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Old 7th Apr 2017, 11:12
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Being a small operator with his own AOC I've successfully managed to stay alive for more than a decade fighting an unpromising battle against bureaucracy.
So far I was able to cope with my CAA and EASA but now I'm fighting a losing battle against Part-SPO.
Rewriting a new OM for aerial work doesn't seem to be the problem but when it comes down to SOP's and risk management I'm overstrained finding the proper structure and wording. Reading the regulations and the AMC/GM doesn't help at all. I feel like EASA doesn't even speak the same language.

Can anybody please provide a sample of a SOP (e.g. for aerial photography) so that I know at least what the structure of a SOP looks like.
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Old 7th Apr 2017, 12:08
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We are about to write ours, best advice is to actually put down in form 1 - 99 what you actually normally do e.g. brief task specialist, check he is strapped in , cameras are attached etc etc

It is your manual and it is up to you how you do it. UK CAA inset even lnterested in checking or accepting manuals until something goes wrong.
The fact you already have an AOC means you have an SMS system so really SOP's are just a list of what you do for each task, keep it simple so it can't trip you up at a later date !
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Old 9th Jan 2018, 17:41
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SPO.OP.230 Standard operating procedures
(a) Specialised operations shall be performed in accordance with SOPs.
(b) Before commencing a specialised operation, the operator shall carry out a risk
assessment and shall develop an appropriate SOP. The risk assessment and SOP shall
address at least the following:
(1) scope and complexity of the activity;
(2) aircraft and equipment;
(3) crew composition, training and experience;
(4) duties of task specialists;
(5) aircraft performance;
(6) the transport of dangerous goods;
(7) normal, abnormal and emergency procedures;
(8) ground equipment; and
(9) record keeping.
(c) SOPs developed by commercial operators shall be approved by the competent
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