As a pilot you’ll be flying in UK, and perhaps other nations’ airspace. Some parts of that airspace are under the jurisdiction of air traffic control units, whilst other parts aren’t. The aviation community must be aware of the procedures & principles outlined, and abide by them. These rules (or “procedures”) are there to ensure that pilots are safe and responsible whilst flying. This is what the Operational Procedures segment of the PPL course teaches you about.
In the old PPL(A) format, Operational Procedures was combined with Air Law. Hence the overlap between the 2 subjects. This subject focuses on things such as light signals, runway markings at aerodromes, procedures in case of an emergency.
► Operational Procedures PPL(A) Overview
Aviation is global in scope — so Operational Procedures apply internationally. Organisations such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) govern regulations and procedures which apply to it’s member countries. Other multinational authorities, such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), have their own local rules, too. Pilots have to know both sets of rules.
The Operational Procedures taught in the PPL(A) course also apply to different types of aircraft. After all, PPL(A) Pilots share the air with thousands of fellow aviators — whether they’re flying Airliners, Helicopters, Balloons, Light Aircraft, Military Jets, Gliders, Microlights and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This subject therefore has a general importance to aviation.
Most of the Operational Procedures segment is common sense. You basically have to demonstrate good airmanship. Essentially, the procedures are there for a reason, and you have to prove that you understand them.
By completing the Operational Procedures subject, you will contribute to efficient operations in air traffic, and also ensure that you do not compromise flight safety for yourself or anyone else.
- Due to it’s overlap, it makes sense to revise Operational Procedures & Air Law together and take the exam at around the same time.
The course can be completed in one day, with the examination taken at the end.
The PPL Operational Procedures examination has 12 multiple choice questions which must be answered within a 30 minute time limit. The minimum pass mark is 75%.