Blog posts tagged in EASA

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Concerning Certificate of Release to Service issued following incomplete Maintenance Ref Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/270 & AMC M.A.801(g)(f) Aircraft certificate of release to service

Although of course, the applicable Maintenance Organisation is responsible for the signing of the Certificate of Release to Service, All Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMO’s) should ensure that they fully understand their roles and responsibilities related to MCF and that their procedures related to managing and coordinating such MCF are fully integrated into their organisations documented process and procedures to ensure continued compliance as well as the required levels of safety.

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Effective 24 March 2020 Regulation (EU) 2020/270 amending Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014.

Review carried out by Sofema Online (SOL) www.sofemaonline.com.

GM M.A.305 Aircraft continuing airworthiness record system

The aircraft continuing airworthiness records are the means to assess the airworthiness status of a product and its components.

An aircraft continuing airworthiness record system includes the processes to keep and manage those records and should be proportionate to the subject aircraft. Aircraft continuing airworthiness records should provide the owner/CAO/CAMO of an aircraft with the information needed:

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Consolidated Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 on Continuing Airworthiness (applicable from 24 March 2020).

Ref Also Annex I to ED Decision 2020/002/R (Amending Annex I to Decision 2015/029/R)

Part-CAMO is applicable to:

Aircraft used by licensed air carriers “ AC” -  (Commercial Air Transport) and Complex A/C. Part-CAMO has superseded current Subpart-G of Annex I (Part-M) effective 24th March 2020 and at the end of the transition period 24th September 2020 - will become the only option.

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Introduction

As an industry, we have anticipated the need for the development of Part M, in particular, to better address the needs of the General Aviation Community for some time.

EASA has now commenced a significant transition which will see the demise of Part M Subpart G by September 2021 at the latest.

Part M Subpart G will be replaced by Part CAMO.

EASA Part M is a core element of the Continuing Airworthiness Regulation (EU No 1321/2014) which establishes the regulation involving continuing airworthiness of the aircraft, its parts and appliances as well as the organisations and personnel involved.

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Sofema Online www.sofemaonline.com considers issues related to SMS Culture & Organisational Factors within an EASA Part CAMO Organisation.

Safety Culture & Organisational Factors

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; is continuously behaving so as to preserve and enhance safety; is willing and able to adapt itself when facing safety issues; is willing to communicate safety issues; and consistently evaluates safety-related behavior.

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Sofema Online considers the connection between Aviation Human Factors and Safety Management within the workplace.

Human Factors awareness should be integrated throughout our safety management systems including training, supervision, procedures, workplace design, risk assessment and emergency arrangements

Introduction

Once we take the view that Humans do not deliberately make mistakes we start to understand the importance of mitigating any “perceived” exposures by understanding how humans and human behavior can most safely and efficiently be integrated within the business roles which we need to perform.

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A review carried out by Sofema Online following the introduction of Safety Management Systems within the EASA Part CAMO environment.

Introduction


It is a reality today that even when organisations are run effectively, means they are well-organised and have efficient (internal) Management Systems, they may still encounter hidden and unexpected hazards within the various interfaces both internal & external.
Across Multiple Organisations safety management system interfaces can become complex, with the possibility of unknown or latent hazards hidden within the inter-organisational interfaces.
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1. Part M is split into 2 Part ML & Part M

A long time coming Part M one size fits all was not working in the best way so EASA took the initiative and created Part M Light - EASA Part ML (Annex Vb). Part ML is a stripped down version of Part M requirements and is only applicable for private aircraft up to 2730 KGS.

Note 1 other Private Aircraft must follow Full PART M.

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Are You Up to Speed with EASA Regulatory Changes? 

Are you familiar with the Part CAMO Management System Requirements? 

SofemaOnline Launches updated Online Training Support for EASA Large Aircraft CAMO Operations.

Sofema Online (SOL) will be offering the following new courses individually and together as a package:

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Sofema Online (www.sofemaonline.com) considers HF exposures related to Manpower.

Introduction

Human factors issues, specifically human errors, contribute to more aircraft incidents and accidents than any other single factor. Human errors includes errors committed by maintenance personnel and others who have a direct impact on flight safety.

