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Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Group (www.sassofia.com www.sofemaonline.com www.aets-sofema.com) considers the issues typically connected with a lack of “Management Team” engagement when considering Aviation Errors and the potential consequences which result.

Root Cause Analysis – Good, Bad, or Indifferent - How Was it For You?

Since Jan 2020 Sofema Has awarded over 20,000 Certificates to Delegates. It is fair to say that our level of engagement with the Industry places us in a unique position to understand many of the problems and the resultant pain which our clients feel.

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Review by SofemaOnline (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com 

Doc 9760 is presented in 5 Parts:

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Part I ( Definitions and Abbreviations)
» Part II ( Airworthiness Organization Structure and Responsibilities of State)
» Part III ( State of Registry)
» Part IV ( State of the Operator)
» Part V ( State of Design and Manufacture)

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Review by Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com

Introduction

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)  is the specialized United Nations (UN) agency responsible for promoting the safe and orderly development of world civil aviation by establishing standards and rules related to safety, efficiency, and flight regularity to environmental protection. 

Annex 8, Definitions

Appropriate Airworthiness Requirements – means

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Introduction The EU Aviation Oversight System

The basis of the EASA working relationship is one of both cooperation and partnership between EASA and its Member States

EASA Regulations are issued as

» Implementing Rules – Considered as “Hard” European Law which is applicable to both Industry as well as Regulatory Authorities in each Member State and
» Acceptable Means of Compliance & Guidance Material (AMC & GM) which are considered as “Soft” European Law for which the Member State Regulatory Authority may agree to deviations – Known as Alternate Means of Compliance (AMOC)

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers roles & responsibilities of an AOC holder related to continuing airworthiness.

Introduction

An EASA Operator will have a management system that is compliant with the requirements of EASA Regulation 965/2012 - Annex III - ORO.GEN.200 and in addition will comply with the requirements of Part - CAMO & Part M.

An EU licensed air carrier hereafter referred to as ‘the operator’, needs to consider both the relevant Part-ORO and the applicable Part CAMO / Part-M requirements.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the role of Airworthiness in support of EASA Airworthiness Certification and Regulation.

Introduction - The Definition of Airworthiness 

The term airworthiness encompasses several aspects which relate to the legal and physical state of an aircraft.
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) considers the term airworthy as:

“When an aircraft or one of its component parts meets its type design and is in a condition for safe operation.”

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In the Beginning

1903 – saw the beginnings of powered aviation with rapid developments during   World War I particularly related to the development of military aviation

1919 - Paris Convention 1919 – first international aviation law convention

» During the period 1919-1944, there was a gradual growth of international air transport

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Dangerous Goods Awareness Training is essential for all persons who are connected with the aviation process involving passengers, baggage & cargo.

» Awareness of what exactly constitutes Dangerous Goods is essentially to ensure the safe handling and shipping of these goods.
» Knowledge regarding responsibility & liability should be understood by every person who is involved with passengers, cargo, baggage & security of the process.
» All DG materials and products must be packed, handled, and transported in such a way as to prevent accidents.

Why Choose Sofema Online for your Dangerous Goods Awareness Training?

» Sofema Online has been providing online fully compliant Dangerous Goods Awareness Training for over 5 years
» All online material is updated annually and remains current.
»Sofema Online Dangerous Goods Awareness Training is supported by European Cargo and Aviation Services Ltd.

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Presentation by SofemaOnline (SOL) - www.sofemaonline.com

Visual inspection is an essential part of airplane maintenance.

The visual inspection component of NDI requires trained and experienced inspection personnel, using validated procedures and appropriate calibration standards with effective, well-maintained equipment in a well-managed maintenance environment.

Visual inspection is defined as the process of using the eye, alone or in conjunction with various aids, as the sensing mechanism from which judgments may be made about the condition of a unit to be inspected.

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SofemaOnline (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com is pleased to provide an open offer to Compliance Managers/Safety Managers/Nominated Post Holders

Enjoy Guest Access to assess the suitability of Sofema Online training Courses for your Organisation

· An opportunity to assess the suitability of any of our 220 courses

· Perform an Audit as part of your training needs assessment

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Review by Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com

Introduction

To comply with FSTD comply with Certification Specification CS-FSTD(A) the following terms and abbreviations are contained in AMC1 FSTD(A).200.

