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SOL ( looks at Measuring the Effectiveness of the Aviation Organisation’s QC Management 

QC Belongs to Production

As an Introduction and to share as a common understanding within the EASA system that Quality Assurance QA is independent & QC is essentially embodied within the production process.

Please consider the following elements:

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Introduction by Sofema Online

The European Commission in 2015 issued the Aviation Strategy for Europe and laid the foundation for the development of Basic Regulation 2018/1139 with a number of high level objectives.

The Regulation was formally adopted by the European Parliament in June 2018 and Entered into Force 11 September 2018.

The new Basic Regulation 2018/1139 is the cornerstone of the EU regulatory framework in civil aviation, and is a significant piece of legislation with far reaching implications.

Main changes include the following:

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Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema ( looks at the challenges and obligations related to the auditing of SMS systems.

SMS is a business system just like any other, so as part of our Compliance Auditing obligations we will be looking at the following elements as suitable for our auditing activities.

a) Management
b) Documentation
c) Competence
d) Training

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Reality Check! 

RCA should be conducted at a point where informed conclusions can be made, and realistic action plans formulated. In this way the process has the potential to drive real change in the short, medium and longer term.

SofemaOnline ( looks at the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process


Is RCA used for negative or positive purposes? In fact, often it is used in connection with negative reviews – means something has gone wrong and we are attempting to get to the bottom of it!

RCA can also be useful as a means to identify and promote positive outcomes and aspects which may not necessarily be a “finding” but which are however identified as an “opportunity” during specific audits.

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Steven Bentley CEO of Sofema Aviation Services and SofemaOnline is pleased to provide guidance on completing the online exams.

We Want you to Win!

From our data we know that 1 or 2 persons in 100 give up, but that is 1 or 2 too many – we do not want anyone to give up!

We deliberately allow 4 months to access the material because it is not a race and we want you to pass!

The whole point of the training course is to focus your attention and to draw you into the whole picture.

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A Process review by SofemaOnline (


Continuous improvement (CI) is an ongoing effort aimed at delivering improvements to the existing business process. It is important to note that CI is not just a “Top Down” approach. In fact, CI works best in an environment of a positive culture prepared to accept change.

When we talk about Continuous Improvements, we are typically emphasizing a positive change in the area of:

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A Process review by SofemaOnline (


Continuous improvement (CI) is an ongoing effort aimed at delivering improvements to the existing business process. It is important to note that CI is not just a "Top Down" approach. In fact, CI works best in an environment of a positive culture prepared to accept change.

When we talk about Continuous Improvements, we are typically emphasizing a positive change in the area of:

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SofemaOnline ( looks at the challenges which an auditor faces when searching for non-conformities.


Compliance Auditing is typically charged with meeting the challenge of ensuring that the organisation always remains fully compliant with both internal and external obligations.

Aviation is a complex environment and the challenge of staying fully aligned with the EASA regulations at all levels requires a proactive approach to maintaining a full understanding of all the applicable regulatory obligations.

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Steven Bentley CEO of Sofema ( considers European Council Regulation 2018/1139 (Basic Regulation)


Aerodromes which are not open to public use or aerodromes which do not serve commercial air transport or aerodromes without paved instrument runways of more than 800 metres and which do not exclusively serve helicopters using instrument approach or departure procedures remain under the regulatory control of the Member States.

Member States should be allowed to exempt from this Regulation aerodromes with low volumes of traffic, provided that the aerodromes concerned meet the minimum common safety objectives laid down in the relevant essential requirements set out in this Regulation.

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SofemaOnline takes a look at the regulatory requirements and typical member state deliverables

National State Responsibilities typically include the following:

▪ Developing the Overall policy and strategy on aviation security

▪ Ensuring the development and implementation of the National Aviation Security Programme (NASP)

▪ Ensuring the development and implementation of the National Quality Control Programme (NQCP)

▪ Intelligence-based assessments of risk to aviation which underpin the NASP and NQCP

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SofemaOnline looks at the Roles & Responsibilities of an Aircraft Production Support Specialist

Maintenance of aircraft fleets typically poses significant challenges with multiple, and in some ways conflicting objectives relating to the delivery of effective maintenance with the minimisation of operational costs, whilst maintaining the desired level of Safety & Service.

Production planning could be described as the ability to utilize available resources to achieve the maximum output within the available maintenance slot period.

