Flight Operations

The IOMAR Flight Operations section (FLOPs) is responsible for the continuous safety and compliance oversight of the flight operational aspects of all ‘M’ registered aircraft. This includes ensuring that operators carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015 (as amended) and other relevant Isle of Man civil aviation legislation.

The key functions of the FLOPs section include the Technical assessment/evaluation of applications for:

  • Airspace approvals and ATS Comms & Surveillance approvals;
  • EFB and AWOPs approvals;
  • Minimum Equipment List (MEL) initial & amendment approvals;
  • Exemptions, eg: use of EVS to Descend Below Minima;
  • Permissions, eg: Carriage of Munitions of War;
  • Approvals to carry Dangerous Goods;
  • Aerodrome specific approvals, eg: London City (EGLC), Lugano (LSZA), Kathmandu (VNKT) and St.Helena (FHSH).

In addition to supporting 'M' Reg operators, the FLOPs section conducts the Regulatory oversight of:

  • The Isle of Man’s international aviation safety obligations and agreements;
  • The FLOPs Performance Based Oversight Program, carried out through Safety Partnership Reviews with operators;
  • Occurrence Reports in its capacity as the safety regulator for IOM registered aircraft to ensure the resolution of any potential or actual safety issues identified, and using data analysis to provide industry with relevant safety information;
  • Ramp Inspection reports generated by the EU-RIP to assist SAFA NAAs and support operators of the ‘M’-registered aircraft concerned;
  • Publishing Flight Ops related documentation;
  • The promotion of safety by providing safety information and guidance, as well as promoting industry safety performance standards.

 

Registry Publication 4 Guidance to Operators - Operating Approvals and Renewals contains details of all of the operational approvals available to operators of ‘M’ registered aircraft and that require specific operating approval from the IOMAR.

Should any Operators of ‘M’-Registered aircraft wish to discuss these or any other flight operational related topics please contact the FLOPs team by email or telephone +44 (0) 1624 682358 and we will be very happy to discuss it with you.

Form 4 Initial Operating Approvals is to be completed and submitted to the Registry to apply for initial (or additional) operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft;

To renew operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft a Form 4a Operating Approval Renewals should be used to completed and submitted to the Registry;

These forms include links to the relevant Registry Publications and additional application forms (where applicable) which need to be completed and submitted to the Registry to support each specific approval applied for. 

The FOR is a specific contact who will be responsible for the flight operations of the aircraft. 

The Registry requires a minimum of 2 operational contacts; therefore the FOR must not be the same as the Operator contact.

The Operator must ensure the FOR responsibilities are within the competence of the nominated individual, but accountability remains with the Operator. Nomination of the FOR should be made by completing Form 20 Operator & Flight Operations Representative Contact Information.

Whilst the Operator is legally accountable for all aspects of the aircraft operation including safety and compliance, the Operator and Flight Operations Representative (together with any additional contacts identified on Form 20) are able to sign for Operational Approval Applications and authorise Flight Crew Licence Validation Applications.

Competence and Authority

a) The FOR must have a good working knowledge of flight operations processes and procedures.

b) The FOR must have sufficient authority from the operator to deal with findings and observations.

c) The FOR must be able to communicate effectively in English.

Duties

a) The FOR will be the primary point of contact with the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry (IOMAR) for all flight operational matters on behalf of the operator.

b) The FOR will be responsible for ensuring the aircraft flight manual (AFM) or pilot operating handbook (POH) is always at the latest revision. The FOR should be involved with or aware of the MMEL/MEL amendment process in accordance with Registry Publication 4 Guidance to Operators – Operating Approvals and Renewals and the company operations manual (if applicable).

c) The FOR will be responsible for ensuring that any changes to their contact information are advised to the IOMAR prior to or at the time of the change to ensure continuity of contact information.

A variety of designated airspace approvals are available to ‘M’ Registered aircraft, subject to meeting the relevant standards set by the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry. 

The following approvals are available -

  • RVSM
  • NAT HLA (MNPS)*.

*Note: There are two types of NAT HLA approval which operators can apply for, ‘unrestricted’ and ‘restricted'.

For unrestricted NAT HLA (MNPS) approval the aircraft must be equipped with two LRNS and two LRCS (one of which must be a HF radio). RNP 10 or RNP 4 PBN approval is also required.

For aircraft not equipped as above, restricted NAT HLA (MNPS) approval is also available, see Registry Publication 4 for further details.

Form 4 Initial Operating Approvals to request initial operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft;

Form 4a Operating Approval Renewals should be used to request renewals of operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft;

NOTE: For each designated airspace approval requested, you will need to supply evidence that the aircraft is suitably equipped.

A variety of PBN airspace approvals are available to ‘M’ Registered aircraft, subject to meeting the relevant standards set by the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry. 

