACs and provides detailed instructions on obtaining copies. It also contains a list of U.S. GPO bookstores throughout the United States that stock many Government publications. This AC may be accessed on the FAA website at www.faa.gov by selecting “Regulations & Policies” from the main menu bar.
The FAA uses an Airworthiness Directive (AD) to notify aircraft owners and other interested persons of unsafe conditions and to specify the conditions under which the product may continue to be operated. You can access ADs on the FAA website at www.faa.gov by selecting “Regulations & Policies” from the main menu bar.
You can subscribe to ADs at the FAA Regulatory & Guidance Library (RGL) website, http://rgl.faa.gov. Current and historical ADs are also available on the RGL website.
Temporary Flight Restrictions
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is a geographically limited, short term, airspace restriction, typically in the United States. TFRs often encompass major sporting events, natural disaster areas, air shows, space launches, and Presidential movements. You can access current TFRs on the FAA website at www.faa.gov by selecting “Regulations & Policies” from the main menu bar.
CAUTION: You should check the current TFRs every time you fly.
Notice to Airmen
You can obtain the most recent Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs) from the FAA website at www.faa.gov by selecting “Regulations & Policies” from the main menu bar. Current NOTAMs are also available from Flight Service Stations at 1-800-WX-BRIEF (1-800-992-7433).
While aircraft owners and operators are responsible for compliance with all applicable 14 CFR parts, you may find the following parts most relevant to your aircraft operations:
- 14 CFR Part 1, Definitions and Abbreviations
- 14 CFR Part 21, Certification Procedures for Products and Parts
- 14 CFR Part 23, Airworthiness Standards: Normal, Utility, Acrobatic, and Commuter Category Airplanes
- 14 CFR Part 33, Airworthiness Standards: Aircraft Engines
- 14 CFR Part 35, Airworthiness Standards: Propellers
- 14 CFR Part 39, Airworthiness Directives
- 14 CFR Part 43, Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance, Rebuilding, and Alteration
- 14 CFR Part 45, Identification and Registration Marking
- 14 CFR Part 47, Aircraft Registration
- 14 CFR Part 49, Recording of Aircraft Titles and Security Documents
- 14 CFR Part 61, Certification: Pilots, Flight Instructors, and Ground Instructors
- 14 CFR Part 65, Certification: Airmen Other than Flight Crewmembers
- 14 CFR Part 91, General Operating and Flight Rules
AC 00-44 (as revised), Status of Federal Aviation Regulations, contains the current status of the 14 CFR parts, including changes issued, price list, and ordering instructions. This AC may be obtained on the FAA website at www.faa.gov.
Handbooks and Manuals
The FAA publishes a series of handbooks and manuals designed for aircraft, general aviation enthusiasts, examiners, and inspectors. You can find most of these handbooks and manuals, including Plane Sense, on the FAA website at www.faa.gov by selecting “Regulations & Policies” from the main menu bar.
The FAA Civil Aviation Registry Aircraft Registration Branch (AFS-750) maintains registration records on individual aircraft and serves as a warehouse for airworthiness documents received from FAA field offices. You can access information on requesting aircraft records, as well as current fee information, on the FAA website at www.faa.gov by selecting “Licenses & Certificates” from the main menu bar.
Request Aircraft Records
You can mail or fax your request for aircraft records to AFS-750, or submit your request online.
Written requests from outside the United States must include a check or money order (in U.S. funds) payable to the FAA to cover the projected fee. You can obtain the correct fee by contacting AFS-750. AFS-750 contact information is available at the end of this chapter in Figure 11-1, FAA Records Checklist.
You can order paper copies or electronic copies (on CD-ROM) of aircraft records. Each CD-ROM contains one aircraft record. You can view the CD-ROM files using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The FAA includes a copy of the latest reader on the CD-ROM.
Most records for aircraft removed from the U.S. Civil Aircraft Register before 1984 are in storage and available only in paper format. You can ask the FAA to retrieve these records.
The FAA Civil Aviation Registry Airmen Certification Branch (AFS-760) maintains airman records. You can access information on requesting airman records, as well as current fee information, on the FAA website at www.faa.gov by selecting “Licenses & Certificates” from the main menu bar.
There are two ways to obtain copies of your airman records. You can mail the FAA Aeronautical Center (AC) Form 8060-68, Request for Copies of My Complete Airman File; or a signed, written request stating your name, date of birth, and social security number or certificate number. Figure 11-2 is a sample FAA Form 8060-68.
You can also have copies of your airman records released to a third party. Requests for airman records can be mailed to AFS-760. AFS-760 contact information is in Figure 11-1, FAA Records Checklist.
When the FAA receives your request, they will notify you of the total charges due and payment options.
For an airman or third party to obtain copies of medical records or a duplicate medical certificate, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request should be mailed to the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Certification Division, Medical Certification Branch (AAM-331). AAM-331 contact information is available at the end of this chapter in Figure 11-1, FAA Records Checklist.