AviationManuals Develops Maintenance Manuals for BizAv Flight Departments

Process Begins with Completion of a Simple Questionnaire

Washington, D.C., June 29, 2020 AviationManuals, the leading provider of digital operations manuals, has launched a customized General Maintenance Manual developed specifically for Part 91 flight operations.

The company’s General Maintenance Manual (GMM) is delivered with ARCdocs software and iPad app, and addresses procedures for maintenance leadership and shop floor personnel. Several flight departments have already incorporated the new offering into their operations.

“A GMM is another valuable resource business aviation flight departments should consider having to help reinforce procedures, best practices and to assure an adherence to consistent standards,” said company CEO Mark Baier.” It helps flight departments from everything to staying on top of changing and complex operations, to helping with employee onboarding.”

The GMM covers:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Personnel policies
  • Inspection programs
  • MEL management
  • Functional flight checks
  • Airworthiness directives
  • Tool calibration
  • Inventory control
  • Training and safety programs

Customizable

AviationManuals’ General Maintenance Manual for Part 91 operators is customizable for a wide-range of flight department sizes and can incorporate requirements tailored to individual operators. Getting started is as easy as filling out a simple form.

A GMM helps develop consistency among varying experience levels of maintenance professionals and provides procedures to help contract workers assimilate in an organization. Topics covered include inspection, maintenance, and work turnover procedures; MEL management and deferral procedures; safety programs; aircraft marshaling and towing; procedures to use an outside MRO or repair center; personnel policies for maintenance personnel; duty time limits; and integration into existing Safety Management Systems.

Clients Operate 4,500 Aircraft Around the World

AviationManuals supports a client base that operates over 4,500 aircraft worldwide, including over 60 Fortune 100 company flight departments. Based in the Washington, D.C. area, the company provides digital operations manuals with update services, as well as SMS software and iPad apps for fixed-wing, rotary-wing, drone operators, and FBOs worldwide. Founded in 1996, the company has produced thousands of manuals.

Products and services include SMS Software, Flight/Company/General Operations Manuals, International Operations/Procedures Manuals, Minimum Equipment Lists (MELs), Emergency Response Plans (ERPs), FBO Manuals 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), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). For more info go to https://aviationmanual.wpengine.com

MEL 2017 in Review

With numerous changes to Minimum Equipment Lists (MELs) having gone into effect in 2017 and with more to come in 2018, now is a great time to ensure your MEL is up-to-date and compliant.

The most notable change last year was the enforcement of the ICAO Annex 6 and EASA requirements requiring operators to have a specific MEL for their aircraft when operating to or from EASA member states.

U.S. Part 91 twin turboprops and jets flown in Europe are now required to operate with an MEL developed for a specific aircraft under Letter of Authorization (LOA) D195, rather than with a manufacturer’s aircraft model Master MEL (MMEL) approved by the FAA under LOA DO95.

In addition, there were also a number of required revisions introduced to FAA Master MELs and policy letters during the course of 2017.

Check the list below to see if your aircraft is on it. If so, you will need to make sure that your MEL is up-to-date. Operators have 90 days from the date of the MMEL to revise their manuals.

What’s new in 2018?

This year, we expect to see significant changes to MELs for U.S. Part 91 operators and further updates to MMELs. So far, there have already been two updates to MMELs in 2018, including for the Citation 500 series.

The FAA is reportedly planning to release a Notice requiring all aircraft operating internationally to have an individual MEL and D195 LOA. It is also anticipated that EASA will announce that, while they will continue to enforce the D195 LOA mandate for U.S. Part 91 operators, they will grant a 12-month grace period to allow operators time to comply.

Revised FAA MMELs include:

  • Boeing 737 – Rev 59 – 02/13/2017
  • Challenger 600 – Rev 10a – 01/06/2017
  • Falcon 7X/8X – Rev 11 – 11/06/2017
  • Falcon 900EX EASy, 900DX – Rev 8 – 01/19/2017
  • Embraer EMB-500 (Phenom 100) – Rev 3 – 05/11/2017
  • Embraer EMB-545 / EMB-550 (Legacy 450, Legacy 500) – Rev 2 – 07/28/2017
  • Gulfstream G280 – Rev 3 – 10/31/2017
  • Gulfstream V Series – Rev 9 – 12/18/2017
  • Cessna Citation 500 Series – Rev 10 – 01/03/2018

Policy letter changes include:

  • Navigation Database text – 6/1/2017
  • Protective Breathing Equipment (PBE) – 12/4/2017