Part 135 General Operations Manual
NOTE: There are now huge new DCT requirements in all the manuals. See our comments in the Part 135 page here on the site. DCT Comments
Part 135 General Operations Manual – This is a high-level, professionally driven manual that covers your flight operations, records, organization and how you will operate. It is large and 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 240 to nearly 400 pages of well-structured, well-used, best practices covering hundreds of topics.
FAA Brief Guidance on Part 135 General Operations Manual
3-3201 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 operators 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.
3-3202 CONTENT OF GOMs. Sections 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 § 135.21by OpSpec A005 (see Volume 2, Chapter 4, Section 6, paragraph 2-460.).