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[Archives: August 2012]
Tuesday August 7, 2012 at 2:30PM

Reminding 135 operators of the criticality of using SOPs during all phases of flight!

"There have been documented cases where accidents or incidents have resulted either directly from
or were related to a failure by the flight crew to follow SOPs, particularly during critical phases of flight. SOPs
are written, tested procedures that are applied uniformly and consistently within an organization and involve
all aspects of flight, both normal and non-normal. SOPs are widely recognized as a basic element of safe
aviation operations and are an area of special interest and concern within the FAA. SOPs may be individually
developed by the operator or by incorporating those procedures found in their aircraft operating handbooks
into their daily operations. Regardless of how an operator chooses to incorporate SOPs into their operations,
those SOPs should serve to provide a consistent, standardized mental model of each task that must be
performed by each crewmember during each phase of flight and during any reasonably anticipated emergency
situation. Once established and approved, the SOPs must be applied with consistency and uniformity
throughout the organization. In addition it is imperative that part 135 certificate holders and 91k operators
cultivate a culture of adherence to the SOPs. This applies to single-pilot operations as much as to multi-crewed
aircraft. It is important that each operator is aware of the criticality of developing and/or incorporating
effective SOPs specific to their operations and aircraft, and of keeping those SOPs current and updated where
applicable. Any changes to SOPs must be coordinated with, and accepted or approved by, the operator’s
principal operations inspector (POI)."

Read More: http://www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/safo/all_safos/media/2012/SAFO12003.pdf

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