Gulfstream G150

March 27, 2023

Are you planning a trip outside the U.S.? Are you confident that you have the authorizations necessary to realize the full capability of your aircraft while complying with international requirements?

The ABCs for LOAs is a recent installment of the NBAA Small Operator Learning Series and provides best practices for Part 91 operators looking to obtain letters of authorization – or LOAs.

New entrants to business aviation, individuals with new or additional management responsibilities or any Part 91 operator looking to brush up on their LOA knowledge will benefit from the expert advice in this module.

“When you first buy an aircraft capable of international travel in high-level airspace, there are numerous regulatory requirements and potential pitfalls to avoid,” said Christy DeYoung, president of Jet RVSM Services. “It’s essential to educate yourself well in advance of your first international trip and consider seeking professional guidance. This learning series is a great way to get started.”
The ABCs for LOAs also explains why operators need to correctly identify the Part 91 LOA applicant when requesting authorizations. This depends on many factors that may require professional aviation tax and legal advice.

Finally, experts say operators should plan and be prepared. Processing time varies by FSDO and a denial due to a deficient application package can result in lengthy delays.

“Compliance in general is an ever-changing environment, especially for international operators, but there are a lot of resources to help operators navigate that environment,” said Clément Meersseman, vice president, strategic partnerships at AviationManuals.

To help operators learn more about LOA requirements, NBAA’s Domestic Operations Committee recently published “The Whys and Hows of Special Authorizations – Part 91 LOAs” as a resource guide for Part 91 flight department managers and others responsible for regulatory compliance.

Those who complete the NBAA’s Small Operator Learning Series earn one point of Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit toward application and recertification.