Practical Base Maintenance Audits - Advanced Techniques for Auditing Workshops

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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 looks at the effective management of the organisational controls to ensure continuous delivery of the Quality Control driven process. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that at all times the organisation should endeavour to comply with best practice and industry standards.

Being able to support an in-depth understanding of non-conformities in your organisation is part of the mission.

Being able to clearly explain the exposure to your organisations business area owners and post holders is an essential attribute of an effective Quality Assurance Auditor.

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Sofema Aviation Services looks at the challenges of using Compliance Audit Techniques to determine the effectiveness of a “supplier”

What do we Mean by Third Party when we talk about auditing?

Means that the organisation is “Stand Alone” or “Stand Apart”. So effectively we are connected to the Organisation for business purposes, however, we cannot exert direct control.

This is an important consideration because in some cases the where the relationship is sub-contractual the “Contracting Organisation” is held accountable for the diligence and acceptable delivery including standards, management oversight and the effective control of competence.

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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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Considering the Role & Purpose of the Configuration Maintenance and Procedures Document (CMP)

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About the CMP

The CMP document is approved by the Primary Certifying Authority and contains the particular airplane configuration minimum requirements, including any special inspection, hardware life limits, master minimum equipment list (MMEL) constraints and maintenance practices found necessary related to the performance of ETOPS – Extended Diversion Time Operation (EDTO) Flights.

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