International Equipment Top 10 FAQ’s

Where can I find more information on what an “FAA Approved” child’s car seat is? 

The “CARES” Child Safety Device is the only FAA-approved harness-type restraint for children weighing between 22 and 44 pounds. The CARES Child Safety Device is not approved for use in motor vehicles. Look for the DOT approval label “FAA Approved in Accordance with 14CFR 21.305(d), Approved for Aircraft Use Only". http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/crs/

Is MNPS operational approval required for the ‘Blue Spruce’ Routes ? 

Yes, MNPS approval for the navigation system is required under this condition. The relief from full MNPS requirement is that only one LRNS is required vice, the two normally. NAT Document #007, Chapter3, Paragraph 3.2, and FAR 91.511

My aircraft has a single HF radio. Can I fly Oceanic with this setup?

Yes, depending on routing and area of operation. Part91/GA If VHF and HF are required for your routing AND you have two VHF’s; one HF is acceptable. 14CFR 91.511 and KZNY Center NOTAM #A0447/10

If SELCAL isn’t functioning in Oceanic/Remote airspace. Can I continue the flight?

Yes, SELCAL meets the "Continuous listening watch” requirement of 14 CFR 91.511. If SELCAL is inoperative one of the pilots must listen on the appropriate enroute frequency for calls. AC 91-70A, Paragraph 6-2b

Is a master clock required to be designated in Oceanic/Remote airspace?

Yes. NAT Document #007, Guidance Concerning Air Navigation in and above the NAT MNPSA Chapter 8, Paragraph 8.2.2 FAA AC 90-70A Appendix 2 Paragraph 2

What kind of crew rest seat is required to fly internationally?

Inside the “Definitions” section of 14CFR 117  “Rest Facilities” are defined as Class 1,2 or three. 14CFR 117 applies only to 121 operators.  14CFR 135, Subpart F describes Crewmember flight, duty and rest requirements for non-121 commercial operations and does not speak to “Augmented Operations”.14CFR 91, Subpart K “Augmented Operations use the term “Adequate Sleep Facilities” in 14CFR 91.1061.

Where in Annex 6 does it state that an ELT must operate on 406 MHz?

ICAO does not have a requirement for a specific ELT transmitter.  Annex 6 describes how many and if automatic or not, Annex 10 describes specifications for the actual transmitter. An individual country’s Aeronautical Information Publication, AIP will state the requirement for Either 121.5 or  406MHz transmitters. ICAO Annex 6, Part I, Para. 2.4.12 ICAO Annex 10 Volume III, Part II, Chapter 5.

When do I need to install TCAS System 7.1 on my plane? 

The Federal Aviation Administration authorizes, but does not mandate TCAS II Version 7.1 software for use in the National Airspace System (NAS). Version 7.1 is defined by FAA TSO-C119c. With introduction of TCAS II Version 7.1, the FAA now permits three versions of TCAS II in US airspace; V6.04a, V7.0 and V7.1 (note that FAA requires V7.0 or greater in RVSM airspace). More information about TCAS II can be found in the FAA’s Introduction to TCAS II V7.1 pamphlet; FAA InFO  #12010, 06/26/12

On 20 December 2011, the European Commission published an Implementing Rule mandating the carriage of ACAS II version 7.1 within European Union by all aeroplanes with a maximum certified take-off mass exceeding 5,700 kg or authorised to carry more 19 passengers from 1 March 2012. An  exception was made for aeroplanes with an individual certificate of airworthiness issued before 1 March 2012 that must be equipped as of 1 December 2015.

ICAO Annex 6 states that as of 1 January 2005, all turbine-engined aeroplanes of a maximum certificated take-off mass in excess of 5700 kg or authorized to carry more than 19 passengers shall be equipped with an airborne collision avoidance system (ACAS II). Amendment 85 to ICAO Annex 10 volume IV, published in October 2010, introduced a provision stating that all new ACAS installations after 1 January 2014 shall be compliant with version 7.1; and all ACAS units shall be compliant with version 7.1 after 1 January 2017.

Where can I find details about obtaining FAA approval for EFB usage?

Guidance material can be found in AC 120-76C, AC 91-78 and specific approval requirements are found in FAA Order 8900.1, Volume 4, Chapter 15, Section 1. NBAA publishes a good summary for Part 91/GA operators here: https://www.nbaa.org/ops/cns/efb/

Can I use my aircraft’s HUD and SFS internationally?

Depends on the country’s AIP directives. EASA has specific certification requirements of the HUD/EVS system and the operator’s approval. These can be found in SPA.LVO 100 and OEB Administrative and Guidance Procedures ICAO has crew training guidance and operational concepts guidance found in:

ICAO Annex 6, Part 1, Paragraphs 2.4.8, 6.23 and Attachment I.

ICAO Annex 6, Part 2, Paragraphs 2.4.16, 3.6.12 and Attachment 2B.