The following approvals are currently available -

  • RNAV 10 (RNP 10),
  • RNP 4*,
  • RNP 2 Continental (Only),
  • RNP 2 Oceanic/Remote and Continental,
  • RNAV 5 (B-RNAV, RNP 5),
  • RNAV 1 (P-RNAV) RNAV 2,
  • RNP 1,
  • RNP APCH (to LNAV, LNAV/VNAV, LPV or LP minima),
  • RNP AR APCH.

 * for RNP 4 approval, CPDLC/ADS-C (FANS-1A) is required.

Refer to Registry Publication 4 Guidance to Operators - Operating Approvals and Renewals for further details and guidance, and complete:

Form 4 Initial Operating Approvals to request initial operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft;

Form 4a Operating Approval Renewals should be used to request operating approval renewals for ‘M’ registered aircraft;

For RNP AR APCH applications please complete Form 19 RNP AR APCH Application.

NOTE: For each airspace PBN approval requested, you will need to supply evidence that the aircraft is equipped and capable of conducting these type of operations and for RNP AR APCH approval, that the flight crew are suitably trained and current.

A variety of ATS Comms and Surveillance approvals are available to ‘M’ Registered aircraft, subject to meeting the relevant standards set by the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry. 

The following approvals are currently available -

  • FANS 1/A
  • FANS 1/A+ (PBCS)
  • ATN B1 CPDLC
  • ADS-B - OUT 

NOTE: For each approval requested, you will need to supply evidence that the aircraft is suitably equipped. Further information and guidance on FANS 1/A+ (PBCS) approval can be found on our dedicated PBCS web page.

Refer to Registry Publication 4 Guidance to Operators - Operating Approvals and Renewals for further details and guidance, and complete:

Form 4 Initial Operating Approvals to request initial operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft;

Form 4a Operating Approval Renewals should be used to request renewals of operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft;

Article 35 of the Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015 (ANO) provides for an aircraft registered in the Isle of Man to be operated with certain equipment inoperative, through the use of an approved Minimum Equipment List (MEL).

To ensure compliance with the ANO in respect of MELs the IOMAR has published Registry Leaflet 1 MEL Preparation Guidance. This has been written to assist any person or organisation preparing an MEL for an M-Reg aircraft. In addition there is further information available on this dedicated web page. (NOTEthe material in RL1 should not be used to overwrite the MMEL other than for the purpose(s) described.) 

To assist our operators further regarding the required Operational & Emergency Equipment, we have produced documents to enable them to locate the requirements within the IOM ANO, and determine what should be carried for the operation of their aircraft. These can be found on our Operational & Emergency Equipment page. 

MEL APPROVAL APPLICATION

Apply by completing and submitting a Form 8 Minimum Equipment List (MEL) Approval Application including electronic copies of the:

  • Operators MEL and customised O&M Procedures; and
  • Manufacturers MMEL and O&M Procedures;

The submission should be sent to [email protected]

IOMAR policy is to review the MEL against the MMEL from the State of TCDS Compliance of the aircraft. If there are extenuating circumstances that may require deviation from this policy, this should be discussed with the IOMAR prior to the MEL preparation.

NOTE - In the case of operators of non-EASA state of design aircraft who are affected by Part-NCC, the MEL is also reviewed against the EASA MMEL & manufacturers O&M procedures.

amendments to an approved MEL 

The MEL must remain compliant with the MMEL and manufacturers O&M procedures it is based on. Revisions to the MMEL and/or manufacturers O&M procedures must be reviewed in a timely manner and subsequent amendments to the MEL must be submitted to the IOMAR for approval in accordance with the MEL Amendment Timescales published below.

MEL Amendment Timescales

Revisions to the MMEL and Manufacturers O&M Procedures must be reviewed in a timely manner and subsequent amendments to the MEL must be submitted to, and approved by the IOMAR within 90 days from the amendment effective date.

Voluntary amendment of the MEL may be carried out as required by the operator, provided the proposed change is no less restrictive than the MMEL.

MEL Amendment Submissions to the IOMAR

An amended MEL must be submitted to the IOMAR using a Form 8 Minimum Equipment List (MEL) Approval.

The submission should be sent to [email protected] along with the required supporting documentation:

  • Operators amended MEL and customised O&M Procedures; and
  • Manufacturers MMEL and O&M Procedures;
NOTE - the operator should continue to use the previously approved MEL until the submitted MEL is approved by the IOMAR. 

Findings and/or Observations

The Registry has invested in further developments to the Registry’s Online Services Portal.

Findings and/or Observations identified during the MEL review will be addressed to the Flight Operations Representative (FOR), with the Operator in copy. 

FORs or Operators (and MEL authors, who are Aircraft Client Users), can enter responses to each finding directly into the MEL record via the online services portal. 

This enhancement to the online services portal will provide a simplified process, greater transparency and reduction of email exchanges to further improve the customer interaction with the Registry.

