ADMINISTRATION. Special provisions are issued in the interest of safety and become a part of the Certificate of Waiver. These provisions may be issued because the proposed operation uses nonstandard equipment or for other reasons such as geographical considerations, pilot limitations, air traffic control limitations, or weather conditions. The FSDO prescribes provisions appropriate to the safety of the operation. Noncompliance with the provisions attached to the certificate is noncompliance with the Certificate of Waiver. The provisions and limitations of the Certificate of Waiver shall apply regardless of any statements contained in the application. Failure to comply with any provision or limitations specified in the Certificate of Waiver constitutes cancellation of the authorization in the Certificate of Waiver.

Sample Special Provisions for Banner Tow Operations. These special provisions are for suggested use only. Modification or development of new provisions may be required.

Conduct all banner tow operations in VFR weather conditions defined by Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 91, section 91.155. Operations shall be conducted only between the hours of official sunrise and official sunset.

The certificate holder shall obtain the airport manager’s approval to conduct banner tow operations at each airport of intended operation.

If the airport involved has an FAA control tower, the holder shall inform the FAA control tower of the time of the banner tow operation.

Notify appropriate airport officials in advance when banner tow operations will be in close proximity to each non-towered airport.

The FAA shall approve tow attachments and release mechanisms on the aircraft.

A thorough inspection of the aircraft and special equipment shall be made before each day’s operation by the operator/pilot.

Only essential crewmembers will be carried during banner tow operations.

When banner tow operations are conducted around congested areas, due care will be exercised so that in the event of emergency release of the banner and/or tow line, it will not cause undue hazard to persons or property on the surface.

Banner pickup or banner drop should be in a pre-designated area not closer than 500 feet to taxiways, runways, persons, buildings, parked automobiles, and other aircraft whenever possible. If the tow plane lands with the banner attached, due care should be exercised to avoid obstacles and endangering other aircraft in the air or persons, property, or aircraft on the surface.

Only the aircraft and pilots on the attached list may be used under the terms of this certificate. Changes to the list must be submitted to the FSDO for approval at least 5 days prior to operating.

For flights in which the pilot receives no compensation, the pilot of the tow aircraft shall hold at least a valid Private Pilot certificate and have a minimum of 200 hours Pilot In Command (PIC) time.

Operations outside the geographic area of the issuing FSDO will be coordinated with the appropriate jurisdictional FSDO in advance and the operator will comply with all special provisions imposed by that office.

As required, meetings sponsored by the FSDO to discuss changes, amendments, additions to airspace, regulations, or flight patterns must be attended by the operator.

Each first time banner pilot presented by the operator must be observed in pre-flight, banner pick-up, tow, and banner drop by the FSDO prior to assignment to a commercial banner tow flight.

A current copy of the following is to be carried onboard all aircraft:

  • If the aircraft is a restricted category aircraft, the operating limitations must also be in the aircraft
  • Certificate of Waiver or Authorization
  • List of all approved pilots and aircraft
  • For helicopter banner tow operations, add the following

- The provisions of 14 CFR section 91.119(d) are not applicable when operating under the terms of this certificate.

- Section 91.119(c) operations over congested areas must not be lower than 1,000 feet and operations elsewhere shall be prohibited. See TFRs for operation around open air assemblies.

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