The prospect of creating a flight operations manual can seem overwhelming for single pilots and light business airplane (LBA) owners and operators. To address this concern, NBAA created a resource designed specifically to meet the needs of LBA operators in creating or updating a flight operations manual. Enhancing safety for all business aircraft operators, regardless of size, helps everyone. NBAA hopes you will find a place for this reference in your operation.

The resource contains guidance on topics such as safety management systems (SMS), standard operating procedures, qualifications and training, and provides a risk assessment tool designed specifically for LBA operators.

For a flight operations manual to be effective, it must be customized to the specific needs of the operator. With that in mind, this resource should be used as a starting point in the creation of a manual. For example, an LBA operator might have specific verbal callouts or checklists that are used in flight. In that case, the standard operating procedures section should be modified to reflect the actual procedures that are used.

This document is provided both in PDF and Word file formats. The NBAA-branded PDF version is suitable for use as a sample to review and share with colleagues when planning the creation or revision of your own company manual. The Word format is provided to facilitate the creation of your own customized and company-specific manual. NBAA encourages companies to copy and paste text from the Word file directly into their own documents as needed.

Operators are encouraged to contact the NBAA Operations Service Group at or (202) 783-9250 with any questions or feedback on this resource.