The FAA has once again extended the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Exemption 7897, as amended. The NBAA’s Small Aircraft Exemption, as it is called by NBAA, has been in existence since 1994. The exemption allows NBAA Members to operate small civil airplanes and helicopters of U.S. registry under the operating rules of 14 CFR 91.503through 91.535 and to select an inspection program as described in 14 CFR 91.409(f). The exemption does not apply to large or turbo-jet powered, multi-engine aircraft.
To take advantage of the exemption, the aircraft operator must be a NBAA member. Only those operations listed in 14 CFR 91.501(b) (1) through (7) and (9) may be conducted under the authority of the exemption. Additionally, an aircraft operator will need to select an inspection program under 14 CFR 91.409(f) and will need to provide certain information to its local FSDO. These and other conditions and limitations are contained in the letter extending the exemption. A copy of the letter extending the exemption is available for review here.
If an aircraft operator elects to operate under this exemption, it is suggested that a copy of the exemption and all related paperwork be carried on the aircraft. The extension extends the term of Exemption 7897 to September 30, 2008. For further information regarding the Exemption and the additional requirements for qualification to operate under the Exemption, check out the NBAA’s website here.