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FOM / SOP - FAA References

The FAA has continued to increasingly emphasize the creation and use of Standard Operating Procedures by Part 91 Flight Departments, and their employees.

The NTSB and FAA recognize most CFIT (Controlled Flight into Terrain) occurrences are directly attributable to the lack of, or incorrect use of, SOPs. Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Standard Crew Callouts often has no mention in official company documents unless a SOP is adopted.

Duty hours, crew day and crew rest in part 91 operations are often vague and often misunderstood. All these deficiencies really must be eliminated, if a flight department expects to run at peak efficiency, and with all members of that department having access and knowledge as to how business is to be conducted.

Below are links to various FAA documents discussing the importance and role of Standard Operating Procedures in Flight Operations.

AC 120-15e Crew Resource Management

AC 120-71 a Standard Operating Procedure for Air Crew

AC 61-134 Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT)