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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the key aspects related to assessing the effectiveness of Fatigue System Training.


The aim is to establish a culture where fatigue management is a natural part of daily operations. Training effectiveness is evident through safer work practices and a proactive approach to managing fatigue risks.

One key aspect of FRMS is training personnel to identify, manage, and mitigate fatigue risks. However, simply conducting training sessions is not enough, it is essential to measure the effectiveness of these training initiatives to ensure they genuinely enhance safety and comply with regulations.

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Sofema Online (SOL) Considers the Training requirements in support of the Aerodrome Management Regulatory Requirements

Applicable to Operations, Rescue and firefighting, and Maintenance Personnel

  • Safety training should address safety responsibilities, including adherence to all operating and safety procedures, and recognizing and reporting hazards;
  • The training objectives should include the organisation’s safety policy and safety management system fundamentals, and overview;
  • The contents should include:
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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the major challenges related to the need to address Cyber Security.

Aviation Cyber Security Strategy Introduction

The civil aviation sector is increasingly reliant on the availability of information and communications technology systems, as well as on the integrity and confidentiality of data.

The threat posed by possible cyber incidents to civil aviation is continuously evolving, with threat actors focusing on malicious intents, disruptions of business continuity and the theft of information for political, financial or other motivations.

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Sofema Online (SOL) looks at the process & methodology related to Distance Learning in support of EASA Part 147 objectives.


Distance learning training method is introduced by Annex IV of ED decision 2020/002 in AMC 147.A.130(a), which is applicable to both basic and type training organisation.

AMC 147.A.130(a) defines 2 different types of distance learning training methods:

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Introduction by Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) – SAS EASA Compliant Aviation Quality Audit Training Programs have more than 30 Years of relevant commercial aviation experience sitting behind our courses. This level of experience enables us to offer the most practical and immersive training experience.

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Introduction to our 5 Day EASA compliant course specifically developed for building competence related to Aviation Quality Assurance Senior and Lead Auditors.

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SofemaOnline Considers ICAW in relationship to Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) and Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisation (CAMO) Technical Libraries

Introduction - Instructions for continuing airworthiness (ICAW)

For an aircraft or aeronautical product, means

» Written instructions, as in force from time to time that specifies requirements, procedures and standards for the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft or aeronautical product;

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EASA Regulatory Drivers for Emergency Response Plan (ERP)

Sofema Online (SOL) considers requirements and best practices related to the implementation and management of an effective ERP.

Introduction - AMC1 ORO.GEN.200(a)(3) Management system

Concerning the emergency response plan (ERP)

An ERP should be established that provides the actions to be taken by the operator or specified individuals in an emergency.

The ERP should reflect the size, nature and complexity of the activities performed by the operator.

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Guest Blog Contribution from Carlos Barcia Training Manager AETS-Sofema EASA 147 Approval BG.147.005

How Important is Correct Engine Running Procedures?

The Answer is critically important with the cost of an Engine running into many millions of EUR care and attention, competence & following correct procedures is extremely important.

Regulatory Context - Competence is the key! 

Whilst there are many relevant regulatory aspects for which there must be an awareness by persons controlling EGR operations, there are no specific regulatory requirements which apply to the supervision and control of this specific task.

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Review and Comments by Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Group

Is Your Regulatory Training – Value Driven?

Regulatory for example EASA or Industry for example Sofema – where is the best value for the receiving organisation?

Lets cut to the “Chase” asking who provides the best value training is something of a “loaded” question.

Consider the Primary Role of your Organisation

Essentially the role of the organisation is to deliver an effective product in an efficient way moreover that compliance with regulatory obligations is (or should be) a given rather than an objective.

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Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) obligations are proscribed within EASA’s Implementing Rules EU 1321/2014.

A CAMO is directly responsible to the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holder. A CAMO must also maintain detailed airworthiness records of the maintenance due as well as the maintenance performed ensuring we are able to demonstrate Continuing Airworthiness.

Key CAMO Staff typically engage in Maintenance Planning, Technical Engineering, Technical Records, and Reliability Staff and are usually employed in multiple roles within the Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation, consider that each and all of these staff have the potential to impact on the organisation’s safety outcomes.

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EASA Regulations Provide for EASA Part 145 Organisational Theoretical & Practical Training in support of Task Training for CAT A and CAT B2 Aircraft Engineers.

In Addition, EASA Regulations provide for On the Job Training (OJT) following completion of the First Type Training in each Category.

EASA Regulatory Background Guidance

66.A.45 Endorsement with aircraft ratings

In addition to the requirement of point (b), the endorsement of the first aircraft type rating within a given category/sub-category requires satisfactory completion of the corresponding On the Job Training, as described in Appendix III to Annex III (Part-66)

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Sofema Aviation Services looks at several Organisational Challenges related to the Management of  on the Job Training within an EASA Part 145 Environment

Regulatory Background

Driven by changes in EASA regulations in accordance with EC 1149/2011 EASA introduced unique terms for Practical Training which is the responsibility of the 147 Organisation and “On the Job Training (OJT) which typically sits with the 145 organisation.

