Introduction to Aviation Regulatory Structure – ICAO – EASA – FAA – 2 Days


As a highly complex and equally well-regulated industry, it is important for those who are involved with aviation, that they need to understand their role within the business and the broader regulated environment.

This course offers both novice and experienced aviation professionals an overview of the section of the industry that he or she works in. The course demonstrates how major organizations like ICAO, EASA, and the FAA have been developed in the context of historical development and present-day issues affecting the civil aviation industry.

Most importantly, the course discusses how the framework of national aviation organizations relates to ICAO and ISARPS. As well as provide basic guidelines to individual aviation professionals in terms of the position of their role in the aviation environment and, not least the impact that their decisions may have with regard to compliance with National Aviation Regulations and departmental/company policy.

Who is the course for?

It is for persons who are actively involved in the management of both initial and continuing airworthiness of General & Corporate Aviation and Commercial Air Transport Category fixed-wing and rotary aircraft.

The course is particularly beneficial for personnel involved in Commercial Air Transport Category aircraft, but are being introduced to airworthiness management activities for the first time.

This includes but is not limited to personnel who are going to be or are already directly involved with Technical records, maintenance program development, and management, aircraft/component maintenance planning and reliability, etc.

What are the benefits of the training? What will I learn?

Delegates will be able to provide an overview of the global regulatory framework and deliver a high-level discussion of the ICAO Standards & Recommended Practices (ISARPS).

Delegates will also be able to explain how ISARPS form the basis of the regulatory frameworks for both EASA & the FAA. Citing the four important ICAO annexes (1 – Personnel Licensing; 6 – Operation of Aircraft; 8 – Airworthiness of Aircraft and 19 – Safety Management).

The course also provides an introduction to the frameworks of both EASA and FAA regulations. The delegate will be able to provide a high-level description of both EASA & FAA regulations concerning initial & continuing airworthiness and maintenance. Not least be able to determine which regulatory frame applies to the delegate’s aircraft type.

Detailed Content / Topics:

1. International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
– The Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention) 1944
– The history and Role of ICAO
– Organisation & Functions
– Aims & Objectives of ICAO

2. International Standards & Recommended Practices (ISARPS)

3. The Primary Annexes for Aircraft Operation & Maintenance:
– Annex 1 – Personnel Licensing
– Annex 6 – Operation of Aircraft
– Annex 8 – Airworthiness of Aircraft
– Annex 19 – Safety Management

4. EASA Regulatory Structural Overview
– About the Agency, the organization & management structure
– EASA Boards & Bodies
– EASA Countries
– Overview of Regulatory Framework for Airworthiness:
– (EU) 2018/1139 – Basic Regulations;
– (EU) No. 2015/640 (Annex I Part 26) – Additional Airworthiness Specifications;
– EASA Part 21 – Overview;
– (EU) No. 1321/2014 – Overview of Organizations involved with the continuing airworthiness of aircraft (Part M, Part 145, Part 66 & Part 147)
– (EU) No. 1321/2014 (Annex V – Part T, Part ML, Part CAMO & Part CAO)
– Annex V – Applicabilities – Selecting the right Airworthiness Oversight for your aircraft.

5. FAA Regulatory Structural Overview
– The Early Years
– Introduction to the FAA – Mission, Vision & Values
– Management Organisation
– Committees:
– Rule-Making Committees
– Advisory Committees
– Aircraft Certification & Safety Overview
– Advisories & Guidance;
– Regulations & Policies;
– Overview of the 14 CFR Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs);
– Development of the FARs – Historical Review
– Structure of 14 CFR & how they are codified;
– Responsibilities of Airworthiness under 14 CFR § 121, 125 & 135;
– 14 CFR Part 145 – Overview of the Framework of Repair Stations;

Target Groups

EASA Part 21 Organisations, Part M, ML, CAMO & CAO organizations, Fixed Base Operators, Private Pilots, and flying clubs. Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Administrators, etc.



Learning Objectives

Ultimately, the delegate will be able to provide a general overview of:

– ICAO and how member states relate to it via ISARPs;
– ICAOs’ four Primary Annexes of Aircraft Operation & Maintenance;

Provide a general description of:

– EASA Regulatory Structure in terms of organization, basic & airworthiness regulations regulatory framework, and application of Annex V.
– Define FAA Regulatory Structure in terms of organization, regulatory framework and committees, Aircraft Certification & Safety, and the Federal Aviation Regulations

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2 Days – To commence at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

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

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