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SofemaOnline looks at the working of the EU regulatory machine

Terminology Introduction


Decisions are binding legal acts that apply to 1 or more EU countries, companies or individuals. The party concerned must be notified and the decision comes into effect upon such notification. They don’t need to be transposed into national law.

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Review and Comments by Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Group

Is Your Regulatory Training – Value Driven?

Regulatory for example EASA or Industry for example Sofema – where is the best value for the receiving organisation?

Lets cut to the “Chase” asking who provides the best value training is something of a “loaded” question.

Consider the Primary Role of your Organisation

Essentially the role of the organisation is to deliver an effective product in an efficient way moreover that compliance with regulatory obligations is (or should be) a given rather than an objective.

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SofemaOnline presents an unrivalled opportunity 

Delivering a Composite package of EASA Compliant Flight & Ground Operations Online Training Courses

Who is this package for? 

Accountable Managers, Operations Managers, Flight Operations Quality & Safety Staff, Operations Leadership Team, Training Pilots & Operational Department Stake Holders. 

What is in the Package? 

Consisting of:

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Is an FAA PAH required to provide FAA Form 8130-3 with its shipments to customers?

No. An FAA PAH is not required to use this form for domestic use. The FAA encourages the use of FAA Form 8130-3 for documenting the airworthiness status of FAA-approved products and articles.  This will help provide traceability and ease the movement of products and articles throughout the aviation system. However, the final decision is yours regarding whether or not to use this form.

Why is the use of FAA Form 8130-3 voluntary for domestic use?

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Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Aviation Services looks at common errors made by MRO’s in allocating responsibilities for process 7 procedures – compounded by the weakness of regulatory auditors to identify such. 

All comments are welcome 

145.121 Maintenance procedures and quality system

(a) The organisation shall establish a safety and quality policy for the organisation which shall be included in the organisation’s exposition.

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Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) obligations are proscribed within EASA’s Implementing Rules EU 1321/2014.

A CAMO is directly responsible to the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holder. A CAMO must also maintain detailed airworthiness records of the maintenance due as well as the maintenance performed ensuring we are able to demonstrate Continuing Airworthiness.

Key CAMO Staff typically engage in Maintenance Planning, Technical Engineering, Technical Records, and Reliability Staff and are usually employed in multiple roles within the Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation, consider that each and all of these staff have the potential to impact on the organisation’s safety outcomes.

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Direct Shipment Authorization

What is a Direct Shipment Authorization (DSA)?

FAA Order 8130.21 defines a DSA as the written authorization, granted to a supplier by a Production Approval Holder (PAH) with responsibility for the airworthiness of a product or article, to ship articles produced in accordance with the PAH’s quality/inspection system directly to end users without the articles being processed through the PAH’s own facility.

DSA is a method of delivering products and articles from the supplier to the end user directly, including shipment to other suppliers and/or repair stations. Through approved quality system procedures, a PAH authorizes and ensures products shipped by a supplier directly to an end user conform to the approved design and are in a condition for safe operation.

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Sofema Aviation Services ( and SofemaOnline ( takes a look

With a growing Portfolio of Executive and Post Holder Course Sofema Classroom & Online Training is ideally placed to support your objectives to bring your leadership team up to speed related to awareness of regulatory driven roles & responsibilitites.

Understanding and Interpreting EASA Form 4 Post Holder Qualifications - The first comment to share is that in general EASA requirements and obligations are or should be considered as minimum compliance. There is a good chance that if you feel that you are falling short in respect of the qualifications, there may be additional issues in respect of managing competence.

Availability of Nominated Persons Training

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Maintenance Planning Document (MPD) Considerations 

The Maintenance Planning Document (MPD) is a generic document issued by the Type Certificate Holder (TCH). The contents of the MPD are coordinated by the Industry Steering Committee (ISC) and Maintenance Review Board (MRB) using the (Maintenance Steering Group 3 Logic) MSG 3 process of analysis and task determination).

The MPD contains hundreds of tasks it is not a customised document and contains all necessary task Information to support all variations of both Modification Status and Aircraft Configuration.

The MPD may list a task as “pre mod” or “post mod” (Depends on Aircraft Configuration).

The MPD Also contains (either as a separate section or integrated within the document) Airworthiness Limitation Items (ALI’s).

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