October 19, 2023


Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com considers the issues which are likely to be uncovered during a Compliance Audit of an EASA-compliant Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO)


Within the following areas may be found a number of exposures – however please note that while these are potential issues, many CAMOs operate at a high standard and may not have these problems.

The goal of any Compliance Audit is to identify areas of non-compliance and ensure that the organization takes corrective actions to meet EASA standards.

Specific Areas of Potential Exposure

Documentation and Records:

  • Missing, incomplete, or outdated Continuing Airworthiness Management Exposition (CAME).
  • Inadequate record-keeping of aircraft maintenance and airworthiness reviews.
  • Absence of required manuals or outdated versions in use.

Personnel Qualifications and Training:

  • Lack of evidence of required training for CAMO personnel.
  • Absence of job descriptions or evidence of competency for key personnel.
  • Inadequate or missing recurrent training records.

Airworthiness Review Procedures:

  • Non-compliance with airworthiness review procedures.
  • Inadequate tracking or follow-up on airworthiness review findings.

Contracted Services:

  • Lack of oversight or audits of contracted services.
  • Missing or inadequate contracts with service providers.
  • Service providers not meeting EASA standards.

Quality Management System:

  • Non-compliance with internal audit schedules.
  • Inadequate corrective actions following internal or external audits.
  • Absence or inadequacy of a feedback system for continuous improvement.

Safety Management System (SMS):

  • Inadequate hazard identification or risk assessment processes.
  • Missing or ineffective safety reporting system.
  • Lack of safety training or awareness among staff.

Technical Data and Documentation:

  • Use of outdated or unapproved technical data.
  • Missing or incomplete aircraft technical logs.

Aircraft Maintenance Program:

  • Non-compliance with the approved maintenance program.
  • Inadequate monitoring or updating of the maintenance program based on aircraft usage or OEM recommendations.

Communication with Authorities:

  • Failure to report significant incidents or accidents to the relevant authorities.
  • Inadequate communication or delayed responses to airworthiness directives or other mandatory requirements.

Facilities and Equipment:

  • Inadequate facilities for the storage of aircraft components or documentation.
  • Use of uncalibrated or outdated equipment.

Performance Reviews:

  • Absence of periodic performance reviews or evaluations of the CAMO’s effectiveness.
  • Lack of metrics or key performance indicators to measure CAMO performance.
  • Situations where personal or financial interests might compromise airworthiness decisions.

Emergency Response Planning:

  • Absence or inadequacy of an emergency response plan.
  • Lack of training or drills related to emergency scenarios.

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