by Ron Cline
(Ellensburg, WA, USA)
What is the difference between Operating Specifications and Operating Limitations?
Here is my take on the terms Operating Specificatons, Operations Specifications, and Operating Limitations.
The FAA issues operations specifications
to certificated operators (air carriers, repair stations, etc). It is a legal document that outlines what they are authorized to do.
A manufacturer, to outline the specifications under which the product was designed to be operated, publishes operating specifications.
The manufacturer, to outline the limits related to the operation of a product, publishes operating limitations.
This is often a section in the approved flight manual.
The FAA also publishes operating limitations
that are limitations related to a ferry flight under a special flight permit.