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1- During the Part 135 certification, your FAA Principal Operations Inspector (POI} informs you that your pilots-in-command (PICs) will each need to take the following “checks”:
b) “135.293(b)”, and
c) “135.297”; and then, afterward, on a different day…
Please give a short answer to what each of those terms mean in terms of a pilot testing or checking event.
2- Assume you are establishing a 3-aircraft Part 135 on-demand air taxi operation with one helicopter, 1 King Air turboprop, 1 Citation jet. With your knowledge of Part 135 regulations, best practices, and the two Part 135 accidents that we studied, name at least 3 “best practices” that might improve the safety, compliance and perhaps the efficiency “posture” of your company, and why you might propose these measures.
(Consider such programs as Safety Management Systems; Voluntary Safety Programs like FOQA, ASAP, LOSA, internal evaluation program, safety reporting systems; monitoring of pilot performance, having your own check airmen; having an airworthiness reliability program; bringing in outside auditors…and so on)
NOTE: Assume that this company already has a competent maintenance department and a competent pilot training organization
3- Assume that you are the Director of Maintenance of a Part 135 air taxi company that has its own in-house maintenance organization which can do some, but not all, maintenance, inspection, and repair functions on its fleet of Beech KIng Airs and Cessna Citation. There are other Part 145 repair stations (otherwise known as MROs-Maintenance and Repair Organizations) available for you to use for some of your company’s work. They generally specialize in “heavy maintenance and repair”. As the DOM, would you have the following work done “in-house” or by an outside MRO, and why (use your imagination)
a. Damage from a ground vehicle collision, King Air (aircraft can be ferried)
b. 100-hour inspection including oil change for a King Air
c. 3500-hour hot section inspection of a Pratt and Whitney PW 545C jet engine from a Citation.
d. replacement of a starter-generator on a Citation Jet PW545C engine
4- Compare and contrast the designated management personnel required for a Fractional Ownership Program (see 14 CFR Part 91K; 91.1001 and others) and a Part 135 air taxi/commercial operator (see CFR Part 119.71 and others).
a) What kind of designated management person(s) is required for a Part 91K program?
b) What are the designated positions for management personnel required for a “standard” Part 135 operation? Name those positions.
5- The NTSB accident report (AAR-0604, Teterboro Airport, February 2, 2005) on page 55 includes the following statement:
“Further, review of Platinum Jet Management (PJM) and Darby Aviation documentation showed that Darby was often unaware of on-demand charter flights conducted by PJM under Darby’s certificate. For example, in some cases, including the accident flight, PJM conducted on-demand revenue flights under Part 91 when they should have been conducted under Part 135.94”
As you review this accident report, please analyze how the following contributed to the setup for this accident:
a) The wet-lease agreements that Darby Aviation made with Platinum Jet Management (PJM).
b) The operational control arrangement that Darby Aviation had to “oversee” or NOT oversee adequately the PJM-operated flights.
c) Lack of FAA oversight of Darby Aviation and Platinum Jet Management (AAR 0604, pages 56-57)