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Introduction

The Key to a successful delivery of “CAMO” Continuing Airworthiness is without doubt “Core Competency” across the key business elements of Continuing Airworthiness Manager (CAM), Maintenance Planning (MP), Engineering (Eng), Reliability (REL) and Tech Records (T/L).

Remember that the goal of EASA compliance is a step on the journey and not the destination – the focus of any effective Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) should be to maximize the availability, reliability and safety of the fleet as well as focusing on a reduction in maintenance costs.

EASA Focus is shifting to a Performance Based Approach to Regulation

A “Performance Based Approach” brings to the fore two challenges:

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Steven Bentley MD of SAS www.sassofia.com considers the potential for HF Error with an EASA/GCAA compliant CAMO

Introduction

The Primary Roles of the CAMO are Maintenance Planning, Technical Records, Reliability & Engineering. Each “Role” brings the challenges of how we can ensure enough attention to both personal and organisational responsibility, when we consider the potential for HF error.

HF Example – Stress Caused by Pressure from “Poor Planning”

We are not considering here that it could be the Maintenance Planning Worker who is stressed – however this is of course a possibility, and we should always make sure that our team members have the appropriate level of “Competence” for the role.

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SOL (www.sofemaonline.com) and SAS (www.sassofia.com) offer EASA compliant regulatory training both online and within the classroom environment.

Are you looking for effective EASA Part M Regulatory Training?

SofemaOnline and Sofema Aviation Services together cover all elements of Part M. Our training courses are delivered by Industry Professionals with a wealth of experience in the field and an immense amount of practical relevance is included throughout the presentation.

What is EASA Part M?

A set of regulatory guidelines used to manage continuing airworthiness. EASA Part M has been around officially since Sept 2003.

Part M can trace its origins to JAR OPS 1 & JAR OPS 3 when in 1998 the Operator was identified as key player in maintaining the integrity of the Continuing Airworthiness. (CAW)

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SofemaOnline provides online regulatory training courses to support the development of your Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO)

The following information supports consideration of which training is appropriate for a CAMO engaged with Large Aircraft (Aircraft above 5700 KGS).

All the following courses are available via the online training platform SofemaOnline.

Consider the benefits of enrolling and receiving SofemaOnline training courses:

Enjoy an Easy Online learning experience with SofemaOnline.com and SAS-e-aviation YouTube Video Channel.

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What is Production Planning?

So lets start by saying that production planning has nothing to do with the operator (so not to confuse with the maintenance planning activities which sit within the operators remit).

Production Planning belongs to the Part 145 Production Organisation – To be effective it needs to interface with the PART M Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) and ideally to be able to influence the CAMO in a positive way.

Production Planning could be considered an art in that we need to effectively bring together a number of disparate elements to obtain the best possible result in the minimum time whilst recognising the importance of Safety, Human Performance and Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS).

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It is not uncommon for the operator to require the CAMO to maintain the reliability program to essentially demonstrate the minimum compliance of the regulatory requirements. Missing the opportunity to foster a genuine desire to engage with a serious investigate process related to the understanding of negative trends and take efficient corrective measures.

Possibly a major reason for this behaviour is related to a lack of understanding by the operator regarding the philosophical reasons related to the effective implementation of a fully active statistical process control. Unfortunately, the focus is on “living and surviving from day to day” solving problems without spending sufficient time on dealing with the underlying causes.

The benefit of a fully integrated Reliability program is that it does not over react to single events rather the focus moves to trends and system related problems.

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Within the CAMO department we will see all levels of experience from Entry level administration staff through to Licensed Aircraft Engineers and Degree holding Aeronautical Engineering Staff.

Managing this department is the Continuing Airworthiness Manager (CAM), who is typically acceptable to the regulatory authority. If you are looking for a position with an organization as a CAM, you have to be highly trained and demonstrate considerable experience to achieve the position.

The Job of the Continuing Airworthiness Manager is to ensure that all Aircraft Technical Records are maintained correctly and that the aircraft is current with all maintenance requirements and is fit to fly.

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What is the role of Aircraft Technical Records staff in an EASA or GCAA compliant organisation?

Technical records staff typically work either for the operator (The Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation) CAMO or the Maintenance Organisation (145) – usually the Base Maintenance Organisation.

Considering the Typical Duties

Let’s consider the various tasks, roles and responsibilities which will apply to the Tech Records Job role:

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EASAonline.com (EOL) provides an unrivalled opportunity for your staff and employees to undertake online competence building regulatory and vocational training via our easy to use online training portal. It is a fact that no other training organisation offers the depth and breadth of online CAMO related courses than EASAOnline.com. We offer a unique online program which provides an opportunity to raise the competence levels of your employees!

Do you know your employees’ competence levels?

In fact, EASA provides guidance in respect of EASA Part 145, but this is not the complete picture - on Part M and Part 21 Subpart G this guidance is quite minimal.

Thus, it is left to the organisation to develop appropriate Competence Management Processes. Consider this: as the regulations are sparse in several areas it is not possible for regulatory auditors to identify exposures which do not relate to specific findings but at the same time hurt the organisation.

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Our corporate program EASAOnline for Business (E4B) is a one-stop shop for your organisation’s EASA compliant regulatory training needs.

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EASAOnline currently has more than 1300 users enrolled in our training courses.

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EASAOnline.com (EOL) offers EASA compliant on line regulatory training including Part 21 for CAMO

So what are the challenges to delivering an effective Compliance System within our Part M CAMO. Financial / Organizational / Manpower / Commercial / Contracted & Sub Contracted Service Providers?

Consider the relationship with Part 21 Subpart G & J organizations - The relationship is fundamentally Contract – means that in each case the organization is responsible to self-manage. Our role is to ensure oversight and diligent behavior.

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Typically employed either by a standalone Continuous Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) or as a member of an Operators CAMO team, the Airworthiness Review Staff has a specific responsibility to ensure the Continuing Airworthiness of the applicable aircraft are maintained.

To be approved to carry out airworthiness reviews and if applicable, to issue permits to fly, an approved CAMO shall have appropriate airworthiness review staff to issue airworthiness review certificates or to make recommendations to the regulatory authority as appropriate.

Once satisfied the Airworthiness Review Certificate - Staff (ARC) Staff will either issue a full airworthiness review or sign an extension for aircraft maintained in a controlled environment (Between Airworthiness Reviews).

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Part M concerns specifically the continuing airworthiness of aircraft and aeronautical products, parts and appliances together with the approval of organizations and personnel involved in these tasks.
 
First to understand that EASA the abbreviation for European Aviation Safety Agency is the governing agency for all European regulations in the environment of Operations, Maintenance, Airports, Air Traffic Control and Air Navigation.
 
In 2002 empowered by the European Commission Regulation EC 1592/2002, EASA created European Commission Regulation EC No. 2042/2003 which together with several amendments provided us with EASA Part M of this regulation. Specifying airworthiness requirements for EU based carriers and owners of private aircraft in regard to the obligation to manage continuing airworthiness. This was further consolidated in 2014 with introduction of the updated regulation 1321/2014 which together with further amendments is current today (Jun 2016).

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