General Operations Manual – Helicopters

Part 91 & 135 – Helicopters

This is a high-level, comprehensive General Operations Manual for use by helicopter operators in corporate or charter operations.

Because helicopter operations are a bit more varied than corporate fixed-wing, there is a need for a good solid review of the manual and suggestions on how to change or improve for your operation.

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General Operations Manual for Helicopters

General Operations Manual - Helicopters: This is a high-level, professionally driven manual that covers your flight operations, records, organization, and how you will operate. It is very comprehensive because it has to be, not only from an operational point of view but from a compliance and even a company legal protection view.

Numbering from around 240+ pages of well-structured, well-used, best practices covering hundreds of topics.

FAA Brief Guidance on Part 135 General Operations Manual - Helicopters

GENERAL. This section contains information, direction, and guidance that principal operations inspectors (POI) should use in the evaluation of an operator's General Operations Manual (GOM). The operator's GOM is a segment of the operator's general manual system. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 121, § 121.133, and 14 CFR part 135, § 135.21 require that each operator prepare and keep current a manual. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that the GOM contain guidance for flight, ground, and management personnel during the conduct of the operator's operations.

CONTENT OF GOMs. Sections Part 121.135 and 135.23 specify topics that an operator's GOM must address. The operator's GOM must contain the duties and responsibilities for each category of employee. This manual must also provide sufficient policy, direction, and guidance to its employees for the safe and efficient performance of their duties. In addition, an operator's GOM must address the policies, systems, and procedures necessary to comply with operations specification (OpSpec) provisions and safe operating practices. This section contains discussions of selected topics that POIs should look for when evaluating an operator's GOM, and which the operator's initial and final compliance statements may require (see Volume 2, Chapter 4, Section 1, paragraph 2-348 for part 135 certification compliance statement information).

NOTE: The requirement to develop a GOM does not apply to a Part 135 single-pilot operator or a Part 135 operator issued an exemption to Part 135.21by OpSpec A005 (see Volume 2, Chapter 4, Section 6, paragraph 2-460.).

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