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New ICAO publication (Doc 10163)

Doc 10163, Manual on High Elevation Aerodrome Operations

First Edition, 2022

At the 39th Session of the Assembly (27 September to 6 October 2016), the Technical Commission deliberated A39-WP/336 Revision No. 1, presented by China on the Operations at Plateau Airports. This paper introduced the difficulties faced by aeroplane operations into or out of high elevation aerodromes (usually in mountainous areas) and recommended that appropriate considerations be given to the challenges presented by the operating environments of these aerodromes. The Technical Commission submitted the proposal included in the working paper to the Council for further deliberation in A39--WP/476, Draft text for the Report on Agenda Item 35. At the 40th Session of the Assembly (24 September to 4 October 2019), China presented A40-WP/304, Updates on the Operation at High Elevation Aerodromes to the Technical Commission, calling for support for ICAO in working with States, industry and other stakeholders for the standardization of optimum practices in high elevation aerodrome (HEA) operations and the development of globally harmonized Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).

The Flight Operations Panel discussed generic difficulties faced by the State of the Operator in regulating HEA operations and the challenges posed to the State of the Operator in HEA operational oversight, and potential safety risks to operators in HEA operations due to the lack of harmonized standards and guidelines worldwide. The panel agreed on the necessity for the State of the Operator to accept or authorize HEA operations, as applicable, due to their special nature.

This manual is intended to provide guidance to commercial operations in accordance with Annex 6 — Operation of Aircraft, Part I — International Commercial Air Transport — Aeroplanes and is therefore focused on the operation of aeroplanes to high elevation aerodromes, by operators who are assumed to have a Safety Management System as required by Annex 19 — Safety Management.

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