Prior to any aerial demonstrations being conducted, the FSDO
must approve; in writing, any waivers to the applicable FARs.
I discovered the best place to start was with the FSDO
. The FSDO
is very involved with various aspects of the Phoenix aviation picture.
When all this is completed, the FSDO
may approve a MEL in a format for aircraft operations according to FAR 91 or 135.
In my 44 years working in the engine business, I dealt with numerous different FSDOs
The 2011 accident that stirred up examiners serving the Baltimore FSDO
involved a 180-hp Piper Arrow with three on board: a commercial-rated CFI candidate, his instructor and a third commercial pilot in the back seat.
The FARs are not specific and clear on this matter; thus, a Safety Specialist from the Birmingham (Alabama) FSDO
provided this interpretation.
Getting a one-time field approval would be the only way, but how do you do that with so little technical data to justify it to the FSDO
I got a quick call from the FSDO
the next day asking what happened and that was it.
Fuel starvation is always a FSDO
pleaser, as in the case of this Cessna 210 that ran dry over Texas with three clueless souls on board.
That means the FAA (generally the FSDO
governing the location where the aircraft is based) will make the final call as to whether the aircraft is indeed safe to fly.
(In my case, the required number according to the Boise FSDO
is as many patches as there are holes.)
Thoughts of paperwork and FAA FSDO
investigations filled my head.