Information about a selection of projects recently completed by McKechnie Aviation.
Manuals for Corporate Operator
A client approached us to develop operations manuals for their non-commercial worldwide business jet operation. The manuals we provided met the applicable regulatory requirements and are a useful reference for management, operations staff and crew in day-to-day operations.
We included simple processes for safety management (SMS) so that the company could start using SMS principles to ensure that the service they provide for their internal clients achieves the same standards of safety as the best of the world’s international airlines.
The operating instructions for crew do not duplicate information available in the manuals provided in the aircraft manufacturers manuals (FCOM etc.) but provide the additional information that crew might need in normal and non-normal situations. This includes topics like fatigue management, cabin safety procedures, ground de-icing, carriage of dangerous goods and incident reporting. The manual also describes aircraft loading and performance using electronic flight bag (EFB) tools.
Manuals for a Specialised Operator
When the European Union introduced new regulations for ‘Specialised Operations’ (aka ‘Aerial Work’) operators needed to provide operations manuals to describe the way that they operate their aircraft and organise their operation. A huge range of different operations fall within the scope of ‘Specialised Operations’ so a generic manual is inappropriate.
Our client was a one-man helicopter operator doing a variety of activities in a single-engine helicopter. Even an operation of this size needs to implement compliance monitoring and safety management. We were able to develop procedures that were proportionate, leaving the operator time for flying as well as management. Several activities fell within the defintion of ‘high risk commercial specialised activities’, which require authorisation from the Competent Authority. We were able to work with the client to develop risk assessments for powerline inspection, slung load operations and reindeer herding.
Training on new requirements for Upset Prevention and Recovery Training.
McKechnie Aviation has provided theoretical training to simulator instructors on the requirements for upset prevention and recovery training for commercial air transport pilots. This training has been provided in-house to airlines and business jet operators as well as during courses hosted by McKechnie Aviation. Attendees have included instructors and training managers from several major ATOs and airlines.
Training of Inspecting Staff for a European National Aviation Authority.
McKechnie Aviation was approached by a European National Aviation Authority to provide theoretical training for Flight Operations Inspectors. The scope of the training was the organisational requirements of the Air Operations and Aircrew Regulations and the Operational requirements for Commercial Air Transport Operators. Two separate modules were delivered consecutively over the course of a week. Flight Operations Inspectors and other NAA technical staff attended the training as did senior management personnel of several aircraft operators and training organisations (ATOs). This combined training provided a great opportunity to develop a common understanding of the regulations between industry and regulator.
Conduct of audits for potential ‘wet lease’ providers on behalf of a regional airline.
A UK regional airline had a need to lease-in additional capacity, but did not have the resources to develop the required procedures or conduct audits of potential wet-lease providers. McKechnie Aviation produced a ‘whitelisting’ procedure which was subsequently approved by the CAA. We then conducted audits of a number of ACMI operators and provided detailed reports to the client airline. In some cases the client went on to contract with the audited operators, in others not. In one case we prevented the client airline from contracting with a provider that did not have the aircraft it claimed. In other cases it meant that the client was able to take advantage of significant commercial opportunities for which it did not have the internal capacity.