Part 139 Training


  • What is Part 139?
  • Phases of Part 139
  • Compliance with Part 139
  • What is Part 139?

  • 14 CFR Part 139 requires Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue airport operating certificates to airports that:
    • Serve scheduled and unscheduled air carrier aircraft with more than 30 seats;
    • Server scheduled air carrier operations in aircraft with more than 9 seats but less than 31 seats; and
    • The FAA Administrator requires to have a certificate.
  • Airport Operating Certificates serve to ensure safety in air transportation.
  • For an airport to obtain a certificate, they must agree to safety and operational standards.
  • FAA inspections typically happen on an annual basis, but the FAA is authorized to make unannounced inspections.
  • Phases of Part 139 (1 of 3)

  • Pre-inspection review of airport files and airport certification manual.
  • In-briefing with airport management. Organize airport inspection schedule and meet with different personnel.
  • Administrative inspection of airport files, paperwork, etc. Also includes updating the Airport Master Record (FAA Form 5010) and review of the Airport Certification Manual/Specifications (ACM/ACS), Notices to Airmen (NOTAM), airfield self-inspection forms, etc.
  • Phases of Part 139 (2 of 3)

  • Movement area inspection. Check the approach slopes of each runway end; inspect movement areas to find out condition of pavement, markings, lighting, signs, abutting shoulders, and safety areas; watch ground vehicle operations; ensure the public is protected against inadvertent entry and jet or propeller blast; check for the presence of any wildlife; check the traffic and wind direction indicators.
  • Fueling Facilities Inspection. Inspection of fuel farm and mobile fuelers; check airport files for documentation of their quarterly inspections of the fueling facility; review certification from each tenant fueling agent about completion of fire safety training.
  • Phases of Part 139 (3 of 3)

  • Aircraft rescue and fire fighting inspection. Conduct a timed-response drill; review aircraft rescue and firefighting personnel training records, including annual live-fire drill and documentation of basic emergency medical care training; check equipment and protective clothing for operation, condition, and availability.
  • Night Inspection. Evaluate runway/taxiway and apron lighting and signage, pavement marking, airport beacon, wind cone, lighting, and obstruction lighting for compliance with Part 139 and the ACM/ACS. A night inspection is conducted if air carrier operations are conducted or expected to be conducted at an airport at night or the airport has an instrument approach.
  • Post inspection briefing with management. Discuss findings; issue Letter of Correction noting violations and/or discrepancies if any are found; agree on a reasonable date for correcting any violations, and give safety recommendations.
  • Compliance with Part 139

  • If the FAA finds that the airport is not meeting its obligation, the FAA can take administrative action. Actions may include:
    • Financial penalties for each day that the airport violates requirements.
    • In extreme cases, the airport’s certificate can be revoked or areas of the airport can be limited where carriers can take off and land.
  • Questions, Concerns, Assistance

    Steve Sager

    Director of Human Resources, Airborne Global Solutions

    Phone: 937-366-2830


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