Introduce Competence to the Quality Auditor Training Program

Sofema Aviation Services deliver several Quality Audit courses each year. The next Quality Audit training is being held in Dubai  Sun 30th September to Monday 1st October at the facilities of Jet Aviation Dubai Airport. Steven Bentley has been an aviation Quality Auditor for almost 25 years with more than 15 years experience with Virgin…

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EASA Part Ops and the Responsibility of the Ground Operations Post Holder

An overview document presented by Steven Bentley MD Sofema Aviation Services. “OR.GEN 200” applies to all commercial operators and non-commercial operators of complex motor-powered aircraft. It requires them to have an integrated management system, including an SMS. Typical responsibilities of the Ground Operations Post Holder will include ensuring the company’s compliance with  EASA regulations and …

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Airport Ground Handling, It is the Airline Operator responsibility to Manage Standards

Managing ground operations efficiently and effectively to ensure the delivery of safe, reliable ground handling services, is extremely important. To do so whilst ensuring full compliance with organization procedures can be challenging. The operator retains ultimate responsibility for activities associated with loading passengers, baggage cargo or catering onboard the aircraft. Many activities are subcontracted so…

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SMS Implementation for Airports and Aerodromes

Sofema Aviation Services is pleased to offer a 2 day training course covering EASA compliant SMS Implementation for Airports and Aerodromes. The course is aimed specifically at Aerodrome Management and Operational Staff, Safety Managers, Quality Managers, Aerodrome Safety Personnel. Regulators and Airport SMS Stake holders. The challenge of implementation an effective airfield SMS also provides…

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Introduction to EASA Authority, Organisation and Operations Requirements for Aerodromes.

Presented by Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com EASA Basic Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 as amended by Regulation (EC) No 1108/2009 (hereafter referred to as the ‘Basic Regulation’) included aerodromes and ATM/ANS into the European aviation safety regulatory system. Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2011-20 (A) 09/12/2011 introduces rules applicable to aerodromes. The Implementing Rules (IRs) will become…

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The Certification Process – SSA – ALI – CMR & CDCCL

A brief introduction to certification terms to be found in the Continuous Airworthiness Management of EASA compliant aircraft. Presented by Steven Bentley – MD Sofema Aviation Services. The Type Certificate Holder (TCH) is responsible to the regulator of the state of the designer to deliver an aircraft which is fully compliant with the System and…

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SMS in transition within EASA regulated countries

An article by Steven Bentley of Sofema Aviation Services reviewing impending changes to the Safety Management System processes within European Operations and MRO’s and the States. EASA has mandated the requirements for the implementation of Safety management Systems and processes with community operators and maintainers. Part OPS Gen 200 provides Acceptable Means of Compliance –…

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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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