The EASA operations manual for air operators is a document that includes the operating procedures approved by the corresponding aviation authorities that an AOC must fulfil. The content of the manual shall reflect the requirements established in the regulation for air operators 965/2012 established by EASA.
This manual may be issued in separate parts and must be accessible to all operations personnel affected by them. It should be noted that the personnel affected must be aware of all the updates that the manual suffers.
Thus, each member of the crew will be given a personal copy of the operations manual for air operators sections that pertain to their duties. Each member of the crew in possession of a manual, or of the corresponding parts thereof, shall be responsible for keeping their copy updated by integrating the amendments or revisions provided by the operator.
The structure and content that the manual must have are established in section ORO.MLR.100 and ORO.MLR.101 of the regulation for air operators 965/2012. The main structure that has an operations manual for an air operator that performs commercial air transport is the following:
- Part A: Includes general information describing the basic aspects of the organization and its structure including policies, instructions and operating procedures.
- Part B: Includes information related to aircraft operating matters such as service and maintenance, and normal, abnormal and emergency procedures taking into account the differences between aircrafts.
- Part C: Commercial air transport operations, comprising route/role/area and aerodrome/operating site instructions and information.
- Part D: Includes information about the training such as the instructions of the staff and their evaluation.
There is a series of guide materials published by EASA that reinforce the provisions of regulation 965/2012. In this way, AMC1 ORO.MLR.100 provides that the EASA operations manual for air operators may vary in detail depending on the complexity of the operation and the type and number of aircraft operated and that its parts may be presented in any form, including electronic form.
On the other hand, the AMC2 ORO.MLR.100 establishes considerations on the content of the manual in case of non-commercial operations with complex motor-powered aircraft.
Finally, the AMC3 ORO.MLR.101 and AMC4 ORO.MLR.101 establish, specifically, what is the structure of the operations manual for air operators that perform commercial transport and non-commercial transport, considering the corresponding exceptions.
In addition to the operations manual for air operators, they must also comply with the minimum equipment list, which consists of a list of inoperative equipment that an aircraft can have before making a flight, in order to ensure that the remaining pieces of equipment are operational.
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