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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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Sofema Online (SOL) reviews the process and procedures to ensure compliance with Performance of Maintenance in respect of the management of Critical Tasks.

Introduction CAR 145.48 Performance of Maintenance

The organisation shall establish, implement and maintain procedures to ensure that:

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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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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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