SPDP Course Objectives - Flight Operations

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The following objectives were adopted on November 5, 2010.

Any questions regarding these objectives should be directed to the NBAA staff at (202) 783-9000.

Flight Operations Module Objective 1 - The Scheduling Function (FO1)

Understand the role and responsibilities of the scheduling function within the flight department.

Knowledge of:

  • FO1-Ka – A basic business aviation trip
  • FO1-Kb – Federal Aviation Regulations
  • FO1-Kc – Additional support services including fixed base operators, ground transportation, hotels, fuel vendors and how to qualify and select a provider
  • FO1-Kd – The difference between a commercial airport and a general aviation airport
  • FO1-Ke – The basics of a flight department operations manual
  • FO1-Kf – The basic elements of a safety management system
  • FO1-Kg – Identifying different types of customers (internal and external) and how to address their needs

Skills in:

  • FO1-Sa – Building a basic business aviation trip
  • FO1-Sb – Selecting an appropriate airport with minimum requirement considerations

Flight Operations Module Objective 2 - International Scheduling (FO2)

Identify, and develop an understanding of, international scheduling considerations and apply techniques to manage the complexity of the international trip planning process.

Knowledge of:

  • FO2-Ka – The components of scheduling related to, but not limited to, human factors, equipment and company practices/policies
  • FO2-Kb – The NBAA-defined international regions
  • FO2-Kc – Aircraft, passenger, and flightcrew documentation requirements necessary for international travel (rules and regulations) to include passports, visas, crew medicals and other pertinent aircraft documents
  • FO2-Kd &ndash: Flight planning concepts and terminology basics to be considered
  • FO2-Ke – Airport/country considerations, to include airway and airport slots, permits, parking, cabotage, agriculture and customs
  • FO2-Kf – The international trip handling process
  • FO2-Kg – The impact and dynamics of safety and security, including the role of regional, cultural and health factors
  • FO2-Kh – Contingency planning
  • FO2-Ki – The resources available to assist with the planning function, including government agencies, organizations, etc.

Skill in:

  • FO2-Sa – The application of scheduling techniques to develop, for management review, a method of comparision and proposal for alternate methods of planning any trip, using various crew methods, technical stops (if applicable) and contingency plans
  • FO2-Sb – Developing a checklist for applicable trip considerations, including crew, aircraft and passenger documentation requirements, scheduling feasibility, service confirmations, etc.

Flight Operations Module Objective 3 - The Basic Principles of Weather (FO3)

Understand basic meteorological concepts and resources, as well as how to apply the knowledge by communicating the impact of weather as it relates to the aviation function.

Knowledge of:

  • FO3-Ka – Basic weather, including atmosphere (i.e. composition, structure and density), temperature, moisture (i.e. clouds, dewpoint, precipitation), atmospheric pressure, stability, and instability
  • FO3-Kb – Air masses and frontal weather as well as aviation weather hazards (i.e. icing, turbulence, thunderstorms, fog)
  • FO3-Kc – Weather charts, codes, abbreviations, and symbols
  • FO3-Kd – Weather resources (governmental, Internet-based and subscription-based)

Skill in:

  • FO3-Sa – Preparing passengers weather briefings
  • FO3-Sb – Preparing pilot weather overviews

Flight Operations Module Objective 4 - Aircraft Utilization (FO4)

Understand aircraft utilization concepts and best practices.

Knowledge of:

  • FO4-Ka – Criteria for utilization, based on company objectives and values (i.e. seat miles, seat utilization, market capture, flight purpose)
  • FO4-Kb – How to work effectively with the company travel department
  • FO4-Kc – Methods to increase aircraft utilization, including mixed use of Part 91 and Part 135
  • FO4-Kd – The basic principles relating to flight department maintenance requirements as they relate to the utilization of the aircraft
  • FO4-Ke – The impact of the minimum equipment list (MEL)

Skill in:

  • FO4-Sa – Sharing information and resources to meet utilization goals
  • FO4-Sb – Analyzing the value of business aircraft vs. commercial travel
  • FO4-Sc – Forecasting routine maintenance and/or inspections and planning accordingly
  • FO4-Sd – Communicating aircraft scheduling limitations to passengers

Flight Operations Module Objective 5 - Flight Planning (FO5)

Understand the components of a flight plan, the factors to be considered in planning a flight and the flight-planning process for both domestic and international flights.

