What is a Best Practice (PDF)
"Best Practices" are documents that are developed to provide timely information related to good operating practices identified within the aerospace community.  The practices outlined in these documents are designed for voluntary use by anyone in the aviation community.

These best practice documents have been developed and provided by the FAA and/or aerospace industry manufacturers, associations, organizations, and working groups.  Each document was reviewed by the Aircraft Certification Service, Production and Airworthiness Division for content relevance, compatibility with regulatory requirements, and appropriateness to the broad range of aerospace manufacturers.

Although there is no regulatory requirement or FAA-approval for these practices, the FAA encourages implementation of these kinds of programs in promoting continuous improvement and compliance with regulatory requirements and good operating practices.  Establishing or implementing any of the best practices contained on this page is entirely voluntary.