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Features February 2017 Issue

DIY SOP Considerations

AC 120-71A provides guidance for SOPs with many examples for a crew environment. Most can be adapted for single-pilot use.

DIY SOP Considerations

We’ve advocated for personal standard operating procedures in piston GA. Now, in this first of two articles, we’re going to get you thinking about what to put in yours.

Good single-pilot resource management calls for three basic elements: Knowledge of one’s aircraft systems and characteristics, proficiency in their use under various conditions, and well-crafted, consistent routines. Those well-crafted, consistent routines—standard operating procedures, SOPs—encompass flows, checklists and callouts, but go well beyond the basics. We’ve started down the path toward personal SOPs in “Using an SOP in GA” in the September 2016 issue.

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