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14 CFR Ch. I (1–1–19 Edition) 

§ 125.53 

(3) Other operations approved by the 

responsible Flight Standards office. 

[Doc. No. FAA–2002–14002, 72 FR 31682, June 7, 
2007, as amended by Docket FAA–2018–0119, 
Amdt. 125–68, 83 FR 9174, Mar. 5, 2018] 

§ 125.53

Flight locating requirements. 

(a) Each certificate holder must have 

procedures established for locating 
each flight for which an FAA flight 
plan is not filed that— 

(1) Provide the certificate holder 

with at least the information required 
to be included in a VFR flight plan; 

(2) Provide for timely notification of 

an FAA facility or search and rescue 
facility, if an airplane is overdue or 
missing; and 

(3) Provide the certificate holder 

with the location, date, and estimated 
time for reestablishing radio or tele-
phone communications, if the flight 
will operate in an area where commu-
nications cannot be maintained. 

(b) Flight locating information shall 

be retained at the certificate holder’s 
principal operations base, or at other 
places designated by the certificate 
holder in the flight locating proce-
dures, until the completion of the 

(c) Each certificate holder shall fur-

nish the representative of the Adminis-
trator assigned to it with a copy of its 
flight locating procedures and any 
changes or additions, unless those pro-
cedures are included in a manual re-
quired under this part. 

Subpart C—Manual Requirements 

§ 125.71


(a) Each certificate holder shall pre-

pare and keep current a manual setting 
forth the certificate holder’s proce-
dures and policies acceptable to the 
Administrator. This manual must be 
used by the certificate holder’s flight, 
ground, and maintenance personnel in 
conducting its operations. However, 
the Administrator may authorize a de-
viation from this paragraph if the Ad-
ministrator finds that, because of the 
limited size of the operation, all or 
part of the manual is not necessary for 
guidance of flight, ground, or mainte-
nance personnel. 

(b) Each certificate holder shall 

maintain at least one copy of the man-
ual at its principal operations base. 

(c) The manual must not be contrary 

to any applicable Federal regulations, 
foreign regulation applicable to the 
certificate holder’s operations in for-
eign countries, or the certificate hold-
er’s operating certificate or operations 

(d) A copy of the manual, or appro-

priate portions of the manual (and 
changes and additions) shall be made 
available to maintenance and ground 
operations personnel by the certificate 
holder and furnished to— 

(1) Its flight crewmembers; and 
(2) The responsible Flight Standards 

office charged with the overall inspec-
tion of its operations. 

(e) Each employee of the certificate 

holder to whom a manual or appro-
priate portions of it are furnished 
under paragraph (d)(1) of this section 
shall keep it up to date with the 
changes and additions furnished to 

(f) For the purpose of complying with 

paragraph (d) of this section, a certifi-
cate holder may furnish the persons 
listed therein with the maintenance 
part of its manual in printed form or 
other form, acceptable to the Adminis-
trator, that is retrievable in the 
English language. If the certificate 
holder furnishes the maintenance part 
of the manual in other than printed 
form, it must ensure there is a compat-
ible reading device available to those 
persons that provides a legible image 
of the maintenance information and in-
structions or a system that is able to 
retrieve the maintenance information 
and instructions in the English lan-

(g) If a certificate holder conducts 

airplane inspections or maintenance at 
specified stations where it keeps the 
approved inspection program manual, 
it is not required to carry the manual 
aboard the airplane en route to those 

[Doc. No. 19779, 45 FR 67235, Oct. 9, 1980, as 
amended by Amdt. 125–28, 62 FR 13257, Mar. 
19, 1997; Docket FAA–2018–0119, Amdt. 125–68, 
83 FR 9173, Mar. 5, 2018] 

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