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Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) www.sassofia.com considers the processes by which we can manage conflict in the workplace

Introduction

There is no one size fits all solution to conflict which is why we consider several different possibilities to consider and to choose the most appropriate. A key benefit is being able to step back and take a holistic view of the situation you see before you.

Considering Different Conflict Management Approaches:

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com Considers the process for managing Special Cabin Elements

Introduction - Role of the DOA Holder

>> Classify the changes
>> Approval of minor changes and repairs (Without EASA Involvement)

Examples of major changes for cabin safety include the following:

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the applicability of EASA Part CAMO & Part CAO

Introduction - When is EASA part CAMO applicable and when is EASA Part CAO applicable consider EASA Annex V Applicability Selecting the right airworthiness oversight for your aircraft

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has different regulations and oversight protocols depending on the specific needs and operations of an aircraft.

The two main oversight protocols are Part CAMO (Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization) and Part CAO (Combined Airworthiness Organization).

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the current Cabin Divider and Soft Furnishing landscape within Commercial Aircraft.

Soft furnishings must embrace flame-retardant fabrics throughout the cabin, including seat covers, carpets, curtains, and wall coverings.

>> Before the issue of any certification, the testing must comply with FAR/CS 25.853 regulation,
>> Curtain fabric is required to be wear-resistant, stain-resistant, non-toxic, and lightweight.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers EASA regulatory requirements related to Aircraft Emergency Lighting Systems.

Introduction - CS 25.812 Emergency Lighting

(a) An emergency lighting system, independent of the main lighting system, must be installed.

>> Sources of general cabin illumination may be common
>> Independent Power Supply for E/Light System
>> Shall include

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the role of Bow Tie Analysis within an effective Aviation Safety Management System.

Introduction

Bow Tie Analysis is a risk management technique that is commonly used in various industries to identify potential hazards and assess the risks associated with them. It is a visual representation of the cause-and-effect relationship between different factors that can lead to an undesired event, along with the controls that can be implemented to prevent or mitigate the consequences of that event.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com looks at the historical timeline of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO):

Introduction:

>> The Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention, was signed on December 7, 1944, by 52 countries in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

>> The Convention established the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for the coordination and regulation of international air travel.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the basic principles related to effective inspection of composite materials using TAP hammer method.

Introduction

The following information identifies in details the basic principles of tap hammer testing as part of Aviation Composite Inspection techniques how to ensure effective practical training how to provide oversight of the correct performance of the task

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the role of Certification Maintenance.

Discuss the History of Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMR) related to FAA and EASA type certification of aircraft, and to consider the methodology and challenges related System Safety Assessment Process.

Introduction

The Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMR) are regulations established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Europe.

The concept of CMRs evolved over time to ensure that certified aircraft maintain their airworthiness throughout their operational life.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (formerly the Joint Aviation Authorities) was established in 2002 to harmonize aviation regulations across Europe. EASA adopted the CMR concept as part of its certification process.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers best practices together with the biggest challenges concerning effective communication of organisational business change.

Introduction

Effective communication is a critical component of successful change management in the workplace. It is important to develop a clear communication plan which outlines the key messages, channels, and timing of your communication. The communication should be focused and aimed specifically at the target audience.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers in detail the instructions and guidance for the connection and onboarding of potable water to an aircraft

Introduction

The objective is to ensure that clean, potable water is safely and efficiently onboarded to an aircraft.

>> Potable water must be carefully loaded onto an aircraft to guarantee that it is safely and efficiently onboarded to an aircraft, ensuring the health and safety of all onboard.

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EASA Aviation Training for Trainers - Facing the Challenges of Training an Adult Group                                                                      

Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com Considers the key challenges which face aviation instructors engaging with adult groups

Introduction

There are lots of examples of theories and ideas regarding how people learn. You may even come up with your own theories :) never the less it is important to understand that all people learn differently so they have to be an integral part of the process.

Training an adult group comes with its own unique set of challenges.

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EASA Aviation Trainers Learning Path Considerations

Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the key aspects of an Aviation Instructors Learning Path.

Introduction

Please Lets have a clear understanding here because it is important to understand that a 5 day Train the Trainer course does not “Deliver” us as a trainer and clearly we would be naïve if we were to believe this to be so.

So we are on a Journey of Discovery – How to become Strong & Effective Instructors, Trainers & Mentors?

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the typical duties of an EASA Part 145 Workshop Maintenance Manager

Introduction Workshop MM - Responsible for

>> The satisfactory completion and certification of all work required by contracted operators/customers in accordance with the work specification (Work Order and approved MOE procedures);

ensuring that the organisation's procedures and standards are complied with when carrying out maintenance;

>> Ensuring the competency of all personnel engaged in maintenance;

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the key elements to be included in a Cyber Security Audit Checklist.

Introduction

This checklist provides a starting point to evaluate the cybersecurity management and emergency response system of an airline. It should be tailored to the specific requirements and risks faced by the airline and can be expanded or modified as needed.

The following elements should be considered when you are constructing your organisational-specific EASA Compliant Cyber Security Audit Checklist.

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 Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com reviews the regulatory requirements driven by ED Decision 2022/011/R concerning the amendment of the AMC & GM to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 in the context of  SMS in Part-145 and Occurrence reporting

>> Amendment of the AMC & GM to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014

  • ‘SMS in Part-145’ and ‘Occurrence reporting’

Introduction

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the primary issues that need to be addressed to ensure the effective implementation of a fully viable Safety Management System within the EASA Part 145 Organisation.

Introduction

Transitioning from a Pre SMS compliant EASA Part 145 organization to the introduction of a Safety Management System (SMS) can pose several challenges. However, with practical implementation and the employment of best practices and optimization, the process can help overcome these challenges and reap the benefits of an effective SMS.

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Sofema Online (SOL)  (www.sofemaonline.com) identifies the appropriate DG Awareness Training for EASA Part 145 Staff and in particular Stores and Stores Inspection Staff.

Introduction

For staff working in warehouses dealing with the handling of aircraft spare parts and aircraft consumables, the applicable training is the Sofema Online course - Competency Based DG Training - Personnel Responsible for Handling in a Warehouse, Load and Unload.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the key aspects related to the need to manage organisational change.

Managing organisational change in aviation requires careful planning, communication, and involvement of employees and stakeholders. Safety, regulatory compliance, and competency aspects must also be considered when implementing any change.

Introduction

In the aviation industry, managing organizational change is particularly important due to the constantly evolving landscape of the industry, driven by factors such as advances in technology, changes in regulations, and shifts in consumer demand. Managing change can be challenging due to the complexity of the industry, regulations, safety concerns, and the need for high competence levels.

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Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com considers the type of defects that may be encountered during the Inspection of Aircraft Composite Material.

Introduction

The significance of composite damage is dependent upon the function of the structure and the type and extent of the damage.

>> The most likely cause of damage, approximately 80%, is impact, often the result of ground handling. This may produce many of the damage types discussed here.
>> The most significant damage types are

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