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SofemaOnline looks at language-related issues and exposure-related specifically to the Aviation Maintenance environment

Introduction

Communication effectiveness and efficiency serve as an important pillar to maintain safety and aviation professionals have a responsibility to engage with a fully understandable communication process.

Communication enables people, processes, structure, and systems, to interact simultaneously and effectively. Communication skills not only include verbal behavior and effective use of the appropriate words but include the need to ensure appropriate tone of voice, body expression, as well as other gestures.

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Sofema Aviation Services considers the Challenges of Developing an Effective Training Needs Analysis in support of EASA Part 147 type training

All Maintenance Training Organisations are required to generate their own TNA (Training Needs Analysis) and syllabus to develop their type or basic training courses in accordance with regulation 1321/2014.

Whilst the TNA process is proprietorial to the organization which creates the training course it is nevertheless a requirement that the entire process is subject to audit either by the applicable CAA or another auditor.

The essential purpose of the audit is to ensure the validity of the TNA management process. In particular to ensure the correctness of TNA outcomes including the training duration.

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Considering Changes introduced by COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/1383 of 8 July 2019 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 as regards safety management systems in continuing airworthiness management organizations and alleviation's for general aviation aircraft concerning maintenance and continuing airworthiness management.

Sofema Aviation Services considers the new regulation

Subjects Covered

Related to Commission Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 & the introduction of simplified Continuous Airworthiness (CAW) requirements corresponding to the lower risks associated with light aircraft in general aviation, which is not listed in the air operator certificate of an air carrier.

Related to Aircraft Maintenance Programmes (AMP) airworthiness reviews and deferment of defects.

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Sofema Aviation Services considers the new regulation

Subjects Covered

a) Aircraft listed on an air operator certificate (AOC) for non-commercial operations and specialized operations

Introduces new rules to allow the change of use of the aircraft from CAT operations to non-commercial operations or specialized operations.

Flexible to enable the use of the same aircraft by operators performing non-commercial operations or specialised operations, without removing the aircraft from the air operator certificate (‘AOC’).

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SofemaOnline takes a look at the Purpose of Maintenance Reserves within an Aircraft Leasing Arrangement

Introduction

The concept of Maintenance Reserves is designed to “protect” the Lessor by ensuring funds are available to cover major activities.

Maintenance reserve payments are typically calculated on flight hour, flight cycle, and/or calendar basis and are usually paid on a monthly basis in arrears.

At the time an aircraft is taken out of service for maintenance, the lessor should already have funds to cover the cost of outstanding maintenance.

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