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

Sofema Aviation Services

- Our Focus is Delivery Beyond Compliance

- Our Motto is Sharing the Power of Knowledge

Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, SAS is a Global, Professional, Airline, MRO and Ground Operations, Support, Consulting and Training Company. We offer qualified and experienced UK and European Nationals. We are proud of our Trainers who are competent and motivated to deliver the best service on behalf of SAS and for the Customer. Sofema stands for (Support Organisation Focused on Effective Management of Airworthiness).

Benefiting from a broad industry experience, we understand the importance of helping organisations exceed the challenge of managing regulatory compliance to ensure optimum organisational competence through consultancy and specific training support.

We work to develop a positive safety culture and deliver improved business performance. Since the company’s inception in 2008, we have certified over 20,000 Delegates and we now offer over 500 classroom and online training courses across the globe.

Maintaining Our Standards

The team at Sofema Aviation Services works closely with our clients to deliver high-level EASA as well as FAA, OTAR, UAE, GACA regulatory compliant training and vocational courses to ensure best practice within the organisation.

Behind Sofema Aviation Services we have over 45 years industry experience to call on, we are able to help you develop the most appropriate outcomes for your organization. We strive to continuously deliver to the highest standards of professionalism. It is our pleasure to share our expertise with our satisfied customers.

Our Strategy

SAS operates in a very specific market, we are very well known to our customers, To ensure our customers receive the services and support they deserve, our focus is on building a better business. We’re passionate about customer service, delivery, developing our people and investing for our future. We believe a primary business driver for success is customer respect and approval.

Our Commitment

Sofema Aviation Services promotes international best practice. We are committed to our valued clients to help them by producing, innovative tailored solutions. We continue to develop new services and products, so please take the opportunity to contact us for assistance and support. We will be pleased to provide a competitive quotation. Email

Our Vision

Our vision is to deliver, reliable, quality focused and flexible service on time, every time. The world we live in and the way we communicate are continually changing, and we believe in progress, growth and services that are tailored to their needs of our customers.

Our Values

We believe that Sustained Organisational growth is achieved through building effective customer relationships, We value Integrity, Cost effective Professional service, Confidentiality, Openness and Sincerity. We believe that Safety, above all else should be the key organisational attribute. Central to our beliefs is a commitment to create ways to help our customers succeed in an ever changing regulatory driven world. To do this we must live our brand values: Integrity – we do what we say we will Helpful – we work as one team Inspiring – we create new possibilities Straightforward – we make things clear Soul – we believe in what we do We are committed to contributing positively to our society and to a sustainable future.

Our Team

Steven Bentley
Steven BentleyManaging Director
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.
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Ilija Vodasov
Ilija VodasovOperations Director
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.
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Draga Vasileva
Draga VasilevaContracts 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
Rustom SutariaSenior 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.
Tihomir Dzingov
Tihomir DzingovTechnical 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.
Wajahat Ali Khan
Wajahat Ali KhanTechnical 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
    Dobrica VincicTechnical 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.
    Kevin Rookes
    Kevin Rookes
    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.
    Elin Lambrev
    Elin Lambrev
    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 holds a MBA degree in Aviation Management combined with extensive aviation training. 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 works for 8 years at International Air Transport Association (IATA) which gave him a global view of aviation business. Elin joined SAS in July 2016 and already delivered several training courses to clients based in Europe.