It is important that Organisations ensure that manpower availability is closely aligned to the specific needs. Managers and Supervisors should also be attuned to how the work environment is affecting employees to ensure harmony and balance (lack of balance can lead to fatigue & stress).

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Review by Sofema Onlinе

Introduction

Part-CAMO is introduced as a New Annex Vc - Providing a New Structure and a number system that shows a relationship with the existing system for Air Ops 965/2012 and Air Crew Regulations 1178/2011.

Part-CAMO provides requirements for Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO): compared with Part-M Subpart G organisation, the main difference is the introduction of SMS principles.

Part-CAMO organisations will replace Part-M Subpart G organisations in accordance with Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 as amended.

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Sofema Online www.sofemaonline.com considers the process to manage competence following the transition from EASA Part M Subpart G Obligations to EASA Part CAMO Obligations

Introduction

EASA first identified a requirement to manage competence within the EASA Part M CAMO environment in February 2010 regulation 127/210 this was then updated with  Regulation (EU) 2015/1536 - see the following:

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Introduction & Considerations - Steve Bentley CEO of Sofema Aviation Services (www.sassofia.com) & Sofema Online (www.sofemaonline.com)

Introduction

EASA as the representative of the European Aviation Community has the responsibility to develop a set of regulations that can be embraced by the European Aviation Community to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of ICAO Annex 19.

EASA has focused on the introduction of the additional safety management components, building upon the existing management system, rather than adding them as a separate framework.

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Sofema Online considers the key features of the Compliance Monitoring Program to ensure compliance within an EASA Part CAMO Environment.

1) The primary objectives of compliance monitoring are to provide an independent monitoring function on how the organisation ensures compliance with the applicable requirements, policies and procedures, and to request action where non-compliances are identified.

2) The independence of the compliance monitoring should be established by always ensuring that audits and inspections are carried out by personnel who are not responsible for the functions, procedures or products that are audited or inspected.

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Introduction

Part ML is applicable from 24 March 2020 - Here we look at the obligations to ensure compliance with the regulatory obligations.

Note 1: There is no Quality System directly embedded within these regulations so the oversight will come from either a Part CAMO or Part CAO Organisation.

Note 2: There is no Safety Management System (SMS) applicable to Part ML which essentially concerns aircraft operated only for private purposes below the threshold of 2730 kg.

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Sofema Aviation Services (www.sassofia.com) Considers roles and responsibilities related to the obligation to report occurrences both externally and internally.

CAMO.A.160 Occurrence reporting

Introduction - Regulation (EU) 2019/1383 identifies the obligation to implement an occurrence reporting system that meets the requirements defined in Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1018.

Note concerning reporting within the CAMO Environment:

Authors Comment - Whilst 2015/1018 essentially re-iterates the reportable events which have been identified for many years and found in AMC 20-8 the obligation to comply with 376/2014 identifies a number of significant obligations concerning reporter confidence and protection of information as well as disidentification of reporters.  

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SOL considers key features of EASA Part ML - What does it mean for the industry?

Beginning of the end of Part M Subpart F

From 24th March 2020 Part M Subpart F is no longer available as an approval option and will be discontinued completely from September 2021.

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Sofema Online - SOL (www.sofemaonline.com) offers updated information concerning the issue of ARC,s for CAO applicable aircraft in accordance with Annex VD (PART-CAO) (EU) 2019/1383 (Amended by (EU) 2020/270).

Introduction

Part-MG, Part-MF or Part-145 approval certificate should amend their exposition/ manual and associated procedures where applicable to account for changes introduced by Regulation (EU) 2019/1383 and 2020/270.

For that purpose, below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the main changes:

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ANNEX VD (PART-CAO) (EU) 2019/1383 (Amended by (EU) 2020/270

Notification of Forthcoming Training in the Following Subjects:

o   Part CAMO
o   Part CAMO SMS
o   Part CAO Including Quality Auditing & Airworthiness Review

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Sofema Aviation Services considers the various obligations to ensure the effective delivery of an EASA

CAO.A.100 Quality System and Organisational Review

Two options depending on size & scope:

1) Independent Reviews - Small CAO - Only Part ML Aircraft

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