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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the requirements to implement a competence control system to comply with the AMC1 145.30(e) Personnel requirements


>> Competence should be defined as a measurable skill or standard of performance, knowledge and understanding, taking into consideration attitude and behaviour.
>> The referenced procedure requires amongst others that planners, mechanics, specialised services staff, supervisors and certifying staff whether employed or contracted, are assessed for before unsupervised work commences and that competence is controlled on a continuous basis.

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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the requirements to ensure compliance with UAE GCAA Regulatory requirements related to the Fabrication of Parts


The GCAA acceptance for the fabrication of parts by the approved maintenance organisation should be formalized through the approval of a detailed procedure in the Maintenance Organisation Exposition.

Note: Fabrication, inspection assembly and test should be clearly within the technical and procedural capability of the organisation;

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Considerations provided by Sofema Aviation Services (SAS)

EASA Background – Qualified Entities

With the introduction of Basic Regulation EC 216/2008, EASA defined a Qualified Entity in the following way: "qualified entity" shall mean a body which may be allocated a specific certification task by, and under the control and the responsibility of, the Agency or national aviation authority.

The role of Qualified Entity is therefore viewed in the context of the provision of support to EASA, specifically in the field of certification activities.

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Practical Base Maintenance Audits - Advanced Techniques for Auditing Workshops

A SofemaOnline Review (

Auditing workshops

What is Unique within the Workshop Environment is that there is no Workshop Licence – So, for this reason, it is necessary to pay particular attention to the competence of the workshop certification personnel.

A typical workshop audit would start with the Organisations Quality System and ask the questions:

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Compliance Auditing – Understanding the Process

Compliance Auditing is typically charged with meeting the challenge of ensuring that the organisation always remains fully compliant with both internal and external obligations.

In the complex environment delivered by EASA & GCAA, it is necessary to have a proactive approach to maintaining a full understanding of all regulatory obligations.

Compliance Auditing brings with it the daily challenge of ensuring that the organisation remains at all times fully compliant with both internal and external obligations.

It is essential to ensure robust and continuous oversight of all internal processes, and procedures. The various departments must continue to meet all applicable internal and EASA driven regulatory requirements.

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Steve Bentley MD of Sofema Aviation Services ( takes a look at the Flight Ops Quality System


In 1998 The Joint Aviation Authorities launched JAR OPS 1 (and “3”) contained within the document was for the first time a specific requirement (JAR OPS Subpart B 1.035) for an independent audit function within the Operations Environment – With the transition to EASA Regulation 965/2012 a number of anomalies and miss conceptions where addressed. 

The UAE Ops Regulation is fundamentally based on JAR OPS 1.

What is an EASA Quality System?

Essentially it consists of a method to deliver the organisations “product” under the control of nominated persons – this is a “Control of Quality” together with an independent function to assess compliance and this is known as “Quality Assurance”.

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Note 1 – This appendix carries essential information relevant to the management and oversight responsibilities of an Organisation, both internally within the organisation and externally related to subcontract service providers.

(a) General An operator must have a sound and effective management structure in order to ensure the safe conduct of air operations.

Nominated post holders must have managerial competency together with appropriate technical/operational qualifications in aviation.

Note 2 – Consider the challenge of managing and maintaining competence – how is it controlled? How is it managed and against what standard is it audited?

(b) Nominated Post Holders

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GCAA says now –EASA Says Later! ICAO says 8 years ago (2009)

Sofema Aviation Services ( considers the current status of SMS within an EASA compliant Part 145 organisation.

What is SMS?

Sure we all know what is a Safety Management System (SMS)

But consider the two options :-

a) Safety Management System focused on ensuring “Mandatory Compliance” with all Safety Objectives

b) Management System focused on developing in an effective way optimized for efficiency and delivering all Mandatory Safety Objectives

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SofemaOnline ( features European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) & Gulf Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Aircraft Technical Records

What are Aircraft Technical Records?

At first it might seem obvious. However as we dig a little deeper we uncover a set of rules and regulations which describes exactly what we mean by both Aircraft Technical Records as well as Aircraft Continuing Airworthiness Records. Typically Part M/CAR M Requirements relate to Continuing Airworthiness Records and Aircraft Records primarily relate to Part 145/CAR 145. However there are difference to discuss and in addition there are other Aircraft Technical Records which are relevant to either the CAR/Part M organisation or the CAR/Part 145 Organisation. 

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