Aviators Model Code of Conduct

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The Aviators Model Code of Conduct is a set of model recommended practices designed to improve general aviation safety and airmanship.


Developed by a group of aviation professionals, the voluntary Aviators Model Code of Conduct (AMCC) "recommends operating practices to enhance the quality and safety" of general aviation flight operations.[1] The AMCC provides a "solid list of behaviors that reflect the values, culture, and customs" pilots and mechanics should exercise as good aviation citizens, including:

  • making safety the highest priority;
  • seeking excellence in airmanship;
  • recognizing and managing risks effectively, and using sound principles of risk management;
  • developing and exercising good judgment; and sound principles of aeronautical decision-making;
  • maintaining situational awareness, and adhering to prudent operating practices and personal operating parameters;
  • aspiring to professionalism;
  • acting with responsibility and courtesy; and
  • adhering to applicable laws and regulations.

The AMCC was designed to be adaptable by its implementers and currently consists of eight volumes:[2]

  • Aviators Model Code of Conduct
  • Flight Instructors Model Code of Conduct
  • Helicopter Pilots Model Code of Conduct
  • Student Pilots Model Code of Conduct
  • Seaplane Pilots Model Code of Conduct
  • Light Sport Aviators Model Code of Conduct
  • Glider Aviators Model Code of Conduct
  • Aviation Maintenance Technicians Model Code of Conduct

The Flight Instructors Model Code of Conduct in particular has been embraced by the aviation education community. Retired airline captain and aviation author, Barry Schiff noted, "It is an outstanding document that belongs in every instructor's flight kit."[3] Participants in the Master Instructor Continuing Education Program are required "to subscribe to and abide by an aviation educator's code of conduct" and are provided with examples that include three volumes of the AMCC.[4] The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators provides links to several volumes of the AMCC in the Public Resource Center on its website.[5] Additionally, the FAA introduces the AMCC in the "Instructor Responsibilities and Professionalism" chapter of its Aviation Instructor's Handbook.[6]

Examples of the AMCC being promoted by and adapted to other sectors in general aviation include the Lake Elsinore Soaring Club, the Lancair Owners & Builders Organization, Gyroplane Aviators, and the Civil Air Patrol.[7][8][9][10]

In January 2013, The Aviators Model Code of Conduct for Kids was released to "introduce students to what it takes to be a good pilot, to fly safely, and be a good passenger if they take a ride in a small plane."[11] In June 2016, AMCC released Flight Safety in the Drone Age, offering safety guidance when operating near drones.[12]

Permanent Editorial Board[edit]

This non-profit's volunteer Permanent Editorial Board (PEB) provides "oversight and stewardship of the Aviators Model Code of Conduct (Code of Conduct), various implementations of the Code of Conduct, and supporting materials."[13] Current members include:

  • Michael S. Baum, JD, MBA, ATP, Principal, SecureAv
  • Deonna D. Neal, Ph.D., CFI, Professor, Assoc. Prof. of Leadership and Ethics, Air University (United States Air Force)
  • Ric Peri, Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs, Aircraft Electronics Association
  • Michael Radomsky, CFII, President Emeritus, Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association
  • Bill Rhodes, Ph.D., Lt. Col USAF (ret.), Aerworthy Consulting, LLC
  • Stan Rose, Aviation Executive and Safety Expert
  • Rusty Sachs, JD, DhE, MCFI emeritus, Founder, Master Instruction, Inc.
  • Don Steinman, ATP, CFII, Captain, American Airlines


The AMCC consists of the following seven sections (each containing principles and sample recommended practices):[14]

  1. General Responsibilities of Aviators
  2. Passengers and People on the Surface
  3. Training and Proficiency
  4. Security
  5. Environmental Issues
  6. Use of Technology
  7. Advancement and Promotion of General Aviation

For each aspect, the Code of Conduct covers governing principles (e.g., "minimize the discharge of fuel, oil, and other chemicals into the environment") and lays out specific practical recommendations (e.g., "Use a Gasoline Analysis Test Separator jar for all fuel sampling). Where applicable, sourced commentary is used to substantiate principles and recommendations.

Recognizing the need for early socialization, recommendations for integrating the Code of Conduct into flight training (including sample lesson plans) are collected in Notes For Instructors.[15]

The Code of Conduct is intended to be specialized by aircraft operation and to evolve over time and place. Versions are available for: gliders, light-sport aircraft, seaplanes, student pilots, aircraft maintenance technicians, flight instructors, helicopters and youth aviators.

Foreign-language translations[16] incorporate national and regionally-specific practices and regulations.

Notes for Prospective Implementers[17] provides guidelines and resources for individuals and organizations adopting the Code of Conduct.

Flight Safety in the Drone Age[12] is organized in five sections: (1) General Education and Preparation, (2) Preflight Operations, (3) In-flight Operations, (4) Post-flight Operations, and (5) Aviation Community.


In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration includes links to the Code of Conduct in their list of online resources.[18]

Other users and promoters of the Code of Conduct include major aircraft type clubs, air carriers, insurers, manufacturers, and other general aviation players, including:


  1. ^ "Aviation Citizenship — FAA Safety Briefing" (PDF). faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/. 2013-09-01. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Aviators Model Code of Conduct". secureav.com. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Model code of conduct issued for flight instructors". aopa.org. 2011-04-18. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  4. ^ "Eligibility Requirements". masterinstructors.org. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  5. ^ "Syllabi, Training Aids, Etc.". safepilots.org. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Instructor Responsibilities and Professionalism — FAA-H-8083-9A Aviation Instructor's Handbook" (PDF). faa.gov. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  7. ^ "Glider Aviators' Code of Conduct" (PDF). soarelsinore.org. Retrieved 2015-04-25. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "LOBO Code of Conduct". lancairowners.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Gyroplane Aviators' Code of Conduct". gyronation.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  10. ^ "Aviators Model Code of Conduct" (PDF). capmembers.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  11. ^ "Teaching the Aviators Model Code of Conduct to Kids". homeschoollibrary.info. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  12. ^ a b "Flight Safety In the Drone Age". 
  13. ^ Baum, Michael S (n.d.). "The Permanent Editorial Board" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 May 2008. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  14. ^ "Aviators Model Code of Conduct". pilotfriend.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  15. ^ Notes For Instructors
  16. ^ "Aviators Model Code of Conduct Download Page". secureav.com. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Notes for Prospective Implementers
  18. ^ "Resources - Online Resource - Resources for Pilots - FAA - FAASTeam - FAASafety.gov". faasafety.gov. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 

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