Start a Part 135 Operation


Starting a new Part 135 charter operation from scratch is a complex process, but with the right guidance and support the process can be made less time-consuming and frustrating. There are potential pitfalls and unnecessary costs that can arise during the certification process, so it is important to have a plan in place, and to thoroughly understand the requirements. A good plan that is followed properly can minimize the wait and costs.

Throughout these pages, you will see Part 135 operations referred to as an ‘operator’. The official FAA term however is ‘air carrier’. These terms may be used interchangeably throughout the following descriptions.

First Steps

  • Read through these pages for a basic overview of the process
  • Call us – get a free 30 minute initial consultation. We can get you started on the right path

Technical Content Services can help you start the process, and answer any questions you have about certification. You can read the frequently asked questions below.

We have the capability to assist new 135 operators in the following tasks:

 

Services

  • Preparing the application
  • Developing the necessary manuals and other documents
  • Advising on training and operational requirements
  • Working with your FAA certification team to ensure the process works smoothly

 

Manuals and Authorizations

  • General Operations¬† Manual – We can produce a GOM for operations from light twins and singles up to jets
  • General Maintenance Manual – For operators using aircraft with 10 or more passenger seats
  • Training Programs – We can develop programs for full in-house training or for operators that will use an outsourced training provider
  • Compliance Statement – A requirement for all new Part 135 applicants, this document specifies your means of compliance with the regulations
  • RVSM – For operations above flight level 280
  • AAIP – Approved Aircraft Inspection Programs tailored to your aircraft
  • Oceanic / RNP10 Manual – For operators who will be flying in the North Atlantic or Pacific oceanic airspace
  • Minimum Equipment Lists – Customized to your aircraft

 

Read about the application process.

Part 135 Certificate Types

Manuals and Documents

Frequently asked questions.