Flight Operations

Below is a list of the most common topics covered by our Flight Ops team, however, if the information you seek cannot be found here please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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

Registry Publication 4 contains details of the operational approvals available to operators of ‘M’ registered aircraft and that require approval from the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry.

Application Process

Form 4 should be used to request initial operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft.

Form 4a should be used to request renewals of operating approvals for ‘M’ registered aircraft. 

Form 4 and 4a include links to the relevant Registry Publications and additional application forms (where applicable) which need to be completed and submitted to the Aircraft Registry to support each specific approval applied for. 

Steep Approach Approval

With the development of airports typically in congested city areas 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

A variety of airspace and operational 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 -

Airspace - RVSM and NAT HLA (MNPS).

Note: for NAT HLA (MNPS) approval, RNP 10 or RNP 4 are required.

PBN - 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 and RNP APCH.

Note: for RNP 4 approval, CPDLC/ADS-C (FANS-1A) is required. Also please note that IOMAR do not currently approve RNP AR APCH.

 

Refer to Registry Publication 4 Guidance and Information on Applying for 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;

For RNP APCH applications please complete Form 50 Checklist and Declaration for RNP APCH.

 

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 some approvals, that the flight crew are suitably trained and current.

Registry Publication 13 provides information on the coding and registration of an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) or Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) installed/carried on aircraft registered in the Isle of Man.

ICAO requires each ELT/PLB to be uniquely coded and registered. The owner/operator of an aircraft registered in the Isle of Man is responsible for registering, or re-registering, ELT/PLBs on their aircraft with the UK Distress & Security Beacon Registry who are the Isle of Man and UK point of contact for ELT/PLB registrations.

Registration is accomplished by completing the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry's Form 37, and sending the completed form by e-mail (please copy in [email protected]), fax or post to UK Distress & Security Beacon Registry at the address shown below:

UK Distress & Security Beacon Registry
Falmouth MRCC
Pendennis Point
Castle Drive
Falmouth
Cornwall
TR11 4WZ
United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0)1326 211569
Fax +44 (0)1326 319264

E-mail - [email protected]

The operational and emergency equipment which needs to be installed will depend upon where the aircraft is to be flown and aircraft type.

Note - It can also change periodically.

The definitive list of equipment is contained in our legislation 'Air Navigation (Isle of Man) Order 2015, as amended. See Schedule 3 Aircraft Equipment and Schedule 4 Radio Communication and radio navigation equipment of aircraft'. 

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 lower 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

Note: 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.

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.

The CAA Safety & Airspace Regulations Group (SARG) is responsible for the policy and acceptance of requests for ICAO 3-letter Aircraft Operating Agency Designators and ICAO Telephony Designators within United Kingdom airspace and this continues to apply to the Isle of Man.

UK policy is based upon ICAO documents 7910 and 8585.

The procedures are published in the latest Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC Yellow – Operational Matters) entitled “UK Policy for the Assignment and use of ICAO Location Indicators, 3-Letter Designators and Telephony Designators” which can be found on the NATS website.

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 6 Minimum Equipment List (MEL) Preparation Guide 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.

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