Under EASA Air Operations Regulation Part NCC, private jet owner-operators will need to make flight operations manuals an essential part of their flying regime. These documents will need to cover anything from security procedures to child restraint devices and other health and safety equipment.
A flight operations manual that complies with Part NCC will need to be produced for all relevant private jets by the time the regulations become mandatory on 25th August 2016. By establishing a manual covering flight operations, you will assume the legal responsibility surrounding any procedures detailed in one.
Individually tailored operations manuals are required
All owner operators of jet aircraft must now have a flight operations manual that complies with the relevant section of EASA’s Part NCC regulations. Airworthiness inspectors and flight operations inspectors will expect all non-commercial jet operators to have one. The idea that it might be possible to convert any AOC manual, perhaps by simply replacing the logo and name on it, is a non-starter, however. These tend to be generic documents which are not detailed enough to comply with Part NCC, so individually tailored ones are going to be needed by all jet operators. Manuals cannot be bought off the peg in a way that makes you compliant immediately. Remember that writing a suitable flight operations manual is just the start – it also needs to be maintained regularly under the new regulatory regime.
Not only the jet aircraft but also the crew operating it
In order to comply, your new flight operations manual must be ready by the 25th August 2016.
According to EASA, it will need to contain all of the necessary instructions, information and in-flight procedures for the jet aircraft as well as the crew operating it. Furthermore, the flight operations manual ought to have sections devoted to things like security procedures as well as the use and protection of flight data records. The manual needs to be written in such a way that the operational matters concerning recorded data, flight crew qualifications and flight time limitations are all set out in a clear and readily understood manner.
Not just a set of instructions that can be forgotten about
In addition to the overall management system description you might expect of a flight operations manual, the document you produce needs to provide an ongoing structure for the way in which the operational control systems of a jet – and its safety management systems – are to be maintained. Essentially, what is new under Part NCC, is that the operational manual is not just a set of instructions which, once written, can be forgotten about.
EASA’s emphasis is on a more tailored document which will need to be updated regularly, focusing the attention of operators on all aspects of safety control systems and their maintenance. Non-commercial operators which have no principal residence or business in the European Union are now to be referred to by the regulatory authority as third-country operators. It is expected that EASA will subject these operators to a separate set of regulations down the line.
Expect regular audits and inspections
From August, private jet owners and operators can expect a much greater burden on them to continue to fly, in terms of the documentation needed in their flight operations manual. Part NCC will require regular audits and inspections of aircraft to be carried out which will include their flight operations. The center of this regime is expected to be the flight operations manual. Inspections of aircraft and their operational manuals will need to be conducted by an approved Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO). A signed declaration that these obligations have been met will only follow if safety and flying procedures are found to match those in the operations manual.
Inaction is no option
Inaction with producing a flight operations manual among jet operators may lead to them being deemed as non-compliant as early as this summer. Therefore, writing one is really essential work with immediate effect. The trouble for many private owners and smaller non-commercial operators of jet aircraft is that the process will be technically demanding and time consuming.
Nevertheless, help is at hand thanks to our whitepaper, “Part NCC – Are you ready?”. With it, jet operators can get further information and insights into what is needed in a flight operations manual today and develop their strategy for meeting the new regulatory demands. Download the whitepaper now!