Knowledge of:

  • FO5-Ka – The information necessary to compute a flight plan and how computer databases (aircraft performance, wind forecast and route structure) aid the process
  • FO5-Kb – How a computer flight plan is calculated
  • FO5-Kc – The differences between domestic and international flight plans
  • FO5-Kd – The components (to include, but not limited to, navaids, fuel requirements, airways, alternate selection) of a computer flight plan and how to recognize them
  • FO5-Ke – The identification and interpretation of aeronautical charts and other publications required to plan a flight
  • FO5-Kf – The impact of NOTAMs, the ATC system and other regulatory constraints affecting the flight path both in the U.S. and internationally

Skill in:

  • FO5-Sa – Determining airport data and limitations for a flight
  • FO5-Sb – Reading and interpreting aeronautical charts
  • FO5-Sc – Locating and interpreting NOTAMs pertinent to a flight
  • FO5-Sd – Applying basic weather information to the flight planning process

Flight Operations Module Objective 6 - Air Traffic Management (FO6)

Understand the structure and operation of the National Airspace System (NAS), the cause for delays, the tools that Air Traffic Control (ATC) uses to minimize those delays, and steps that schedulers and dispatchers can take to minimize their impact upon aircraft scheduling and operations.

Knowledge of:

  • FO6-Ka – How the NAS is structured, how the ATC system works, how a flight progresses through the ATC system and the fundamental concepts of traffic flow management (TFM), including collaborative decision-making
  • FO6-Kb – The various types of traffic management initiatives (TMIs)┬áthat are employed to minimize delays, including ground delay programs (GDPs), special traffic management programs (STMPs), etc.
  • FO6-Kc – How and where schedulers and dispatchers can find information to assist them in avoiding delays for their aircraft, including NBAA and FAA online resources
  • FO6-Kd – The typical challenges for business aircraft, such as Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs), New York metro airspace, ski country airports, weather delays and special events

Skill in:

  • FO6-Sa – Incorporating information about the status of the NAS into the flight-planning process
  • FO6-Sb – Summarizing NAS constraints regarding a particular flight for flightcrews and passengers
  • FO6-Sc – Finding and utilizing web-based information sources on NAS constraints

Flight Operations Module Objective 7 - Family Assistance Planning (FO7)

Prepare those responsible for aviation crisis response, to care for victims, including loved ones of crew and passengers and coworkers, immediately following an accident/incident.

Knowledge of:

  • FO7-Ka – The origin of the Family Assistance Act of 1996
  • FO7-Kb – Human needs following a crisis and the systemic approach to responding to them
  • FO7-Kc – The components of a family assistance program
  • FO7-Kd – The internal and external resources available to the organization in preparation for responding to families and employees
  • FO7-Ke – How family assistance plans mitigate organizational risk

Skill in:

  • FO7-Sa – How to identify the emotional needs of families and employees who have been affected by an accident/incident
  • FO7-Sb – How to practice plans and run scenario-based drills to mitigate gaps in response
  • FO7-Sc – Demonstrating ability to prepare for a family/employee emergency
  • FO7-Sd – Demonstrating ability to integrate organizational subject matter experts into family/employee emergency discussion

Flight Operations Module Objective 8 - Aircraft Performance (FO8)

Understand basic aircraft performance, including aviation weather effects.

Knowledge of:

  • FO8-Ka – Aerodynamics (lift/weight, thrust/drag)
  • FO8-Kb – Aircraft systems (i.e. hydraulics, electrical, etc.) and aircraft components
  • FO8-Kc – How aircraft performance/limitations can be affected by weather
  • FO8-Kd – Weight and balance as it pertains to center of gravity (CG)

Skill in:

  • FO8-Sa – Determining the implications of an aircraft system or component malfunction as it relates to mission completion
  • FO8-Sb – How to apply real-time weather and performance limitations to a particular flight