Considerations related to the Role of EASA Compliant Maintenance Control

Managing Competence in Aviation Maintenance and Maintenance Management is essential to the safe operation of the organisation. An essential element of competence is appropriate training together with a core skill set with the support of effective organisation process and procedures. Staff who work in the Maintenance Control Centre environment are exposed to many elements of…

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Considering the obligation to manage competence within an EASA Part 21 / GCAA CAR 21 Subpart G & Subpart J Organisation

This Blog – offered by Steven Bentley MD of Sofema Aviation Services (www.sassofia.com) looks at some of the issues associated with the maintenance of Competence within the Subpart G & J organisation. 21.A.143 states – (a) with regard to general approval requirements, facilities, working conditions, equipment and tools, processes and associated materials, number and competence…

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Introduction to EASA Part 21 – Overview of Subparts

Introduction by Steven Bentley MD of Sofema Aviation Services (SAS). Steve started his aviation career at the beginning of the 1970,s and after 45 years is still going strong! here we take a look at the various chapters involved in the EASA Part 21 Subpart B Includes Obtaining a Type Certificate (TC) for a ‘Product’…

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Consideration of Differences between FAA FAR 21 and EASA / GCAA PART 21 – CAR 21

EASA Delegation Processes (FAA – EASA Differences) Whilst both the EASA and FAA system essentially demonstrate compliance with the same fundamental requirements which we understand as Certification Specifications in the EASA system. There are fundamental differences in the oversight process. EASA Part 21 Subpart J – Concerns Design Organisation Approval (DOA) The privileges of the…

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Meaningful Reliability Data – the Challenges associated with Low Utilization Operations

Having completed a number of reliability courses on behalf of Sofema, and advised on reliability programme development, the author is frequently asked about the challenge of low levels of reliability data, and whether there are enough data points in order to produce an adequate analysis. The biggest concern amongst reliability engineers is a somewhat thorny…

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Part 21 EASA Regulation 748 /2012 and the Subsequent Changes

Considering the introduction of EASA Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 and the subsequent changes to EASA Part 21 since the issue of 2012 Regulation (EU) No 748/2012. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 7/2013 of 8 January 2013 (overview) Changes to accommodate environmental protection requirements of Annex 16 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (hereinafter ‘the Chicago…

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EASA Part 21 Considerations related to EASA Regulation 748 /2012

Regulation 748/2012 consolidated and replaced Regulation (EC) No 1702/2003 and its 7 subsequent amendments. (Including changes resulting from 4 Agency Opinions and changes introduced by the Commission.) A transition provision is included in article 11 means that there is no immediate need to update any documents to comply with the rule. Opinions included in (EC)…

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Safety & Reliability – A Symbiotic Relationship

Until recently, Safety Management was considered almost devolved from all but flight operations, with reliability only concerning itself with operational metrics like ‘Despatch Reliability’. Nowadays, the introduction of other reliability metrics that are designed to project wear-out or failure rates has begun to address the requirement for Reliability to demonstrate Maintenance programme effectiveness. The question…

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