AviationManuals Offers SAFA Binder to Support Operator Readiness

Washington, D.C., November 19, 2019 – AviationManuals, the world’s leading provider of aviation manual development services and Safety Management System (SMS) software for business aviation, is now offering a SAFA (Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft) Binder that helps operators manage and demonstrate compliance when flying in and out of EASA countries, as well as others that participate in SAFA.

A list of over 50 items can potentially be checked when flying into or out of any of the countries with which the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has signed a working arrangement on SAFA. Non-compliance with many of those items could significantly delay or even ground an aircraft.

“Our objective is always to make things easy for an operator. With our SAFA Binder we are offering a tool that provides an operator oversight as to what they need to have in place, as well as offering an inspector a quick way to see that everything is in order,” said AviationManuals CEO Mark Baier. “Our binder is segmented by each inspected category, includes an introduction on the applicability of SAFA beyond EU countries, and outlines what an inspection might look like.”

More than 13,000 ramp inspections took place in 2017, impacting more than 7,500 aircraft (latest figures issued by EASA). Incorrect fuel calculations and flight plans, operators not having an MEL, and the cabin not being secure upon arrival are some of the main findings cited by customers.

“Tire wear, hydraulic fluid or oil leaks, missing safety equipment for the cabin and cockpit, as well as licenses, updated manuals, and cargo manifests are typical inspection items,” Baier continued. “We address each item with evidence in the form of pictures and excerpts from manuals for instance, so operators can easily identify and demonstrate compliance.”

SAFA inspections are part of a European Union safety program that impacts all EU Member States, including Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland, and all non-European countries that have signed a working arrangement on SAFA, which includes Canada.

For more information on SAFA and its SAFA Binder contact AviationManuals.

About AviationManuals

AviationManuals, based in the Washington, D.C. area, provides operations manuals to fixed and rotary wing operators, drone operators, technicians, and FBOs worldwide. Founded in 1996, the company has produced thousands of manuals. AviationManuals’ sister company ARC, offers an affordable web- and iPad-based modular solution to submit, store, and analyze SMS data. For more information on ARC, visit arcsky.com.

Products and services include Flight/Company Operations Manuals, FBO Manuals, International Operations and Procedures Manuals, Minimum Equipment Lists, Emergency Response Plans, and Internal Audit Programs, as well as Letters of Authorization (LOA) support for RVSM, Data Link (CPDLC / ADS-C), PBN (RNP-10 / -4, NAT HLA, B-/P-RNAV, and RNP-1), Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS), and EFBs. AviationManuals is a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and a part of its Leadership Council, International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). For more information on AviationManuals, go to aviationmanuals.com.

AviationManuals Releases LOA Guide as a Practical, User-Friendly Overview to Understand What Authorizations are Needed Where

Washington, D.C., June 4, 2019 – AviationManuals, the world’s leading provider of aircraft manual development services and Safety Management System (SMS) software for business aviation, released a guide for operators to easily understand various requirements for Letter of Authorization (LOA) applications. AviationManuals’ LOA Guide outlines which LOAs are required based on flight parameters and geographic areas of flight.  It highlights approximate application turnaround timelines, and key elements to keep in mind when submitting an application.

“Knowing which LOAs are required and successfully applying for them can be daunting for pilots and operators. Miscalculating approval times, or not having the right LOAs, can have negative operational consequences and can be a costly,” said AviationManuals CEO Mark Baier. “We wanted to create a free resource that outlines requirements and the application process so operators can more easily ensure they have the LOAs they need.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues LOAs allowing an operator to engage in a specific flight activity that requires authorization. Although the FAA only requires a few potential LOAs for domestic US operations, other countries may require additional authorizations prior to conducting certain operations in their airspace.

The LOA Guide is free to download and includes:

  • Who needs an LOA
  • A global breakdown of which flight profiles require which LOA
  • FAA approval turnaround timeframes
  • Resource links
  • Helpful tips to keep in mind

AviationManuals provides additional information regarding LOAs on its website.

AviationManuals will be exhibiting at the NBAA Regional Forum: White Plains
Jun 6, 2019 at booth 1312.

About AviationManuals
AviationManuals, based in the Washington, D.C. area, provides operations manuals and SMS software to fixed and rotary wing operators, drone operators, technicians, and FBOs worldwide. Founded in 1996, the company has produced thousands of manuals and supports more than half of IS-BAO registered operators. AviationManuals’ current focus is on Mobile Safety Management Systems through easy-to-use modules and apps.

Products and services include its ARC  SMS software and corresponding iPad app for its online subscribers, Flight/Company Operations Manuals, International Operations and Procedures Manuals, Minimum Equipment Lists, Emergency Response Plans, and Internal Audit Programs, as well as Letters of Authorization (LOA) support for RVSM, Data Link (CPDLC / ADS-C), and EFBs. AviationManuals is a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and a part of its Leadership Council, International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and Flight Safety Foundation. For more information go to aviationmanuals.com.