Aircraft Inspection Techniques For CAT A Initial – 1/2 Day


Inspection in aviation is mainly visual, typically comprising 80% of all inspection activities and Visual Inspection forms a vital part of the many available Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) techniques where the inspector must visually assess an image of the area inspected. Visual inspection is of the greatest importance to aviation reliability, for airframes, power plants, and systems.

Performed correctly it can detect a variety of defects, from cracks and corrosion to lose fasteners, ill-fitting doors, wear or stretching in control cables as well as damaged components.

The Maintenance process has come a long way over the last decades however, the success of the entire process is dependent on the ability of the maintenance staff not just to perform inspections in the best way but to understand why they are performing inspections. (the criteria by which the object is being measured! (It is this knowledge which makes the difference and makes you into an effective inspector)Aircraft Inspection is quite possibly one of the most important tasks that you as a certifying engineer will perform.

The purpose of this training is to raise awareness regarding best practices and appropriate considerations when performing a range of maintenance inspections. the course considers best practice Inspection Techniques for Airframes, Engines & Structure as well as considers the different forms of corrosion which are typically found, Fuel System Microbiological Contamination is also considered.

Who is the course for?

145 Production Planning Staff, 145 Maintenance Inspection Staff, CAMO and Maintenance Planning Staff, CAMO & 145 Quality Assurance Staff, CAMO & 145 Safety System Staff, Maintenance Management Staff, Other Stakeholders, and Engineering Training Staff.

What is the Benefit of this Training – What will I learn?

-The purpose of this 1.5-Day Course is to provide an overview of best-practice aircraft maintenance inspection techniques

-To further develop an understanding of the need for an effective aircraft maintenance inspection.

-To Provide the Aircraft Inspectors with a basic overview of factors affecting Inspection Performance

-Consider Best Practice Inspection Procedures and the potential for unidentified deterioration

-How to scan, search and identify components related to visual inspection tasks and to correctly identify and locate defects.

-How to engage with the intensive inspection programs required for older aircraft.

-Understand Inspection performance benchmarks and the determination of the relative consequences of speed/accuracy trade-offs

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

-Introduction – The Importance of Aircraft Inspection
-Abbreviations & Definitions
-Airworthiness Inspection – The Role of Part 145 A, B1 & B2 Certifier
-Introduction to MSG-3 Inspection-Driven Process
-Considerations Related to MSG-3 Aircraft Inspection Standards
-Considering Inspection Tooling use and Maintenance & Human Factors Related to Inspection Activities
-Causes of Corrosion
-How good are your Corrosion Control Assessment and Maintenance Procedures?
-Considering Different types of Inspection GVI / DVI / SI
-Performing an Effective Aircraft Maintenance Inspection
-Inspection Processes related to Engines
-General Guide to Effective Aircraft Inspection
-145.A.48 Performance of Maintenance –consider the development of Critical Task Inspections & How to Manage
-145.A.50 Certification of Maintenance –Considering Group and Personal Obligations
-145.A.60 Occurrence Reporting Consider the role of Occurrence Reporting External and Internal –Iceberg of Ignorance

Learning Objectives

• To provide a detailed understanding of the best practice aircraft maintenance inspection techniques in a relevant and practical way.

• To develop a detailed awareness regarding the need for effective aircraft maintenance inspection in all areas of Maintenance including Airframe, Engines, and Structure.

Target Groups

The course is suitable for individuals who are involved in quality control, regulatory compliance, or safety management within the aviation industry.


This is not an entry-level course and typically assumes as a minimum the completion of Aviation Maintenance Training as well as a background in an aviation maintenance environment.

Certificates wording

Aircraft Inspection, Introduction to MSG-3 Aircraft Inspection Standards, Tooling use and Human Factors, Causes & Types of Corrosion, CPCP Review, Fuel System Contamination, Considering Different Types of Inspection, Competence, Inspection Training, Composite Damage Tapping Inspection, Performing Aircraft & Engine Inspections.

What do People Say About Sofema Aviation Services Training?

“Very informative and very good knowledge of the instructor.”
“Instructor is very experienced and shares even more than expected with us.”
“This training helped me to develop some new skills.”
“Good time management”
“All content was very useful.“
“All expectations were met.“


1.5 Days – The training day will start at 09.00 and finish at 13.00 with appropriate refreshment breaks.

To register for this training, please email or Call +359 28210806

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