Regulatory Review related to Part M Compliance

Review the Following Details of ageing aircraft system requirements with any specified sampling programmes, (if applicable) Details of specific structural maintenance programmes, (if applicable), including but not limited to: a. Damage Tolerance and Supplemental Structural Inspection Programmes (SSID) SUPPLEMENTAL STRUCTURAL INSPECTION PROGRAMME (SSIP) Increased utilisation, longer operational lives, and the high safety demands imposed on…

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Aircraft Design Aspects and EASA Airworthiness Considerations

Introduction Type Certificates A type certificate is issued to signify the airworthiness of an aircraft manufacturing design or “type”. (A type certificate is issued by the National Aviation Authority (NAA) of the State of the Operator stating the airworthiness standard for the aircraft type, model, aircraft engine or propeller.) Prototypes are typically developed and used…

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EASA OPS Compliance Regulation 965/2012 Auditing the Operators Internal Reporting System

So Let’s take a look at how we could perform an Audit of the Internal Reporting System within an Operators Management System. Consider First the Background Regulatory Obligations and to note that we need in this case to comply with both 965/2012 and 376/2014 (Proposed Audit Items are identified as AI-N) AMC1 ORO.GEN.200(a)(2) Management system…

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We Make a Fundamental Mistake with EASA Quality Assurance and the role of the Quality Assurance Manager (QAM /CM)

A discussion paper by Steve Bentley MD of SAS (www.sassofia.com) So what is the Fundamental Mistake? Essentially it is to “believe” that there is a similarity between ISO & EASA – there is not! (Sure, Quality is Quality) but make no mistake – EASA is all about compliance. Even the Quality Assurance Manager has received…

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Applying Cost-Benefit Analysis as a Decision Tool

Applying Cost-Benefit Analysis as a Decision Tool for Non-Mandatory Service Bulletins, Modifications & Component Replacement Programmes. Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) is pleased to present the following guest blog written by our Reliability Expert – Rustom D. Sutaria – Avia Intelligence, Dubai, UAE, 2018 For the Operator to automatically comply with service bulletins will result in…

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Measuring Aircraft Despatch Reliability

Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) is pleased to present the following guest blog written by our Reliability Expert Rustom D. Sutaria – Avia Intelligence, Dubai, UAE, 2018 We already realise that despatch reliability is the percentage of flights that depart within a specific window after the scheduled departure time. When measuring despatch reliability, operators exclude non‐aircraft…

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Considering the Potential for HF Error within the CAMO Roles – Pressure Causes Stress!

Steven Bentley MD of SAS www.sassofia.com considers the potential for HF error with an EASA / GCAA compliant CAMO. Introduction The Primary Roles of the CAMO are Maintenance Planning, Technical Records, Reliability & Engineering. Each “Role” brings the challenges of how we can ensure enough attention to both personal and organisational responsibility when we consider…

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Measuring Aircraft Maintenance Availability

Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) is pleased to present the following guest blog written by our Reliability Expert Rustom D. Sutaria – Avia Intelligence, Dubai, UAE, 2018 Aircraft availability is defined as all required maintenance is accomplished and the aircraft is airworthy, as defined by the regulations. When an aircraft is either scheduled for maintenance or is…

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