October 26, 2021


Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com is delighted to present our dedicated team of instructors – Meet Murray Pine, an experienced aviation professional.

Sofema has been delivering high-level regulatory training since 2008. As we continue to grow, we strive to get to know our customers, so we can meet their needs in the best possible way. This goes both ways, and that’s why we want you to learn more about our team.

Get to know the SAS Instructor Murray Pine – an aviation specialist with over 45 years of experience in the aviation industry.

As a knowledgeable SAS instructor, Murray helps delegates from all over the world to increase their aviation competence by using his skills with Safety Management, Quality Assurance Management, Continuing Airworthiness, etc.

Murray Pine has over 45 years of experience in Commercial Aviation. He is a graduate of Canterbury Technical College. Murray started his career in 1978 as an approved mechanic in Dan Air Lasham. Over the years, the instructor gained experience in Aircraft Maintenance, Base Maintenance, Aircraft Engineering, Quality Assurance, Auditing, Safety Management – Technical & Quality Investigations, Flight Crew Management, Project Engineering, and Aviation Training.

Murray is also experienced in Aircraft Leasing and Technical Records. As an onsite Inspector/Manager for Lease Return, the instructor was involved in the following: Lease return conditions review and validation, full inspection of the aircraft, and raising of findings requiring rectification, dent & buckle chart review and validation, review of all Hard Copy records, all main A/F and engine LLP review, checking all Return to Service ISATFM requirements, engine running and borescope validation, final review of the compliance of AA Lease return conditions, and validation of all outstanding findings. In 2021-2022 he has completed a total of 6 Mid-Term inspections and Records reviews on B777-300ER, A320, and A330 aircrafts. Additionally, he has completed 2 End of Lease Return/Transition to a new operator of A320 aircraft.

We asked Murray a few questions about his experience in working with Sofema

1. Initially, what inspired you to start a career in aviation?

Always had an interest in Engineering and my future Father in Law who was Aircraft Engineer – at the time – steered me towards a small airline and I was able to become a trainee with them – 1972.

2. What motivates you as an aviation instructor and what is the best part about being a Sofema trainer?

To be able to impart and share with others some of my knowledge gained from 47 years of experiences in 40+ countries and all types of aircraft from single engined turboprops to B747 and A350, and then latterly applying it via Quality/Safety routes into the training field.

3. Which aspects do you find most rewarding in your career?

Initially, it was being able to return to service a safe and well-maintained aircraft on time.

4. And what challenges have you faced along the way?

Many – having worked in Remote and sometimes unsafe places – Always – we don’t have problems, we only have solutions.

5. Besides Aviation, what other areas pique your interest?

Motorsports – Formula 1 and Car Rallying.

6. Lastly, what will you advise people who dream of a career in aviation?

Whatever your chosen area – read and understand the qualifications required and the way to achieve it. Hard work – Exams aren’t just box-ticking.

About Sofema Aviation Services  

Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com and our sister company Sofema Online www.SofemaOnline.com provide classroom and online training for regulatory and vocational training fully compliant with EASA requirements. Over the years we have helped many thousands of aviation professionals gain a deep understanding regarding both the regulatory environment as well as competence building vocational training. By Early 2021 we have issued over 30,000 certificates of course completion to our delegates. 550+ Classroom & Webinar courses are currently available together with over 220 courses available online through our sister site www.SofemaOnline.com

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Next Steps

If you want to know more about our services, visit our websites Sofema Aviation Services www.sassofia.com & Sofema Online www.SofemaOnline.com, or email us at team@sassofia.com.


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