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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the different roles of SB,s & AD,s

Airworthiness Directives

Airworthiness Directives (ADs) are legally enforceable rules issued by the Regulatory Authority of the Type Certificate Holder, (TCH) Supplemental Type Certificate Holder (STCH) or Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) (may also be issued by other Regulatory Authorities).

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Introduced by Sofema Online (SOL)

Background to MSG3 Significant Structural Inspection (SSI) Program

Using MSG 3 Maintenance Philosophy we have 3 drivers for Structural Deterioration.  

       · Accidental Damage (AD)
       · Environmental Damage (ED)
       · Fatigue Damage (FD)

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SofemaOnline (SOL) takes a deeper look.

The Challenge We Face

For sensitive electronic components, for example, microprocessors, A static event as small as 5 volts, can have a fatal outcome for the device.

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Presented by Sofema Online (SOL)

Introduction – The Benefits of FDM integrated in the SMS

Bringing together the data available within the FDM Program as well as the Safety Management System Database – provides an opportunity to benefit from the total organization data set, rather than leaving information in “Silos”

FDM-derived Data is able to support the development of Safety Performance Indicators (SPI) and can be linked to the operators’ risk register. Consider that FDM is a data source both for reactive reporting (Occurrence / Hazard reporting) and proactive reporting (Safety awareness).

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By practicing your knowledge level in a given module subject with Sofema Online you are able to take personal control of your readiness and to know when you are ready for the real exam.

“Excellent Preparation for EASA Part 66 Readiness”

“It gave me the confidence to know I was ready”.

“I was able to practice and ensure I could pass through the exams in the allowed time”

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Presented by Sofema Aviation Services (SAS)


The Maintenance Planning Document MPD is created using the MRBR (Maintenance Review Board Report), as the source document and includes tasks which are derived from the Type Certificate Holders (TCH) System Safety Assessment (SSA). Typically the MPD includes an ALS (Airworthiness Limitation Section), also may reference Inspection Service Bulletins (ISB) as well as  applicable Airworthiness Directives (ADs).

The Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) of the MPD is part of the certificated product (aircraft, engine, propeller) type design (Part 21.A.31.a), that contains the mandatory scheduled maintenance items and the limitations for part replacement, necessary to maintain compliance with that type design.

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Thought Leadership by Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Aviation Services (SAS)

–  What is the Role of EASA in my Organisational Decision Making?

–  Can I use an online training platform for the delivery of EASA Part 66 Module 9 & Module 10 for Component Workshop Certifying Staff?

Background – Organisation's view of the need for compliance.

Some Organisations – let's call them to tick the box organizations – focus on collecting all the necessary pieces of paper to show they are compliant.

Other Organisations – recognize the role of demonstrating compliance but focus on managing competence to ensure the organization is able to deliver to the highest & most profitable standard

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  • Classroom or Online
  • Fully Compliant with Part 66 Module Requirements
  • Cost-Effective Delivery 

Introducing Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) and SofemaOnline (SOL)


Since founding Sofema Aviation Services in 2008 and later Sofema Online - We now offer more than 550 Classroom Courses and 200 online courses.

Whilst  SAS is known to EASA  please note the challenge that Regulatory Training Organisations do not have EASA Approval - this applies not only to Sofema but to other organizations such as JAA-TO - Baines Simmons - CAA International - Even EASA itself does not have the approval to provide regulatory training. !

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SofemaOnline (SOL) takes a look at the activities of the Structural Task Group (STG)


The TCH should update periodically a list of SB which were already selected for a review with all decisions made, and add to this list all new and revised SB. Moreover, some specific modification SB not linked to an inspection SB may also be selected for review.

Operators information input should be collected and analyzed by the TCH for the STG meeting.

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SofemaOnline is pleased to announce the availability of a dedicated training program for EASA Third Country Part 145 Component Maintenance Organisation Part 66 Module 9 & Part 66 Module 10 online training which taken together is available as a specially priced package.

Introduction by SofemaOnline (SOL)

Aviation Safety and System Reliability both sit at the forefront of our aviation system having the highest priority. To enable a high level of safety typically requires strong regulations that demonstrate ICAO compliance and organizational competence to ensure that the regulatory environment is understood and followed

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Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) considers the need for the industry to manage structural integrity in compliance with AMC4 CAMO.A.305(g) Personnel requirements (ED Decision 2020/002/R) - Related to AMC 20-20 ‘Continuing Structural Integrity Programme’

Sofema Aviation Services offers the following training in support of the understanding regarding the regulatory obligations –

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  • Training for Internal Auditors
  • How to satisfy Independent Audit Requirements within an EASA Compliant Organisation
  • Developing Aviation Auditing Skills for all Staff

Message for EASA Compliant Organisations - Operations/CAMO/AMO/Airports/ATO/ - How do you manage your internal auditing objectives?

SofemaOnline (SOL) offers the following course to support the development of your internal auditors

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It is mandatory for European CAMO Staff to receive Safety & Human Factors Training with the Initial Training to be completed before September 2021

SofemaOnline (SOL) offers an online training course with voice over to cover the entire program – email or see the following link

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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers stakeholder communication best practices.


It should be noted that Commercial Airports worldwide are required to have an Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) in place which includes the capacity to set up and operate an Airport Crises Response function including setting up an Emergency Operations Centre.

Airlines should therefore understand that their role is to submit an airline emergency response plan (to the airport authority/operator) which integrates with (but is subordinate to) that of the airport’s equivalent plan (i.e. the AEP)

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Safety Management Systems (SMS) & Human Factors (HF) Combined Course - Fully Compliant with EASA PART CAMO

Available now Online with Voice Over

The course meets the full intent of EASA Part CAMO Requirements (Initial SMS & human factors training should cover all the topics of the training syllabus specified in GM2 CAMO.A.305(g)

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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the use of effective checklists in support of Emergency Response Planning


No airline has sufficient resources to respond to every emergency situation independently. While it is not possible for every emergency and contingency to be anticipated and prepared for, It is still more than possible for a strong emergency preparedness program to be developed to avoid many of the common pitfalls and at the same time assist in limiting the negative impact as the event unfolds, including both liability and post-emergency issues.

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Understanding the Role of Sofema Online (SOL) training courses and the purpose of adding voice over.


Sofema Online currently offers over 200 Courses and our Partner Sofema Aviation Services offers over 550 Courses.

It is important to understand that not all courses are suitable for everyone

 Entry Level Courses will be of little interest to persons with many years experience so it is important to choose wisely

 Hi-Level Courses will not enable an appropriate level of engagement by a newly indoctrinated person

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Sofema Online (SOL) provides considerations related to best practice to deliver an effective Emergency Response Plan - ERP


The impact of any emergency or crisis can be far reaching and without doubt it is essential to deal sensitively in the most effective way and to protect the good name of the organisation.

ERP Managers and Nominated Deputies need to have the competence to manage the organisation both into a crises situation, to manage correctly and to return to normal operations following the standing down of the various ERP & Go Team Activities.

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SofemaOnline (SOL)  considers primary factors related to the effectiveness of Emergency Response Training Programs.

Training is essential for all levels of staff who are required to engage with the Emergency across a range of disciplines and activities

Training Staff for emergencies is a challenge for many organisations as there is no immediate benefit following the training, simply it is an insurance against exposure to an incident, accident, or unforeseen event and Staff who are not involved in Emergency Response Systems on a daily basis will need to have appropriate training related to their roles and responsibilities.

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