1.1. Introduction

  1. These Aircraft Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are issued by [operator's company name] for guidance in the operation of [aircraft manufacturer] [aircraft type] aircraft. The SOPs cannot cover all circumstances. However, they are intended to assist personnel to operate aircraft within the limitations of the aircraft flight manual. All personnel are expected to exercise sound judgment and consistency in their application.
  2. The greatest advantage of multiple crew members on board an aircraft is that more than one person can contribute to the safety and effectiveness of the operation. In order for individual crew members to contribute as much as they can, they must both meet a standard, and (for the most part) carry out their duties in a standard manner. The SOPs deal primarily with the standardization of how the crew completes their duties. Standardization is one of the most powerful tools available to the crew to prevent the undesirable, to determine when something undesirable is occurring, and to deal with the undesirable should it occur. These SOPs are provided as a part of the standardization tool. However, a standard procedure cannot be devised to cope with all situations. Although the SOPs are to be complied with to the extent practical, there may be situations where compliance with some part is inadvisable. Should it be appropriate to deviate from the SOPs all applicable personnel shall be thoroughly briefed.
  3. This chapter contains information of a general nature that applies to several aspects of the operation or does not conveniently fit into the other more specific chapters.

 
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