December 11, 2023


Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) is pleased to share that the EASA Part 147 Initial Practical Training for Instructors, Examiners and Assessors was delivered to 13 delegates from the Irish Defence Forces.

The SAS CEO Steve Bentley FRAeS carried out the course at the Irish Air Corps Facilities.

About the training

This course aims to provide the participants with an understanding of the structure, composition and impact of EASA Part 147 & Part 66 Regulations. After completing the training, the delegates will know how to optimize and deliver practical presentations & will be able to provide training and guidance whilst performing direct supervision, evaluations, handling trainees’ reactions, and addressing cultural issues. They will also learn how to develop effective visual aids and supporting materials and how to stay up to date with industry instructional techniques.

Benefit from this course – Sign up for the EASA Part 147 Practical Instructors, Examiners/Assessors Training – Initial – 2 Days Training

Get to know the instructor

Steve Bentley has over 50 years of experience in commercial aviation, including more than 12 years in the airworthiness department of Virgin Atlantic – a major UK international airline. He has in-depth knowledge of the EASA regulatory structure. The instructor is also a competent trainer with a huge portfolio of subjects including both aviation operations and maintenance disciplines. Steve is a trained ISO 9000 lead auditor, as well as IOSA trained. With decades of practical experience, he is able to support the development of working solutions to many organisational challenges which we face within the operational and maintenance environment.

About the Irish Defence Forces

The Defence Forces are the armed forces of Ireland. They encompass the Army, Air Corps, Naval Service, and Reserve Defence Forces.

About Sofema Aviation Services

Since 2008 our company provides a clear understanding of the regulatory environment and acts as an enabler to help organisations focus on organisational performance with the understanding that Regulatory Compliance is a step on the journey and not the destination. Over the years we have helped many thousands of aviation professionals gain a deep understanding of both the regulatory environment as well as competence-building vocational training. Since our start, we have had over 85,000 enrollments.

Sofema Aviation Services and our sister company Sofema Online currently provide 650+ Classroom & Webinar courses available together with over 300 online courses.

What was the training experience of the participants?

“I found the part about the elements relating to the standards of practical accessors and what is required by them when carrying out an assessment the most useful. The instructor has good knowledge & good delivery methods.”
“The trainer has a good understanding of practical instructor requirements.”
“Strong course delivery, deep knowledge, and follow-up on questions.”
“The instructor spoke well and had good knowledge of the material.”
“The instructor interacted with the class well and included debates.”
“The instructor provided interesting & relevant examples of failures.”

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