Note 2 – Whilst EASA Part 147 Contains multiple references to roles and responsibilities in respect of the role of Practical Assessor and Practical Trainer – There is an absence of guidance within EASA Part 145 - Clearly this is a challenge.

EASA References within Part 66 provide for very limited guidance material related to 145 – Ref appendices to Annex III 

Appendix III - 4.2 Point 6 On the Job Training (OJT) shall be approved by the competent authority who has issued the licence.

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SofemaOnline ( looks at effective use of PowerPoint to support Presentations

PowerPoint slides are an excellent tool and aid to learning particularly if used effectively and can emphasise a point as well as provide humour and at the same time become an anchor for a message.

Consider some PowerPoint (PPT) challenges which we face as trainers:

a) It is possible to “hide” behind a PPT presentation

b) It can overload with information

c) The content may not be strong

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Operations Regulation 965/2012 package, EASA Part M package & EASA Part 145 Package.

What sets SofemaOnline apart?

Quite simply we bust the myth that regulatory compliance is the objective!

It is not – compliance with the regulations is in reality minimum compliance, It should be a given not an objective- as Industries leading training organisation with 45 years background our focus is on effective delivery of the business  process.

Our training courses are based on and compliant with EASA, FAA, ICAO and other Standards as applicable and focus on a practical interpretation of the regulations (which is not necessarily the case with our competitors)

One of our major focus points is on delivering competence in the workplace

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Since August 2008 EASA has required Aircraft Inspectors to be trained in accordance with the provision to be found in AMC20-22

Aircraft inspection is normally performed by competent staff and such Inspectors are typically licensed aircraft engineers. Once qualified, they will gain the organization's approval and will be allowed also to certify General Visual Inspections, Detailed Inspections and EWIS Inspections.

What is a General Visual Inspection (GVI)?

The term GVI, when associated with Electrical Wiring Interconnect Systems, is a visual examination of an interior or exterior area, installation, or assembly to detect obvious damage, failure or irregularity based on a non-compliance or non-conformity with the standard configuration.

It is acknowledged that one of the weak areas in the maintenance chain is the effectiveness of the Inspection Process and the mitigation for this weakness will be found in the development of training programs.

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However please note that you do not need to have a PayPal account to buy EASAOnline courses you may use a debit or credit card to pay. Our system is immediate so may access your account 24/7 whenever and wherever it suits you. 

Getting the Best from your Course

Marathon sessions are not ideal as it is not the ideal way of retaining knowledge. So  take breaks often in fact around 25 to 30 mins is an ideal length to concentrate and “give it your all” The exam should be completed in a single session.

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SofemaOnline has chosen Contabo as our Server Support partner to ensure the delivery of the highest quality of our data delivery to our clients.

Commented Steve Bentley MD of SAS “with the possibility of 3000 users simultaneously accessing SofemaOnline it is essential to have confidence in our Data Management Partner. We looked very carefully at the market before choosing Contabo as our service provider. Contabo started in the spring of 2003, in 2009, a new data center was established with the capacity of 4000 servers in Munich Today, the capacity is approaching the threshold of exceeding 5000 servers. We have full confidence in the capacity of Contabo to support going forward.”

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SofemaOnline has just conclude the purchase of additional licenses for our online training portal and as a result we are very pleased to announce we can now support 3000 concurrent users of the software.

Commented Steve Bentley MD of Sofema Aviation Services (SAS): "Our SofemaOnline servers are hosted in Germany and we are very happy with the new capability which permits the simultaneous use of the program by 3000 persons. Our portfolio of available training courses is constantly being expanded and includes all the 145 recurrent training courses, ESDS, SMS, Maintenance Planning and Production Planning. As well as the generic courses which are loaded and available for all users."

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Are you ready to join (SOL) and become part of a large and growing band of satisfied users? Please visit the website to view the huge range of courses we offer.

Managing your training budget is an important aspect of the role of any training manager, at (SOL) we understand the importance of maximizing the effectiveness whilst at the same time minimizing costs.

Tell me about the 40% offer!

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SofemaOnline is pleased to announce in conjunction with our EASA 147 training partner European Aviation Institute we are launching an online EASA Part 66 training program. ( is owned by Sofema Aviation Services

All Part 66 Basic Modules are being progressively loaded onto the SofemaOnline (SOL) Learning Management System (LMS) Platform allowing you to review the material and sit the online exam. When you are ready we can help you to take the module exam under EASA Part 147 “exam conditions” which will provide you a credit valid for 10 years.

SofemaOnline is an EASA Regulatory & Vocational online training provider of EASA Compliant and now offers EASA Part 66 Online Training. SOL provides a cost effective solution to help you in your preparations for your EASA Part 66 Basic Licence. When you are confident you are ready you may undertake the module exam under full EASA 147 compliant conditions, either in Bucharest Romania or at one of the nominated remote locations.

SofemaOnline offers online EASA Part 66 module courses which provide an essential representation of the syllabus for each module. On completion a multi choice examination is provided to test your knowledge.

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