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Certificated Air Carriers

Part 121, 125 and 135

Add Aircraft to Certificate

Certificated Air Carriers: JDA can assist an air carrier certificate holder that wants to add a new make and model (type) aircraft that is not currently authorized on their Operations Specifications (OpSpecs) through the FAA Safety Assurance System process cited in FAA Order 8900.1,Vol.3,Ch18,Sec13_SAS

Certificated Air Carriers

JDA uses the FAA Master Change Process Document (MCPD) which is a structured system safety-based approach to assess the design and performance of the certificate holder’s proposed change(s) which includes 5 Phases. 

  • Initial Inquiry.
  • Application.
  • Element Design Assessment (EDA).
  • Element Performance Assessment (EPA).
  •  FAA Administrative Functions.

Advanced Qualification Program (AQP)

JDA’s AQP experts support applicants throughout the five-phase AQP process including: 

  • FAA Application.
  • Curriculum Development,
  • Small Group Tryout (Implementation),
  • Initial Operations and,
  • Continuing Operations.

JDA also offers introductory, intermediate and advanced AQP training courses for operators that want to implement AQP on their own.

Acquisitions and Mergers

For mergers and situations involving the acquisition of operational assets of another air carrier (acquisitions), the types of changes are normally characterized by the following.

  • Changes in operational control systems and philosophy.
  • Changes in programs or subsystems that are part of the operational control system.
  • Revisions to manuals containing procedures for conducting various operations, maintenance, and inspection programs.
  • Revisions to training curriculums and/or changes in employee qualification criteria for persons who will be conducting merged or new operations and/or programs.
  • Continuing Operations.

When two or more certificate holders merge operations there will be significant and complex changes to the capabilities and characteristics of one or more of the merging parties. Usually, all of the merging parties’ operations are changed to some extent. The transition plan must address the manner in which, and when, such items as certificates, OpSpecs, manuals, training programs, maintenance programs, and recordkeeping procedures will be merged. This plan should indicate a completion of all the merged items, so that at the end of the transition period the surviving certificate holder’s operation reflects only one operation.

JDA supports all phases of the acquisition and merger process using the guidelines and procedures outlined in FAA 8900.1 Volume 3, Chapter 34, Section 1

CAT II and III Certification

Part 121 and 135 operators have been the industry leaders in low visibility innovations and equipage. JDA has expertise for assisting clients through the FAA five-phase  process for approving an operator’s CAT II and/or CAT III application requirements cited in  FAA 8900.1 Volume 4 Chapter 2 Section 2,Vol.4,Ch2,Sec2_SAS including:

  • Initial Inquiry and submitting letter of intent
  • Preparation and submittal of formal application and compliance statement which includes pilot training and qualification program (CAT II/III pilot training program)
  • Design Assessment
  • Performance Assessment
  • Issuance of Operations Specification

IOSA Pre-Audits

Are you prepared for an IOSA Audit? JDA staff members are well versed and experienced with the IOSA Standards Manual and associated standards and recommended practices (SARPS).  Our team can conduct an audit that will address:

  • Organization and Management System;
  • Flight Operations
  • Operational Control and Flight Dispatch
  • Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance
  • Cabin Operations
  • Ground Handling Operations
  • Cargo Operations
  • Aviation Security Management


The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is an industry standard built for operators, based on the ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS). 

Our qualified IS-BAO Auditors can assess your SMS, organization and personnel, standard operating procedures, training programs, flight operations, operations in international airspace, aircraft equipment requirements, aircraft maintenance requirements, company operations manual, emergency response plan, environmental management, occupational health and safety, transportation of dangerous goods, and security for all 3 IS-BAO Stages.

Manual Revisions – Safety Assurance System (SAS) Reviews

In the first quarter of 2016 the FAA implemented a new oversight system for Part 121, 135 and 145 certificate holders. The Safety Assurance System or SAS, defines criteria or safety attributes that each certificate holder must address in their manual system. The certificate holder must document: responsibility, authority, procedures, interfaces, process measures, controls and safety ownership in their manual system. Whether it is a GOM, GMM or CASS manual we can review your manual system and provide you a report of findings and recommendations for conforming your manuals to the FAA SAS.

Safety Culture Assessment

When you think about corporate culture, what comes to mind? From the ways the company treats employees to the interactions between teams and beyond, all the moving parts within an organization shape corporate culture. Safety culture finds its foundation in the broader context of corporate culture. If a business does not properly and actively care for its employees, or if colleagues do not get along well, the workplace might become a toxic or hostile environment.  If the company takes corporate culture seriously and manages it in a progressive fashion, showing its employees that their comfort, safety and success are valuable, the workplace will be a far more profitable and desirable environment. It has been shown that choosing profits over safety is a false and unwise choice. Pursuing profits over advancing key practices that drive profitability – such as worker and customer safety – is a losing strategy. Your employees have discretionary energy which they can give or not give. When respected and valued, employees are proud to give their best, and this grows profits. Bring JDA in to assess your culture and we will help pinpoint what needs to be done to create a strong and positive safety culture.

SMS Implementation and Manual

SMS supports the FAA shift to performance-based regulations that describes objectives and allows each entity to develop a system for achieving its objectives. While SMS is an important advance in safety management, it can only be effective through its implementation. SMS allows organizations to ensure that all risks are covered as a single system. It is an eminence management approach to controlling risk providing a means to support safety culture within an organization. SMS forms the center piece of the company’s safety efforts and serves as the best way of linking with other systems. It provides the company’s management with a systematic roadmap for examining safety-related processes. SMS will enable better compliance with regulations and other requirements that in turn minimizes the adverse result of an event. It allows employees to identify potential hazards that may jeopardize health and safety.  SMS will have positive impacts on staff by creating trust, increased morale which leads o better performance. SMS will help an organization to prevent catastrophic accidents making it safer, attracting more clients which in turn benefiting the company financially. JDA is a MITRE licensed SMS training and implementation organization. Contact JDA today for supporting your SMS.

Upgrade Part 135 Operating Certificate

There are several categories of Part 135 Operations Specifications (OpSpecs), and as a 135 operator’s business grows the certificate holder may want to upgrade from a Part 135 Single Pilot to a Basic or Full 135 Certificate. Often 135 operators want to add a new airplane to its OpSpecs and operate as a Part 135 “10 or more” air carrier or even upgrade to a Part 135 Commuter. JDA has supported numerous Part 135 upgrades and we ensure that every FAA requirement is completed to meet your schedule and needs.