FAA Airworthiness Directives – 1/2 Day


Among all the various maintenance requirements for aircraft, Airworthiness Directives – or ADs, as they are commonly referred to – are most important. Many Civil Aviation Authority inspectors or leasing consultants will be very keen to take a look at an aircraft’s AD status at the very start of their inspection.

It is important to note, that an operator may need to follow Airworthiness Directives (ADs) from different sources. First and foremost, there are ADs issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the operator.

So, if an airline is operating under the United States Air Operator Certificate (AOC), they need to comply with all relevant ADs issued by the FAA. Similarly, if an airline is operating under a European AOC, they need to comply with all relevant ADs issued by the EASA.

This is not sufficient, however, as, by law, each operator must also follow all ADs issued by the CAA appropriate for the type certificate holder of the given aircraft or engine, or the country of manufacture for other components.

Who is the course for?

The training is beneficial for management, quality assurance staff, supervisors, inspection personnel, and return-to-service personnel.

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

An Airworthiness Directive (AD) will typically consist of three major parts, telling the owner or operator of an aircraft:

-What aircraft (or engines, or other components) are affected by the AD.

-What actions need to be taken in order to remedy the unsafe condition which has caused the AD (at this point the AD often references specific work instructions, such as a Service Bulletin).

-In what time frame those actions need to be taken, and whether they are repetitive.

Why Should I choose SAS for the training?

Sofema Aviation Services is a Regulatory Training and Consulting company with 45 years of commercial aviation experience and 10 years of operational experience. Since the start, we have provided certificates to approx 20,000 delegates and we have grown for 2 primary reasons!

The first is that we are professional and we listen to our customers.

The second reason is a combination of outstanding course fees, together with a world-beating discount program which leaves our competitors way behind – please do not take our word for it, check it out!

What Makes FAA Airworthiness Directives – 1/2 Day Training Different?

Because our courses are written by experts who have managed several FAA Certificated Foreign Repair Stations in an operations capacity, and in a Quality & Safety role as Chief Inspector / Quality Manager. This allows the instructor to draw on his knowledge and relate to his experiences to deliver an effective training session beneficial for the delegates.

At Sofema Aviation Services our focus is on accepting that compliance with Civil Aviation Safety Regulations is in fact minimum compliance. Interpreting the regulations in a way which enables the development and optimization of the business is where we should see opportunities to drive efficiencies, and cost savings.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

1. Terms and Definitions
2. Airworthiness Directives Basics
3. Categories of FAA Airworthiness Directives
4. Applicability of FAA Airworthiness Directives
5. Implementing and Complying with
Airworthiness Directives
6. Special Flight Permit
7. Alternative Method Of Compliance (AMOC)
8. Recording FAA Airworthiness Directives
9. Frequently Asked Questions

Target Groups

This course is beneficial for management, quality assurance staff, supervisors, inspection personnel, and return-to-service personnel.


A background in an aviation environment.

Learning Objectives

This training explains what ADs are, how they are issued, why they are being issued and how they should be implemented on an aircraft, and focuses on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) AD process, and rules concerning ADs.

What do People Say about Sofema Aviation Services Training?

“The instructor used the right words to explain the material.”
“The discussions among the group were very beneficial.”
“The instructor showed a very resourceful background and experience.”
“All sections of the course were related to my field.”
“Adequate answers were given to specific questions.”


1/2 day – Start at 09.00 and finish at 13.00 with appropriate refreshment breaks.

To register for this training, please email office@sassofia.com or Call +359 28210806

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