About Us

ISO 9001-2015 Compliant, EASA Regulatory Training and Consulting Organisation

Sofema Aviation Services - Knowledge Delivered – Beyond Compliance

Benefiting from a Broad Industry Experience to Provide you with:

Practical and Relevant Regulatory Training

Competence Building Knowledge & Understanding

Support & Guidance for Effective Optimization & Management of Risk

SAS Commenced in 2008

Client Focused

  • Regulatory Compliant & Vocational Training.
  • Practically Focused – Recurrent & Regulatory Updates

Offering over 45 Years of Commercial Aviation Experience.

  • Customer Furnished Outcomes Delivered
  • Shared Professionalism & Expertise

SAS has a growing portfolio in a specific market

  • Our Customers become our “Partners”
  • Training Partners receive preferential discounts & services – See SAS PTP
  • Grow Genuine Passion for Customer Satisfaction & Building a Better Business

Our Commitment to our Clients:

  • To Promote International Best Practice
  • To Provide Innovative Tailored Solutions
  • Continuous Development to meet Client Needs
  • Professional Delivery
  • Highly Competitive

Our Vision

To Deliver Practical Understanding of Regulatory Obligations.

To share that Regulatory Compliance is a step on the Organization’s Journey.

To Maximize Delivery & Minimize Client Cost

To Support Organizational Excellence.

Our Values

We are committed to contributing positively to our society and to a sustainable future.

We grow if we are genuine & achieve client satisfaction.

We believe “Safety in Aviation is Paramount”


To do what we say we will


Working as a Team to Achieve Together


To Create Possibilities


We believe in what we do and the value we add.

Our Team

Steven Bentley

Managing Director

+359 886 333 934

Steve has over 40 years experience in commercial aviation, including more than 12 years in the airworthiness department of Virgin Atlantic a major UK international airline. when he is not involving in aviation his major interest is economics in business. Steve has an in depth knowledge of the EASA regulatory structure, is a competent trainer with a huge portfolio of subjects including both aviation operations and maintenance disciplines, he is a trained ISO 9000 lead auditor, as well as IOSA trained. With decades of practical experience Steve has the ability to support the development of working solutions to many of organisational challenges which we face within the operational and maintenance environment.

Ilija Vodasov

Operations Director

+359 884 259 819


Ilija has being working for Sofema Aviation Services for 10 years. Initially working as a technical administrator, Ilija has an excellent understanding of MRO software systems and the requirements associated with EASA regulatory training. Ilija focuses on service delivery to ensure that Sofema Aviation Services continues to meet the requirement of our existing and future clients. He has attended many EASA compliant regulatory training sessions, and was a part time quality auditor in a small Bulgarian air operator. Ilija has a background in Financial services planning, with specialist knowledge in pan European tax administrations.

Petya Ilieva-Zhelyazkova

Manager Online Services

+359 884 857 550


Petya has been working in Sofema Online since the beginning of 2018. Studied both finance and philosophy, she discovered her passion for aviation when she was accepted for an internship in Lufthansa Technik in 2017, and she loved it ever since. Currently, excited to combine her customer-oriented background with her interest in aviation on her way to become a licensed mechanical engineer.

Draga Vasileva

Contracts Manager


Draga joined Sofema Aviation Services in Jan 2012 and is currently heading up the Contract Department dealing with compliance and regulatory issues. A graduate of Veliko Tarnovo University she has a certificate of European Project Management from the American University in Bulgaria. With a background of EU Regulatory compliance Draga actively supports the development of effective organizational process and procedures within the company.

Rustom Sutaria

Senior Consultant

Rustom has approximately 20 years’ experience within Aircraft Engineering and maintenance, of which 15 years has been spent working for various high-profile aviation businesses in Technical Services functions. With a background of technical services management in continuing airworthiness oversight, quality & safety, Rus works with Sofema to develop & deliver high quality training material in support of all EASA/CAR regulations, and is based in Dubai as Sofema’s training & consultancy representative for the Middle East & the Indian sub-continent.

Wajahat Ali Khan

Technical Instructor

Wajahat has a Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering and Masters in Information Technology with extensive professional training in fields of QMS, Auditing & Safety Management System. He has many years of experience in Quality, Maintenance and planning departments in various companies in Middle East.

Dobrica Vincic

Senior Consultant / Instructor

With a background of airworthiness, design, regulatory and safety oversight, especially investigation in aircraft maintenance environment, Dobrica is focused for delivery of high quality training of EASA regulations with details from years of experience in operation, maintenance, quality and safety.

Altin Vrapi

Technical Instructor

Altin Vrapi has broad aviation experience for more than 25 years. Licensed Aircraft Engineer since 1996 with different type ratings. Experienced in different managerial roles in; elaborating Maintenance of the Aircraft, Flight Safety Management, Airport development and operation, Air operations, Maintenance and Quality Assurance, Airline Management. He has been Accountable Manager for the Albanian Airlines and a key member Of Negotiation team of Government of Albania for The concession of Tirana Airport.

Kevin Rookes

Technical Instructor

Kevin is an Aviation Safety Specialist with 30+ years of international experience. He has experience in implementing and providing oversight of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Aviation Regulatory Training in compliance to numerous National Aviation Authority requirements the EASA, FAA and the HKCAD. With his broad experience and passion for quality, safety and risk, Kevin pulls on these qualities to ensure the training he delivers helps delegates reinforce and increase their knowledge.

Tihomir Dzingov

Technical Instructor

With the last 10 years spent in Operations Management and oversight Tihomir is well placed to deliver Regulatory Training across the entire operational management environment. He has a proven ability to support the development of working solutions to many of organisational challenges which we face within the operational and organisational areas.Tihomir has an in depth knowledge of the EASA regulatory structure and he is a competent trainer specialised in Flight Operations and SMS.

Elin Lambrev

Technical Instructor

Elin started his aviation career in the early 1980’s spending 11 years in military aviation and more than 25 years in commercial aviation. He is IATA Certified Instructor knowledgeable and experienced in various aviation areas. A results oriented professional with experience in Airline operations, Safety Management Systems, Aviation Auditing, Training, Dangerous Goods and Special Cargo Transportation, Product and Project Management. He worked for 8 years at International Air Transport Association (IATA) which gave him a global view of aviation business.

Aleksandar Veljkovic

Technical Instructor

Approximately 23 years in aviation industry, Maintenance, Airworthiness, Quality Assurance. Started with Europe MRO in Engineering department. Last twelve years in UAE with high profile aviation businesses covering different position in Airworthiness, Maintenance, Quality & Safety and keeping Post Holder position in CAMO & 145 organizations. Aleks works with SOFEMA to develop & deliver high quality training in support of all EASA / CAR regulations, based in Dubai as Sofema’s training & consultancy representative.