Jon I think you may have asked the million dollar question in how we proceed. I think first of all before we go any further it would be good if as many people as possible would read AC120-26J. Here is a link to it http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAdvisoryCircular.nsf/list/AC%20120-26J/$FILE/AC120-26J.pdf
. I am no expert on interpreting Advisory Circulars, but it sounds the relevant AC and I hope it is the right path. Lets see what others think.
Here is what I can come up with from reading the advisory circular and my thoughts of possible steps in the process.
1. We need to determine if we really want to go forward and if we have the blessing of the Pilots N Paws organizers.
2. We need contact info for and need to talk to the FAA. According to the AC we need to start the process with an FAA Service Area Office. I have not been able to locate a list of "Service Area Offices", but maybe a FSDO could point us in the right direction. It is my understanding that the "Service Area Office" would forward the waiver to "Flight Services Safety and Operations."
3. We need to come up with what to say in the wavier. It might even be a good idea to start a thread to brainstorm on this. How will granting Pilots n Paws a call sign be advantageous to the ATC System. From reading the AC we need to mention things like:
a.) How this would be an improvement to ATC Communications.
b.) Reduction of Frequency Congestion
c.) How it would have a significant impact on on ATC.
d.) Show that at least 3 or more aircraft are used.
It might not be a bad idea to gather some basic statistics to include in the waiver. Maybe if we could just throw together some numbers from the completed flights forum for a few months or maybe even include some numbers from the PNP 5000 or similar events.
4. What the FAA Needs to process the application is listed in Section 8 "Documentation" of the AC. Here is the basics (I use the same letters they do so refer to the AC):
a.) Name and Address of Company, Contact Personnel and Phone Numbers
b.) For PNP the type of service proviced
c.) C discusses NADIN and I think we can answer a NADIN connection is not needed.
d.) D also deals with NADIN so I guess the answer would be zero or n/a.
e.) E is flight / operations schedule. Not sure how we would answer this, but maybe discuss how PNP flight or organized and refer to the website.
g.) Provide 5 suggested the three-letter identifiers, and telephony designators in the order desired. This should be the fun one, maybe a thread for this too..