Creating an aerodrome operating manual

All aerodromes must have an operating manual. For more information on what to include, read:

Aerodrome operating manual template and guide

We have created a sample manual template and guide. They are available as:

Our aerodrome manual template and guide provide clear references to the legislative requirements and may be used to:

  • develop a new aerodrome manual
  • update an existing aerodrome manual.

Where possible, example procedures have been provided as a guide. We have also included alternate provisions considering the varying complexities in operating environments and the scalable certification structures involved.

Your procedures will reflect the uniqueness of the aerodromeā€™s facilities and operations. You also need to demonstrate that you're operating in accordance with those procedures.

Standards that don't apply to some aerodromes

If a standard in Part 139 MOS doesn't apply to your aerodrome, you must maintain a placeholder in your aerodrome manual. It must record:

  • a reference to the relevant Part 139 MOS provision
  • the term 'not applicable' or 'N/A'.

Other resources to help create an aerodrome operating manual

Read AC 139.C-01 (PDF, 178 KB) for guidance on developing and maintaining an aerodrome operating manual.

Last updated:
14 Jul 2022
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