Overview of UAE GCAA CAR OPS 1 – Part 1

Sofema Aviation Services (www.sassofia.com) Considers the Role of the Different Subparts within GCAA CAR OPS 1 Subpart A CAR–OPS 1 prescribes requirements applicable to the operation of any civil aeroplane for the purpose of commercial air transportation by any operator whose principal place of business is in the United Arab Emirates. GCAA uses the following…

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The Challenges which face a Third Country Organisation Seeking EASA 147 Basic Training Approval

Sofema Aviation Services (www.sassofia.com) looks at the common issues and considers the merits of various solutions.   The Development of an EASA 147 Third Country Approval 1/ Essentially this is not a contentious area as it is straightforward (relatively) moreover there is a significant amount of guidance material to support you to develop your Maintenance…

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EASA Compliant Flight Data Monitoring – What Actions are usually taken from the Cumulative Event Data

Operational Flight Data Monitoring, known more recently as Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA), is probably the most important safety tool available to aviation. Rather than reacting to serious incidents, operators have a very useful tool to proactively identify safety hazards and mitigate the risks.   What Happens to Identified Events? Whilst each individual event typically…

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Considering The 5 Audit Elements of EASA Quality Assurance Audits

Developing EASA Compliant Quality Assurance for CAMO & 145 – 3 Days, Manchester, UK  Outstanding Price for a 3-day course plus up to 25% discount available for Multiple attendance (3 persons) Location: Thomas Cook Facilities Manchester Airport Dates:  March 11th – March 13th, 2019 Engage Learn Understand   Introduction Effective audits should ensure that we…

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Electrostatic Sensitive Discharge (ESDS) Components and Parts Packaging & Dispatch Considerations

ESD Overview ESD stands for Electrostatic Discharge. Static electricity is an everyday phenomenon and while we see the big stuff (lightening for example) at lower levels whilst we cannot see the phenomena, It may nevertheless cause damage to sensitive electronic components. Static can build up rapidly on everyday objects, to produce surprisingly high voltages. When…

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The Challenge for EASA Regulatory Authorities to manage Performance Based Criteria within the Context of a Compliance Environment

The following white paper considers a number of challenges faced by EASA Regulatory Authorities to engage with a Performance-Based Approach in this case with ) Aircraft continuing airworthiness monitoring (ACAM) (however there is a read across into SMS) Steve Bentley is MD of Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com Small Fleets Some European Countries operate relatively small…

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A Question for All EASA Part 145 Accountable Managers, Nominated Post Holders & Quality Managers

How Effective is your Maintenance Error Management System (MEMS)? The basic MEDA philosophy is based on an understanding that people do not intentionally make errors and that organizational factors play a significant and contributory role. It is widely recognized that the majority of causal and contributory factors leading to an error can be managed. In…

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EASA Regulatory Introduction & Overview – FAA – EASA – TCCA Bilateral

The Role of EASA EASA commenced operations on September 28, 2003. Under the regulation, EASA initially has responsibility for: a) All design approvals b) Continued airworthiness c) Design organization approvals d) Environmental certification e) Approving production f) Maintenance (repair station), and g) Maintenance training organizations EASA also has a standardization and oversight function for all…

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