Flight simulation training device (FSTD) means a training device which is In the case of aeroplanes        

       »  A full-flight simulator (FFS)

       »  A flight training device (FTD),

       »  A flight navigation procedures trainer (FNPT),

       »  or A basic instrument training device (BITD).

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the merits of taking control of your learning journey

Introduction

So let’s take this challenge head-on and accept that you deserve a clear and well-understood path to deliver the outcomes to which you aspire.

You Owe Yourself a Career Path Plan

Are you seeing the benefits of a carefully constructed career path plan (Is it supported by your employer (not a requirement but certainly a major positive if your employer is supportive of your career aspirations). Be assured that creating a career path plan is an essential element to support your lifelong career objectives.

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Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com Reviews Key Elements of an LVO system

Operators

Low Visibility OPS may only be conducted under strict conditions, which are described fully in Subpart E: Low Visibility Operations (LVO).

Successful low visibility operations require a team effort, correct coordination, and ensuring that all safety levels are maintained throughout the low visibility operational process.

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Sharing a view - Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema offers his take on how we interpret the terms QA & QC

Introduction - Is there a difference between EASA/FAA & ISO? Interpretation of Quality Assurance & Quality Control?

Well yes but first let's start with this interpretation (not mine) - Quality Glossary Definition: Quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC)

      » Quality assurance and quality control are two aspects of quality management.
      » While some quality assurance and quality control activities are interrelated, the two are defined differently.
      » Typically, QA activities and responsibilities cover virtually all of the quality system in one fashion or another,
      » While QC is a subset of the QA activities.
      » Also, elements in the quality system might not be specifically covered by QA/QC activities and responsibilities but may involve QA and QC.

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Considerations provided by Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com

EASA Background – Qualified Entities

With the introduction of Basic Regulation EC 216/2008, EASA defined a Qualified Entity in the following way: "qualified entity" shall mean a body which may be allocated a specific certification task by, and under the control and the responsibility of, the Agency or national aviation authority.

The role of Qualified Entity is therefore viewed in the context of the provision of support to EASA, specifically in the field of certification activities.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the relationship between marketing & economics.

Introduction

The price of a product is determined by the law of supply and demand. Consumers have a desire to acquire a product, and producers manufacture a supply to meet this demand.

The equilibrium market price of a good is the price at which quantity supplied equals quantity demanded. Graphically, the supply and demand curves intersect at the equilibrium price.

Essentially we can consider that Marketing is a bringing together of economics and psychology. We could even consider that marketing may be considered as a sub-element of economics.

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SofemaOnline (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com Discusses the function of Margin within the Marketing Environment 

Introduction – What do we understand by Margin Considerations in Marketing Distribution Channel Considerations

Whilst Profit margin is not considered a particularly complex ratio it is nevertheless a very important indicator of the efficiency of our business.

Note - Net profit margin is a far better representation of financial health than revenues alone. (consider It is possible to increase your company's earnings while decreasing your profit margin)

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers Distribution Channels 

Introduction – What do we understand by Marketing Distribution Channel Considerations

Placement or product distribution is always going to be a major consideration whether you’re selling a physical product, software application or digital service.

      » Where are people going to find your products or services?
      » Where can they purchase them?
      » Where are they going to use them?
      » How are you going to manage inventory?

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the role of Marketing Based on Product Life Cycle

Introduction – What is the Product Life Cycle (PLC)?

Typically, all Products have a beginning, middle, and ending and the Product Life Cycle describes the stages of a product from launch to being discontinued.

Product marketing managers must introduce their new product while it's relatively unknown and production is small.

It is well known that there is a high failure rate of new products and an effective marketing process is essential to support successful delivery. Therefore it is important to review your portfolio to understand which stage your products or services have reached across your portfolio of all products and to assess the market share.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the opportunity to introduce segmentation into the Marketing Mix

What is Marketing Segmentation?

Market segmentation is essentially a technique to allow the division of our target market into smaller and more manageable groups based on a number of common metrics to permit.

Market Segmentation recognizes that customers of each market segment have characteristics that we can leverage to advance our marketing efforts by enabling better communication and engagement with our customers.

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