California Department of Transportation

Physical Address:
Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics
1120 N Street, Room 3300
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Department of Transportation
Division of Aeronautics,
MS 40 P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

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1415 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Helicopter School Landing Authorization

Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 Helicopter External Load Operations or Congested Area Lift Plans

In 14 CFR Part 133, § 133.33(d) permits a helicopter operator to conduct external-load operations over congested areas provided the operator does so without creating undue hazard to persons or property. Section 133.33(d)(1) requires the operator to develop a congested area plan (CAP) for each operation in a densely populated area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) that has jurisdiction over the area of operation must approve the operator’s plan for each operation.

In accordance with CCR 3532(c), a helicopter operator proposing to conduct external-load operations over congested areas and within 1,000 feet of the school, must also submit a completed Helicopter Landing Authorization (HLA) application, Caltrans Division of Aeronautics form DOA-0204, to Caltrans. The completed HLA application must include helicopter operator information and signatures of approval from the administration of all schools within 1,000 feet of the proposed helicopter landing. Additionally, if the landing is not on school property, the application must include signatures of approval from the landing site’s owner. However, in lieu of an additional evaluation by either a Caltrans Division of Aeronautics representative or PSA Designee, Caltrans will accept the approval of the FAA FSDO representative, along with the approved diagram and CAP documentation.

The Part 133 operator must submit both the approved CAP and the completed HLA Application to Caltrans. The documentation should be submitted to Caltrans at least five (5) working days prior to the start of operations. No operations are authorized at a proposed site until the operator receives an HLA from Caltrans.

Last Updated: August 3, 2018