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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the fundamental aspects of Aviation Business Risk Management.


EASA is increasingly focusing on the introduction of Performance (Risk) Based Regulation (PBR) as a complement to a Prescriptive (Compliance Based) Regulation. With the goal of ensuring the best allocation of resources to both understand the risk facing the business together with the development of appropriate mitigations.

Risk Management should be considered a top-down process aimed at both understanding the scope of risks that the company faces and developing appropriate mitigations.

Risk management is essential to the ongoing well-being of the organisation and needs to be integrated into the basic operations of the organisation at all levels.

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Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) looks at the current cyber climate and considers the challenges which the industry faces.

Aviation cyber security may be considered as the application of technologies, processes and controls to protect systems, networks, programs, devices and data from cyber-attacks. It aims to reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and protect against the unauthorised exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.

The possibility for malicious aviation cyber acts continue to threaten the integrity of the aviation system and the potential grows almost daily. A continuing challenge is a task of identifying potential cyber vulnerabilities across many different and often complex aviation systems, some integrated and some disparate.

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SofemaOnline (SOL) Considers Attitudes & Techniques which lead to a successful outcome when negotiating.

Making Concessions

Try to avoid making the first major concession, avoid creating the perception that the other party can raise their anticipated or expected outcomes.

» Take the early proceedings step by step - the stronger your entry position the better will be your likely outcome.

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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers best practices related to the use of our Emotional Intelligence to develop a negotiating advantage.


The emotionally intelligent negotiator needs to be proficient in the following areas:

» The ability to identify one's own emotions and those of others
» The ability to use our emotions particularly related to analysis
» Able to apply Emotional Intelligence to the Art of the Negotiation

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Sofema Online (SOL) considers Safety Performance Indicators which can reflect the effectiveness of “people” engagement within the Aviation Organisations Safety Management System.

Introduction – Definition of Safety Culture:

Safety Culture is the set of enduring values and attitudes regarding safety issues, shared by every member of every level of an organization.
» Safety Culture refers to the extent to which every individual and every group of the organization is aware of the risks and unknown hazards induced by its activities.

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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers techniques how to engage in resolving a conflict the different strategies to be considered as part of developing our negotiating skills.

Introduction - Do we Embrace or Fear Conflict?

It is a normal human reaction for many people to stay away or in extreme cases to fear conflict.

It is also normal that we want everyone who engages with us to be satisfied. In fact, a degree of conflict is a healthy part of any discourse.

Conflict means that people are actively negotiating their expectations with the other party.

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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the challenge of performing a QA audit of an SMS system


SMS is a business system just like any other, so as part of our Compliance Auditing obligations we will be looking at the following elements as suitable for our auditing activities.

1. Management
2. Documentation
3. Competence
4. Training

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Introduction to Sofema Corporate Freedom Pass

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Sofema Online (SOL) considers key aspects related to Aircraft redelivery Negotiations


The differing objectives of both operators and lessors can often result in the return condition of the aircraft coming under particular scrutiny on redelivery.

Over thirty percent of the additional end of lease costs is typically related to engines, which are not only extremely valuable also carry potentially significant liability (In some cases generating costs well in excess of 500,000 USD)

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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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Sofema Online (SOL) considers the fundamental elements related to an EASA compliant Quality Assurance (Compliance System)


Consider the following role definitions and responsibilities :

» First that the Accountable Manager is responsible for the Quality System which includes both elements of Quality Control and Quality Assurance;

» Second The Quality Assurance Manager (Compliance Manager CM) is responsible for the auditing of all Compliance related elements of the organization system.

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Sofema Online (SOL) takes a deep dive into how the two business areas of Quality & Safety relate to each other.


There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding aviation Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) (Also Known as Compliance Management – CM)

The following is intended hopefully to clear up this misunderstanding regarding QMS and SMS – together they offer many common methods and techniques, but provide different outcomes and objectives:

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At Sofema Online (SOL) we know this fact for sure

      » Sofema delegates benefit from taking SOL Courses – because they tell us!
      » Since Jan 2020 over 15,000 people have enrolled for Sofema Online Regulatory & vocational training courses

Sofema Online Status

2019 was a Real Turning Point for Sofema Aviation Services! It was the year where we achieved 25,000 satisfied customers.

With more than 550 Classroom & 220 Online Courses with, we are confident we can meet and usually exceed your expectations in a professional & cost-effective way. 

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Sofema Online (SOL) considers best practices related to key negotiating Tactics.

Negotiation – Process or Event?

In fact, the negotiation should be considered as a process rather than an event, in turn, this highlights the importance of building relationships as a key driver to successful negotiations.

» Poor Negotiators will try to control the conversation attempting to sell their position to the other side.
» Good Negotiators will listen intently to understand red flags and develop appropriate responses.

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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers the different strategies to be considered as part of developing our negotiating skills.


Always start with a strong understanding concerning the type of negotiation you are facing. In reality, every negotiation is about finding & distributing value. Every effort should be made to keep negotiations friendly and constructive.  

Having a good understanding regarding the value expectations of each side together with an awareness of what is available – both from a tangible and intangible point of view. (It is seldom that negotiation is limited to the visible options, there is always the possibility for creative strategies)

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Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) explains the role of the training material presented by SAS & SOL (Sofema Online) and considers the obligations of the receiving organisation 


Sofema Aviation Services was founded back in 2008 – currently, we provide over 550 Classroom & Webinar Courses and over 220 Online courses through our sister site

Since the beginning of Jan 2020, we have had over 17500 enrollments in our regulatory training.

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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers best practices related to the Technical Library OPS.

Access Control

The Main Library Operates as a secure and controlled business area – Satellite Libraries are controlled by the business area appropriate to Library Location.

Persons authorized to access the main library are

» All Library Staff
» Quality Assurance Personnel

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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers the key processes for the management of the Aviation Technical Library.

Introduction – Aircraft Technical Library      

The Aircraft Technical Library provides for an established managed facility to control and deliver technical information throughout the business.

The Technical Librarian ensures that all publications and libraries required for the operation of the airline or Aircraft Maintenance Facility are and remain current.

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SofemaOnline (SOL) considers best practice related to the provision of an effective Maintenance Repair Organisation (MRO) / Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) Aircraft Technical Library.


Strong Management of Technical documentation is an imperative for a well-run organisation. The effective administration of technical documentation and management of related aviation publications should never be overlooked and can adversely affect smooth-running and operational effectiveness if not managed to a high level.

The management of technical manuals and documents which are related to the establishment & maintenance of the aircraft, as well as to support the continued demonstration of organisation compliance with regulatory requirements is of critical importance to the success of the organisation.

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