Operators Affected by Part-NCC

The IOMAR has Letters of Understanding (LoU) with the German LBA, UK CAA and Malta CAD. 

At this time the IOMAR will advise only the UK CAA when an MEL is approved (for Operators who have advised the Registry that they have declared to the UK CAA).

It remains the Operators responsibility to advise any other EASA member state that they have declared to, of their aircraft MEL approval.

Before applying for EFB approval, see RP4 section 5.3 for all the information you may need.

Subsequently an application for the approval of an EFB system should be submitted for each registered aircraft by the Operator/Flight Operations Representative (FOR) on Form 91 “Application for Approval of an EFB System” which includes the minimum Operational Risk Assessment (ORA) requirement acceptable to the Registry.

The ORA should be completed after the EFB system has been assessed by the EFB Administrator against the standards and guidance in this document.

Visit our dedicated EFB web page for further information about the definition of an EFB, regulatory requirements and other useful information.

 

Steep Approach Approval

With the development of airports in congested city areas, such as London City (EGLC) and also those with challenging geographic locations such as Lugano (LSZA), there is a need for aircraft to operate safely into such airports whilst avoiding obstacles by use of a steep approach. The lowest value of approach path angle to be considered for steep approach landing rules is 4.5°.

Operators wishing to apply for a Steep Approach Approval to operate into a particular airport supported by the IOMAR must complete a Form 40 and indicate which steep approach airport they wish to apply for.

Further information regarding Steep Approach Approvals and a list of current steep approach equipped airports supported by the IOMAR can be found in Registry Publication 4

Approaches to Kathmandu (VNKT) and St.Helena (FHSH) are other examples of aerodrome specific approvals/operations that the Registry have assisted our Operators to achieve. Should you require assistance with any aerodrome specific approvals, please contact the Flight Ops team, they will be happy to discuss your requirements with you. 

The IOMAR may grant approval to conduct All Weather Operations (AWOPS) to operators who can demonstrate the aircraft is suitably equipped and certified, flight crew are trained to the appropriate standard, and have AWOPS operating standards and procedures published in an Operations Manual (OM).

AWOPS approvals which the Registry can issue are:

  • Low Visibility Take-Off (LVTO) to conduct a take-off with an RVR less than 400m,
  • CAT II Approach and Landing using ILS/MLS with a DH below 200ft but not lower than 100ft; and RVR of not less than 300m,
  • CAT IIIA Approach and Landing using ILS/MLS with a DH lower than 100ft; and RVR not less than 200m,
  • CAT IIIB Approach and Landing using ILS/MLS with a DH lower than 100ft, or no DH; and RVR lower than 200m but not less than 75m.

The Isle of Man operating standards and procedures for AWOPS are published in Registry Publication 39 and applications should be made by completing Form 39 All Weather Operations (AWOPS)

Operators who have AWOPS operating standards and procedures published in their OM may use these in support of their application. Please complete and submit to the Registry the following forms as applicable:

LVTO only Form 39 Appendix A- Cross Reference Matrix;

CAT II and LVTO applications, Form 39 Appendix B- Cross Reference Matrix;

CAT IIIA and LVTO applications, Form 39 Appendix C- Cross Reference Matrix;

CAT IIIB and LVTO applications, Form 39 Appendix D- Cross Reference Matrix.

Operators who do not have AWOPS operating standards and procedures in place, the Registry can provide a generic Operating Standards and Procedures Manual (OSPM). To request a copy, please contact flightoperations.

RP37 Operating Standards and Procedures CAT II, revised May 2017

RP37a Operating Standards and Procedures CAT II-IIIA, revised May 2017

RP37b Operating Standards and Procedures CAT II-IIIA-IIIB, revised May 2017

RP37c Appendix A Operating Standards and Procedures Monitoring Record Form, revised May 2017

RP37c Appendix B Operating Standards and Procedures Monitoring Record Analysis Spreadsheet, revised May 2017

RP54 Operating Standards and Procedures LVTO Manual, revised September 2017

EVS/HUD to Descend below minima

The Isle of Man operating standards for the use of EVS HUD to conduct an approach below minima are published in Registry Publication 44. Operators wishing to apply should submit Form 44 EVS/HUD to Descend below Minima with the required supporting documentation.

RNP AR APCH (sometimes referred to as SAAAR) represents ICAO’s global standard for developing IAPs to airports where limiting obstacles exist and/or where significant operational efficiencies can be gained.

RNP AR APCH procedures require additional levels of scrutiny, control and authorisation.  The increased risks and complexities associated with these procedures are mitigated through more stringent RNP criteria, advanced aircraft capabilities and increased aircrew training.

To apply for RNP AR APCH, please read RP4 – Guidance to Operators then complete and submit Form 19 to the Registry with the required supporting documentation.

In addition to receiving approval by the IOMAR to conduct RNP AR (Authorization Required) APCH procedures, additional approval from the State within which the procedure is located may be required.