AIRCRAFT REQUIREMENTS. No person may operate an aircraft used in banner towing unless:

The aircraft has a current annual inspection in accordance with 14 CFR part 43 or has received an inspection for the issuance of an airworthiness certificate in accordance with 14 CFR part 21.

A tow hitch release system is installed using methods, techniques, and practices approved by the Administrator (type certificate data sheets, aircraft specifications, aircraft manufacturer’s kits, STC, FAA field approvals, AC 43.13-2A, etc.).

A safety link or other safety device is installed between the tow hitch release and banner assembly. This device must be designed to break away at loads no greater than the structural design limits of the tow release system.

A guard or other protective device is installed to prevent the grapple hook assembly from draping across the rudder horn and/or tailwheel when the grapple hook is dropped.

OPERATION OF BANNER TOW AIRCRAFT WITH DOOR REMOVED. When an aircraft is used for a special purpose such as banner towing, the operator may determine it is advantageous to operate the aircraft with a door removed. If an operator wishes to operate an aircraft with a door removed, the operator should contact the local FSDO for guidance.

Owners or operators interested in obtaining an authorization for those aircraft listed in AC 105-2C and Form 7711-2, should forward a written request to the FSDO that has jurisdiction over the area in which operations are to be conducted.

The request should contain the following information:

  • Name and address of the registered owner
  • The make, model, serial number, and registration number of the aircraft
  • The location where the aircraft is normally based
  • The reason for the aircraft to be operated with the door removed

A copy of the operating limitations will be forwarded to FAA Aircraft Registry, Oklahoma City, OK for enclosure into the aircraft historic file.

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