Obtaining Class II Navigation Authorization
You will need a few different items to obtain the basic B036 OpSpec or LOA, and any additional Class II area OpSpec LOAs.
We can assist you with all phases of this application process.
These authorizations fall under the category of Special Area of Operation (SAO) and almost always require coordination with both local and regional FAA personnel.
Step 1 – Download and Complete the FAA B036 Application Form
You can find this by doing a web search for “Operator Application to Conduct Oceanic and Remote Operations, B036” .
This form is a 25-page PDF (sounds bad, but is easy to use) that requires the operator to submit an application package containing:
- Basic information on the operator
- Information on the aircraft and type of equipment
- RNP Documentation – the AFM or other documentation certifying the aircraft for RNP4 or RNP10 operations.
- Documented Multiple LRNS – Logbook entry or other documentation showing that the equipment is actually installed.
- Documented LRNS Maintenance and MEL/MMEL -Any AMM or ICA items regarding maintenance and inspection, and related MEL/MMEL sections.
- Operational Documentation – A list of references to the flight procedures for Class II navigation. This is usually a document listing page number references to your IOM or other procedures document.
- Training Documentation – A copy of your training program covering Class II operations. For Part 91 operators, training certificates for crew may be required as well. For Part 135, a copy of your approved training manual section is usually adequate.
- Items Unique to Operator or POI Requested Items – Not usually required unless you have an unusual operation or equipment.
- Additional Aircraft – Any additional aircraft that are part of the application
- Sample Oceanic Flight Plan – This is actually two attachments. The first is a full oceanic flight plan including ETPs and a fuel score, which is normally provided as a sample from your flight planning vendor. The second is a sample ICAO flight plan with your aircraft data and route information to show that you can accurately file a flight plan for these operations.
- Flight Procedures – Normally the list in #6 above references your IOM or other procedures document. You would normally attach this document as well since the actual procedures will require review.
It can take a while to assemble all of these items. Sometimes a fair amount of digging into the AFM and supplements can be required. Not all aircraft manufacturers present the information in the same way. Expect some back-and-forth with your FSDO and the regional FAA specialist to
Do I need an International Operations Manual?
For Part 135 – Maybe. Most operators submit a comprehensive IOM at the same time as the B036 application. This is not strictly required, however. The main reason a full IOM is easier is that there are usually procedures in the IOM that tie to the Class II procedures, and separating them out can be problematic. This would also lead to having a substantial additional “Class II Manual” or a large section added to your GOM.
For Part 91 – Probably. Unless you have other documented international procedures, you may find that having a document that only covers Class II may not be enough to provide your crews with the necessary information.
Does Technical Content Services Offer an IOM that covers these items?
Yes. See the page on the International Operations Manual. This IOM is designed for both Part 135 and Part 91 operations, or a combination of both. Using our IOM will make the application process simpler since we have done a lot of the work already to ensure that the procedures are acceptable to the FAA.
Step 2 – Review and Acceptance of the Application, Attachments, and Manual
Once submitted to your FSDO, the local inspector will most likely contact the regional FAA specialist. These individuals used to be called Navigation Specialists, but are now called SAO Specialists. Once all of the documents are approved, you will work with your local FAA inspector to set up Step 3.
Step 3 – Proving and Validation
For Part 135 operators, you will have to complete a tabletop exercise and most likely also complete proving flights in oceanic airspace. If you are seeking all the Class II authorizations, you must do the proving flight in the NAT, and this will cover the remaining areas, including the basic B036. The proving flights can take significant time to schedule, since a regional SAO Specialist must be available to participate.
If, for example, you are based on the West Coast and do not plan to cover Europe, you could do your proving flight to Hawaii to obtain OpSpec B037, which could also get you B036 and B038. You would still have to do a North Atlantic flight to obtain B039 in the future.
The FAA may want to have you perform a tabletop exercise for other regions being issued, such as North Pacific, since each area has some unique operational requirements. For example, lost communication procedures in the NAT are significantly different than those for the Central East Pacific.
For Part 91 operators, you are normally only required to perform a tabletop exercise with the SAO Specialist. This will be an all-day event in many cases, and your knowledge of the operational environment and your procedures will be thoroughly examined.
There will be a significant amount of work for both the operator and for us to complete this application. The amount of effort on the part of the operator will depend on your previous knowledge of Class II operations, and having good access to aircraft manuals and records.
One of the most important tasks will be a thorough read-through of your Class II procedures, flight planning and filing requirements, and in-flight contingency procedures. The tabletop and proving flights (when required) will be designed to test your ability to apply this information in real time. The SAO Specialist will be looking for solid knowledge and an ability to rapidly find items in your manual or procedures when presented with tasks and simulated emergency situations.
What else do I need to do?
You may also need to apply for OpSpec/LOA A056 Data Link Authorization if you intent to operate in the NAT on the selected routes. The NAT authority continues to expand the number of routes that require data link. Accordingly, the routes remaining for aircraft without Data Link authorization are limited, and not the most fuel-efficient routes.
Should I apply for all OpSpecs/LOAs at once?
If you are willing and able to complete a NAT proving flight, this will eliminate the need for future proving flights for additional Class II areas.
What about requirements for HF radios?
The FAA refers to these as LRCS – Long Range Communication Systems. Normally two are required. However, OpSpec/LOA B045 authorizes the use of a single HF in certain areas (referred to as SLRCS). This OpSpec/LOA also covers operations in the Gulf of Mexico with no operational HF radios, since the VHF time gap in the Gulf is limited in duration.
Can I get Class II authorization with GPS only?
Many aircraft are RNP/10 and RNP4 certified with only GPS receivers. Refer to your AFM for the TSO under which your aircraft is certified, and call us for more information.
What if my aircraft has only a single Long Range Navigation System (S-LRNS)?
There are a few authorizations available to these aircraft. This can be workable in certain areas of the GoMEx and WATRS.
While applying for B036 and the other Class II areas, you may also want to apply for:
B-RNAV/P-RNAV – This is basically a European RNAV spec, and requires an OpSpec for Part 135. This authorization is added to your B034 OpSpec.
ADS-B – OpSpec/LOA A153 is required for use of ADS-B in certain areas outside of the US. The need for this authorization has been in flux lately, check current requirements for validity.
Data Link – OpSpec/LOA A056 covers the application of CPDLC and ADS-C, most commonly required for operations in the NAT.
Single Long Range Comm System – OpSpec/LOA B045 SLRCS is required for operators intending to use a single system. Operations having two systems may still want this authorization in the event they need to MEL a comm system.
The IOM developed by Technical Content Services contains procedures for each of these items, and more. Application for these can be made at the same time as B036 if you are looking for all of these authorizations.