Issues of Managing Low Utilisation Aircraft Maintenance Programs “LUMP”

The following article considers issues which should be considered as the aircraft utilisation decreases. Maintenance does not diminish but changes in nature to reflect the changing conditions. If neglected the cost of not performing maintenance can become significant. Low utilisation of Aircraft Engines and Components can have an extremely detrimental affect on the operation of…

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Helicopter Maintenance Considerations and MSG-3 derived Helicopter Maintenance Programs

A briefing document by Steven Bentley MD Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com Helicopter (Rotary Wing) Maintenance Considerations. It is a fact of life that Helicopters require far more maintenance per flying hour than fixed wing. The also require extra TLC (tender loving Care !) which translates into the importance of managing competences to the highest standards….

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EASA Continuing Airworthiness Related to Aircraft Structures

Continuing airworthiness concerns for aging jet transports has received much attention over the last 15 years. Boeing and other TCH’s developed Supplemental structural inspection programs. In the late1970’s and early 1980’s intended to address fatigue problems. And much focus was placed on fail safe structural designs. The aloha incident became a milestone in respect of…

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Understanding the EASA Maintenance Planning Process

Typically a good maintenance Planning Engineer has a strong aviation background, such background knowledge aids and supports the Maintenance Planning role and enables a strong understanding of how to comply with the various tasks. The primary output from Maintenance Planning is a Check Pack, work Pack or Engineering Order, the inputs into Maintenance Planning are…

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Quality Auditing the Difference between Compliance and Performance in Aviation Auditing

Sofema Aviation Services offers Quality Audit Training by an instructor with more than 20 years specific audit experience. During the 2 Day Aviation Quality Auditing Training course the delegate is provided with a thorough understanding of the Quality Audit basics and fundamentals including an understanding of the different roles of compliance and performance auditing in…

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SMS Developing Risk Assessment Strategies in Small to Medium Companies – A Practical Approach to Aviation Risk Assessment

“The risks and costs in commercial aviation necessitate a rational process for decision-making. On a daily basis, operators and managers make decisions in real time, weighing the probability and severity of any adverse consequences implied by the risk against the expected gain of taking the risk. This process is known as risk management.” – ICAO…

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In Company Training to combine Fuel Tank Safety FTS and Electrical Wiring Interconnect System EWIS Training delivered in the workplace

Why to combine the subjects of Fuel Tank Safety and EWIS into a single train the trainer course ? Sofema Aviation Services offers several unique Train the Trainer courses including EWIS and FTS TTT. The training is extremely thorough and is held in hi regard by people who attend. Developing “in company” trainings for Fuel…

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Developing an EASA compliant Reliability Program

What is the primary purpose of the Reliability Program  ? What are the functions of the Reliability Department ? The requirement for ongoing reliability originates from the implementation of the Maintenance Steering Group logic process ( MSG 2 & MSG 3) of managing maintenance programs. The data which is gathered through the reliability program is…

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